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My Favorite NFL Draft Pick Happened In The Second Round!

27 Apr

I’m no Mel Kiper Jr.  For one, my hair is better.  But, more importantly, Mel knows college football.  I know about college football what Mel Kiper Jr. says or writes about college football.

So, that’s my disclaimer.  If you’re brave read on…

I LOVE Green Bay’s pick up of Louisville’s Brian Brohm in the second round today.  I’m thrilled with it and I’m not even a Packer fan.

Replacing a legend is never an easy thing.  Replacing a legend with a guy who’s never started an NFL football game or played much more than a couple of quarters is a huge gamble. 

Don’t get me wrong.  Aaron Rogers looked great against the Cowboys last season, but he’s given you little else to make you feel like he’s capable of steping into #4’s shoes.  Not saying he can’t, but if I’m running things for The Pack and the future of the franchise (let alone my mortgage) is on the line, I’m looking for some fall back options.

When Brian Brohm was still available in the second round.  Packer fans and the team’s executives and coaches must have been besides themselves with joy.  Even I, who as mentioned at the top knows little about college ball, knows that Brohm was the top rated quarterback at the beginning of the college season.  There was talk he was coming out after his junior season too.  So, people have been high on Brohm for a while.  Unfortunately, a less than stellar senior season dropped Brohm to the second round.

Some day, other teams may regret letting Brohm drop so far. 

Today, Pack fans all across America have to be rejoicing.  They’ve got two young quarterbacks set to compete to take over for the guy who let Michael Strahan break the single season sack record.  If I’m a Green Bay fan, I’m liking the odds that one of them will at least turn out to be competent.

Competent isn’t sexy.  Competent isn’t hall of fame.  But, competency at quarterback can help a team with strengths at other positions win a super bowl.

Don’t believe me?  Consider this.  In the new millennium, the NFL has played nine super bowls.  In about half of those, the guy at the switches was mearly solid.  Sure you’ve got the 2000 version of Kurt Warner, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning quarterbacking their teams to glory.  On the flip side, the rest of the field includes Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton’s little brother.

The verdict???

Green Bay’s got a shot at a winning season with either Aaron Rogers or Brian Brohm at QB.  All one of them has to be is solid.

My Absolute Final Brett Favre Post Ever! (AKA How Come These Packers’ Numbers Aren’t Retired?)

23 Apr

Come September 8th, Brett Favre’s number 4 will be officially retired by the Green Bay Packers.  The honor is much deserved and will come during the Packs’ season opener against their hated rivals the Minnesota Vikings. 

Favre will be just the sixth player to be so honored.  The others are WR Don Hutson, FB Tony Canadeo, QB Bart Starr, LB Ray Nitschke and DE Reggie White.  In all honesty, I haven’t heard of Mr. Canadeo but the rest are all no brainers for Green Bay. 

Here’s the question.  Why so few?  What’s wrong with these guys:

Willie Wood – Hall of Fame Safety.  9 Times All NFL, 8 Pro Bowls, 3 Time NFL Champion, 2 Time Super Bowl Champ, Played for the team during its glory years and was named to the Sixties All Decade Team

JIm Taylor – Hall of Fame RB, Only guy to lead the league in rushing other than Jim Brown during Jim Brown’s career, Career Pack Rushing Yards leader, Held the Packers single season mark for many years, 1962 AP NFL MVP, Super Bowl Champion, Three Time NFL Champ

Sterling Sharpe – 5 Time All Pro WR, Career cut short by injuries, Led NFL in receptions three times and receiving TDs three times

Jim Ringo – Hall of Fame Center – Played 10 years for Green Bay, 10 Time Pro Bowler, 2 Time NFL Champion, Named to the Sixties All Decade Team

James Lofton – Not a fan of Sharpe’s?  How about Hall of Fame WR James Lofton?  Played for the Pack from 78-86 making 7 Pro Bowls and being named to the Eighties All Decade Team

Jerry Kramer – Should Be Hall of Famer Guard, Five Time All Pro, Named to the NFL’s 50th Anniversary team and the Sixties All Decade Team.  It’s not enough the NFL Hall of Fame snubs him, but the Pack has to rub it in by not retiring his number.  Football is a cruel game indeed…

Paul Hornung – Do I really have to make the case for the golden boy?

At this point, I could go on (do the names Herb Adderley, Forrest Gregg or Willie Davis ring a bell?), but I’m boring myself.

 

Fact is the Packers have one heck of a football tradition.  For some reason they’ve decided to cheat some of it by being really stingy when it comes to retiring numbers…

You Heard It Here First… Favre is Coming Back!

10 Apr

Ok, so Mr. Brett Favre has been retired for what?  A couple of weeks, tops.  In that time, we’ve heard that his agent has been checking if there are contending teams that are willing to trade for the future Hall of Famer.  Of course, both Favre and his agent denied the trade rumors. 

Now, comes word from Favre himself that if his replacement, young Aaron Rogers, gets injured and The Pack called begging him to come back, that it’d be “enticing”.

Here’s the truth.  Favre is bound to come back.  Maybe it will be because he regrets retiring in reaction to the Packers inability to land wide receiver Randy Moss for the second straight year.  Or maybe it will be because Favre will realize he’s a player and players play until they can’t.

Whatever the reason, I’m guaranteeing they’ll be a Brett Comeback.  Chances are it’ll be ugly.  Most of them are.  But, the more I hear and see Brett Favre struggle with the concept of retirement, I’m convinced the only was Favre is leaving the NFL for good is if he’s knocked out.

Just remember, you heard it here first when you’re watching them carry the great one off the field…

Brett Favre Retires. It’s about time!

5 Mar

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I was so shocked yet so happy to hear Brett Favre decided to pack it in after 17 glorious NFL seasons.  Let’s cover the shocked part first, like the rest of you I figured that with the great season he and Green Bay had that this year there would be no flirtation with retirement.  Favre had to come back.  He played great this past season and had a good team waiting for him next season, so why quit now, I thought. 

What none of us could ever know is how mentally tired Favre was.  Turns out he was just done and decided to go out on a high note.And that’s where the happiness comes in.  It’s good to see Favre go out if not on top, then not to far from it.  Too many athletes go out on their backs.  Brett Favre deserved better than that.

But happiness springs from many places.  So, I was also happy because once and for all we are done with the annual speculation on whether or not he’d play another season.  The highlight of which, was Favre calling a press conference to announce he had nothing to say.  We’re all busy, Brett.  If you’ve got nothing to say, do us all a favor, keep it to yourself.

Finally, I’m happy because maybe just maybe this will force Frank Caliendo to come up with another line or two for his “Brett Favre” obsessed John Madden character.  How many times can Madden referring to Favre still be funny?  Now we’ll really find out.Go to fullsize image

PS – Here’s a bonus link to another recent post about Favre:

https://fullcontactsports.wordpress.com/2008/01/21/brett-favre-proves-hes-not-the-best-quarterback-ever/

Eli Manning – Not Too Shabby

21 Jan

So Eli Manning and the road warrior Giants managed to beat the legendary Brett Favre and his Pack in Lambeau Field, where the weather was somewhere below zero.  And in do so, Eli has clearly shown his detractors that he’s taken the next step in his fulfilling his potential. 

Eli still isn’t Peyton.  Heck, he never will be.  But, young Eli has the Giants back in the Super Bowl in just his fourth season in the NFL.  By comparison, Peyton took nine long years to get the Colts to the biggest game of them all.  Think back to the kind of talent that surrounded Peyton in Indy during all those non-Super years and little bro’s achievement becomes even more impressive.

In taking out Brett Favre and company, Eli outplayed the future hall of famer.  He threw for more yards and most importantly despite playing in enemy territory never turned the ball over while Favre was picked twice.  Take away that one 90 yard pass play, which frankly was kind of a fluke, and Favre’s numbers look even worse.

Week after week, Eli Manning is playing in the biggest game of his life on the road against better teams than his.  Yet, week after week, the Giants are advancing and Eli is growing into a really good starting quarterback.

Next, he’ll get to prove he’s the kind of quarterback that can win a Super Bowl.  I’m not betting against him or the Giants.

Brett Favre Proves He’s Not The Best Quarterback Ever

21 Jan

In a year in which he’s smashed most of the biggest career records for quarterbacks, Brett Favre also proved he’s the absolutely not the best quarterback of all time.  That honor still goes to Joe Montana or Tom Brady or Johnny Unitas or maybe Dan Marino, despite his zero Super Bowl victories.

No question Favre has had a magical career.  17 years, all the career records that matter, the consecutive games streak, 2 Super Bowls and the one win.  And this season was going to be the icing on the cake.  Favre at the twilight of his football playing days was set to return Green Bay to Super Bowl glory once more.  Inhuman weather conditions, a distinct home field advantage and a huge comparative advantage between Eli Manning and himself, all pointed to a Green Bay victory that would secure Favre’s legacy as the greatest their ever was.

Only one small problem.  Green Bay didn’t win.  And Favre did what he does more often than some of his fans would care to admit.  In a big spot, he took too much on himself and forced things that aren’t there.  He turned the ball over twice and was lucky that the first pick didn’t end up costing him more when McQuarters coughed it right back up to Green Bay.

Certainly Brett Favre is in the conversation of the top five NFL QBs of all time.  He just isn’t number one.  For the simple reason that when it comes down to crunch time he’s about as likely to win the game for you as throw it away.  He’s a gunslinger.  Gunslingers live and die by taking big risks.  And today he was a little slower on the draw than Eli Manning and the New York Giant’s D.