Memory of playoff loss still stings for Packers
Via PackersNews.com : One was the Allouez Water and Beverages sign. It appears to match the sign that stood in the old minor-league baseball stadium in Hagemeister Park, which also doubled as a football field. that ballpark was torn down in the spring of 1918, the year before the Packers were born. Two was the snow. The Packers played 18 games, including exhibitions, at Hagemeister Park in 1920 and 21, but only six after Nov. 1. Those were the only two seasons that Lambeau and Wagner played together with the Packers.The problem is that of those 19 games, including the benefit, the only one in which there was snow on the ground was played Nov. 13, 1921 Three was the jerseys. If the game was played in 1921, that was the year the Acme Packing Co. sponsored the Packers..The Packers 1921 team picture shows that at least a handful of players, including Lambeau and Wagner, wore jerseys with Acme Packers written in large bold letters across the front. So what did the unlucky buyer drop$4,674 on?
Three weeks later, Woodson was released, the victim of declining speed and skills as well as a $10 million contract for 2013. Oakland gave Woodson a job in May with a one-year, $1.8 million deal that included a $700,000 signing bonus. Because Thompson added nary a veteran at safety, Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings will get another training camp and regular season to see who’s the better man. One personnel director recently labeled strong safety as a “void” in Green Bay. Another scout might have been reading Thompson’s lips when he said, “In my mind, they’ve already got people there they’ve been training. McMillian is a fourth-round pick.” McMillian runs 40 yards in 4.51 seconds, just a tick ahead of Jennings’ 4.53 (Burnett also clocked 4.51). Having three safeties with good speed no longer means coordinator Dom Capers must try to hide people in coverage, as he did with Peprah and Woodson. “That’s something a lot of people can’t say,” Perry said of having three fast safeties. “The ability to run is exciting to see. With our speed nothing should get out the gate on us.” McMillian is thicker but didn’t tackle any better than Jennings, who might be thin but isn’t hesitant to hit.
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Marshall Newhouse, who started every game at left tackle last season, moved to right tackle, and the versatile T.J. Lang will play right guard. (Center Evan Dietrich-Smith, who unseated veteran Jeff Saturday by the end of last season, stays put.) “You take your two most accomplished linemen to date to protect the backside of the quarterback,” offensive line coach James Campen said in explaining the switch. “(Bulaga and Sitton) are, at this point, the most accomplished guys. And we expect the other guys to be more accomplished, as well.” 2. RUNNING BEHIND: With Rodgers at the helm, the Packers are always going to be a pass-oriented team. But they at least need to have the appearance of a running game, and its absence last year was glaring. The Packers ranked 11th in the NFC at 106.4 yards rushing per game, and haven’t had a single-game, 100-yard rusher in almost three years. So it was hardly a surprise that Thompson loaded up on running backs early in the draft, taking Alabama’s Eddie Lacy in the second round and UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin in the fourth. “We’ll be better, I promise you that,” McCarthy said. “You can write that down.
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Head coach Mike McCarthy made a bold move in the offseason to shuffle his offensive line at all but one of the five positions. Pro Bowl right guard Josh Sitton and right tackle Bryan Bulaga moved to their respective positions on the left side, and the corresponding tandem of incumbent starters T.J. Lang and Marshall Newhouse slid over to the right side. The spring workouts provided a glimpse into what’s to come, but the transition will be accelerated starting with the first camp practice Friday. McCarthy is counting on his top two linemen — Sitton and Bulaga, who’s healthy again after missing the final two months of last season with a hip injury — to keep Rodgers safe. “That’s just not acceptable,” Bulaga said of the abundance of hits on Rodgers. “You can’t have that, and we need to be better.” The Packers still need to solidify a starter at right tackle. Newhouse, who’s been a liability in pass protection, will be challenged by a host of young and eager prospects in camp. McCarthy has been banging the power-running drum since the playoff loss at San Francisco, and understands moving the ball on the ground is a vital element in any equation of which the sum is playoff success.
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. He’s built us into a consistent winner and through his hard work, we will be a consistent winner for years to come.” Still, playoff losses the past two years are on everyone’s mind around here. ”We’re never quite satisfied, we have very high standards here with the Green Bay Packers , we understand that, we understand it was a disappointment in the end,” Thompson told shareholders. ”The NFL is all about getting ready for what’s next – the next play, the next game, the next season. . The NFL is a hard business, it’s hard to predict, but we feel that if we prepare well and play well, we have a chance to win every Sunday. Or Saturday. Or Thursday.” The rest of the event was part business meeting, part pep rally. As the NFL’s only publicly owned franchise, the Packers are the only league team required to reveal detailed financial data.
In hindsight, some Packers trades worked out terribly
Mossy Cade, defensive back Clay Matthews Jersey Guaranteed Shipping From San Diego for 1986 first-round choice and fifth-rounder (conditional) in 1987 Head coach Forrest Gregg consummated the trade for Cade on Sept. 5, 1985, in hopes the former University of Texas standout could bolster the team’s secondary. Cade was drafted in the first round (sixth overall) by San Diego in 1984, but signed with the United States Football League and played with the Memphis Showboats in 1985. Signed just three days before the start of the 1985 regular-season opener, Cade did not crack the starting lineup in his first season in Green Bay and recorded just one interception in the 8-8 season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback started in 1986 and proved to be an effective duo with Mark Lee as the defenders combined for 13 interceptions. Cade recorded four interceptions for 26 yards in the dismal 4-12 season his last in Green Bay. Cade was convicted in May of 1987 of two counts of second-degree sexual assault for the rape of his 44-year-old aunt in Houston in November 1985. He served 15 months in prison and never played another down in the NFL. John Hadl, quarterback From Los Angeles Rams for first-, second- and third-round choices in 1975, and first- and second-round choices in 1976 Simply put, Devine sold the farm for Hadl, who was coming off an All-Pro and Pro Bowl season when he led the 12-2 Rams to the playoffs and was named the NFC’s Player of the Year.
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Backup quarterback, depth at receiver and the starters at cornerback are other battles to also keep an eye on. To win one of those jobs, the players will have to show over the next month why they deserve the spot. For a complete analysis of the top positional battles, click here . Rookie, UDFA Watch Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Few NFL teams rely as heavily on the draft-and-develop approach as the Packers, which makes each incoming crop of new players even more important for the advancement of the roster overall. By the end of April’s draft, the Packers had spent a total of 11 picks on new players. UCLA defensive end Datone Jones and Alabama running back Eddie Lacy highlight the group. But the Packers also picked up a promising crop of undrafted free agents, and recent history has shown that a few from that group will likely make the final 53-man roster. For the complete breakdown of the Packers’ draft picks and undrafted free agents, click here . Bubble Watch Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports In most training camps, 40 to 45 roster spots are all but locked up before any kind of contact is made. The Packers fit in that category, with a solid core that will make the final 53-man roster. However, this reality leaves 8-10 roster spots that are up for grabs. The players that don’t have a job locked up are considered on the “bubble.” A few familiar names, such as James Starks and D.J. Williams, will have to prove they deserve to stick around for another season. If not, we could see them on the cutting block come the end of August. To find out who is on the Packers’ roster bubble as we enter into training camp, click here .