Sydney Speaks! An ugly win, but a win

It's been said that when you work hard and keep your nose to the grindstone eventually good things will happen. It doesn't matter how it happens, just that it happens. Against the Lions the Packers got an unbelievable helping hand on their way to a 16-13 overtime win, but remember a win is a win, so let's look at what happened!

Samkon Gado had one incredible game both mentally and physically. Trust me, he didn't do it by himself. The offensive line, along with tackle Kevin Barry and fullbacks Vonta Leach and William Henderson had their best game blocking this year and the results were outstanding. Samkon was rewarded with 171 yards on 29 carries to help beat a horrible team.

As for Brett Favre, he played with poise and the confidence of a three-time MVP. He played under control, not forcing the ball and throwing to the check-down receivers time after time to move the chains. Even Robert Ferguson showed some courage going across the middle to catch a pass on a slant route, which he hasn't done in a while. The tight ends also contributed with eight catches. They not only caught the ball, but ran with it after the catches as well. Donald Lee especially it looks like he might have found a home for the future.

What can you say about William Henderson? We might want to change his name to 'Mr. Clutch" because all he does is make big plays. I still haven't seen the first guy make the tackle on him. But the biggest play of the game was the gift the officials gave the Packers on the let's just call it shuffle pass from Gado to Leach to avoid a safety while a holding penalty was occurring two yards into the end zone by Mark Tauscher. This would have given the Lions a 2-point lead and the ball back. Because of this "luck" the Packers won an ugly game, which might change the course of history depending on what the draft situation might be at the end of the year. Just think next year after the yearly meeting they might put in a new rule called the "Gado rule" that might say that running backs going down, even when out the pocket, can't pass the ball while in the grasp.

All I can say is another great job!!!! The goal-line stands were a thing of beauty regardless of whether the Lions made it easy on them or not. They shut them down except for and awesome catch by Roy Williams for a touchdown over Al Harris. The defensive front, including Colin Cole and Grady Jackson, with a little help from Nick Barnett and the linebackers didn't give up an inch when the Lions and Garcia tried a quarterback sneak on fourth and inches. Even though that was one of the most stupid play-calling series I have ever seen in my life, they did their jobs.

If we just look at the progress of the defense it looks like a different team. Except for a blown assignment early in the game on a third down play when Scottie Vines got 22 yards, the defense played to the level that we expect each game. Think about it: The Green Bay Packers defense is not just statistically good enough to shut down teams; they are doing it. They have only given up one touchdown in each of the last 3 games and a bunch of field goals. Yes, it's about Jim Bates, no doubt, because he has gotten excellent play from a bunch of players that didn't do a thing last year except get paid as well as having rookies playing well and with a lot of confidence. Nick Collins, week after week, I keep wondering how good can this guy be. Even Ahmad Carroll, like him or hate him, has gotten better. Sad to hear about Brady Poppinga's knee injury because this was going to be his time to shine. Also, Kabeer showed great hustle on his effort on Kevin Jones' long run. Another great job!!!!!!

Let me be real honest: They STINK! There is nothing good happening with any of the special teams. B.J. Sander punted five times for 172 yards for an average net of 31.8 yards. What a joke. And the safe and consistent punt returner Antonio Chatman let some punts hit the ground. When he did catch a couple he had a grand total of a 3.5-yard average. I've said that the Packers special teams stinks, but the players can only do what they are coached to do and the scheme's that John Bonamego has been using are out-dated. They just don't seem to work and haven't since he's been on the scene. To me special teams don't include Ryan Longwell because he's a specialist. Trust me, special teams are about desire, design and effort, and Bonamego just isn't getting it done.

Like I said, a win's a win, but let's not be fooled because all that really happened is that the once proud Green Bay Packers beat a horrible team because an official choked at a crucial time. SIMPLE AS THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Harry Sydney

Editor's note: Harry Sydney is a former fullback and assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers. If you have a question for Harry, e-mail it to managing editor Todd Korth at, and he will forward it to him.

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