I've read a lot of positive things about our Green Bay Packers this week -- even Harry Sydney and John Lombardi had good things to say. While this is great and we should be excited, I think we need to be careful not to get carried away. We've only reached the halfway point and it seems inevitable we will lose several more games. Reading a lot of upbeat articles this week has me holding my breath and waiting for the letdown. Hopefully I'm wrong.
Going into the season I thought we had a chance to be this year's version of the 2005 Chicago Bears -- i.e. a great defense to keep us in the game long enough for Brett to put together a drive or two to win the game. Baltimore is that team instead. I feel extremely let down by our secondary. I felt that Nick Collins was poised to have an outstanding year and with the addition of Charles Woodson opposite Al Harris. All that was needed was an adequate safety. Perhaps the secondary is starting to become what I hoped and thought it would be. If so, then look out because our offense is better than expected and we're young and talented on both sides of the ball. It appears we have the ingredients necessary to create and sustain winning seasons and hopefully repeatable playoff appearances.
I'm excited to see how we fare in the second half of the season!
P.S. - I'm heading up north Nov. 19 for my first Packers game vs. the Patriots. Is there anything I must see while I'm in town? Me and my buddy are gonna drive up starting early Saturday morning and camp out in the Suburban. We'll get up Sunday morning and tailgate. It's the parts in between the driving, sleeping, and game that we need to fill in. Any ideas for parking? Should we buy a reserved pass from someone on eBay?
Tom Voss, email@example.com, Lincoln, NE
Packers are getting there, but work needs to be done
Finally, a game that they looked like they knew what they were doing. Everybody looked good. If they keep it up they may even have a winning season ahead of them.
There were a few things that if it happens against a good team then we could be in trouble. For whatever reason, the defense has to play a full game the way they played the first half. They seemed to have the eased up on the intensity in the second half and let the Cardinals get back into the game, which never should have happened. The defensive backfield, while having a GREAT game, needs to play a lot tighter on the receivers. There were a lot of passes defended but there were a lot of dropped passes by the Cardinals also. If it wasn't for these drops it might have been a close game.
If the Pack plays the whole game like they did the first half against the Cardinals, then I see no reason why they can't win at least 6 of the last 9 games, and end up with a winning record, and have a possible upset of the Pats or the Bears.
Joe Kempski, firstname.lastname@example.org, Belleville, N.J.
Packers on pace to win 7 or 8 games this season
Well, well, well, isn't it amazing what a couple of back-to-back wins will do? I haven't heard any bellowing screams for McCarthy's head for a couple of weeks now. I am certain that after the next loss, they will return though, in full throttle.
I believed that a change was needed for the Packers, and thank God those changes were made. Green Bay has a chance to win 7 or 8 games this year, which is way more than I expected. BTW, where exactly is Mike Sherman right now? Oh yeah, he's the Assistant Coach of the Houston Texans. .... Yuck!!
Even if this current winning streak was against two really lousy teams, a win is a win is a win. For better or for worse, just like marriage, you never know how things are gonna pan out until you hit a rough patch. Let's give this McCarthy guy a shot, at least thru the rest of the season. If the team is heading forward, then keep him. If it looks as if the team is not, then let him go. Above all else, do NOT make the same mistake with him that was made with Sherman. Sherman was handed a very good team that he made worse. McCarthy has been handed a below-average team. Let's see if he can make them better.
Gary Allen, email@example.com, Sunnyvale, CA
Why not give Suggs a try?
You guys should suggest to the Packers that they consider giving Lee Suggs a try out to fill the present void at running back. Injuries plagued him his first few years at Cleveland, but he's 100% healthy now and looking for work. He was outstanding at Virginia Tech, a touchdown machine, fast, and very quick.
Ken Parrish, KenParrish53@aol.com, Lynchburg, VA
Hadl trade ranks right up there
Loved the November Packer Report. A lot of history. John Holler wrote a great column, but he forgot the Lawrence Welk trade - 1-2, a 1-2, a 1-2-3 from the Packers to the L.A. Rams for a 34 year old QB John Hadl. That trade set the Packers back at least ten years.
The NFL has 32 teams. Please, no more expansion. Enough already!
By the way, a great effort by the Pack against the Cards. Keep it up!
Peter Stoyanovski, firstname.lastname@example.org, Pickering, Canada
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