A training camp wish list

Bob Fox lists 10 things necessary for a successful season.

This training camp is one that will go down as one of the strangest in Green Bay Packers history. Besides the Brett Favre saga, there are a lot of storylines, and I will list them via wishes, ala David Letterman's Top 10 list.

10: I hope competition again will breed success for the Packers at several positions. The Packers will have some tough cuts to make before they put their final roster on the field. Nobody should feel their job is safe. 

9: I hope the Packers can avoid injuries at camp. Defensive tackle Justin Harrell may be sidelined indefinitely after back surgery this spring. Fellow DTs Ryan Pickett is trying to get healthy and Johnny Jolly has legal issues. And Aaron Rodgers needs to stays healthy, no matter what some Favre backers may hope for.

8: I hope someone jumps out like Jolly did in 2007 and becomes a force at defensive tackle. Depth is dangerously thin at that position.

7: I hope one or more of the rookies from the class of 2008 has a breakout season. Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley have shown that ability early in camp. 

6: Defensively, I hope someone will become a force to be reckoned with like Aaron Kampman, Nick Barnett and Charles Woodson.  Will A.J. Hawk become a playmaker? What about Nick Collins, who has been inconsistent? Or will Aaron Rouse take away Collins' job? Atari Bigby took that big step last year and more need to follow.

5: I hope the Packers organization can heal the wounds that have been caused by the Favre situation. General manager Ted Thompson is like the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Yankees to most Packers fans, as they either love him or hate him. Thompson was the NFL's executive of the year in 2007, but public relations is not his strong suit. New President Mark Murphy needs to lend a hand, much like predecessor Bob Harlan did. 

4: The Packers need to get more consistent play at left guard. Daryn Colledge has been OK but has been too inconsistent. Allen Barbre has the best chance to unseat Colledge because of his athletic ability and tenacity. 

3: The Packers must prove 2007 was not a fluke. All the Packers need to do is look at what happened to the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints in 2007. Both missed the playoffs after reaching the NFC title game the year before. Training camp sets the tone for the season.

2: The Packers need to get the contract situation with Ryan Grant resolved. Grant gave the Packers a multidimensional attack. All championship teams need the run game and the pass game to be effective, and Grant's track record in 2007 proves he can be part of that equation.  

1: The Packers need to get the Favre situation taken care of soon. Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy have lined up their support behind Rodgers, but they know Favre is an effective player. Favre has not helped himself with some of his comments about the organization, especially Thompson, but bruised egos should not be a factor in this decision. No matter what happens, it needs to happen soon so the team and Favre can move on. 

Bob Fox is a frequent contributor to PackerReport.com. E-mail him at greenbaybob@hotmail.com

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