TEAM: Green Bay Packers
SPEC. TEAMS C-
FRONT OFFICE C-
OFF. MVP Greg Jennings
DEF. MVP Nick Barnett
TOP ROOKIE Jordy Nelson
Comments: Even before the start of training camp, the tunnel vision (singular purpose) that all clubs must possess in order to win was shattered by the distractions caused by one of its greatest players Brett Favre.
The Packers passing game without Favre at the helm, has not missed a beat. First year starter Aaron Rodgers didn't play particularly well last week versus the Titans, but has actually been more consistent than the future Hall of Famer has been with the Jets. The Packers receiving unit has been nothing short of outstanding. Greg Jennings has really come on in 2008 and has quickly developed into one of the very best young receivers in the league. Donald Driver is a tough, dependable vertical receiver who has made some very big plays over the years.
That being said all is not right with the Packers offense in 2008. The offensive front, one of the most dependable and consistent units in the NFL in 2007, has played in a word poorly. The Packers Ryan Grant has looked like a totally different back in his second season with the Packers.
Defensively, I really like the Packers personnel and defensive philosophy. Ryan Pickett is one of the leagues top run stopper, while Aaron Kampman is an excellent pass rusher who plays like his hair is on fire. Nick Barnett is a play maker and one nasty individual. Nick Collins was a personal favorite of mine as a senior at Bethune-Cookman and has played extremely well through the first half of the season.The Packers have a very pro-active scouting staff with a number of outstanding football people led by Reggie McKenzie, Alonzo Highsmith, Lenny McGill and Brian Gutekunst. General Manager Ted Thompson handled the Favre situation as well as could be expected and overall has done a good job. Mike McCarthy has a good offensive mind and has put together a solid staff with a number of excellent teachers. The Packers are very capable of turning things around over the second half of the season, but the team has not played particularly well in recent weeks and is going to have to really step it up. Based on what I have seen, I don't like their chances.