12 Green Bay Packers With Something to Prove in 2011

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  1. FireMMNow
    May 19, 2011

    good stuff zach. i wanted to be able to trade Flynn during the last draft but that was not a possibility. If he plays another good game or has a great preseason he could be the hottest FA on the market next season. Since he is a QB his salary will be inflated and could quite possibly net the packers a 3rd round compensatory pick. (assuming compensatory picks are included in the new CBA.) therefore, i would prefer to use him for the year and take the compensatory pick rather than trade him prior to the start of the season. if someone offered a first round pick in next years draft i would feel differently, but for a second i would just keep him.

    T.J. Lang is my biggest concern out of the guys on the list. If he does not start this year he never will. He should be healthy and ready to go.

    Shields is probably the most important guy on the list. He allowed Dom to call a super creative scheme and use Woodson in a way that makes him a dominant player. If Shields regresses this defense will regress. But a guy with that size and 4.2 speed cannot regress too far in my opinion. He should be sleeping on Woodson’s couch this offseason.

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    • CWood21
      May 19, 2011

      While I understand your logic, I like a 3rd round compensatory pick for Flynn is VERY optimistic. Look at the compensatory picks for this past draft. Carolina got a 3rd rounder for Peppers, who signed for 8 years, $91 million. The Titans and Packers got 4th rounders for Vanden Bosch and Kampman, who each signed for 4 years, $26 million. I believe that if Flynn hits the open market, he will sign a contract much closer to what Kampman and Vanden Bosch signed for (but it will include bonus and escalator clauses I’m sure) than Pepper’s monster deal.

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      • FireMMNow
        May 19, 2011

        it may be optimistic but it is not out of the realm of possibilities. Cassel got a 6 year, 67.2 million dollar deal when he signed with the chiefs. granted he was able to start some games and show a little more, but it has been a couple years and QB salaries will only go up with Brady and peyton signing new deals. also, matt schaub who only played in 6 games throughout his falcons career and got a 6 year 48 million dollar deal back in 2007 when he was traded to the texans. i would think flynns deal would be in the 45-60 million dollar range. that MAY be enough for a third round pick.

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  2. classicpack
    May 19, 2011

    Barnett, should he not be traded, should be included on your list. Definitely has talent, but where is there room for him now?

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    • FireMMNow
      May 19, 2011

      the only thing barnett has to prove in my opinion is whether or not he is willing to accept a backup role and less money. we have seen what he can do on the field. he does not have enough short area quickness anymore.

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    • CWood21
      May 19, 2011

      Barnett is all but gone. The writing is on the wall. Our entire defense got better when he got hurt. Both Bishop and Hawk, individually, got considerably better without Barnett. Combine that with the fact that he will not want to accept a back up role, will not accept less money, and will probably not want to play special teams, it becomes pretty clear that there is not much of a role for Barnett on this team. Good Riddance!

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  3. Lucas
    May 19, 2011

    Given G.B.s reputation for QBs, Flynn should not have to show much more. Harrell, however, if he shows something, makes Flynn very tradable. Flynn doesn’t have much to show. G.B. trusts him as #2 and other teams, in desperation, will be willing to have him for a #1.

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    • Jersey Al
      Jersey Al
      May 19, 2011

      With the lockout affecting Harrell’s further development as McCarthy said the other day, a Flynn trade is highly unlikely.

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      • Lucas
        May 19, 2011

        Exactly. Please excuse my wording (2 posts above). “Flynn doesn’t have much to show” should be “can’t do much to change G.B.s plans and doesn’t need to show other teams much more to be considered a #1″.
        I agree completely, Al. My “if Harrell” really is a big if. And if G.B. traded Flynn, I would have the same uneasy fealing as when they cut Brohm and kept Flynn.

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  4. paul
    May 19, 2011

    what about harrell?

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    • Zach Kruse
      Zach Kruse
      May 19, 2011

      Which Harrell? Graham or Justin?

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      • CWood21
        May 19, 2011

        I sure hope he is not talking about Justin. Let’s just accept the fact that he was a bust and let him be the only real blemish on TT’s draft record. Don’t worry TT, we will let that one slide.

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  5. Curley2808
    May 19, 2011

    I think Slocum (ST coach) needs to prove that the reason his squad often plays poorly is because of all the injuries they’ve had. If we have a relatively injury-free season, and they still don’t play well…hmmmm. Mason Crosby also will need to prove that he can be relied on to kick it through the end-zone when neccessary, especially with the new rule placing the ball 5-yards closer to it.

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    • Jersey Al
      Jersey Al
      May 19, 2011

      +2

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      • FireMMNow
        May 20, 2011

        i have probably been slocum’s biggest critic on here. we have been over slocum’s shortcomings and i do not buy the injury issue as i have stated before. good coaches find ways to overcome that. if the packers do not have a ranking of 16 or above he should be gone. he now has a return man which should help. MM has stated that he will devote more practice time to special teams. due to the fact that we did have a ton of injuries means that pretty much every guy on the team has experience of STs now. Slocum, Campen and Moss appear to be the weakest links on the entire team right now. in my opinion of course.

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      • Curley2808
        May 20, 2011

        Just saying “injuries” are trotted out by MM as the main reason ST has been sub par. I want to see if that’s true. It’s going to be tough to duplicate the injuries we had, ergo, ST should be better. If not….hmmmm.

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      • Lucas
        May 20, 2011

        Don’t these “street free agents” know their best way to a roster spot is special teams? So…all these guys TT got suddenly didn’t know how to play special teams? Yeah…come on coach Slow.

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  6. BubbaOne
    May 19, 2011

    They all have something to prove…how they handle success…do they still have the fire in the belly…

    “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
    Vince Lombardi

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  7. PackersRS
    May 20, 2011

    I think this year Bishop solidifies himself as a top 10 or possibly top 5 ILB in the game. He already played like it in the playoffs, making that shoestring tackle in DeSean Jackson, sacking Vick, scooping that fumble from Mendenhall…

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