Scott Wells: 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

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Packers center Scott Wells
Scott Wells

1) Introduction: 2010 was the season that Scott Wells found game to game consistency and soon after, recognition. The seventh round draft choice, who became a full-time starter at center in 2006 (his 3rd season), has steadily improved and become the second quarterback on the field, helping to set pass protection at the line of scrimmage.

2) Profile:

Scott Darvin Wells

Position: C
Height: 6-2
Weight: 300 lbs.
AGE: 31

Career Stats:

 

3) Expectations coming into the season: As Wells entered his eighth season as a Super Bowl champion in the final year of his contract,  one could expect Wells to have perhaps the best year of his career. Wells would be looked upon to solidify and guide the way for an increasingly young offensive line.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Well’s highest rated performance of the season, according to ProFootballFocus.com, was week one against the Saints.  The overall highlight for him, though, had to be being named to the Pro Bowl for the first time. The lowlight of his season was easily the playoff game against the Giants. In one game, Wells committed as many penalties as he had all season (2) and allowed a third (3) of his season’s nine QB pressures.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Undoubtedly the general of the offensive line, Well’s contributions were in his leadership and new-found consistency. He handled larger, faster, stronger defensive linemen using a combination of picture-perfect techniques that nullified any size or strength disadvantages he may have. His handling of the protection calls resulted in a more disciplined and assignment-sure offensive line in 2011.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: As mentioned above, Wells had his most difficult game in the playoffs. That’s not to say he was awful, but his play was not up to the standard that he set all year.

 

Season Report Card:

(A) Level of expectations met during the season
(A) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(B-) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: A-

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  • Ron LC

    The A- is a well earned and accurate assessment of Wells. Hopefully, and I’m confident, they will re-sign Scott. He’s the anchor to a developing Oline that show’s promise going into the future.

    4 of the 5 pices are firmly ensconced. Wells, surounded byTJ and Sitton with Bulaga a future all-por at right tackle are going to be a winning combination.

    The weakest spot is LT. Newhouse could be the answer, maybe Sherrod. Add some young depth and the line will be a real asset for next year.

    In my fantasy world I picture them picking up Peter Konz C/G/T of the UW. An ultimate replacement for Scott with a whole lot of flexibility in the short run.

    • Gary

      Unfortunately TT won’t draft players from Wisconsin.

      • Oppy

        Why on earth would you think that?

        • Gary

          As Packer GM TT has never drafted any player from Wisconsin.

  • Zack

    Agree with your opinion of Wells, Lang, Sitton and Bulaga. I don’t think Newhouse is the answer. Sherrod perhaps, but his injury makes me VERY nervous. I don’t know if he’ll ever fully recover and even if he does, the likelyhood of re-injurring it is pretty high. I would hope the staff will prioritize getting strong pass rushers this draft and that would give us a season to see if Sherod can recover and if not then Newhouse, although a weakness on the O-line, can fill in until next off season and we can address the issue then.

    As far as Wells, I’m a big fan and I think this guy has got 3-6 years left in him. I don’t know if it’s time to acquire his replacement yet.. maybe the year after next? Depends on how long you think he’ll last.

    • Oppy

      Actually, it’s my understanding the Sherrod’s injury has about as positive of an outlook for recovery as you could ask for.

      The break(s) was clean, so it should heal properly.

      We’re talking about a broken bone, not a torn or separated muscle or tendon. Bones that set well and heal properly (as a clean break should) actually become stronger than the bone was before the break, where as muscles and tendons tend to become weakened.

      BTW, Ron: Lang, Wells, Sitton, Bulaga really is a great string of linemen. If Newhouse/Sherrod pans out (or we find a LT elsewhere), the Pack really do have a great line on their hands.

      How did that sneak up on us all of the sudden?

      • Ron LC

        Don’t know – don’t care! Just happy it is coming together.

  • Zack

    It is as positive an outlook as an injury of that sort can have, yes. I’m not a medical expert but suggesting that there is not fear of re-injury is a little bit optimistic. Either way this disagreement is irrelevant to THIS year’s off season strategy (which is my concern at this point). No matter what we think of his risk of re injury, Sherrod has next year to prove that he is healthy enough to continue.

  • Jimmy Gunn

    Didn’t Mike Flanagan break a different leg each of his first two years? I guess he’s lucky he only had two to break or his fine career might never have started. Anyway you can’t get too up or down when it’s too early to tell what’s gonna happen. As Flanagan showed a young guy can heal and still live up to his potential. Nick Collins is who I’m worried about, if it was me I would never play again, no matter what the doctor said, It’s a risk of paralysis and I could never be comfortable out there again.

    • http://allgbp.com Jersey Al

      Flanagan’s broke his leg on the first play of his first game (kickoff). Had six surgeries on it. never broke his left leg, but he did have a left knee injury. Entire story here:

      http://www.jsonline.com/packerinsider/126735923.html

  • Mojo

    If Wells resigns the o-line looks as good as it’s been in a long time. Just need to find a couple of good back-ups and I believe Sherrod will do well in that roll at the tackle positions. As I said before the offense should remain one of the best just as is. Not worried about RB either. Guess we’ll need to see if we have a reliable QB2 though.

    • Pete Kliman

      We do Harrel.

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