It was nice to see Packers receiver Donald Driver show off some of those Dancing With the Stars moves after catching a touchdown Thursday against the Bears.
Driver is a legit good dancer. His form is flawless. His timing is impeccable. His rhythm makes the ladies melt.
But I think I speak for a large (literally and figuratively) segment of the Packers fanbase when I say that it’s time for B.J. Raji to reclaim his crown as the Dancing King of the Green Bay Packers.
It’s been fun watching you bust a move or two, Donald, but you’re too good. You’re the guy at weddings that every other guy hates. You know, the one who dances so well that every lady in the place is inspired to drag their husbands on the dance floor, then storm off angry 30 seconds later when they realize their slobby husbands can’t do half of the stuff you can do on the dance floor.
Yes, it’s time for Raji to stand up for all the fatsos and guys with two left feet in Packer nation and start dancing again. If he keeps playing like he is, it might not be long before “The Raji” returns.
No Dancing in 2011
Even though he made the pro bowl, Raji had a season to forget in 2011.
According to Pro Football Focus, Raji was the worst 3-4 defensive tackle in the NFL. His -19.1 overall rating was the worst in football.
Raji especially struggled against double teams, getting completely wiped out of plays and not clogging up gaps like a good 3-4 defensive lineman should.
The Packers were desperate for a defensive lineman to generate some pass rush last season as well, and Raji never stepped up. Yes, it’s rare for 3-4 lineman to get after the QB, but Raji was expected to provide some pressure and rarely came through.
Looking Good in 2012
So far things are looking up for the 337-pounder in 2012.
Pro Football Focus gave Raji a 2.7 overall and a 2.0 against the run against the Bears. He had three solo stops leading to an offensive failure and a batted pass against the Bears. He also has a quarterback hurry in each of the first two games.
Raji has also busted through a few times on pass rushes and is getting closer and closer to making a dance-worthy play.
If Raji builds on what he did Thursday, a big play will come. Maybe it’ll be a sack, maybe he’ll force a fumble, maybe he’ll blow up a double team and stop a RB in the backfield on 4th and 1.
When the Packers drafted Nick Perry, everyone talked about how he’s going to help Clay Matthews. We kind of forgot what newcomers like Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels might do to help Raji.
Guys like Raji don’t get many opportunities to dance. D-linemen in the 3-4 work in the muck and don’t get the glory. But talents like Raji can work in the muck and make plays, especially if they have a little help up front.
The Raji’s of the world can get their name called by the television announcersoccasionally and we’ve heard Raji’s name a few times through the first two weeks. There were too many stretches last season where Raji’s name went for weeks without being called.
I think it’s coming folks:
Show me what you got, what you got, Raji…
Sorry Donald Driver, the Cha-Cha has nothing on The Raji.——————
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .