The Packers season is over. They got smoked by the 49ers in the NFL playoffs on Saturday night.
I’m sick of writing about it. I’m sick of talking about it. I’m sick of thinking about it.
On to the stock report:
The combination of Shields getting healthy and realizing he’s a restricted free agent really got him going. Shields will likely get a first-round tender and I expect the Packers to open their checkbooks and lock him up for the next few years. Let’s hope he stays motivated, keeps improving, and plays like he did down the stretch.
With Greg Jennings likely gone and Jermichael Finley possibly following him out the door, Jones can establish himself as an upper-echelon receiver next season. Jones came to play on Saturday night. It was nice to see Jones use his size a bit this season. I always thought he played smaller than he was, but he went up and got a few balls in traffic this season and played angrier.
How often did we hear about Newhouse down the stretch? Hardly at all. And that’s a good thing. Jared Allen and Aldon Smith didn’t do much against Newhouse in the last three games. I was thinking about the offensive line today. Would T.J. Lang have any trade value? He’s young, decent enough, and has a favorable contract. Perhaps the Packers could move him for an extra pick and the line in 2013 could be Newhouse at LT, Barclay at LG, Dietrich-Smith or a rookie at C, Sitton at RG, Bulaga at RT, Sherrod as the backup T and Dietrich-Smith or a rookie at backup G. Who knows. This is just me daydreaming and pretending I’m Ted Thompson.
Another solid game for Mr. Car Salesman. I have no idea why McCarthy ignored Harris in the second half against the 49ers. Look for Harris to be in the mix for the starting running back job next season.
Matthews probably belongs in the rising category. He closed the season strong and I’m looking forward to getting Nick Perry on the other side once again for next season.
It’s like nobody told Capers that Colin Kaepernick took over for Alex Smith a couple months ago. Hey Dom, might want to assign someone to keep an eye on the quarterback that is gashing your defense for 200 yards rushing.
Another flameout for Walden down the stretch. Walden should not be a full-time player, but the Packers didn’t have much of a choice after Perry got hurt. I’m not sure my television will survive many more plays where Walden loses contain. There’s only so many times I can hold myself back from throwing my remote through the plasma screen.
This last month hasn’t been the finest of Williams’ career. I like this Packers secondary if Tramon can get back to being Tramon and the young guys keep improving. Now the Packers need to get Desmond Bishop back so they can get more nasty on defense.