Mike Neal. 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

1) Introduction: With Cullen Jenkins wearing an Eagles uniform, the Packers turned to Mike Neal to replace Jenkins’ pass rush and grasp of the 3-4 defense. It didn’t work out. Letting Jenkins go and relying so heavily on Neal turned out to be a rare miscalculation by Packers GM Ted Thompson, one that played a huge […]

2011 Packers Defense: Where Does The Buck Stop?

I have been watching a lot of football these past two weekends, and I think the only NFL game I didn’t watch at least part of was Denver vs. New England. (Really, was there a point to seeing that one?) And while I’ve cached away a lot of observations, there are a couple big things that have stuck with me. The most impressionable of these, I believe, was the way the San Francisco 49ers defense handled the New Orleans Saints.

Packers Defense: Identifying Reasons Behind the Unit’s Decline in 2011

Whether you think it is a large-scale problem or not, the Green Bay Packers defense has undeniably taken a step back in 2011. The numbers don’t lie. Just a season ago, the Packers defense finished ranked No. 5 in total yards (309.1/game) and passing yards (194.2/game) and No. 2 in points (15.0/game). Eight games into […]

McCarthy: Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Neal Out For “Significant” Amount Of Time After Undergoing Surgery

One week of the 2011 season is in the books,  and already one potential key Green Bay Packer is out for an extended period of time. During his afternoon press conference today, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy announced that defensive end Mike Neal, the hopeful replacement for the departed Cullen Jenkins,  recently underwent a surgical […]

Despite Losses, Packers’ A.J. Hawk Expects Big Things in 2011

A.J. Hawk knows the score. In the National Football League, roster turnover is part of the business. Teams change and evolve every season due to the draft and free agency. The 2011 Green Bay Packers are no different. After winning their fourth Super Bowl title in February, the Packers were forced to cut ties with […]