So, what did we learn from last night’s Green Bay Packers pre-season win at Seattle?  Nothing new, really.

The offense appears to be in mid-season form with quarterback Aaron Rodgers near perfect through about 3 quarters of exhibition play.  Tight end Jermichael Finley is serving notice that he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the NFL this year.  Rodgers is displaying an almost scary rapport with the Packers deep receiving corps.  And the Packers even managed to muster a running threat with backup tailback Brandon Jackson leading the way with 80 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown against the Seahawks.

Unfortunately, the defense and special teams are another matter entirely.  Anyone looking for improvement from those two units could find very little evidence in last night’s contest to support that hope.  Of course, it would be difficult to glean much of anything from this game considering that all of the Packers starting linebackers, plus starting cornerback Charles Woodson, were held out of the game.  Suffice it to say that defensive coordinator Dom Capers will have plenty of visual teaching aids to use in practice this week as veteran Seattle QB Matt Hasselback picked on Green Bay’s young corners early and often.

Also, as usual, there was nothing special about the Packers kick coverage teams, leaving those squads as a major area of concern as they have been for the last few years.

The bottom line remains that if the Pack can’t find a way to generate a consistent pass rush and be at least respectable on special teams, they’ll have a tough time realizing the lofty goals they’ve set for themselves in 2010.

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Down in Milwaukee, the Brewers and general manager Doug Melvin’s bad luck in drafting pitchers continued with the news this week that first round pick Dylan Covey was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  Instead of signing with the Brewers, Covey opted to accept a scholarship from the U. of San Diego in order to remain in close proximity to his family while learning to deal with his condition.  Coming on the heels of last year’s first round pick Eric Arnett, who has struggled mightily in the Brewers minor league system, it’s just the latest setback to Melvin’s effort to develop some much needed pitching for the team.  Perhaps an exorcism of the Brewers’ draft room would be in order.

On the field, the Brewers climbed within spitting distance of a .500 record as 3rd baseman Casey McGehee stayed hot and rookie  Lorenzo Cain continued to press his case to be a regular in the lineup.   Carlos Gomez is scheduled to come off the disaabled list within the next day or so but Cain should still get the bulk of starts in centerfield.  Someone should put a photo of Wally Pipp in Gomez’ locker so he gets the picture.

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RANDOM SAMPLINGS:  The University of Illinois-Chicago named Wisconsin assistant Howard Moore as it’s new head basketball coach.  Kind of a double-whammy for the Badgers.  Not only are they deprived of Moore’s Chicago recruiting connections; he’ll now be working against them………..There was an article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel this week about Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers taking more chances this year.  In my estimation, the Packers should have enough weapons on offense that that shouldn’t be necessary………..No matter who wins the competition to start at left guard for the Pack, the coaching staff is right to have first round pick Bryan Bulaga work there.  Daryn Colledge’s performance seems to suffer when he gets too complacent and the reps the rookie gets will cover the team in case one of the starters gets hurt.  Meanwhile, the almost complete lack of attention focused on the right side of Josh Sitton and Mark Tauscher has to be an encouraging sign………..All the speculation surrounding QB Brett Favre’s return to the Vikings centered around the condition of his surgically repaired ankle.  Now we know that it was simply an issue of geography.  Favre apparently lost his map and just needed a couple of teammates to come down to Mississippi to show him the way back to the Twin Cities………..The Brewers use of closer John Axford for more than 3 out saves makes me worried that they may be shortening his ‘shelf life’………..Pitcher Randy Wolf, who has been up and down this year for the Brewers, won his 10th game this week making him this season’s equivalent of Braden Looper………..History is repeating itself at the expense of former St. Louis QB Trent Green.  Green, who was replaced as the Rams starter by Kurt Warner, has been replaced as a Fox TV football analyst by none other than Warner………..The Brewers extended their contract with the Montana entry of the Pioneer League thereby insuring that, for the next two years at least, the Brewers can tell their rookies to go to Helena.

Thanks for reading.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Packers-Therapy/113896815298853?ref=sgm Chris

    I was puzzled by the article about Rodgers taking more chances this year. I don’t think they suffered offensively last year because he was too conservative. They certainly were successful and scored a lot of points. My concern is that his efforts to take more chances might result in worse results, as turnovers are death in the NFL.

  • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

    Obviously struck me as odd, too.

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    Good work colleague, I enjoy reading these.

  • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

    Glad somebody does. ;)