From the Far Hash: Looking Back at My Bold Predictions
Back on August 10, I made some bold predictions about the Packers. We can’t check the accuracy of some of them until after the season, but we can assess my roster predictions. Let’s look at how I did.
Prediction: Vince Young wins the backup quarterback position. Graham Harrell is waived and B. J. Coleman finds his way onto the practice squad again. The oft-maligned offensive line necessitated the signing of a veteran backup quarterback who has starting experience just in case Aaron Rodgers finds his way onto the meat wagon. Let’s hope he never does. But, if Aaron does need to leave a game, Vince Young gives a better chance of winning the game than either Harrell or Coleman. Maybe, Coleman comes back next year and is ready to be the #2.
Reality: Way off. As it stands tonight, B. J. Coleman is the backup quarterback.
Prediction: Don Barclay wins the right tackle position. Marshall Newhouse becomes the swing man substitute, filling in at either tackle.
Prediction: Alex Green is traded or waived. The fact his surgically repaired knee flared up again in practice scares me. Ted Thompson gambles that James Starks can remain healthy this year, making him the #2 running back behind Eddie Lacy. Johnathan Franklin becomes the #3 running back and third down specialist. DuJuan Harris makes the team and plays sparingly.
Reality: Mostly correct. Alex Green was waived, but DuJuan Harris got injured and was placed on injured reserve.
Prediction: Fan-favorite John Kuhn is also traded or waived. With Eddie Lacy assuming the role of the goal line and short yardage back, Kuhn becomes expendable. The Packers use that roster spot to carry another tight end, with one of them serving the role of a blocking back.
Reality: Incorrect. Kuhn made the team. I do think, however, had DuJuan Harris not gotten hurt, Kuhn was in serious risk of not making the team.
Prediction: Neither Mason Crosby nor Giorgio Tavecchio win the kicking job. Ted Thompson signs a veteran free agent kicker near, or after, the final cut down to 53.
Reality: Incorrect. Crosby made the team. However, camp got interesting with additional kicker signings and tryouts, and Crosby did agree to take a pay cut.
Prediction: Johnny Jolly makes the final 53. He’s had a good camp, Mike McCarthy likes him, and he’s a good locker room guy. Good big men are hard to find.
Reality: Correct. This warms my heart, as well as many hearts across Packers Nation.
Overall, I didn’t too badly.