(Editor’s note: Despite the byline above, the following was written by PD contributor Colleen. I, personally, am not a ‘Femme’, violent or otherwise. Please direct your comments accordingly.)
I’d like to thank ‘Al Davis’… (seriously, Al Davis?) for his post at Packernet.com . It finally inspired me to write about the Packers in the offseason. Life and other commitments got in the way of my posting here, as did a case of writer’s block, but with me being driven to comment on this piece of inanity, the Violent Femme returns.
The original post is in bold. My snarky response, in italics.
The Green Bay Packers refuse to sign other team’s free agents and now they apparently refuse to sign their own. So much for draft and develop. Today the Packers let one of their most valuable defensive players walk by not using the franchise or transition tag on cornerback Sam Shields. Other teams are certainly not as stupid as the Packers so Shields will be long gone once free agency starts.
I believe some people also said this about James Jones. And Greg Jennings. One of them was gone for less money than the Packers offered him initially (and boy did that work out well for him) and one was back for a stellar season. At a reasonable price. No harm in letting someone test the market. It also doesn’t mean Shields won’t be back in the fold, and soon, after working through a deal. Football is a business. On both sides.
It is moves like this that explain why the Packers have fallen from Super Bowl champs to a .500 team in just three years. The Packers have $35 million to spend and won’t even use it to keep their own players, which they say is the core of their draft and develop philosophy.
Hm, let’s examine this carefully. The season after the Super Bowl the Packers had their best regular season record since 1962. Only to fall in the playoffs, yes, but still. Oh, and I would present to you that the reason they were (basically) a .500 team last year is that Aaron Charles Rodgers and his collarbone were noticeably absent from the field. Not that he really matters or anything.
The Packers raised ticket prices for the fifth year in a row even though the product on the field doesn’t merit it. It makes you wonder who is calling the shots at 1265 Lombardi Avenue and makes you really wish they had an owner like Robert Kraft who is committed to winning. The Packers appear committed to mediocrity.
The Packers raised their ticket prices $3. B.F.D. Wait, maybe you’re right, they are committed to mediocrity if that’s all they raised them. Hell, the ‘committed’ season ticket holders wouldn’t even buy playoff game tickets. Much to my delight, since I got to go to a playoff game for face value. Thanks, y’all. P.S. I’m an owner of the Packers and damned glad to be one. And I’m pretty committed to excellence.
The Packers have to decide if it’s about being OK or if it’s about winning Super Bowls. The cost of doing business is going to be higher in Green Bay. That’s just the way it is when you do business in the league’s smallest market.
I don’t think any NFL team, but any, goes into a season hoping they’re going to suck, or hoping to be mediocre. The Packers have made the playoffs 16 of the last 20 years. And have won two Super Bowls. I’d take that over the 70′s and 80′s, kids.
Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy are running a seemingly sinking ship and showing no signs of distress. It’s amazing. I hope they have a better plan than the one they have using the last three years, because that one ain’t working.
I would like to see your detailed proposal, including those specific personnel and coaching staff to be retained as well as a treatise on how one can anticipate and prepare for someone you ‘draft and develop’ enduring a season or career ending injury, or that you will lose players to IR in record numbers in a season, and have to scramble to put bodies on the field who have little or no experience. I’m not saying MM or TT are perfect, they definitely have flaws, but I’d rather have them than, say, the Buffalo Bills front office and coaching staff, to mention another small market team.
Without Shields I can see the Packers’ defense giving up 2011 numbers again. All this tough talk at the combine about how the defense is going to be better and they go and do this. All you can do is shake your head.
Yes. Because Shields got what last year? Hurt. Again, you can’t always plan this stuff. Maybe he’d get lucky this year and he’d be healthy. Maybe he wouldn’t. At any rate, the Packers have to figure out how to place the best personnel they can on the field for the most efficient use of dollars. Would that I possessed the talent to work for the Packers – the pay would be great, among other things, but for now I’m going to have to look to the experts that ‘owners’ like myself help fund to make the right decisions. Fans see teams like the Dolphins give $32 million to the likes of Brent Grimes and think the Packers need to respond in kind. As a wise person said to me (who may or may not have once written for Pocket Doppler) – “Just because other teams are desperate and/or downright stupid, doesn’t mean the Packers should follow suit. Shields is a good player and probably the best corner the Packers have, but the defense sucked with him last year. Are they really going to be that much worse without him?”
I don’t think so. And, depending on who they find to replace him, they could be better off.
Go Pack Go.