Tuesday, September 05, 2006

2006 Season Preview: #27 Green Bay Packers

Ok, I've been extremely bad about writing these previews. Because the season starts in two days, the rest of the teams are going to be done in an abbreviated format. Hopefully I'll have them all done by Sunday, or at the very least by early next week.

There’s nothing sadder than a faded superstar that hasn’t realized that nobody gives a shit about him anymore (see Smith, Emmitt). Brett Favre may have been the savior of the Green Bay Packers in the 1990s, but he is preventing the Packers from entering a rebuilding mode that they desperately need right now. As a fan, I would like to see Favre suffer the indignity of spending the waning years of his career in a Texans jersey so there will be another humiliating photo to show with the montage of Joe Namath as a Ram, Franco Harris as a Seahawk, Willie Mays as a Met, and Michael Jordan as a Wizard. With or without Favre, the Packers aren't a very good team. Ahman Green is in his eighth season as a pro and is coming off a season-ending knee injury, so his ability to carry the load this season has been justifiably questioned. Samkon Gado was able to secure role of Green's backup, and the Packers released Najeh Davenport as a result. Javon Walker was traded to the Broncos in the off-season due to his alienation with Brett Favre. Donald Driver is not exciting, but he will suffice as a starting wide-out in the NFL. The player to watch will be Greg Jennings, a rookie WR from Western Michigan who has been the star of the Packers' preseason. The one common denominator for all the teams at the bottom of this list is a shitty run defense, and that is true for the Packers as well. Rookie linebacker A.J. Hawk is struggling after being tagged as the draft's surest bet in April. On the other hand, he is nailing Brady Quinn’s sister, so he’s got that going for him. The Packers suck once again this year and will have the distinction of being the doormat of the NFL’s worst division.

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