You’ve got some ‘splainin to do!

Here we go…first off, Josh Sitton.  I never addressed it, however it’s as puzzling now as it was when word leaked the Packers cut him.  If the rumors are true – that Ted and Mac were worried about him creating a problem in the locker room if they weren’t going to discuss a contract extension – there’s a few ways to look at it.

  1. It’s awfully dangerous for the Packers’ brain trust to assume such a reaction…why?
    1. Other players may lose confidence in the organization’s abilities/actions
    2. Sitton may not have reacted negatively, thus being pointless to cut him
  2. There’s a reason a well-run team would think their own, homegrown, player would react in such a way so the move had to be made.
  3. The Packers truly thought that Taylor was the better option over Sitton
    1. Not necessarily now, but they did extend him in the offseason and it’s a priority for him to get playing time.
      1. Devil’s advocate – if that’s the case, why wasn’t Sitton moved or cut prior and why didn’t Taylor begin with the 1st team all offseason and preseason?

Any way, it was a puzzling move because a trade did not commence and you’d have to assume (dangerous yes I know) based on the contract Sitton garnered from Chicago that he had trade value, at least from them.

 

In the end, I still like the overall philosophy that Thompson conducts and it’s always better to rid yourself of a player a year or two early rather than hang on a year or two too long (see Donald Driver).

 

Not as puzzling, but still stemming from the above situation was the extension of Left Tackle David Bakhtiari.  The Packers locked him up for 4 years with a deal worth in excess of $50M.  That’s a substantial amount of money for a premier player at any position, let alone – what I deem – an average player that seemed to have his replacement drafted (Jason Spriggs).  Looking ahead it begs the question Is TJ Lang a priority or have a future on this team?  I sure hope so as I think he’s a top 5 Guard in the NFL and is only 28 years old, and has 3-5 solid years left.  Either way, looking at it from a pure number and emotionless view, the Packers are rotating their offensive line with youth and it looks to be strong in the years to come.

 

Ok, now on to week 2 and the Minnesota Vikings’ Super Bowl…the grand opening of their new stadium (US Bank Stadium) and of course they must host the Packers.  There’s plenty of reasons to be confident as a Packer fan heading into this matchup, but I’m willing to risk being called negative and “not a true Packer fan” for stating otherwise.

 

First off, the Vikings possess a better defense than Jacksonville and that defense has seen this Packers’ offense a few times…so the element of surprise and unscouted looks will be at a minimum.  Minnesota has always been a pain in the a$$ to play as beating the Packers is their EVERYTHING.

 

Second, the Packers held TJ Yeldon (Jaguars Running Back) to under 2 yards/carry and AP didn’t do much better at Tennessee last week.  I put that more as a testament to the poor play-calling and timing of play calls by Gus Bradley’s staff (Jacksonville’s head coach) than the Packers’ rush defense.  However, if the Packers are able to contain and stop Peterson, that will be a huge step in the right direction to getting this defense to a top 5 overall in the NFL, which is needed to win the Super Bowl

 

The Vikings may not have decided on a starting quarterback yet, but that doesn’t mean losing Sam Shields (concussion) is meaningless.  Minnesota has dangerous wide receivers (Diggs and Johnson) that can make plays and Kyle Rudolph at Tight End to open the middle of the field in the passing game.

 

Of course I have to preface this next statement to prove I’m a “true Packer fan,” but I hope I’m wrong in my prediction.  The Packers are the better team, with more talent, that’s used to winning.  However, I think with this being a game that’s been circled on the Vikings’ and all of their fans’ calendars since April, they make 1-2 more key plays with their fast, physical, smart defense and win a tough battle.

 

Packers 23

Vikings 24

 

*Again, I hope I’m wrong and will gladly admit I am if that’s the case.*

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