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Around The NFC North: Green Bay Packers

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 17, 2010 – 8:00 am

Our look around the NFC North this week concludes today with a glance at the Green Bay Packers…

More 3-4 Defense Transition?
Green Bay’s defense last season underwent a major changed when defensive coordinator Dom Capers was hired – they went from a 4-3 base alignment to a 3-4 scheme. Depending on how you look at it, the results were varied. On one hand, Green Bay was 2nd in total defense (yardage) and 7th in scoring defense (18.6 points per game), both very good numbers.

But on the other hand, one of Green Bay’s best defenders – Aaron Kampman – was displaced in the new scheme. In the former 4-3 alignment, Kampman was a disruptive force as a right DE. But in the 3-4 scheme he was primarily standing up as on OLB and he was less effective because of the change. In addition, Kampman injured his knee was lost for the season in November.

This offseason, Kampman will be a free agent and the 2-time Pro Bowler’s future is unclear. Will he stay with Green Bay, the franchise for which he’s played 8 seasons? Or will he hit the market and find a new home?

Either way, the Packers defense is in for more transition this offseason.

TE Finley Stands Out
Because of his size and athleticism, as well as his 3rd round status, TE Jermichael Finley entered the NFL and his Packers career with sizable expectations. A rookie season that included just 1 start and 6 receptions in 14 games didn’t excite many people. But the same cannot be said for Finley’s sophomore campaign in Green Bay.

Finley came on strong late in the season and I couldn’t help but be impressed with how he played, especially in Green Bay’s playoff loss at Arizona. For the season, Finley had 55 receptions and 5 TDs. His numbers spiked as Green Bay made its late-season run – he had 28 receptions and 4 TDs in the team’s final 5 games. And he was even more impressive in the playoff game, registering 6 grabs for 159 yards.

At 6-5, 247 pounds, Finley has great size and has already displaced his athleticism and ability to catch the ball. I haven’t followed him closely enough to assess his blocking skills and other intangible factors, but Finley certainly passes the eye test and I’m sure he’ll be factor in Green Bay’s offense for many seasons to come.


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8 Responses to “Around The NFC North: Green Bay Packers”

  1. By kyweaver on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    they are getting ready to lose twice to the vikings next season

  2. By Robin S. on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    My family is from Wisconsin, and I can say that we love the Minnesota Vikings! We love Brett and after all he did for them, it disgusted us the way they treated him. Brett has introduced us to the Vikings and we fell in love with them this year and will always be Vikings fans. This was our favorite year of football! We have so much respect for Brett and his Vikings team and the Vikings coaches and organization. We have replaced all of our Packer stuff with Viking stuff. In our living room is the big framed poster of Brett as a Viking! Love you guys! Thanks for a great year! Brett, come back with your great team and go to the Super Bowl!

  3. By Roy Rodgers on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    Some Vikings fans are haters. They can’t stand the fact that the Packers have a tough quarterback for many years to come. Common jealots with no knowledge of football. Do you’re research and you will know what is what. I can’t help it if the Vikings lost their best shot at a Superbowl. Maybe 10 years from now they might have another shot. But the Vikings chance for a Super Bowl Victory has once again come and gone. So step aside now and stop you’re hating.

  4. By moorevikes on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    roy i’ll be the first to admit i wish the vikings qb situation was sewn up for years to come. alot of things can happen between now and post favre and it takes more than a good qb to win a championship so don’t count us out yet. last time i checked we swept the pack last year and a good part of it had to do with our def. all of which will be returning next year and will have gotten better. and as far as “hating” isn’t that part of being a fan? so i tell you what you go ahead and climb down off that pedestal, get off our site and go spit your “knowledge” to someone who cares.

  5. By jbork88 on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    Rogers is overrated, simple as that. he had a bad first season and only adecent one this year. The only reason they did well in the second half of the season is beacuse THEY DIDN’T PLAY THE VIKINGS IN THAT HALF OF THE SEASON. and remember.. they lost to the buccanears.

  6. By JIM DANDY on Feb 19, 2010 | Reply

    BASH THE PACK IF YOU WANT,JUST COUNT THE TROPHIES!!!!! YOU BETTER HANG YOUR HAT ON THIS SEASONS SWEEP,CAUSE THE PACK IS TAKIN’ THE DIVISION IN 2010!!!!HOPE FAVRE COMES BACK!!!!! LOVE TO SEE HIM BENCHED!!!!

  7. By vikescot on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    The Cheesehead freaks just can not DEAL with the facts…….Have to come on our site w/ “THEIR HAAAAAATE” and try to justify it w/ more H A T E !!!!!! Grow up and deal w/ a sub par team like you have and will have for years to come…….Perfect analysis of Finley in 3rd paragraph where writer says of Finley…. ” he has “displaced”….. he is and will be “displaced” everytime you morons play the V I K E S !!!!!!!! I think the writer meant ” displayed” but the FREUDIAN slip is and always will be appropriate !!!!!!!

  8. By vikescot on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    Why don’t you CHEESEHEAD freaks show your true lack of sportsmanship by continuing to profess ” H A T E ” on the V I K I N G web site seeing as nobody bothers to read yours, if you even are tech saavy enough to have a SITE !!!!!!!!!

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