Initial Second and 2 Podcast

This is the intial Second and 2 podcast. Hopefully there are many to come. This is somewhat of a rough draft, as it was my first ever Podcast recording. Just a little bit of a rant against my New York Mets, but it’ll be a weekly series mainly focusing on the Packers from now on. Hope you enjoy.

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AJ Enno:

Deservedly so.

Originally posted on Green Bay Packers Official Blog:

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and LB Clay Matthews have been named to Pro Football Weekly’s midseason all-pro team.

Rodgers leads the league in TD passes with 25 and ranks second in the league in passer rating at 107.4. Matthews is tied with two other players for second in the league in sacks with nine.

Elsewhere in the NFC North, the Bears and Vikings each had three players selected. For Chicago, they’re all on defense — DE Julius Peppers, LB Lance Briggs and CB Charles Tillman. For Minnesota, RB Adrian Peterson and WR Percy Harvin were selected, along with K Blair Walsh. Harvin was also chosen as kick returner.

The full team:

OFFENSE
QB Aaron Rodgers/Packers
RB Adrian Peterson/Vikings*
RB Marshawn Lynch/Seahawks
WR A.J. Green/Bengals*
WR Reggie Wayne/Colts
WR Percy Harvin/Vikings
TE Rob Gronkowski/Patriots
C Mike Pouncey/Dolphins
OG Mike Iupati/49ers*
OG Marshal Yanda/Ravens
OT Duane Brown/Texans
OT Anthony Davis/49ers

DEFENSE
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The Shadows of Lambeau: Resiliency

ImageLadies and gentlemen we are at the midway point of the 2012 season. This has been one of the oddest Packers seasons I can remember, maybe the only other one like this was 2003. Throughout this wacky season, one thing has stuck out the most with me: this team is resilient.Image

The resiliency starts with the elite quarterback. Aaron Rodgers the NFL’s most sacked quarterback, and hasn’t backed down all season. He hasn’t complained about his line, blamed injuries,or his receivers. Instead Rodgers is a man and puts all of the struggles on his shoulders. He has taken the blame for an offense that has lacked a real running threat and has been torn apart by injuries.

The fact he does this, separates him from many of the other QB’s let alone some of the other elite QB’s in his class. Just like this team Rodgers gets up after being knocked down, looks the defense in the face and goes back to work. 

Shall I list the players injured through 9 games?

Charles Woodson- Broken Collarbone- 6-7 weeks

Clay Matthews- Strained Hamstring- 2-7 weeks

Greg Jennings- Sports Hernia- Missed 6 games/out 4-6 weeks

Jordy Nelson- Hamstring/Ankle- Missed 1 game/ status unknown

John Kuhn- Hamstring- out indefinitely

Cedric Benson- Lisfranc- Placed on IR

Nick Perry- Wrist- Placed on IR

Desmond Bishop-Knee-Placed on IR

Bryan Buluga-Hip Flexor-Out Indefinitely

Injuries happen throughout football, and there’s really nothing you can do but deal with it. But everyone I listed is a starter; better yet a star on this team. Now you take a team who has that many star players out, and you’re most likely thinking they’ll fall short. So far, the Packers have used it as motivation and got themselves to a 6-3 record which is good for second place in the NFC North.

Do you want to know why they have succeeded where other teams would fail? Resiliency. They follow their leaders path, and take on the mind set of Aaron Rodgers. They dust themselves off and go back to work. They were taught toughness by Coach McCarthy, a fiery spirit from Pittsburgh. They take on Imagethe tough persona that guys like Nitschke, Hornung, Taylor, Lombardi, Favre, Starr and Lambeau took on. Resiliency characterizes the Green Bay Packers as a franchise. No matter what this team will rise to the occasion and they will punch you in the mouth.

Those are my bye week views, and I look forward to watching this team stare in the face of adversity, and beat it.

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AJ Enno:

The similarities…..

Originally posted on Green Bay Packers Official Blog:

QB Aaron Rodgers was asked on Wednesday if he sees similarities between this season and 2010, when the Packers withstood a rash of injuries and a 3-3 start to ultimately win the Super Bowl.

“This has been similar in the fact that we lost some key guys in 2010 and we lost some key guys already this year,” Rodgers said of the season-ending injuries, which were to starters Ryan Grant, Mark Tauscher, Morgan Burnett, Nick Barnett, Brad Jones and Jermichael Finley in the first five weeks of 2010. The Packers have lost Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith for the season this year, and now Cedric Benson and Charles Woodson for extended periods.

“We started a little slow, lost a couple of overtimes games early that year, then we started getting on a roll before the bye week. We’d like to do the same thing this season.”

After the 3-3 start…

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Quick Thoughts

Many thoughts run through my head during the days leading up to Packer game day. This series of posts is designed to give you insight into what I am thinking.

  • Casey Hayward, who is tied for league lead in interceptions (4), could be the starter opposite Tramon Williams by seasons end. That’s saying a lot for a rookie third rounder. 
  • Is there any way Ted Thompson could swing a trade for one of the Panthers running back’s? A certain tight end wearing the number 88 could be bait.
  • Have you ever sat back and just said “man I can’t believe we have the games best quarterback.” I’ve started to do just that.
  • The Jaguars could pose a threat with their defensive schemes as far as getting pressure on Rodgers. It’ll be fun to watch the chess match that will ensue.
  • Last years defense seemed “aged” and slow. This years defense seems reenergized and it starts with the resurgence of Clay Matthews sack numbers.
  • The bye week will work out perfectly for this Packers team. I think it will greatly benefit them.
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Packer Nation: You Decide.

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It’s Time For Our Redemption

Here is a great video that sums up my feelings for the Packers 2012 season. Only six more days:

 

Courtesy of USA Dexter.

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