Training camp stew 2010: 8/5 edition « Ol' Bag of Donuts

Training camp stew 2010: 8/5 edition

And your nightly serving of our takes on the most interesting bits of information to come out of that day’s training camp practice has returned for a second year.

That’s right: Training camp stew: The sequel.

The Green Bay Packers practiced twice Thursday, so there was quite a bit of information to sift through. We’ve done just that and are happy to present our thoughts now.

As always, this information comes from the fine folks at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Green Bay Press Gazette.


  • The biggest news to come out of the day, of course, was the fact that Atari Bigby will be undergoing surgery on his troublesome ankle. He’ll need roughly a month to recover and it’s unknown if he’ll be available for the season opener. My take: Bigby’s ankle was never right. It probably hasn’t been for months. There’s simply no way the ankle got that much worse during a simple conditioning test. That’s why he sat out all the offseason stuff. Remember, he’s represented by superagent Drew Rosenhaus (a man who knows a thing or two about getting his clients to fake health). If he’d made the ankle worse in, say, March, there’s no way he’d ever have a shot at a new deal. Rosenhaus and Bigby figured that, by having Bigby sit out, the team would see his true value. That went out the window when the team drafted Morgan Burnett, though. So Bigby is now a player fighting a seemingly chronic ankle problem while his younger, healthier replacement continues to gain experience with the starting unit. Bad moves all around, Atari. 
  • Will Blackmon, moving to the safety position this season, appeared to leave the night practice early with a knee injury. He said on his Twitter page that it’s nothing serious. I hope he’s right – otherwise, Derrick Martin becomes the No. 3 safety on this team (double gulp).
  • More injury news, although this is good news: Daryn Colledge (elbow) and Brad Jones (back) both returned to practice, as did Justin Harrell (heat issues).
  • Perhaps I was wrong on the Brandon Chillar/Clay Matthews tandem at OLB. Both players were all over the place Thursday, in multiple facets. In fact, Chillar’s been so good, the team kept him in with the No. 1s, despite Jones’ return. I’ve said this before: Chillar is an outstanding athlete, but he needs to show that more often in terms of making plays. Well, he’s done a lot of that lately. Maybe he’s finally found a home for himself. As for Matthews, I didn’t like the idea of moving him over to the left side. But it sounds like he’s so good, he’ll make plays at either spot.
  • Despite the early struggles, the offense is doing a couple of things I really like. They’ve cut down on the deep throws dramatically and there seems to be more of a focus on quick passes. Remember, the focus on a short, precise passing game – along with the return of Mark Tauscher – was a key factor in the offense’s second-half turnaround last season. I had concerns that Mike McCarthy would revert back to the home run chasing ways of the first half. It sounds like I might have been wrong – and I’m more than okay with that.
  • The defense won the day. That’s good – that group needs to continue to build confidence. The offense is going to come around, either way.
  • The worst thing to come out of Thursday: The complete lack of consistency from the punting candidates, Chris Bryan and Tim Masthay. It sounds like both were great at times and wretched at others. And this isn’t the first time this has happened during camp. It’s getting sort of frustrating. One of these guys has to step up and grab the job. This team can not afford another year of Frost-and-Kapinos-esque punting. Field position is huge. A good punter – as much as we laugh at the profession - helps that greatly.

That’s all for today. We’ll be back Friday with another round.

-Chris Lempesis

3 comments to Training camp stew 2010: 8/5 edition

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  • JimR_in_DC

    The kickers worry me. Crosby can’t make field goals with a defense present and our punters lack consistency. I wonder how much of these problems are due to the kickers themselves, or to their coaching?

  • willis

    About point 5. I was stressing about where the playcalling would go in the offseason. Last year seeing us fall behind in the Cincy, and Vikes games with poor playcalling and then almost come back and win it by spreading the ball around, I was wondering why we didn’t just stick with the spread (west coast whatever). During that playoff game Rodgers was regularly in the shotgun with 4 and 5 wide sets so I call it spread offense. So lame how poor strategy can hurt, and that they didn’t get the point before week 9. With better play calling we’d probably win at least 2 more games and win the division. In a strange sort of way I was speculating if a weak 0-line actually is good because if forces more receivers wide but seeing how (hopefully) we stick with this strategy, not all unlike the 2007 Patriots, or even the ‘07 Packers too, I don’t mind having an above average line now obviously. I have a feeling Rodgers will put up monster numbers this season, I’m talking big.

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