Friday, June 20, 2008

Su-per Bowl! Su-per Bowl!

That was the closing huddle break call as yesterday's minicamp concluded: Super Bowl!

Of course, every team and every player has a goal of making it to the big game at the start of the season. But more delusion than reality is involved for most.

The Packers -- as we sadly remember -- were arguably one play away from being in this year's Super Bowl and as we'd all like to think, the eventual Super Bowl Champs. (Sigh)

But given that the Pack has practically all of its starters back -- yes, with that one really big exception, and I don't mean Corey Williams -- and has seemingly added some playmakers through the draft and free agency, and has apparently completed one of its most successful off-seaason programs, why not believe?

The players apparently do, as do the coaches. Thankfully for Packers fans, in this case it's more reality than delusion. They know they are a talented team. Are there question marks? You bet. Beginning with the new starting QB. Followed by whether last year's surprise breakout RB, Ryan Grant, can reprise his performance of last season. And on the defense, whether the Pack can mount a consistent pass rush (hence the interest in Dolphins DE Jason Taylor) and whether the old guys in the defensive backfield can still bring it.

But there is certainly plenty of room for optimism, Packer fans, as we get ready for the start of summer training camp. This should be a fun team to watch. And when it's all said and done? Ya gotta believe! Su-per Bowl! Su-per Bowl!!!

Check out this article from today's online Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel for more on this topic.

Brohm is No. 2 QB...for now

According to a report in the Green Bay Press Gazette, rookie QB Brian Brohm is slated as Aaron Rodger's backup. Apparently, Brohm had some problems during the off-season camps. But coaches still see enough potential that they are comfortable going into summer training camp without a veteran QB on the roster. If Brohm continues to struggle, however, the team may feel some urgency in getting a more experienced backup into camp. Right now, it's Rodgers, Brohm and fellow rookie Matt Flynn. Lots of good potential talent...but also very unproven.

If you want to read more about Mr. Brohm and the QB situation, check out the article here.