Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Week in Quotes

There are an awful lot of people talking about our favorite team. Some are insightful and some are knuckle-dragging stupid. Let's have a look.

"It's all about opportunities. It's about creating opportunities for people that deserve to have opportunities, and it's about opportunities created that people haven't taken full advantage of their opportunities," McCarthy said Monday. "You have two things you're really looking at. So with that, whether it's a role, increase somebody's role, decrease."

I think I get the gist of the comment. I'm not totally sure because he said "opportunities" 19 more times after that and then laid down in a hallway and took a nap. We get it coach, keep on selling people on opportunities and not the fact that the current player is terrible, or in coaching parlance, "inconsistent".

Jason Hunter, one of the players who will be getting an opportunity now that other opportunities haven't been claimed by inopportune players had this to say...

"That's always great to hear," Hunter said. "So much of what I've had to do since I got here was get noticed, and it's great to hear that people are noticing the things I've been doing."

"With the performance we had (Sunday), if I was a fan, I probably would have booed too," Woodson said.

I've heard this from Mike III and various players. They all seem to understand that the booing is to be expected. Which is a good sign. Now if they would just do something about it on the field.

"I'm just playing my role. Everybody has their role on the team, and I have mine. That's all I'm trying to do," said Pickett, who could have returned to St. Louis or taken free-agent trips to Buffalo or Cincinnati but chose Green Bay almost right away. "This was definitely the right play for me. We've struggled lately, but I enjoy my job, I enjoy coming to work everyday, I enjoy my teammates, my coaches. It's been good."

I must say, the signing of Manuel and Chuck Woodson made more headlines but I liked the move with the Ryan Pickett signing. I realize the run D has taken a punch in the pants the last couple of weeks but he's been solid.

"Anyway, if you think Brett Favre looks bad on TV, wait until you see him missing wide-open receivers and throwing to completely covered guys in person -- it's almost as shocking as seeing Michael Richards do a set at the Comedy Store. He's completely washed up -- and not even in an "aging gunslinger" kind of way, like Elway in the late '90s or Bird in the early '90s. He's just washed up. They absolutely could have won that game and didn't because of him. But I'm glad he's on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week."

This is from Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy at ESPN, in his column last Friday. I generally enjoy reading his stuff. He's usually slightly wrong with his opinions, particularly on teams he doesn't follow religiously, but this one was borderline retarded. Also, it should be noted that Simmons stands out as kinda smart most of the time because the rest of the media does such a poor job of covering sports that his semi-understandable takes make some sense. It's not that he's brilliant, it's that in the land of the blind the one eyed man is king. Anywho, he feels qualified to trash Favre because he's seen 1 game live with him playing. He doesn't mention the injury, the weather conditions (this was the Seattle game) or the fact that Bill couldn't name any receiver on the roster other than maybe Driver. But yeah, it's totally the QB's fault. He also blames Favre for being on a cover of a magazine. Last I checked it wasn't his decision. I'll never understand why the player is blamed for how he's covered.

And finally, just so we don't leave on a down note, here are some fun facts about the Minnesota Vikings.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said Monday he has not made a decision on his quarterback for Sunday's game at Detroit. But two starters Monday lobbied for rookie Tarvaris Jackson to supplant veteran Brad Johnson in the lineup.

Both players, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said starting Jackson would not be a concession that the team is giving up on the rest of the season.

"We can't get any worse," one of the players said
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Nothing better than anonymous comments saying the QB and the offense suck. We've got it bad in Green Bay, but at least we're not the Vikings.

For the full stories check out www.packernet.com and plow on through everything. They've got everything from the Post-Gazette to the WSJ and I should know, I just pulled these quotes from 'em.

1 comment:

Coach Carl said...

Really tough weeks for both the Packers and the Vikes---maybe, just MAYBE there will be at least a couple more wins this season !!

IT'S LOOKING LIKE THIS MIGHT BE CHICAGO'S YEAR
ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THE WAY THEY WON SUNDAY
AS THE VIKINGS WERE UNABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE
OF THE BEAR'S TRULY ABYSMAL PLAY

ON DEFENSE THE VIKINGS' GAME WENT QUITE WELL
WITH CHICAGO'S QUARTERBACK'S RATING LESS THAN TWO
UNFORTUNATELY BRAD JOHNSON DIDN'T LOOK MUCH BETTER
AS HE WAS BENCHED AFTER THE FOURTH INTERCEPTION HE THREW

THIS WEEK THEY TRAVEL TO PLAY DETROIT
A TEAM THAT REALLY HAS NOTHING TO LOSE
THOUGH AS THEY SHOWED LAST WEEK AGAINST THE PATS
THEY CAN PLAY PRETTY WELL IF THEY CHOOSE

THEY PLAYED NECK AND NECK WITH NEW ENGLAND
UNTIL THE PATS CAME THROUGH AT THE END
CAN THE VIKINGS DO BETTER THAN THE PATS?
THAT'S ON WHAT THE OUTCOME WILL DEPEND

KEVIN JONES MAY WELL STRUGGLE ON THE TURF
AS RUN-STUFFING IS WHAT THE VIKINGS DO BEST
BUT IT'S JON KITNA'S ARM AND THE WIDE RECEIVERS
WHO WILL PROVIDE THE VIKINGS' FINAL TEST
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ONCE UPON A TIME A DECEMBER GAME AT LAMBEAU
WAS AN ALMOST CERTAIN LOSS FOR THE VISITING TEAM
THIS YEAR SINCE THE PACKERS HAVE LOST FIVE TIMES THERE
IT'S BECOME MORE A NIGHTMARE THAN A DREAM

THE JETS FLEW IN LAST SUNDAY AFTERNOON
AND SIMPLY BLEW GREEN BAY’S TEAM AWAY
BY GAME'S END THE PACKERS’ CONFIDENCE WAS SHAKEN
NO MATTER WHAT THE COACHING STAFF MIGHT SAY

THE PACKERS THIS WEEK HEAD OFF TO SAN FRANCISCO
WHERE LAST YEAR COACH MCCARTHY TOILED
SOMEHOW ALTHOUGH THEY WERE JUST AWFUL
MIKE'S REPUTATION CAME THROUGH UNSPOILED

THIS YEAR THEY ARE LOOKING MUCH BETTER
POSSESSING THE NFC'S BEST RUNNING BACK
AND WITH THE STRUGGLES OF THE PACKERS' DEFENSE
LOOK FOR THAT TO BE THE MAIN FORM OF ATTACK

QUARTERBACK ALEX SMITH CAN THROW AS WELL
AND HAS FAST YOUNG GUYS DOING THE RECEIVING
THE GREEN BAY CORNERBACKS AREN'T LOOKING TOO GOOD
LET'S HOPE THAT APPEARANCES WILL BE DECEIVING
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

THE LIONS CAN PLAY THE 'SPOILER'S ROLE’ THIS WEEK
AND SHOULD FINISH A VIKINGS’ TEAM THAT’S ON THE ROPES
WHILE THE PACKERS ARE STRIVING FOR RESPECTABILITY
AND THIS WEEK MAY PROVIDE THEM THEIR BEST HOPE....

Green Bay lost to the New York Jets 10-38
Minnesota lost to the Chicago Bears 13-23

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