Obtuse Observer

December 15, 2011

Green Bay Packers and Interceptions

Lifted from a Bleacher Report article

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The Green Bay Packers have had no problems taking the ball from opposing quarterbacks. In 13 games, the Packers have collected 27 interceptions. Tied for second, the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers each have 18 picks.

Leading the pack, Charles Woodson has seven interceptions on his own. He has collected more interceptions than the whole Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings teams who have six each.

Individually, Woodson has single-handedly countered the Packers’ quarterbacks interceptions, a combined seven (Rodgers-six, Flynn-one). (Simply amazing)

Nine different players on the Packers roster have come up with interceptions this season. Five have come from linebackers, seven from safeties and 15 from cornerbacks.  

This with All-Pro safety Nick Collins on IR, several games without either starting inside linebacker etc… the Pack has not been as strong in terms of shutting town opposing teams this year but they do get the stops when they need them and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

February 10, 2011

The Lombardi Trophy, The Super Bowl & The Packers, Bart Starr, Brett Favre & Aaron Rodgers

The Lombardi Trophy:

The trophy, created by Tiffany & Co. is valued at $25,000, made entirely of sterling silver, and depicts a regulation-size football in kicking position that, standing 22 inches (56 cm) tall, weighing 7 pounds (3.2 kg), it takes approximately four months and 72 man-hours to create. The words “Vince Lombardi Trophy” are engraved and the NFL shield is affixed in a separate item onto the base. After the trophy is awarded, it is sent back to Tiffany’s to be engraved with the winning team’s name, the date and final score of the Super Bowl, and then is sent back to the winning team for them to keep. For the first four games, both the NFL and the AFL logos were in the center of the trophy.

Starting from Super Bowl V through XLII, the NFL shield with more than 2 stars has been on the forefront. As of Super Bowl XLIII a newer, modernized NFL shield (with eight stars and a rotated football designed akin to that atop the trophy) replaced the older logo. Otherwise, the trophy has had no significant changes made since the first Super Bowl.  Complete wiki article.

The Super Bowl & The Packers

There have been forty-five Super Bowls and only eighteen teams have won it.  The Steelers have won six and the Cowboys and 49ers have each won five.  The Packers have four Lombardi Trophies however, they have won 13 NFL Championships.

Three Packer Quarterbacks

The first and second Super Bowls were won by the Green Bay Packers.  This was our quarterback.  Bart Starr‘s ability to excel on the field was so great it could not be surpassed by his failures as a coach.  As a player won 5 titles in eight years (1960-1967) and appeared in 6 title games (the first, in 1960, a loss to the Eagles where Chuck Bedernik tackled Jim Taylor and refused to let him up as time elapsed).  Of his coaching we will speak no more.  He is enshrined in Canton.

Super Bowl Thirty-One was won and Super Bowl Thirty-Two was lost by this man.  Many things can be said about Brett Favre both good and bad.  There probably never was and probably never will be a quarterback who held lightning in a bottle like he did.  The problem was that it was like hitting the hyperspace button on Asteroids and he didn’t always have a great defense to get him out of his own disasters.  His records are what they are but none impresses me as much as his string of consecutive starts.  He will be enshrined.

Super Bowl Forty-Five was won by Aaron Rodgers who succeeded Favre three years ago.  Much could and has been argued about Rodgers with reference to Favre and I have done so.  All of it is speculation and worth not much more than my advice on who’ll win at Wimbledon next year and I had to look up how to spell Wimbledon.  What we can say is that he has played very well for those three years including an NFL Title and a Super Bowl MVP Belt.  He has big shoes to fill and it will be fun watching.

February 7, 2011

Woodson…

Filed under: Charles Woodson,Green Bay Packers,Super Bowl XLV — Obtuse Observer @ 2:05 pm

PACKERS WITH AND WITHOUT WOODSON

Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson — the 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year — broke his collarbone late in the first half of Super Bowl XLV and did not play in the second half. A look at how the Packers fared before and after he left the game.

  With Woodson Without Woodson
Comp. pct. 52.9 69.6
TD-Int 0-2 2-0
Pass rtg. 31.9 118.0
Score diff. +18 -12

August 6, 2010

Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre

Filed under: Green Bay Packers,NFL — Tags: , , — Obtuse Observer @ 12:55 pm

A recent article regarding Aaron Rodgers paints a very flattering and real portrait of Aaron Rodgers and his role with the Green Bay Packers.  There are striking contrasts to Brett Favre’s later years with the Packers.  Early in his career, as I understand, he kept his locker with the O-Line rather than the WRs, TEs and RBs as most QBs did which established a great report with the men that kept him off his back but later in his career, as I understand, he had his own locker room, didn’t dress or shower with the other players and was generally quite removed from them.  Favre’s issues with alcohol and pain killers were well known and may have been the purpose of the move.  Additionally, he’s an old man.  The younger players grew up watching him play; there wasn’t a peer relationship there was an idol/fan relationship.  The net effect of that coupled with his melodramatic need to be sweet talked every spring created distance with his teammates and infuriated even the most hardcore fans, this author included.  He played lights out last year and I believe he still has the skills to be a top tier QB in his 40s.  But FFS won’t he make up his mind and play or go away. 

Having unloaded my frustrations with Favre, let me make some very brief comments regarding this excerpt from the article linked above. 

“Then his chance came in Dallas against the Cowboys when Favre got injured in the second quarter. “I played pretty well and knew I was ready to play in this league,” Rodgers said.”

I remember that game very well.  When Rodgers came in it was obvious that he was ready.  I never doubted his ability to be the QB for the future from that point forward.  No one can or will ever replace Favre and frankly, at this point who’d want to.  Rodgers, for all the reasons stated in the article is the right man for the job. 

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