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Friday, June 17, 2005
5 things I think I think, 2005 Packers
by Mark Lawrence
1) I think there will be several surprises on the DL. About 1, maybe two of these surprises will be positive. The rest will be negative.
2) I think TE is a dying art. I think the unfortunate truth is we have decent TEs by current standards. This is almost criminal given how important Chewy was to Favre.
3) I think Slowik was undermined by Schottenheimer, let down by Franklin, and second guessed by Sherman. I think McKenzie's attitude and Jackson's injuries and Hunt's very existence also dealt a near-killing blow to Slowik. I think Carroll's pig-headed unwillingness to listen to coaching was the last straw. I think the Archangle Michael would have failed in those circumstances.
4) I think our running game will be just fine. It will be a bit different, but it will be just fine. More power runs off guard, fewer pulls and sweeps is what I'm thinking right now. I imagine a rotation where we use different OL alignments depending on the play. This will telegraph what we're running. So what. Lombardi did. Cowher does. Sherman has for a couple years with the U-71 package. I think we have the talent to say "Here's what we're running, it's up to you to find a way to stop it."
5) I think Sherman will not be offered an extension until at least October. I don't like this, it's just what I think.
6) I think the Queens will start fast and, come november, fade faster. I think the Bears will disappoint their fans. I think the sun will continue to rise in the east.
7) I think Carolina is going to win a bunch of games, mostly ugly. I think Philly is 'way overdue for some massive injuries. I think the Steelers are going to look real good. I think Dallas and Washington are not as good as everyone would like to believe. I think the Colts will score about 600 points and still get railroaded in the post season, where it's defense (except for the Rams, once only.) I think the Pats will not three-peat. That will remain the exclusive property of the Packers.