THUNDERING BLURB » Aaron Rodgers ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 en hourly 1 Sunday Morning NFL Update The First Sun, 05 Oct 2008 15:46:00 +0000 admin Brian Westbrook - Active today, start him against a Redskin defense that just announced two more players inactive today (CB Shawn Springs, LB Marcus Washington).

Charles Tillman - will be playing today and that makes life a little more worrisome for Kitna owners.

Aaron Rodgers – will be playing. If you have another good matchup, I am still worried about him surviving the game, so consider using them instead. Earlier this week, sources said the Packers were concerned the injury would threaten his season.

Carson Palmer – he’s allegedly determined to play, but like Rodgers (only even moreso) he’s not a sure bet to finish the game. Worse, Dallas will make it a long day for the hapless Bengals. Unlike with Rodgers, there is no doubt – use someone else.

Willis McGahee - This week’s Official Thundering Blurb Mr. Glass is reportedly so bruised and banged up, he may not make it through the game according to John Clayton. Against that defense? Avoid unless you are in a huge bind, he’s a bad play.

More as the morning progresses….

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Tuesday Morning Stampede Tue, 09 Sep 2008 13:32:00 +0000 admin Morning folks. Hope this Tuesday finds you with more W’s than L’s – was a wacky first weekend and the best advice I can give you is not to panic or overreact. Of course, you need to make moves, but make sure they are the right ones and try not to throw the baby out with the bathwater on many of the players who struggled. Of course, conversely, some players may have peaked in week 1 as well. Today and tomorrow, in preparation of waivers, I will try to help you sort out who is who.

With the Daily News show, these morning news posts will probably morph into something more in the way of analysis and strategy so I am not just repeating myself and you’ll get full value. There will still be plenty of news-centric posts throughout the days – especially on days were the injury reports come out. But you need more analysis going forward and that’s what I’ll be doing.

In direct contrast to what I have just written, here’s the morning news stampede -

Darren McFadden
McFadden left last night’s disaster against the Broncos in the 4th quarter with an apparent shoulder injury. His constitution was a concern for some analysts but what should be more of a concern was the majority of the carries going to Justin Fargas. Fargas had a solid day, no doubt (18 carries for 97 yards), but McFadden was supposed to provide a huge offensive spark and he averaged around 5 ypc. What was going on? Along with the terrible play by the rest of the offense, that’s a huge concern for me.

Well that and Mike Ditka sounding hammered in the booth. TE Zach Miller also played well, both blocking and catching the ball. A lot of his touches came in garbage time, but that’s about when the offense started clicking. Very worried about the Raiders offense though not surprised that it remains a mess.

Aaron Rodgers
Aside from Tony Kornheiser’s inability to talk about anything but how Rodgers looked like ’someone the Green Bay Fans should know’, this game should ease concerns about Rodgers taking over for Favre. While not a huge game by any means (18-22, 178 yds and a TD) Rodgers played with poise behind an offensive line that was shaky at best and with run game that never really got going (Ryan Grant’s 57 yard TD notwithstanding). He also ran for 35 yards and a game clinching TD. He did what he needed to and made plays when he needed to. As far as what he holds for your Fantasy team, he remains a solid part of a QBBC. He probably won’t kill you but he won’t put up too many 300 yd, 3 TD games either. At least not until that Oline gets fixed. That group nearly got him killed and had way too many penalties. I wasn’t happy with Ryan Grant’s performance for most of the game. Half his yards came on one – admitedly spectacular – run. He didn’t look good for most of the game and if you played him, you dodged a bullet. I want to hear about that oline getting healthy and Grant getting full carries before I start doing cartwheels about a weak 92 yard performance which lacked a TD.

Tarvaris Jackson
Why pay Bernard Berrian big money if you aren’t going to throw deep? Berrian might have had a huge day but got tripped up on with nobody in front of him and couldn’t get both feet in bounds on a catch in the end zone. But Tarvaris Jackson continues to look like he can’t get an accurate ball thrown beyond 10 yards. When you have the run game they do and the oline is giving you time (which it mostly was) there is almost no excuse. I am not calling Jackson a bust – this is just another example of a guy who missed too much preseason and looked out of synch. Here’s hoping he gets a little better next week. One to watch, by the way – and this is notthe first time you have read this – Sidney Rice looked good gathering 5 targets which resulted in 2 catches for 31 yards and a TD. Again, I think you will see Berrian start to get his (if Jackson can get it straight) but Rice will put up decent numbers and may be the better value play for a great deal of the year.

Denver RBBC
Finally, you can once again see why Fantasy owners hate Mike Shannahan. I know he doesn’t care, but what the hell is going on in that backfield? Pittman 2 TDs? Andre Hall got the majority of the carries? And Selvin Young just flat dissappeared for almost half a game? No clearer today than yesterday than preseason. It’s goign to be tough top start anyone with confidence in the backfield anytime soon.

So basically, same old, same old.

Ok – News Blurb at noon EST/9am PST – we’ll see you then and back here for some analysis of the studs and duds of Week 1.

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Brett Favre Soapbox Time II Thu, 10 Jul 2008 20:33:00 +0000 admin Hey folks.

So when we left my last rant, I was talking about how (in my opinion of course) it seemed that people felt the need to tear Aaron Rodgers down while proposing that Favre should be allowed to play again. And how unnecessary it is because all you really need to do to make your case is point to Favre’s stats.

Now, as easy as that case to make may be, Green Bay isn’t seeing it that way. And as promised, here is my take on why.

How many times have we been through this retiring/not retiring dance with Favre now? Three times or four, I’ve lost count.

Well, I can guarantee you the Packers management hasn’t. In fact, there was a nearly audible sigh of relief when he finally called it a day this winter. Not so much because he was leaving, but more so that he had not only made a decision, but done it in a timely manner.

In other words, the Pack knew early for once whether Favre was returning. They were left with options. Sign a vet. Draft a top stud. Trade for one of the above. Roll with Rodgers.

WHAT they did wasn’t as important as the very fact that for once they had choice. For the last few years, they couldn’t move on because Favre couldn’t make up his mind.

Now, I’m fine with Favre’s misgivings. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to sit at home hearing about OTAs from friends still playing, catching reports on NFLN. Maybe even harder could have been the news that not only was Green Bay not in shambles after his departure but they were confident. That must have felt weird to him.

Meanwhile, Green Bay was indeed moving on and confidently. Right or wrong, they embraced the Rodgers era, backing him up for the most part with a rookie draft pick. They were moving on.

It had to feel weird for all involved.

But here we are, just short of Training Camp and BANG – we’re back where we are every Green Bay off-season.

The Brett Favre waffle. Again, I don’t blame the man. Not a bit. And as I have said before, I am positive he can still bring it . And that the Packers – in my opinion though I am not alone – have a better shot at winning a Super Bowl with Favre at the helm. That’s the facts – Rodgers could be a great QB. Favre we already know is a great QB.

But the Packers have to be wondering: If we take him back, if we replace Rodgers (thereby pretty much assuring Rodgers leaves as a Free Agent in two years) and say we don’t win a Super Bowl – will we just keep doing this dance?

When is enough, enough? For the Packers, now enough is enough. They want to know if Rodgers is the guy or if they need to rely on Brohm. Or if they need to do something else to solidify the future.

Pundits like to rail about how the team shouldn’t care about the future – the future is NOW dammit and Favre will win now! But I think the team disagrees. Green Bay is very young at a few positions – the team likely feels it has a responsibility to the future to know whether the QBs they have will cut it.

I bet if Favre hadn’t spent the last three years waffling, we’d see a much different reaction from the franchise. I bet if Favre had been stalwart in his decisions prior and come back and played each year with no real drama, this would be a much different situation. I am willing to be that if he hadn’t done this act for the past several years, the Packers would have said ‘Aw, Favre’s always been straight with us. Never left us twisting in the wind. He made a mistake. Let’s help him out.’ But he hasn’t been that guy, leaving the team hanging well into the off-season more than once. And there are no guarantees he won’t go through this again and again, finally leaving the team in a lurch if he drags it on into OTAs and past all the best free agents and draft picks, only to call it quits.

I don’t think it’s a fair reaction (though understandable). I think Favre has earned some leeway. But I look at the situation and think that the Packers are well within their rights to choose to move on. Now, they may have to activate him and then it gets ugly. But let’s save that for another day when/if it happens.

Back to the here and now: Yes, Favre likely gives the Green Bay Packers the best chance to win short term. But he has been inconsistent and contradicting every off-season for the last three years or so. The franchise doesn’t seem to ever know where they stand. At the end of the day, the team seems to feel like if Favre can’t make a decision on this, they’ll do it for him.

Right or wrong, I really can’t blame them.

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Brett Favre Soapbox Time Wed, 09 Jul 2008 00:25:00 +0000 admin So I just need to get this off my chest and, well, that’s part of what this blog is for.

Let me start off by declaring several things -

  1. Brett Favre is a great quarterback who can still bring it every weekend.
  2. The Packers are closer to winning a Super Bowl with him at the helm.
  3. I’m sick of all the beating on Aaron Rodgers.

Listen, I get how much the media wants Favre back. And I agree that Aaron Rodgers is unproven. But enough is enough.

Cheer for the Pack to take Brett Back all you want, but lay off Rodgers.

It’s not his fault Favre has played so well that Rodgers has sniffed all of three games. It is also not his fault that Favre is usually so healthy that again, he’s seen significant action only a handful of times.

Yes, he’s had two freaky injuries. Yes, he doesn’t have Favre’s arm.

Yes, Rodgers is monumentally unproven and the momentum he has is hinging on one excellent half of football against Dallas last season.

But enough is enough.

The fact is – as has been pointed out – we don’t know enough about what kind of QB Rodgers is. But again, it’s not his fault that’s the case. Heck, even Steve Young saw some time before he took over for Joe Montana. Rodgers hasn’t had that chance.

And don’t throw Brian Brohm at me as a case for ‘Rodgers clearly doesn’t have the confidence of the organization’. They drafted Brohm becuase they had NO BACKUP. They did not address the back-up quarterback situation with a vet and they needed someone.

Could Brohm also step in long term? Sure. He could take over if Rodgers continues to be consistently inconsistent. But I don’t think that Brohm being drafted means Rodgers is out. I don’t believe it damns Rodgers as expendible.

Again, I think in a vacuum, Favre at quarterback is the best hope for the Pack to win a Championship. And if he wants back they really need to talk to him.

But some writers out there are making it seem like Rodgers is twirling his moustache and laughing while saying ‘You’re finished Brett Favre – this is MY TEAM NOW!’ I’m pretty sure at this point he would just like to know if he has his job or not and if Favre will ever make a permanant decision.

You don’t need to make your case for Favre’s return by trashing Rodgers at every turn. All you really need to do is point at Favre’s career.

That makes the case all by itself.

I’ll be back to tell you why I think the Packers are having such a hard time with this another time.

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Favre vs the Energizer Bunny – who wins? Wed, 02 Jul 2008 20:36:00 +0000 admin Ho Ho Holy Schniekies.

So ESPN’s Chris Mortenson is reporting that Brett Favre is once again thinking about playing. This follows this notice on former NFL Personnel guy Mike Lombardi’s blog about the same thing.

If it were just ESPN, I might raise an eyebrow and take a wait and see attitude. I mean, ESPN has it’s hooks into a lot of things, but sometimes they tend to throw stuff against the wall to see if it sticks – or at least that’s how it felt a lot of last season.

But backed by Lombardi (or actually following in the wake of Lombardi’s post) who has some tremendous links to the NFL still, I have to give it more credence.

And is it a shock? It took Favre years to actually make a decision to retire. Of course it follows he’s still not sure.

My 3 year old is more decisive when it comes down to it. And I don’t mean that completely snarky. It’s just that Favre really doesn’t know what he wants and hasn’t for years.

Now, as others have pointed out, this is a really sticky wicket, if true. The Packers own the rights to Favre, and if he comes back he’s theirs. But do they want to move on anyway? I mean, how long has Rodgers waited? And now he seems to be ready and Favre comes back?

The fans would likely want Favre. The coaching staff might as well. The players… that’s a tough call but would it be a shock if they preferred the known quantity over the unknown?

What a mess. You know, I respect Favre. Heckuva player, seems to be a heckuva guy. But he needs to get himself together. I thought it was pretty unfair how long he would drag this out every single off-season for years to begin with.

I think this is even more unfair than that. I respect that he still has the desire. That’s great. I just regret that the whole team keeps having to get wrung out every time Favre changes his mind.

We’ll keep you posted….

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