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Our Starting Linebackers…

Since our offensive line has been “slammed” the past two weeks, let’s look at another area of concern.

That’s right, I’m talking about our starting linebackers. A.J. Hawk looks slow-he made two tackles last weekend, one on special teams. Nick Barnett made a grand total of three tackles- three. I kid you not.

I think it’s time to look in the mirror and say, right now, neither is starter material. Neither.

Barnett is obviously not fully recovered from his acl-tear last November. He currently is a shell of his former playing ability. Hawk should also be sitting and mainly playing special teams.

Start Brandon Chillar and Desmond Bishop. They have both looked significantly faster than either Nick or A.J. I’m sorry if it’ll hurt their feelings. Brandon and Desmond are superior players now. This weekend.

I know Barnett and Hawk were 1st round picks. The operative word is “were.” Give the starting job to the best four LBs now.


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4 Responses to “Our Starting Linebackers…”

  1. andy says:

    Unfortunately, it’ll never happen. Ted Thompson has definitely f’ed up the top of his drafts. Rodgers was a good pick, but Harrell, Brandon Jackson, Brohm, Pat Lee, Hawk, and Nelson are not exactly putting us over the top. What a waste.

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  3. John Zoul says:

    Gentlemen, thank you for your comments. Andy, you named every bust except Ahmad Carroll. The single worst db the Packers have played in my lifetime…at least since the late 50’s…he couldn’t cover a pot or pan…and made more pass interference penalties for number of minutes played…what a total IED…
    But, let’s be fair:Harrell has been plagued by injuries. If he’s not ready to play and contribute by next year, then he’ll be history.
    Hopefully, he’ll be fully recovered and ready to play in 2010. Brandon Jackson:An early second round selection…other gm’s considered him no better than a 4th or 5th round pick…a bust…Brohm:a 2nd round pick on our practice squad-a bomb…Patrick Lee-on IR…would not have made the 53-man roster-a bust…A.J. Hawk:What’s happened to him? He’s lost his average speed…He can’t cover the pass…He made two tackles last game…I’ll let you make your own judgment, currently, should not be starting…Jordy Nelson:Hey, it’s his second year. Let’s give him some time. He could work out.
    All-in-all, Ted Thompson’s drafting has been poor. He’s actually made much better selections from the 4th round on…

  4. Chi-town Cheese-head says:

    1) I think it’s safe to say that at this point, Harrell is a bust
    2) Ever since Barnett went down last season, AJ Hawk has been very dissapointing as a middle linebacker in the 4-3 scheme, and his mish-mash role in the 3-4. He has been terrible so far in the pass rush, and can’t shed a block on running plays. In my opinion, I like what I’ve seen in Clay Matthews over Hawk so far this season. It’s no wonder that USC has been dominant over OSU.
    3) I’ve been very pleased with what I’ve seen from Kampman in the 3-4. He’s done well in coverage, forcing QB’s to make passes over the top allowing the safeties opportunities to either get an INT or break up the play. We all know what he does in the pass-rush.

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