Jermichael Finley Likes Your Criticism, Except When He Doesn’t

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Jermichael Finley

We all know Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is a bit sensitive, so we’ll try not to hurt his feelings. That being said, for all his raw ability and proclamations about “taking over,” the dude drops too many damn balls and doesn’t produce at the level he should.

It’s frustrating that a guy who should be among the top three tight ends in the NFL, as far as playmakers go, isn’t. We ranked Finley eighth overall in our list of tight end rankings.

After signing a new two-year contract, Finley admitted that had he received the franchise tag from the Packers, he would have claimed he was a receiver. That could have upped his franchise tender to more than $9 million per season. While he has an argument, having lined up wide more often than he did on the line, as tight ends traditionally do, he didn’t have anywhere near the production of a No. 1 wide receiver.

Finley’s 767 yards would have ranked 36th among wide receivers in 2011. His 55 receptions would have ranked 33rd among receivers. So you’re a franchise receiver worth $9 million a season? Maybe because of a technicality.

Anyway, with his contract situation in the rear view, Finley is openly talking to the media again. One of the topics he addressed recently was fan criticism — people unleashed on him after he dropped three balls in the playoff loss to the Giants. He called it a mixed blessing.

“Working out every day, I think about all the criticism I get daily,” he said. “It’s kind of like . . . sad. But I’m going to bust my butt to prove everybody wrong, to show the naysayers wrong. I just zone it out and go to a different place.

“It’s a good thing because you’re helping me get to where I want to be, but it’s a bad thing because you’re a Packers fan and that’s stabbing me in the back.”

Well, once you get that knife out of there maybe put down the weights and have somebody throw some balls at you. Work at hanging onto them and then you won’t have to worry about it either way, big guy.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

12 Comments on "Jermichael Finley Likes Your Criticism, Except When He Doesn’t"

  1. Hacksaw

    Since when is speaking the truth a back-stabbing move. If he dropped one ball all year and recieved criticism mabe he’d have a case, but the dude was habitual.

  2. Savage57

    Who the fuck is this guy? One day he’s all “glad to be a Packer” then the next he’s back to fantasy land, where he actually believes he’s done something and deserves a place of deep reverance and respect among the Packer faithful that pay to watch the pathetic shit he puts out on the field.

    You’re a middling ass TE so far, Jackwagon. Go out and earn your fucking stripes before you run around telling everyone your rank.

    Tool.

  3. nurseratchett

    How can we resign him without question & even entertain the thought of cutting Driver? Drops passes, locker room poison, & whines. AWESOME COMBO!

  4. Shawn iltarion

    He takes more than his share of criticism, but when you talk a big game, you have to play a big game.

    I would advise he take some advice from his MVP QB regarding how to handle criticism. And while he’s at it, he and A-Rodge can work on getting on the same page.

    This guy should be over 1,000 yards and 10 TDs next season.

  5. Ben

    Give the guy a break, at least he is consistent……..
    at dropping balls!

    Finley, no fan in the world is going to overlook the incredibly disappointing career you have had for all the hype and all the showboating you do. You look like an idiot doing your dance after a routine 10 yd catch, then u go and drop 2 passes in a row.

    I’m sick of this kid.

    Why did we resign him when we have 4 TEs waiting in the wings? He doesn’t have a Green Bay personality, trade him while he’s still worth something(I know, not gonna happen)..

  6. Apeshit

    Trade bait! Hey dumb fuck!!!!! Don’t bite the hand the feeds! Hate the fans see how nice of a life you have….. TO Jr.

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