Jermichael Finley Had Confidence Issues

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Jermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

For a guy that ran his mouth as much as Jermichael Finley did last year, you’d think confidence wouldn’t have been an issue. Apparently, it was.

Green Bay Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot pointed to that as the reason why Finley struggled in the first half of the season.

“(Finley’s) confidence level was probably at an all-time low (the first half of last year),” Fontenot said. “Our main focus was to try to make football fun and make it a game. Now that we’ve established some confidence there, our next step is to really get fine tuned as far as how we’re running our routes, not just being where we’re supposed to be (and) when we’re supposed to be there, but the way we’re going to do it getting there.”

What we remember from the 2012 season is a bunch of dropped passes and a constant yammering about a lack of chemistry with Aaron Rodgers.

Then Finley finally started to come on in the latter part of the season. Word is, that helped him save his job. Now Finley is entering his contract year and seems to have figured out he needs to shut up and play.

“Physically, he’s put on a few pounds from last year, so he looks a little bigger, a little faster, a little stronger than last year,” Fontenot said. “Physically the guy has talent. We still have a ways to go in some areas of his game. We’re kind of happy with where we are, but we still need to get better.”

We’re guessing he’s referring to the mental aspects of the game there.

If this guy can manage not to be a pouty head case this season, there’s no reason not to expect big things.

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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.

11 Comments on "Jermichael Finley Had Confidence Issues"

  1. Savage57

    The classic example of the empty box.

    Big box under the tree on Christmas morning. Everyone’s been hinting for so long how excited you’re going to be to open it. It’s wrapped in beautiful paper with shiny bows. As you reach for it, everyone reminds you how much you’re going to love it.

    So you get to the moment. You tear off the paper, expectations and hope in lockstep with the buildup. The tape comes up easily, you start pulling out layer upon layer of fluff and there at the bottom,

    Sits a pair of tube socks.

    Sure you can use ’em, but damn…you we’re expecting more based on all the hype.

  2. Abe Frohman

    So, to paraphrase: when you have confidence issues, the intelligent thing to do is to throw your MVP quarterback under the bus?

    In what bizarro world does that make sense to anyone older than say 9?

  3. GBslacker

    Fontenot (translated):

    “Well, we’ve puffed and fluffed this idiot’s ego, now we have to get him to learn the plays — plays he hasn’t learned in 5 fucking years. And, of course, we’ve got make it ‘fun’ so he stays half-way engaged in the process.”

    And this team’s not soft… right.

  4. the real russ letlow

    enough talk already. the guy has everything in the world to play for this year. man, put up or shut up. earn your next contract or see you later…..

  5. Big B

    If you are TT and New England offers you their number 1 draft pick next year for Finley, do you take it? I would, especially since I envision they won’t resign him anyway.

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