Nobody is Winning the Packers Safety Competition

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M.D. Jennings

M.D. Jennings

The Green Bay Packers were looking for either Jerron McMillian or M.D. Jennings to separate themselves and grab a hold of the starting safety job opposite Morgan Burnett.

That hasn’t happened, which probably isn’t a good thing.

While most training camp competitions appear to be coming to an end — except kicker — McMillian and Jennings keep alternating with the No. 1 defense.

That’s a good sign that neither guy has been overly impressive.

“This thing will probably come right down to the end here as far as who ends up being that guy,” safeties coach Darren Perry said. “But both of them are aware of the situation and are aware that both of them are valuable members of this football team. It’s just a matter of who we start out with in our (3-4) Okie package.”

Both guys played over 500 snaps in 2012 and they were both pretty invisible then. This position is starting to look like it’s going to be one of those that’s just plugged by a guy. Like a Charlie Peprah. A warm body.

Nondescript.

Don’t look for the guy who isn’t starting to get a ton of snaps this year, either. Last year, McMillian got so many snaps because he was used when the Packers went to their dime package.

That seems unlikely now with all the talent the team has at cornerback. Wouldn’t you rather have a Micah Hyde or Davon House on the field on an obvious passing down than McMillian?

Seems logical. Then again, Dom Capers is running this defense.

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22 Comments on "Nobody is Winning the Packers Safety Competition"

  1. Abe Frohman

    I think it’s too early to give up on McMillian, so I’m not saying he should be cut but perhaps our starting safety is on someone else’s roster at the moment.

  2. Vijay

    It could and possibly should be Micah Hyde out there playing the safety spot…I think every fan sees what I’m seeing there. He’s got ball skills and blitzing ability already. While not great in coverage, he’s serviceable.

    Anybody else think not drafting DJ Swearinger or Bacarri Rambo was a mistake now as I suggested they do during the draft? Or how about grabbing a solid vet like Bernard Pollard or Kerry Rhodes to fill in (the latter may still be out there unsigned). Pollard signed for a very manageable deal. I was screaming for that…and some agreed.

    And everyone saw how DJ Swearinger already took out baby boy Dustin Keller with a vicious, yet legal hit, right!?

    Still think I suck as GM? LOL…kidding, haters.

    Here’s another possible solution. Start MD Jennings against pass heavy teams and start Jerron against run heavy teams. BOOM.

    • Mike R

      I’m sure in your book, with your fantasy Packers picks, you’re batting 1000. You are pretty much a genius, and I love that you need to tell everyone about what you would do if you were GM. Nobody is keeping track of what you said in your previous post(s), and who you would draft, because we don’t care, but thanks for reminding everyone what “you were screaming for” several months ago.

      • Mike R

        And the term “haters” is generally used to refer to people that refuse to acknowledge a person’s success, but instead point out their flaws. So, if people are hating on you for your successful reign as fake Packer’s GM, then yes, I guess haters would be accurate to say.

      • Vijay

        And another thing you fucking moron…If you don’t care, then ignore me and don’t fucking comment you filthy piece of shit. In fact, shut your fucking shit mouth permanently this is a fucking blog troll.

        • Ryan

          Easy there killer. While you did bring some good points to the table, there really wasn’t a need to boast about yourself while doing it. And then to display such aggression towards a guy who simply called you out on it? A bit extreme my man. How about having a civilized discussion with thoughtful and insightful posts? Like I said, your original post did have that in it, and I appreciated it. You clearly are more in tune with the happenings of the team and players than I am. I like hearing your take on things. Maybe just cut back on ‘me vs. the world’ thing and people will respect you a bit more.

        • GBslacker

          If your comment is the culmination of your Packer passion, it has been time misspent.

          The NFL is a game, wrapped in a multi-billion dollar industry — and you are simply not a factor, as is everyone else who posts here.

          You come to this site for the opinions, and to share your own thoughts. You can agree to disagree, but let it stop there.

    • Phatgzus

      Rambo has been getting devoured this preseason and did not grade out well in any other aspect of the game other than big hits, and Rhodes is indeed still a free agent, since he’s so very fantastic I find it hard to fathom why that could be. Pollard is a SS and we already have a talented one of those in Burnett, as an astute student of the game you would know that those 2 positions generally possess 2 different roles and associated skill sets, sure either safety could play either position, but not likely to the standard they could play their natural positions.

  3. dustin

    Just wanna say that I wanted elam so bad lasy yr and I also loved DJ Swag out of USC. Datone better prove his worth this year because those two safety’s would of really helped this defense. There is no way I’d say take dj over lacy though… Eddie looks legit!

  4. tedtomato

    Mike…you’re a DOUCHE…nobody cares about your opinion! They better get this safety shit figured out..soon..last year it was OL issues and running back and safety issues..this year..its OL and safety still. Teds good..but..sure seems to hope for that improvement from within too much. It seems like whatever haunts this team in preseason..haunts em twice as bad in regular season

    • Vijay

      Thanks Ted Tomato. I respect your comments very much. Great job and you’re right to express your opinions on here freely because last I checked this is a free country. If you want to play acting GM for the day, I will applaud that because I like discourse…I like ideas…clearly you and I both have them while those on the other side (Ted lovers) just sit back and take the bullshit losing with one of the leagues best QBs in tow. Talk to any player in the league they say the same thing, you have a 5 year window when you win the big one. That 5 years is closing fast, that’s why we stress urgency!

      • Shawn iltarion

        It is exactly your definition of “losing” that is the problem.

        By that definition, 31 teams a year are “losing.”

        By that definition, the New England Patriots and Bill Belicheck are LOSERS.

        Our great QB had a big hand in the Packers losing against the Giants and failing to repeat.

      • Phatgzus

        Yep a free country in which “freedom is defended at the cost of civil liberties”, *cough cough* PRISM, NDAA, The Patriot Act, etc.

    • Mike R

      Haha, funny shit. I respect your comments very much guysocke. I forgot about that dude. I’m waiting for the first sighting of the 2013 season. But I guess technically if Vijay is Restivo, there already has been a sighting. When Vijay writes as Restivo, he’s extra dumb though. Write away Restivo, practice your freedom of speech.

  5. Shawn iltarion

    McMillian has made plays. He just has made mistakes as well.

    It is a little late now to move Hyde anywhere.

    It is too early to say whether not drafting a safety was a mistake. Preseason means squat. Let’s see how these guys play in the regular season.

    It ISN’T too early to wonder WTF we are doing at the kicker position where we seemed determined to rely on the worst kicker in the NFL once again.

    • Abe Frohman

      I prefer to think we’re waiting for kickalicious to lose the competition to Akers and be released. Who knew I was an optomist??? Certainly not me!

  6. Vijay

    NEWSFLASH EVERYONE! Please stop having your own opinion about shit…apparently your existence doesn’t matter!!!

    Just shop at Walmart, breed irresponsibly, collect welfare when your blue collar job lays you off, watch cartoons or comedy clips on youtube all day, teach your kids the importance of being a star pubescent athlete and a fucking bully and oh yeah, buy a gun load it and shoot yourself in the foot with it!

  7. tedtomato

    Neither one of those guys look like they have a clue back there..burnett..theres times he looks good..then theres the times he looks really fucking bad. I just hope they didnt overpay him..like they did with tramon

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