No one on the field or coaching staff seemed to notice, but observers like us certainly did — the Green Bay Packers lacked a certain passion in 2012. Someone else who was watching the Packers all last season noticed too — linebacker Desmond Bishop, who missed the season with a torn hamstring.
Bishop thinks his time off, which allowed him to watch other teams, gave him some perspective on what ailed the Packers.
“Hopefully I can be infectious to the other guys with a sense of urgency and passion that you have to have in order to win,” Bishop said. “I think that’s the biggest thing our defense lacked last year was that mindset. That’s what I want to bring this year for the team.
“I have a renewed sense of respect and urgency about the game. Looking at the guys, especially on defense, I can’t wait to get back and plant the seed that had been growing inside me from watching without being able to play.”
The good news is Bishop is back at full strength and should be ready to go when offseason workouts begin. In addition to bringing some much-needed passion to the Packers defense, Bishop will also bring some playmaking skills.
He had 115 tackles and five sacks in 2011 and he played in only 13 games that season.
If he can stay healthy for a a full season, Bishop should be in line for a Pro Bowl berth.
That guys is a monster – just got to keep him healthy. Good to know that other players can see what the fans see as well.
Dez will be back in the kitchen. Awesome. I think alot of guys will have more to prove this season, to the league and each other. Well, McCarthy wont have anything to prove cause ya know.
Theres the leadership we’re gonna need on D now that C. Wood is gone
Exactly what Packer fans want to hear. You don’t want 11 McCarthys, Murphys, Thompsons or Capers ( temperment wise) on defense.
Another worthless draft pick by that idiot Ted Thompson. What a dick! He should blown every dollar we have on Steven Jackson instead. 3x Superbowls guaranteed.
Are you stable?
Though he has elite talent, so do a lot of LBs in the league. The difference? They play full seasons not go on IR. So, great value pick by Ted but part of being an elite player is availability and our players struggle too much in that category. Hopefully, for Desmond’s sake, he stays healthy for a few seasons for us.
Insert bishop and draft Matt Elam in the first and our D will have plenty of passion/ferocity.
Matt Elam misses more than makes. If they draft him, it’s a mistake. But I could be wrong…I’d rather have Swearinger or Cyprien personally. Maybe even Eric Reid. It’s exciting that there’s so many really, really good safeties to choose from but do not be surprised if Ted bypasses this position in the draft because fan’s and media perceive it as a “need”. You know good ‘ol Teddy’s mantra…
” Bishop is back at full strength and should be ready to go when offseason workouts begin.”
Is that fact? Christ, I hope so, just hadn’t heard he was 100%. Fuck… That would be sweet. Our D NEEDS that enforcer… If available for the whole offseason, that would be huge.
GBP 4 LIFE
Didn’t you people hear? The Seafags already won it all. Jesus don’t you watch NFL Network?
Not unless there’s a gone to my head; a person with a brain watching NFL network analyses is analogous to a marine biologist watching Spongebob Squarepants.
I like the Seafags moves. They added incredible talent to their pass rush rotation in FA and still have a better O and D line and RBs than we do. At least we know Russell will be protected well. Add to that Percy? If he stays healthy, they will be absolutely explosive offensively and will wreck havoc on opposing QBs with an unfair (yet smart) advantage on D.
Breno starts for the hacks on their O-line… Can’t be that great of a unit.
We need you Desmond and I love what you said! It’s not criticism if it is constructive. I love my Packers and you are one of the family. Thanks for bringing your energy. I will keep you and all the Pack in my prayers – for health, strength, and continued team spirit. That’s what makes GBP so special – we are a family as well as a team! God Bless!
Vijay (or Vagjay as I like to call your stupid ass), back off the Seahawk crack pipe. The Seahawks are good, and they should theoretically get better, HOWEVER: I am still not sold on Wilson. How many athletic first year QB’s have we seen be succesful in their first year of starting only to go through a terrible sophmore slump or shitty career for that matter? TONS.
We will see how defenses adapt to him next year. Also he has to stay healthy, which for a player his size and the way he runs is nowhere near a given.
If Wilson struggles or gets hurt, which I believe he will, the Hawks arent winning any Super Bowls.