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Packers Privately Admit What We All Know — They’re Too Soft

Ted Thompson

If you’re looking for something to hang your hat on when the Green Bay Packers are on the clock in this year’s draft, bet on this — they’re going to take guys who are big and physical.

That’s because the Packers are currently small, soft and easily pushed around. Too finesse. That point was hammered home in the playoff debacle in San Francisco. The Packers leadership has taken note and, according to Bob McGinn, admitted their folly privately.

But some people close to Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson say the Green Bay Packers’ football leaders have freely acknowledged that perception in private over the past three months, and now are bound and determined to do something about it.

Finding bigger, more physical players for their 53-man roster should be the overriding theme for what the Packers attempt to accomplish in the upcoming draft.

We know this. The Packers are looking to add a defensive lineman, want to upgrade at left tackle and need to consider the tight end position.

The Packers have kicked the tires on a couple free agent defensive linemen this offseason and are giving Johnny Jolly a chance to return to the NFL after three seasons away. That tells you what they think of the current defensive line group.

Both the coaching staff and Aaron Rodgers have made it be known they’re not happy with the play of Marshall Newhouse at left tackle. Newhouse is a perfect example of the problem. He’ll never be seen mauling an opponent.

At tight end, the team only has one season left with Jermichael Finley and no one else on the roster has shown starter potential. Besides that, Andrew Quarless — with the possible exception of free agent signee Matt Mulligan — is now the only decent blocker on the roster and he hasn’t played in over a year because of injury.

The trenches. That’s where the Packers need to get better. They haven’t been able to punch anyone in the face and get away with it for years.

Will one draft class change that? Probably not, but the Packers can’t get much softer either.

Monty McMahon

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



  1. TyKoSteamboat April 22, 2013


    No more douchey, soft, lame commercials & pretty-boy crap. Let’s get back to those Black & Blue days & start getten nasty again.

    Drafted someone like Kyle Long outta Oregon would be a nice start.


    1. Savage57 April 22, 2013

      I want to see some of the Linemen pitching tatoo parlors, tittie bars and bail bondsmen, not used car dealers.

  2. Shawn April 22, 2013

    This could all be a smokescreen too. Remember, we are 4 days from the draft.

  3. cd4packers April 22, 2013

    I don’t like the kinder, gentler Packer team. I am ready for some down and dirty, hard….mean, and nasty!!!! Come on TT and MM!!! We Packer fans need this….enough of this containing crap. WE WANT SMASHFACE AND DIRT GRINDING players…who give a rip.
    Okay? Good.

  4. FITZCORE1252 April 22, 2013

    “I want to see some of the Linemen pitching tatoo parlors, tittie bars and bail bondsmen, not used car dealers.”

    Fuggin eh!

  5. lars1 April 22, 2013

    Look st the team’s leaders. McCarthy is as soft and doughy as they come. TT? ’nuff said. Toupee Capers?

    Toughness is an attitude that begins at the top. The Packers favor pile jumpers like AJ Hawk, who don’t hit hard enough to break a nail. But, they are nice to their wives and have little yappy, chi chi dogs. Tramon Williams is another one. Raji, Sherrod, Newhouse, Green, Finley are all softies and none of them are going anywhere this season. Nothing but the usual lip service from 1265.