No Commitment for Jamari Lattimore

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Jamari Lattimore

Jamari Lattimore

Although he does have some limitations, particularly in coverage, I think we can call agree Jamari Lattimore is an improvement over Brad Jones at inside linebacker.

Lattimore has started the past two games while Jones, who was absolutely awful in week 1, sat out with a phantom quad injury. The Packers claim Jones injured himself in the preseason and then aggravated the injury against Seattle.

But they still let him play the entire game for some reason…

Lattimore has 17 tackles in his two starts. In his one start, Jones had three and three. Three tackles and three missed tackles.

He also had those two costly penalties in coverage, an area where he’s supposedly the Packers’ best linebacker.

Well, you probably hand’t noticed, but Jones returned to practice this week.

It’s a no brainer that Lattimore will remain the starter though, right?

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight?

Well, if it is, the Packers aren’t letting on. No one would commit to Lattimore on Thursday. The general refrain was the Packers will make the decision on who will start this week on Friday.

Lattimore should get his third start on Sunday if only because Jones was listed as limited in practice. After that, we have no idea.

Last year, the Packers were in a similar situation. Jones got injured, Lattimore stepped in and played better — at least in our estimation — and the Packers gave the job back to Jones when he was healthy.

Of course, Jones wasn’t quite as awful last season as he was to start this season.

Would we be surprised if the Packers gave the starting job back to Jones? No. A.J. Hawk still has a starting job, doesn’t he?

We’d just be angry.

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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.

10 Comments on "No Commitment for Jamari Lattimore"

  1. kato

    I would say put Jones in, but maybe rotate them. But Jones in on a VERY short leash. They don’t have an imposing presence in the middle of the field. Too bad this wasn’t fantasy football and we “just trade for Patrick willis!”

  2. Derek

    Coaches are waaaaay too loyal to vets who don’t perform. Lattimore is better in every way and deserves it more than Brad Jones.

  3. MMTTDCSUCK

    McGlurpy is a smart and fair coach . . . just ask him. If this fucktard starts Jones, he truly does not get it. He plays favorites, he always has. He lets his pets shit the place up, then blames someone else, (usually pad level) he needs to take his friends and go play in another sandbox and shit that one up . . .

  4. Howard

    We are going to be in trouble with the bears if we do not have someone who can cover their TE Bennett. On obvious passing downs I think Richardson would work as a linebacker and we could take out Hawk, Jones or Lattimore. Hell Richardson probably has the better thumping power of anyone of the above named players. If the bears did run or screen pass Richardson would manage just fine and could provide better coverage on a TE or RB.

  5. Shawn Neuser

    From watching the tape, I would like to see Brad Jones back out there. Yeah he was terrible against the Seahawks, but that was one game.

    Lattimore had his chance and what exactly has he done? Missed tackles? Watch the tape. Lattimore misses plenty including the very first play of the game against Detroit when Reggie Bush ran right through him.

    My favorite though was the dump to little Jeremy Ross in the 4th quarter. Lattimore hits Ross square, a linebacker versus a slot receiver, and Ross drove forward for another two yards before Lattimore got him to the ground.

    At least Jones can cover a little. A little is more than Lattimore.

    I would rather see Barrington given a chance than Lattimore.

    • Kato

      Same here. I feel like packers fans treat the ILB position like a lot of teams great the quarterback position, the backup is the most popular player on the team.

  6. DJ

    Not really obsessing with this question mark…more worried about the other side of the ball. This isnt your typical scrub ass Bear offense anymore….where we could trade 3 & outs until MM pulled his head out of his ass and then barely hang on for the W as MM inserts his head back in trying to protect the lead. Forte & Bennett are capable of gashing us all game on check downs if we blanket Jeffrey & Marshall. I doubt ANY of our LBs can cover those guys. We HAVE TO put some serious pts on the board because they will make plays and answer….especially at home. I havent felt this “insecure” going into a Bears game in a decade. And it sucks. lol

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