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Fat Mike Hopes Injuries Are Not An Issue This Year

Who in the hell are we kidding?

The Green Bay Packers, Mike McCarthy’s Green Bay Packers, are perennially one of the most injured teams in the NFL.

It’s where we got the “next man up” phrase from. Because McCarthy’s teams ALWAYS need the next man. The guy who was supposed to be the man is on frickin’ injured reserve!

This has been a constant in McCarthy’s tenure. Do you know how many guys were on IR when the Packers won the Super Bowl after the 2010 season?

Fifteen!

That’s nearly a third of the damn roster!

When it’s all said and done, we are confident that McCarthy’s legacy will be this: won a Super Bowl, had one of the most injured teams in the league each and every year.

But hopefully… hopefully… that isn’t going to happen this year. Because holy hell would the Green Bay Packers be dangerous if a third of their players didn’t go to IR every year!

“… I stay focused on the grind,” McCarthy said. “Every team is different. The thresholds are going to be different. Hopefully the injuries are not a huge factor, but it’s part of the game. All those variables, you just fight through them.”

Yeah.

The funny thing is, we all know that the teams who stay the healthiest in a given season are usually the teams that make a nice playoff run. When you look at a team who won the Super Bowl, you can usually remark on how healthy they were throughout the season.

That will never be the Green Bay Packers, though. Not under Mike McCarthy.

We’re just gonna hope for the best and go with that “next man up” philosophy.

Change something?

Pssssssssch!

So here’s a challenge. Name the 15-20 players on the Packers’ roster who will go on IR this year. If you can name all of them correctly, we’ll give you $500.

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Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!

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  1. PF4L July 26, 2017

    In 2010, it’s “Next man up” proclaimed with chest out.

    Since then….it’s an excuse.

    In reality, they had decent depth back in 2010. Now, if a corner gets hurt and goes on IR, the season’s done.

    But never fear, the sheep…i mean…..the word on the street this year is we have better depth, and a rookie draft class to take us right to the Chili dome in February.

    In Ted we Trust.

    1. PF4L July 26, 2017

      To put it more bluntley. If Shields goes down, and your next man up is an UDFA that’s too slow, even though you went heavy on cornerbacks in 2015, you might be fucked before the season even started anyway.

      No, that’s not the only problem. You have no good depth at OLB in the event of injuries, you can’t find any good answers at ilb for years and years. So much so that you are now trying to bring safety’s up to play ilb, thereby increasing pressure on the secondary. Compounding the secondary’s problem’s is the D-line seems to do absolutely nothing, yes nothing but play pattycake against the other team’s O line.

      This goes on for years, and no one is accountable, Ted answers to no one, Murphy answers to Ted. Fat Mike doesn’t tolerate being questioned. No coaching changes of any significance. Don’t change a thing!!

      Godforbid i should mention draft and develop, and go into some detail explaining how that self proclaimed philosophy has become such a fucking joke. It ranks right up there with Ted saying he doesn’t draft for need. He takes BPA…Fuck you Ted, you draft for need every year, you just suck at it. Yea, piss away some more 1st round draft picks, maybe another Datone Jones who doesn’t fit your scheme….good job. Maybe when you realized he wasn’t giving you anything as a D-lineman, you should have tried to convert him to an olb. Oh Snap.

      Let’s keep doing what we’ve been doing, no changes, it’s worked well so far.

      But otherwise…..i see no reason why we wouldn’t be in this season’s Super Bowl. We always have a chance, his name is Aaron Rodgers, or as the 3 stooges call him…job security.

  2. Empacador July 26, 2017

    Do we have to name names, or can we guess numbers by position groups? As a start I can see probably 5 on IR from the WR and RB groups right now, not to mention 2-3 OL, maybe a QB and probably 2 DBs ( Goodson will probably take 1 spot) or more, “stashed” due to potential HOF status…or did you mean legitimate IR from actually getting hurt while playing during the season and not simply having a hang nail? Those are the lucky guys that make IR. The poor practice squad – with all the turnover throughout the season – is where those dudes better not even bother unpacking their shit because they know it is only a matter of time before the next scrub takes their place.

  3. Howard July 26, 2017

    2014- 3rd lowest injuries in NFL. 2015- 9th lowest. 2016- 15th lowest.

    It is not accurate to say the Packers are still one of the most injured teams. It was correct prior to 2014.

    With injuries it makes a difference when they occur. Late or early in the season. It also makes a difference if a position group is hit hard, and was understaffed to start the season

    1. Empacador July 27, 2017

      No doubt legitimate injuries and when they occur has an impact on the immediate team. The “gamesmanship” that goes into stocking the roster for the future is the outlier.

      1. Howard July 27, 2017

        Agree. I expect with the PUP, IR, and suspensions the team will be carrying around 60 players not 53. That does not include the guys the team wants to stash on IR so they can hopefully develop another year. With the cutdown from 90 to 53 after the last preseason game all the teams will have some interesting injury moves from those viscous hang nails injuries. :-).

        1. Empacador July 27, 2017

          That rule change is a good thing. If teams really want competition they have all the games to do it instead of having to make cuts, only to see someone go down the next week. By then it is too late. Rather than bring in fringe guys for a week only to cut them after one game where the player might still be trying to get acclimated. As you stated, it will be very interesting this year to see how that all plays out.

  4. Pack Attack July 26, 2017

    Thanks Howard. Always bringing the facts and not spouting off. Post more often cuz i like reading what you have to say.

    1. Howard July 27, 2017

      Thanks PACK ATTACK. My wife, kids, and Grandkids would disagree. They tend to ignore what I say. :-)

      1. PF4L July 27, 2017

        Is it ok to “spout off” about the facts?

        I suppose i should read this websites TOS violations. I don’t even know the rules yet.

  5. Kato July 27, 2017

    I wonder how many of the people that refer to McCarthy as “Fat Mike” are actually overweight themselves?

    1. PF4L July 27, 2017

      Define overweight…5-10 lbs?…..80-130 lbs?