Posts tagged A.J. Hawk

A.J. Hawk Wants Out

The Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, the former No. 5 overall draft pick, didn’t play one snap in the team’s season-opening victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Today, Hawk’s agent, Mike McCartney, said Hawk wants out of Green Bay… without actually saying Hawk wants out of Green Bay. “A.J. is a pro’s pro and wants […]

A.J. Hawk Is The Forgotten Man

After Sunday’s Green Bay Packers victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, I incorrectly assumed Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk started the game before giving way to Brandon Chillar. Afterwards, assuming he had been on the field and I had missed him, I questioned where Hawk was. He didn’t record a single stat and it turns out, […]

Packers Not Exactly Dominant In Season-Opening Win

Kevin Kolb

Maybe it’s time to table the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl talk for a bit. The defense, led by linebacker Clay Matthews, was the biggest reason the Packers were able to escape Philadelphia with a 27-20 win over the Eagles. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense wasn’t close to firing on all cylinders, but […]

Chillar Back On The Inside

The Green Bay Packers moved linebacker Brandon Chillar to outside linebacker earlier this preseason, but that experiment appears to be over. Chillar was competing with Brad Jones for the starting spot opposite Clay Matthews, but didn’t do anything to distinguish himself, despite getting plenty of opportunities with Matthews on the shelf. Chillar will remain a […]

No Need To Panic About Defense Yet

Matt Hasselbeck

For the second week in a row, the Green Bay Packers offense looked unstoppable, while their defense looked suspect — this time in a 27-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Just as they did against Cleveland a week earlier, the Packers employed a vanilla version of their defense. Unlike last year, when the team was […]

Packers Have A Little Work To Do On Defense

Benjamin Watson

We don’t put a lot of stock in preseason football, but it’s clear after the Green Bay Packers 27-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night the Packers defense needs to address some issues. By the time the starters departed in the second quarter, the Browns had a 21-14 lead. The game seems eerily […]

Just So You Know: A.J. Hawk Is Suddenly The Man

Listen up people, this is the year Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, the fifth player chosen in the 2006 NFL Draft, finally breaks through and turns into the playmaking force he was supposed to be coming out of college. That’s right, this is A.J. Hawk’s year. You knew there would be some of this […]

A Look At The Packers Depth Chart

The Green Bay Packers have released their first depth chart, which gives us a good idea of who is and who isn’t performing well. It also sheds some light on who is playing where. On the offensive side of the ball there aren’t any big surprises. Most notable is that Donald Lee has regained the […]

Training Camp Observations, August 3, Evening, Full Pads

The weather man was wrong. It’s sunny and 85 degrees about an hour before practice. Quick observations: – There is a lot of talk here in Green Bay on the Brett Favre retirement. My thoughts — he stays retired until September 9th when, while mowing the lawn, he decides to drive the lawnmower to the […]

Atari Bigby vs. Morgan Burnett

Atari Bigby Morgan Burnett

When training camp opens, the Green Bay Packers will have few spots in the starting lineup up for grabs. The only totally open competition is at left guard, where Daryn Colledge will battle Jason Spitz for the starting job. There are other positions that may turn into competitions, however. T.J. Lang and Mark Tauscher may […]

A.J. Hawk: Same Old Song And Dance

We’ve been hard on Green Bay Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk over the years, and with good reason. Hawk was the fifth-overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft and he simply hasn’t lived up to that lofty status. Hawk has always been a good guy and a hard worker, but when you’re a linebacker selected […]

Expect Matthews To Rush From Just About Everywhere

It’s become apparent that Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews will be coming at quarterbacks from places other than just his customary spot at right outside linebacker. Matthews rushed the quarterback from the inside linebacker position several times during minicamp, a move that appears to be part of the evolution of Dom Capers’ defense […]

Packers May Get Creative At Linebacker, But That’s Hardly Enough

Brad Jones

The Green Bay Packers have a potentially problematic situation at outside linebacker. As it stands right now, the Packers will start second-year man Brad Jones opposite Clay Matthews. Even though the left outside linebacker spot was considered one of the Packers’ primary weaknesses, the team did absolutely nothing to address it during the draft. The […]

What Can the Packers Expect at No. 23?

Michael Oher

The Green Bay Packers hold the 23rd selection in the 2010 NFL Draft and while there are hundreds if not thousands of mock drafts predicting the Packers will select this player or that player, we’re going to completely ignore those and look at the 23rd selection from a different angle. We’re much more interested in […]

A.J. Hawk To Remain With Packers, But At What Price?

A.J. Hawk

If you read this blog regularly, you know what we think about Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk – not much. Hawk had another unspectacular season in Green Bay in 2009, registering 89 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and zero forced fumbles. He was replaced in the nickel defense for much of the season by […]

Packers Stray From Winning Game Plan

Lets devise a game plan to get this guy on the field more often.

During the Green Bay Packers five-game winning streak, their game plan was pretty simple – control the clock, take care of the football and let the defense loose on the opposing quarterback. And just as soon as I patted coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers on the back for devising a winning strategy, […]

Packers Finally Crank Up the Blitz

Nick Barnett recorded two sacks on Sunday. Photo: Mark Hoffman

The main reason the Green Bay Packers beat the surging Dallas Cowboys 17-7 on Sunday was their defense, and the main reason their defense played so well is because they blitzed more than they have all season. According to ESPN, the Packers blitzed just over 50 percent of the time on Sunday – a marked […]

The Invisible Man: A.J. Hawk

In recent weeks, Hawk has seen his playing time severely reduced as it has grown obvious that he no longer fits into the Packers defensive scheme.
Here’s what I don’t understand…

Clay Matthews – Catalyst for the Packers Defense

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews made his first NFL start on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, and boy, what a start it was. Matthews, the Packers second first-round pick this season, played every snap, contributed two sacks and five tackles, including one for a loss. We’ve gone over and over the Packers shortcomings […]

Packers Trade Chatter Gets Louder as Deadline Approaches

The chatter is getting louder with the NFL trade deadline looming tomorrow and the Green Bay Packers are part of it. Whether that results in any deals remains to be seen – Packers GM Ted Thompson isn’t known for his splashy moves – but there are some things to keep an eye on. The Journal […]