Aug 9, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Just who exactly will backup Number 12? Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers football: Tis the season ... to Overreact!


Yes, Davon House looked incredibly bad last Friday.

Yes, there is basically no backup plan if (knock on wood, Heaven forbid) Aaron Rodgers suffered any type of injury that kept him out.

The moral of this story would be relax! There’s plenty of time to get things ironed out people.

No doubt all the other 31 teams’ fans are also enduring the same type of reactions. Bottom line is football is back, and we as the media are just champing at the bit to blow even the smallest of detail coming out of practice or a preseason game way out of porportion.

Whether or not the media actually dictates how fans react could prove to be a whole other animal in its own right.

A few examples of this at its finest would have to start with the play of Davon House.

He admittedly played possibly the worst game of his career and was being beat by receivers that will be lucky to make the Cardinals roster out of camp.

While his play did warrant an outlash from fans and media alike, we should at least give him credit for being accountable and owning up to his play, or lack thereof.

On the opposite side of the ball, David Bahktiari earned high praise from the Packers Nation filling in nicely for Bryan Bulaga. Yeah, he did a nice job, but can he hold up throughout an entire game let alone an entire season? And while no one is quite able to make all that much sense out of signing Vince Young, hopefully he can catch on faster than Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman have.

Davon House
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But then again there’s still time, guys.

Then there’s the injuries. I’m sure the majority of the Packers Nation would agree that Eddie Lacy would have been able to punch that ball in at the end of the opening drive on fourth and goal.

I hate sounding like a broken record here but let’s take a step back and just breathe guys, it’s only the middle of August and preseason week 2.

If anybody should be freakin out as of today, it should be the folks in New England with Tom Brady leaving practice with a bad Knee.

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  • Moveguy

    I totally agree with the point of your article, everyone does need to calm down.

    I totally get the VY signing. First of all, the play of our current backups demanded we find someone else to bring in. So now the only discussion would be who else could they have brought in? I think VY has had enough bad things happen to him the past 3 years to really give him a wake up call to his mental approach. So far, that has proven to be accurate as his approach here is completely different than when he showed up in Philly. From a football stand point, let’s be honest if AR goes down for the year, our season is over with. So what we are looking for is what if something happens to AR that he cannot finish a game in say the 2nd quarter? By bringing in VY who plays a completely different type of game than AR, the D now is completely not prepared for it. See how much our D struggled against Vick when Kolb went down 2 years ago. Also VY has been a proven winning starting QB in the NFL. He is not going to be a deer in the head lights if he gets thrown into that situation, like Harrel has shown he is. It has been discussed at long lengths already, VY also helps the D prepare against the new/younger running/passing QB. See the first two games of the year SF and Skins.

    As for House, I love his attitude since the game. He has been a man about it and not run from it. One game does not make a career. Let’s also keep in mind we were not playing any of our normal schemes and just putting guys in one on one situations for them to practice, learn and give the coaches teaching film. What did concern me in the first game was we had a lot of guys trying to arm tackle and not getting people, particularly QBs to the ground. Now most of it was 2nd and 3rd string guys, but that is something I think the team needs to work on.

    As for the injury thing. It is my belief the Packers are trying and taking the philosophy to be WAY over protective of the guys in preseason. Last year we had guys play through injuries and they became worst or never healed all last year. Example is Jordy and Jennings. So I believe that any one that is slightly hurt, they are giving extra rest to in order to have everyone as close to 100% coming regular season. Yes I think the Packers are willing to trade reps/practice in preseason to health in the regular season. Will it turn out to make a difference to the over all team health and will there be timing issues, that is yet to be determined. But to see all these guys sitting out practices does not concern me.

    So in closing, let’s smile, have some fun and enjoy Packer football. The real deal is 3 weeks away!