Pat Lee: 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card
1) Introduction: Excuse me for sounding like Jon Gruden, but here’s a guy that really needs no introduction. Pat Lee has emerged as a convenient scapegoat for Packer fans ever since his embarrassing performance against the Detroit Lions. Throw in multiple mishaps the past couple seasons, and this is likely the final time AllGreenBayPackers.com will be evaluating Lee.
3) Expectations coming into the season: Lee was expected to be nothing more than a contributor on special teams. While he’s no Jarrett Bush, Lee was expected to step it up on a special teams unit that notoriously stuggled throughout 2010 (Dan Connolly anyone?)
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Highlights? Well, he recovered a fumble against the Chiefs in the preseason. That about covers it.
Now there are plenty of low-lights. Let’s start with the game in Detroit on Thanksgiving. Before the famous Ndamukong Suh stomp, Lee was ejected after a punt return when he supposedly took a swing at Aaron Berry of the Lions. It was a classic case of the second person getting caught, but it still stung to see a Packer player.
Lee also made the blooper of the season in the season finale also against the Lions. Lee ran out of the end zone to recover a kickoff at the one yard line and then kneeled in the end zone. POOF! Instant safety and an instant “face palm” for Packer fans.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: I’d say he was more of a detriment when he actually sniffed the field. The Packers special teams were much improved this season but that may have been due to the presence of Randall Cobb. Many hoped Lee would evolve into another Bush, but his season (and his career thus far) ultimately proved disappointing.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Like most of team, he didn’t show up to play. The Packers needed a big game from their return teams and just like the defense, they were flat. The Giants won the battle for field position and that’s part of what led them to win the game.
Season Report Card:
(D) Level of expectations met during the season
(D) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(N/A) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: D——————
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