Category Archives: Andy Tisdel

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September

Tisdel’s Tirades: Predictions for the 2010 Green Bay Packers

Tisdel’s Tirades: My Predictions for the 2010 Green Bay Packers (Which Will, Along With A Dollar, Buy You Some Chex Mix At The Vending Machine)

“Look, everyone! It’s pretty and doesn’t suck!”

So: This offense is perhaps the best offense I have seen in GB. From the starters all the way through the backups, there are no positions where the Packers are weak. We have great starters at QB, TE and WR, good starters on the line and at RB and FB, and quality backups at EVERY position. This is pretty much my dream: if one of the stars goes down, we won’t be able to replace their production but we will damn sure be able to plug the next, capable and experienced, player into the system and move right along. Perhaps best of all, the Packers are solid on the offensive line. The tackles are the best we have, the interior linemen are very solid, and in case of injury we know what’s going to happen. Bulaga can fill in in the event of an injury to Clifton, which will happen. Lang backs up at RT and LG, and Spitz can play any of the interior positions. For at least the first injury, the Packers know what they’ll do if a starter goes down, which is worth a lot of money in protecting Aaron Rodgers.

Let’s not have Jared Allen’s teeth marks in A-Rod’s face?

The defense is not nearly as sound. We have three quality starters on the line and a good backup in Mike Neal, but losing Jolly hurts. There’s not much depth here with the oft-injured Harrell and C.J.Wilson here. The same goes for OLB. The starters are good, and could even be great in the case of Clay Matthews, but not acquiring more depth in case Matthews (who has a history of hamstring problems) goes down could prove to be a mistake. I like Brady Poppinga too, but neither he nor Brandon Chillar nor Frank Zombo will come close to replacing Matthews’ production. That’s the simple fact. This is likely all worrying over nothing, but every NFL team has injuries. You have to be prepared for this eventuality. The Packers are thoroughly prepared on offense, but not really on defense.

6

July

Green Bay Packers Mike McCarthy: Time to Beat the Good Teams…

I’ve had this nagging feeling for years now that the Green Bay Packers of Mike McCarthy’s tenure do very well against weak opponents, but tend to fold when it comes to stronger opponents, or at least not do nearly as well. So I went back and looked at every game, regular and post-season, that the Packers have played since their 2006 season opener against the Bears, Mike McCarthy’s first game.

My Theory: that McCarthy’s Packers have serious trouble beating teams 10-6 and above.

My categories went like this:

Category 1: Teams that went 0-16 to 6-10
Category 2: Teams that went 7-9 to 9-7
Category 3: Teams that went 10-6 and above.

(My reasoning here is that there doesn’t tend to be huge differences between 8-8, 9-7, 7-9 teams. Also, I wanted to measure how the Packers did against the best teams in the league, which I defined as teams with a 10-6 record or better.)

Year-by-year:

2009 Cat 1: 5-1, Beat St.Louis, Detroit, Detroit, Cleveland and Seattle. Lost to Tampa Bay.

2009 Cat 2: 3-1, Beat Chicago, Chicago and San Francisco. Lost to the Steelers.

2009 Cat 3: 3-4, Beat Arizona (weighted), Dallas and Baltimore. Lost to Arizona (playoffs), Cincinnati, Minnesota and Minnesota.

2008 Cat 1: 3-1, Beat Detroit, Detroit and Seattle. Lost to Jacksonville.

2008 Cat 2: 1-4, Beat Chicago. Lost to Chicago, Houston, New Orleans and Tampa Bay.

2008 Cat 3: 2-5, Beat Indianapolis and Minnesota. Lost to Minnesota, Atlanta, Dallas, Tennessee, Carolina.

2007 Cat 1: 3-0, Beat Kansas City, Oakland and St.Louis.

2007 Cat 2: 8-2, Beat Philadelphia, Washington, Minnesota, Minnesota, Denver, Detroit, Detroit, Carolina. Lost to Chicago, Chicago.

2007 Cat 3: 3-2, Beat New York, Seattle (playoffs) and San Diego. Lost to Dallas and New York (playoffs).

2006 Cat 1: 6-0, Beat Detroit, Detroit, Miami, Minnesota, Minnesota, Arizona. No losses.

2006 Cat 2: 1-3, Beat San Fransisco. Lost to Buffalo, St. Louis, Seattle.

2006 Cat 3: 1-5, Beat Chicago (weighted). Lost to Chicago, New England, Philadelphia, New Orleans, New York Jets.

Totals through four years:

Category 1 (0-16 to 6-10):  17-2.

Category 2 (7-9 to 9-7):   13-10.

Category 3 (10-6 and up): 9-15, with two wins against teams who had already clinched a playoff berth and did not play starters for most of the game (thrown games).

12

May

Just Say NO! to Clay Matthews for Defensive Rookie of the Year

By  Andy Tisdel

Let me just say it: I don’t think that Brian Cushing’s  Defensive Rookie of the Year award, as voted on by the AP, should be going to a re-vote (as it currently is). Nor do I think Clay Matthews should win, should it come to that kind of a re-vote.

Brian Cushing had a hell of a year. He had one of the best years of any defensive rookie this decade, ranking sixth overall in tackles and picking off four passes and defending 14–by far the most of any linebacker in either category (this year). On a defense that ranked 13th overall in yards given up, Cushing was a leader on the field. He subsequently ran away with the DROY award, receiving 39 votes from the AP. Nobody else was even close; Buffalo Bills safety Jarius Byrd got six and Green Bay Packer Clay Matthews had three, out of fifty.

That’s Cushing wrapping up Chris Johnson. I’m not sure you understand quite how much ass this man kicked.

Now Cushing has tested positive for using a “nonsteroidal” banned substance after displaying substance abuse symptoms. And he stands to lose a lot more than just an award or tw0. Yes, it could cost him $2.6 million dollars in incentives and escalator clauses (You can read the full story on NFL.COM). We don’t know what that substance was. Nobody seems to, even Texans owner Robert McNair.

“The club is left completely out of the loop on that,” McNair said. “We’re not even notified…” and later in the article, “we don’t know what any of the details are, we don’t know what doctors he may have consulted with, we don’t know what evidence that the league might have had…” Well if the Texans’ own team owner doesn’t know what the hell is going on, how does the AP? What is the substance he used? Was it only once, or repeatedly? By accident or on purpose? Was it something like the StarCaps of Pat and Kevin Williams’ fame, that didn’t actually affect their play but still merited a suspension? If so, would it be remotely appropriate to deprive him of the award on the grounds it affected his play, or is it just a reputation thing?