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February

Green Bay Packers 2010 Player Evaluations — Offense — Scott Wells

1) Introduction: Those of us in the AllGreenBayPackers.com community consider ourselves smart football fans. Based on Jersey Al’s history of quality content, the recent addition of  some new writers and intelligent discussion in the comments section, I’d say say that assessment  is accurate. We are smart football fans!  But as much as we like to pat ourselves on the back for our knowledge, we shouldn’t kid ourselves and pretend that we have the ability to fully evaluate how a center played throughout an entire season. Intelligent or not intelligent, most football fans only notice the center when he snaps the ball over the QB’s head or gets flagged for holding. Unless you break down film every week, you mostly have to rely on what the coach’s are saying when asked about center play. In the case of Scott Wells, Packers coaches raved about him all season, and most fans barely realized he was on the field. Those two things mean Wells was solid.

2) Profile:

Scott Darvin Wells

Position: G-C
Height: 6-2    Weight: 300 lbs.

Born: January 7, 1981 in Spring Hill, TN
College: Tennessee (school history)
Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 7th round (251st overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.

3) Expectations coming into the season for that player: Above average. Offensive line play was still a concern entering 2010, but nobody worried much about Wells. He was generally regarded as a solid but unspectacular player who wouldn’t get blown up every other play, but also wouldn’t dominate whomever he was lined up against. When you consider the high level of interior lineman in the NFC North and the quality of overall pass protection this season, Wells surpassed “above average” and wandered into ”good” territory.

4) Player’s highlights/lowlights: Handling Casey Hampton in the Super Bowl stands out. Wells’ blocking on the final drive of the first Lions game also was impressive. It’s difficult to pinpoint specific things a center does that are highlight-worthy. Instead you have to ask yourself how many lowlights — dumb penalties, bad snaps, getting run over — come to mind. Nothing immediately pops up, which means Wells had a good season.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Significant. I don’t know what Aaron Rodgers and Wells are doing when they walk to the line, but it must be important. Rodgers is always yelling or pointing at something. Wells usually looks around a bit before he starts yelling and pointing too. They are likely setting up pass protection, and they must be pretty good at it. How many times did a defender come through the middle of Green Bay’s line unblocked? Not very often. Good job Rodgers and Wells. Keep up the yelling and pointing.

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February

Super Bowl XLV Preview Part One: Green Bay Packers Offense vs Pittsburgh Steelers Defense

It’s here at last. Super Bowl Week.

We are T-minus five days and counting from Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Five days away from a potential fourth Lombardi Trophy coming back to Titletown (I know the first two weren’t technically called the ‘Lombardi Trophy’ but bear with me).

Since the Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event of the year, I decided to do a preview on a much grander scale spread over five days. Starting today through the weekend, I will be breaking down the matchup for each team on each side of the ball plus special teams and coaching and ending with keys to the game and a prediction.

Today will be the Packers offense versus the Steelers defense. Tomorrow will be the Steelers offense vs. the Packers defense. Thursday will be the special teams comparison, Friday the coaching and then Saturday the keys to the game and my pick to win Super Bowl XLV.

Here we go with part one.

Green Bay Packers offense

Ever since opening day running back Ryan Grant went down with a knee injury in the first game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Packers offensive attack has started and ended with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Without the support of a solid running game for the vast majority of the season, Rodgers carried this offense on his right arm and for the most part did so brilliantly. After tight end Jermichael Finley, arguably the Packers’ biggest offensive weapon went down for the season the Packers receiving corps had to step up.

Enter wide receiver Greg Jennings. Even though he was practically ignored early on, Jennings has come up huge since Finley went down. In 2010, Jennings earned his first Pro Bowl spot (even though he couldn’t play due to the Packers being in the Super Bow) and has finally earned discussion in being part of the NFL’s elite wide receivers. With deceptive speed, great hands and an even better ability to get yards after the catch, Jennings has arrived on the NFL’s biggest stage.

This isn’t to say Jennings’ supporting cast is weak either. Ageless wonder Donald Driver continued to defy Father Time and contributed as we all have come to expect him too. Jordy Nelson and James Jones played key roles in certain games as well, though Jones has shown an unfortunate knack for dropping the ball at the worst possible time.