Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Julius Peppers Wet Dream Has Been Permanently Interrupted

For all of you Packer fans, like myself, who were salivating at the thought of getting a premium defensive lineman in free agency this year, it may be time to, err, eat a few saltines or something. Not only does the implementation of the 3-4 mean the team probably won't be going after Albert Haynesworth (who's far more suited to be a traditional 4-3 defensive tackle, as opposed to a 3-4 nose guard or end), but the Packers just hired Carolina's former defensive coordinator as their defensive line coach. Yes, this is the same guy who coordinated Carolina's defense the past several years, the same defense that burgeoning free agent Peppers said had failed to help him reach his potential. If teams are throwing equal money at Peppers, do you think he's going to want to run out and be directly coached by the same guy who he says has been holding him back? Yeah, I doubt it.

But whatever. The ex-Carolina D-coordinator, Mike Trgovac, sounds like a pretty good catch anyway. Seriously now, the chances of getting Peppers in the first place were slim. He's a Southern guy and will probably want to stay in the South, and Carolina will likely franchise him and try to trade him for several first round picks-- something the Packers will not be willing to give up. And under Trgovac, the Panthers had several excellent d-line units-- like the dominating Kris Jenkins, Brent Bucker, Mike Rucker, and Peppers group of a few years back. So I'm relatively confident in his ability to coach the line decently well. (Much more confident than I am in his ability to coordinate a good defense-- not the greatest job against Larry Fitzgerald there, Mike.) Anyhow, I think this is a good time to wake up to reality and realize that the Peppers free agency daydream (a daydream which fans of every other team in the NFL with cap room are also having) is essentially over. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to online reading mock drafts and hoping that Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo falls to 9th.

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