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    Packers: Klemm out for the year

    [size=18px]Klemm out for the year[/size]
    Backup tackle's injury thins offensive line


    Posted: July 30, 2006

    Green Bay - Kevin Barry will spend the season in the trainer's room, Adrian Klemm will join him and suddenly the one position with depth on the Green Bay Packers' offensive line - tackle - is a concern.

    Barry was lost for the season in June with a ruptured quadriceps tendon, and tests Sunday by Packers doctors disclosed that Klemm ruptured his right Achilles' tendon Saturday in practice. He is finished for the season.

    That's bad news for the Packers because they were counting on the seven-year veteran to be the top backup behind Chad Clifton. Though Klemm has been sidelined throughout his career with injuries that have prevented him from realizing his potential, he still has a veteran's knowledge.

    "It's tough anytime you have an injury to an experienced guy," center Scott Wells said. "That's something we don't have a lot of, veterans on the line. It's unfortunate that it happened for him, but it is fortunate that it happened for us now so we can get somebody prepared."

    Clifton's backups haven't had much playing time, but the Packers have also been lucky that Clifton has gutted out a few injuries of his own to start 80 of 85 games. He has been the Packers' starting left tackle the last five seasons, and has started every game the last three. That's 51 consecutive games, including playoffs. His only serious injury was in 2002 at Tampa Bay, when Warren Sapp caught him with a blind-side hit that left Clifton with a pelvis injury so bad he didn't walk for six weeks.

    But his 30-year-old body has racked up injury miles. Last season, he played three-fourths of the season on a bad ankle that required surgery in January. He did not practice at all in the recent minicamps and was withheld from the Sunday morning practice to rest.

    He has also played through stingers, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after suffering a sprain of the medial collateral ligament and had his left elbow scoped.

    If anything sidelines Clifton this season - whether it is a game or just a quarter - the Packers could be in deep trouble. Unless they uproot Mark Tauscher from right tackle, they're down to inexperienced young replacements to protect quarterback Brett Favre.

    "We'll see," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said Sunday. "That's the reason we bring guys into camp, to see if they can compete. Injuries are a part of the NFL, so you can't get too worked up about it. Certainly we're sorry that Adrian got hurt, though."

    Next in line behind Clifton is William Whitticker, the former seventh-round draft pick who suffered more downs than ups last season when thrust into the starting right guard position as a rookie. At least he has game experience, although none of it at tackle.

    After Whitticker there is Josh Bourke, a 6-foot-7 undrafted rookie free agent. Since Klemm got hurt Saturday, Whitticker has taken all of the snaps at left tackle with the starting offense, and Bourke has taken all of the snaps with the second and third team offense.

    Another candidate, rookie Tony Moll, is a fifth-round draft pick who could also slide over from backup right tackle to left. But that's three candidates who haven't played left tackle in the National Football League.

    For Whitticker, this all leads up to a second chance. There was speculation that Whitticker might not have a job with the Packers when coach Mike McCarthy took over and brought in the zone blocking scheme. Pushing 340 pounds, Whitticker wasn't a good fit.

    But Whitticker has dropped 14 pounds and is playing in the low 320s. He has gone from a question mark to a marketable commodity.

    "'Whit' has done a great job throughout the season," McCarthy said. "He's kind of moved around a bunch, and also has the ability to potentially compete for an inside spot. Very happy with what 'Whit' has done so far."

    Bourke's offensive line at Grand Valley State ran a lot of zone blocking, so he's familiar with its concepts. What he needs to constantly strive for is a lower pad level because of his height. His modest goal of just making the team could be realized now with the team's needs.

    Although other teams have found success with zone blocking with supposedly less talent, that doesn't mean the Packers can throw their youngest players onto the field and expect everything to work perfectly this season. However, they are confident they at least have smart young players.

    "Playing offensive line is a little more complicated than probably any of us realize," Thompson said. "The tackles that we have, some of them are young, but they're all very bright. It's not going to be a learning problem; these guys have a smaller learning curve than others because they're real smart guys. We'll see how it goes. It's just where we are."

    Klemm out for the year

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    Re: Packers: Klemm out for the year

    OOPs..there goes Brett...Bye Brett...nice retirement or umm carrer ending lol

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    Re: Packers: Klemm out for the year

    Wow.....if I was on the Defense of ANY of the other 3 teams in the NFC North this year, I'd be licking my chops at the thought of padding my stats for the two games against the Packers.

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    Re: Packers: Klemm out for the year

    Wow. I not can not honestly name a starter on their o-line when I could name all of them 2 years ago. This once great o-line has been reduced to nothing.

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    Re: Packers: Klemm out for the year

    Packers start out 0-4. Favre will not sart the rest of the year.

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    Re: Packers: Klemm out for the year

    You hate to see guys get hurt, but you can't help but grin at the thought of Favray getting planted.

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    Re: Packers: Klemm out for the year

    "westvirginiavikings" wrote:
    Packers start out 0-4. Favre will not sart the rest of the year.
    I could see it happening but I really doubt that McCarthy would bench favre right out of the gate. Imagine the fan support he would have if he benched "the legend".

    Anyways off topic but I was listening to Jim More sr. on the radio yesterday and they asked him what he would do if his QB had thrown 29 picks. He said "I wouldn't have to make a decision because he would have been benched long before that mark". :razz:

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    Re: Packers: Klemm out for the year

    They're in big trouble. Reports are that the overpaid prima donna Woodson is consistently getting burned by their mediocre receivers, their defensive is undiscipled and lacking in solid technique and their RB's are having major problems learning the new zone-blocking scheme. As for their WR's...

    [size=18px]Passing game plagued by serious case of drops [/size]

    Back in the day, the San Francisco 49ers' Joe Montana would go weeks without throwing an incompletion during practice, and Jerry Rice and John Taylor seemingly would go an entire training camp without a drop.

    They adhered to an uncompromising commitment to conditioning, concentration and collaboration. Seldom, if ever, was an errant pass or an inexcusable drop rationalized by the lame expression, "We'll get it next time." They got it the first time, because they knew there isn't always a next time in the NFL.

    Then there is the Green Bay Packers' passing game.

    Golfers get the yips. These guys have the drops.

    Through two training camp practices, the Packers have made screen passes as difficult to complete as Hail Mary's. They haven't strung together enough completions to eke out back-to-back first downs, let alone sustain a lengthy drive. And that's in the seven-on-seven and one-on-one passing drills. What happens when there is a pass rush?

    Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers have been fine, and Donald Driver has been exceptional. Beyond that, the Packers' most reliable targets are a rookie receiver, a veteran tight end and an ancient fullback.

    Greg Jennings, Bubba Franks and William Henderson aren't merely the Packers' most reliable options behind Driver. They are the only reliable options. What they may lack in speed, they make up for in hands.

    They catch the ball. Well, most of the time, at least.

    The same can't be said of Robert Ferguson, Marc Boerigter, Cory Rodgers, Vonta Leach, Ben Brown and A.J. Cooper.

    "The drops are way up, definitely," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Saturday. "I thought the route-running was a lot better. I thought the timing was a lot better. The two negatives were too many dropped balls and too many pre-snap penalties."

    Those are significant mistakes, because they are inexcusable.

    It isn't as if a hard-hitting safety such as John Lynch or Ronnie Lott is waiting to take the receiver's helmet off. It is simply a case of the receiver lacking the focus and-or desire to make the play.

    If it continues, Jennings is going to be the starter opposite Driver in the Sept. 10 regular-season opener. Robert Brooks and Antonio Freeman were fabulous receivers, but they couldn't crack the starting lineup as rookies. Then again, they weren't playing behind Ferguson, Boerigter, Rodgers and Rod Gardner.

    Jennings has two drops. They didn't come against Al Harris, Charles Woodson or Nick Collins, though. They came against air.

    "It is disappointing," Jennings said of the team's drops. "The fatigue, the heat, those are outside distractions. When you block them out, you decrease the mental errors."

    The Packers' receivers can feel free to block out the distractions any time now. Starting with today's 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. practices would be a good idea.

    To paraphrase Forrest Gregg, or rather Forrest Gump, "Sloppy is as sloppy does."

    [size=24px]The Packers' receivers can start catching passes more consistently, or they can start wearing bibs to practice. The choice is theirs. [/size] [size=18px]LMAO!![/size]
    I am a dipshit!!!

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    Re: Packers: Klemm out for the year

    ....and people are still picking the Packers to take the division. This is the first time in a long time that I would put $ down on the Packers taking last place in the NFCN.

    Packers | Klemm headed to Injured Reserve list
    Sun, 30 Jul 2006 18:57:38 -0700

    Lori Nickel, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers OL Adrian Klemm (Achilles') will miss the entire 2006 season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon. Klemm suffered the injury Saturday, July 29. He will be placed on the team's Injured Reserve list and he will miss the entire 2006 season.

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    Re: Packers: Klemm out for the year

    thats too bad, i dont like seeing people go down for the entire season - even if they are a packer

    im sure i wont mind two times this year, other than that too bad for him

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