Michael Rand started RandBall with hopes that he could convince the world to love jumpsuits as much as he does. So far, he's only succeeded in using the word "redacted" a lot. He welcomes suggestions, news tips, links of pure genius, and pictures of pets in Halloween costumes here, though he already knows he will regret that last part.

Follow Randball on Twitter

The Packers' Increasingly Lost Offseason, Volume 1: Donald Driver to retire

Posted by: Michael Rand under Vikings Updated: January 31, 2013 - 12:08 PM

Now that Stu is done chronicling the the Packers' Increasingly Lost Season -- an idea the two of us came up with as a means to chronicle Green Bay's slide toward mediocrity and/or bait fans of the green and gold -- there are many months until the next Lost Season. So what do we do in the interim? Well, how about the Increasingly Lost Offseason? Sounds keen.



It’s hard to think of a team that has fallen further faster than the Green Bay Packers, all without playing a single down. But in an increasingly lost off-season, the hits just keep on coming.

After one of the most embarrassing and thorough whippings in recent playoff history, the Packers were tasked with rebuilding an aging group of disinterested thespian-athletes into a team that can compete with their superior divisional rivals in Minnesota and Chicago. Outside of a defense that can only claim All-Pro status in posturing and running around in circles as Colin Kaepernick glides past them, perhaps Green Bay’s greatest area of need is wide receiver. The already unreliable and diminished unit took another blow today, as reports surfaced that Donald Driver will retire.
Driver is well past his sell-by date, but his departure leaves the cupboard ever more bare for wee Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. His two best receivers, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, can’t stay healthy. Jermichael Finley will either be dropping passes in Green Bay or another city this fall. James Jones is a poor man’s Robert Brooks. The talented, injury-prone Greg Jennings is as good as gone. So, the thin-skinned Rodgers can count on Jones, Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross at wide receiver next year. The only question that remains is which national television news magazine will air his hissy fit about this situation. 
Can they find an answer in free agency? Probably not. Perhaps the best receiver available is Jennings, who won’t be back. It makes you wonder just how toxic that Packers locker room is, and if this causes potentially good fits like Wes Welker or Mike Wallace to avoid Green Bay entirely.
Of course, there are a number of intriguing options in the draft, but this team has so many holes to fill (that don’t involve finding time to pitch insurance, deodorant and room decorations), focusing on wide receiver will just mean ignoring the many, many other areas in desperate need of a talent upgrade. Let’s not forget that the Vikings, also looking to bolster their receiving corps, draft ahead of the Packers. You have to trust a proven franchise builder like Rick Spielman over a team that signed Don Barclay.
Green Bay partisans may say that Driver was way past his prime, and that losing him is nothing worth panicking about. In an increasingly lost off-season, I’d ask them if they’re that excited for the Jarrett Boykin Era to begin.
  • 3
  • Comments


Post By Category

Arts (1) Books (1)
Movies (3) Music (6)
Hobbies (1) Fishing (1)
Society (2) Crime (1)
Sports (523) Baseball (1)
Professional baseball (753) Basketball (8)
College basketball (6) Football (1)
College football (118) Professional football (538)
Technology (1) Food and drink (14)
Politics (1) Transportation (1)
Employment (1) Career development (1)
Cooking (2) Pets (1)
Vikings (1046) Men (3)
Games (1) Gambling (1)
Commercial (1) Animals (3)
Dogs (3) Gripes (1)
Newspapers (1) Beer (6)
Minnesota wine retailers (1) Wine retail + marketing (1)
Bad driving (1) Commuting (1)
Family activities (1) Style (2)
Pregnancy (1) Car buying (1)
Retirement (1) Shopping (1)
Chickens (2) Fruit and berries (1)
Weather (1) Internet (2)
Twitter (2) Video games (2)
Web pick (1) YouTube (1)
Birds in the backyard (1) Business trends (2)
Loopholes (1) Problems on the job (1)
The rich get richer (1) Airlines (1)
Midwest getaways (1) Road trips (1)
Skiing (1) Travel deals (1)
Wisconsin (3) Gopher road games (1)
TCF Bank Stadium (1) NCAA: football (121)
Basketball on TV (2) Gophers coaches (1)
Frozen Four (11) North Dakota (1)
College hockey (20) Fantasy football (12)
Golf (84) Minnesota state tournaments (20)
Preps (8) Soccer (90)
WNBA (16) Wild news (8)
Wolves news (362) NFC (2)
Super Bowl (1) Vikings coaches (1)
Behind the scenes (3) Celebrities (1)
Dance (1) Local TV and radio (2)
Ex-players (1) Injury report (2)
Baseball wisdom (1) Target Field (251)
Twins fans (768) Twins game coverage (17)
Twins management (3) Twins offense (1)
Twins pitching (3) NBA playoffs (1)
Wolves draft news (1) Wolves guards (1)
Wolves players (9) Values and morals (2)
Miscreants (1) Wild coaching (43)
Wild game coverage (3) Wild off-season news (1)
Wild player moves (3) Wild pregame skate (1)
Wild trade news (1) Movies (1)
Ortonville (2) Brad Childress (1)
Stillwater (1) Television (2)
NHL news (93) Outdoors Women (1)
Olympics (2) Olympic hockey (1)
Glen Perkins (1) Health + Beauty (1)
Beer (2) Wine (1)
Public safety (1) Gophers (200)




Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters