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ENEMY LINES
Jeffri Chadiha
September 02, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Packers
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September 02, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Packers

" Ahman Green has really improved. With him running, they've now got the balance that Mike Holmgren always wanted....

The turnover in personnel at wide receiver could hurt. The West Coast offense involves timing, memorization of plays and making small adjustments. That's going to be tough for those young receivers....

Their offensive line is solid, and with Brett Favre's quick release and vision, they just have to hold their blocks for a couple of seconds. Depending on how long he's out, the injury [broken thumb] to center Mike Flanagan could hurt—he was the quarterback of the line. For now, they'll have to rely on backup Frank Winters, who's 38....

Bubba Franks doesn't have speed at tight end, although he's a decent blocker. People were down on him because he dropped some balls last year, but I think Favre's velocity might be a factor. I'm sure he has broken a lot of fingers in his career....

They're thin at linebacker except for Hardy Nickerson. He stays in outstanding shape, and even though he's not big [6'2", 230 pounds], he has range and smarts....

By adding Joe Johnson, the defensive line becomes formidable. He's going to take pressure off the secondary because the pass rush will be much stronger....

I don't see any holes at cornerback. They have three solid cover guys, and Mike McKenzie is a phenomenal athlete. He can jump for balls with any receiver in the league."

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