2.0 AFC Quarterfinals Guns Of Hoculi @ Green Bay Packers
Coach: Chuck Noll
Offensive Captains: Johnny Unitas
Defensive Captains: Mike Singletary and Ronnie Lott
QB - #19 Johnny Unitas
RB - #40 Gale Sayers, #33 Tony Dorsett
FB - #45 Tom Rathman
WR - #84 Sterling Sharpe
WR - #42 Charley Taylor
WR - #29 Harold Jackson
TE - #80 Mark Bavaro
LOT - #77 Jim Tyrer
LG - #78 Stan Jones
C - #62 Jay Hilgenberg
RG - #68 Joe DeLamielleure
ROT - #76 Bob "Boomer" Brown
LDE - #81 Carl Eller
DT - #97 Bryant Young
DT - #76 Roger Brown
RDE - #63 Lee Roy Selmon
DE - #70 Jim Marshall
DT - #92 Albert Haynesworth
ROLB - #58 Derrick Thomas
MLB - #50 Mike Singletary
LOLB - #56 Andre Tippett
CB - #22 Mike Haynes
FS - #42 Ronnie Lott
SS - #36 LeRoy Butler
CB - #21 Eric Allen Nickleback
CB - #44 Dick LeBeau
K - #7 Nick Lowery
P - #8 Ray Guy
KR - #40 Gale Sayers
PR - #40 Gale Sayers
QB- #4 Brett Favre
RB- #32 Marcus Allen / #33 Roger Craig
FB- #44 John Riggins
WR- #80 Jerry Rice
WR- #18 Charlie Joiner / #49 Bobby Mitchell
TE- #88 John Mackey
LT- #74 Ron Yary
LG- #67 Bob Kuechenberg
C- #00 Jim Otto
RG- #68 Russ Grimm
RT- #70 Rayfield Wright
LDE- #94 Charles Haley
DT- #74 Merlin Olsen
DT- #73 Joe Klecko / #92 Ted Washington
RDE- #65 Elvin Bethea
LOLB- #78 Bobby Bell
MLB- #61 Bill George / #55 Lee Roy Jordan
ROLB- #83 Ted Hendricks
CB- #26 Herb Adderley
CB- #40 Bobby Boyd / #23 Troy Vincent
S- #8 Larry Wilson
S- #28 Darren Woodson
K- #4 Jason Hanson
P- #10 Todd Sauerbrun
RET- #49 Bobby Mitchell
Utilizing the mantra of Chuck Noll offense, I plan on using the two-headed prolific running attack led by Gale Sayers and Tony Dorsett, both among the greatest home run threats to play. They won't have trouble finding gaps behind and between, in my mind, a Hall of Fame line. (DeLamielleure, Jones, Brown speak for themselves, Tyrer one family tragedy away from entering the hall and Hilgenberg has had his case made for his inclusion as well). Mark Bavaro was a monster at the line, known for his punishing blocks, an obvious plus to the potential of this unit.
I believe the Packers can be attacked at the ends since the middle would be a chore with George and Olsen manning the area, Haley and Bethea can be exploited by pitches and screens to the backs.
Unitas, with his ability to see the game and great talent, will have a wide range of weapons to work with beyond his running backs. Sharpe was a renown for stretching the field, Charley Taylor as a number two will be in a fine position to move the chains with speed to burn and Harold Jackson will provide another set of jets as either the slot option in the 3WR sets or as a reserve. Bavaro had great hands and was a beast after the catch (Ronnie Lott can support this) and will provide an admirable option for Unitas to use, creating match up problems for a good Packers starting secondary. Rathman is a dark horse- known for sledgehammering holes open for his backs yet was one of the top receiving fullbacks the game has had, averaging 35 receptions a season and a healthy 8.4 yards per catch.
A well known saying boasts that the D-Side wins championships.
I feel that the core strength of this team rides on the level of play that these members are legendary known to provide.
The front seven boasts close to 600 combined QB drops among them. Not including Jim Marshall off the bench.
Mike Singletary will be the leader of this unit and in charge of the run stop needed to halt the Packers backs behind Brown, Young and the 350 pound Haynesworth when called upon.
While the Packers do have a solid offensive line, a lack of an adequate blocking fullback and line depth will be their downfall. Andre Tippet played the most dominate football ever as an outside linebacker not initialed L.T, including as a pass rusher and paired on the other side by Derrick Thomas, with his prowess to get to the QB and ability to create turnovers, will give the Packers fits especially in Coach Noll's blitzing scheme.
If there is one attribute of Brett Favre, more often then not, consistent pressure will drastically increase his propensity to make critical mistakes and throw balls into coverage where a great ball hawking secondary awaits.
Unfortunately, Jerry Rice is Jerry Rice. He will get his yards but the focus will be on not letting him get to the end zone and blanket him in double coverage whenever the opportunity sees fit. Mike Haynes will be in charge of the man on man coverage on Rice yet he should be more the able to hold his own as one of the most talented players at his position. I firmly believe that I have a trio of corner backs that can handle this Packers pass attack with Haynes, Allen and LaBeau. Butler will be in charge of limiting Mackey and providing more than ample run support.
Yet one player will prove to be the Packers and Brett Favre's kryptonite: Ronnie Lott. Lott will excel in the game without a doubt - provide over the top help on Rice in double coverage (a Haynes/Lott tandem will be difficult to overcome for even the greatest WR to play the game), will roam the field, pick off the inevitable Favre special duck and crash the line in order to shut down the run game.
Ray Guy was simply the best at what he does, as was Gale Sayers as a return specialist The Packers will be playing on a long field all day and with the opportunistic D ready to pounce, plus Sayers's returns; Unitas and Co should be more then able to capitalize on their opportunities.
This offense is led by Brett Favre. The main knock on Brett, alrady pointed out by my opponent, is that he turns the ball over a little more than most would prefer. And this is true, he does lead the league in most every NFL all-time passing category; this includes INT's. After being a fan of the Packers for life, and of Brett's through 2007, I noticed that most of Brett's uh-oh throws come when the team is trailing. I think that getting the lead in this game will settle Brett down. I was split on selecting Brett to be the QB, but I built an outstanding offense around him, and he should do fine. This offense has an abundance of targets; I think there are enough hall of famers on this offense that one of them should be able to get open, no matter what the coverage, and Brett's throws into double-coverage will be minimized. Two of the top three all-time TD scorers in league history, Rice and Allen, suit up for the Pack
Ever since Chmura's departure from GB, Brett was without a tight end, I gave him one of the best in John Mackey. A pioneer at the position; and the first true down-field receiving threat at tight end.
The receiving core has the greatest of all time, Jerry Rice. He holds every receiving record I can think of. A staple to the Green Bay offense, since the early 90's, has been the slant pattern; something that Rice ran effectively while in San Fran. Along side of Rice is a proven deep-threat in Charlie Joiner, and the 3rd receiver is Bobby Mitchell, who had two 1,300+ yard seasons in the early 1960's, when receivers with big numbers weren't nearly as common.
The receiving ability out of the backfield is unrivaled in this draft; Marcus Allen (587 catches) and 3rd down back Roger Craig (566 catches) will play a huge part in the offence. If the Guns plan on doubling Rice, as stated; somebody else will open up.
The guns have a solid secondary, Mike Haynes was a good shutdown corner of the 70's and 80's, Eric Allen and Dick Lebeau were standout players as well; however I do think the Packers' receivers do have the talent to break through and make the plays. I think the biggest advantage we have will be over the middle. Tippett and Thomas, though great pass rushers, were never the best at defending the pass.
The Packers running game will be a force throughout this competition. Marcus Allen can be physical, can be quick, and has the yards and td's to prove it. John Riggins is a bruiser and will get the short yardage situations. Riggins also played fullback in his early years, so I don't question his blocking ability, Roger Craig will be a 3rd down threat and supply a few carries.
I think our interior o-line, led by HOF center Jim Otto, matches up well against the Guns' D-front. I think our tackles, Yary and Wright, can do a good enough job on the outside to give Favre enough time. Roger Craig can throw a block in the backfield on passing situation; if the Packers face a blitz, I think we'll be able to pick it up. Also beware of the screen pass with agile o-linemen who can get downfield.
(defensive analysis a little later in the day so i can get some work done now...)
On defense it all starts up front. The strength and size of the interior d-line will be able to shut down the inside running game. Olsen, Klecko, and Washington are renowned run stuffers. The Guns' interior o-line is solid, but I think the run will be shut down for the most part. Elvin Bethea is a hall of famer at d-end, can play the run and the pass, and opposite him is Charles Haley, who can boast 100 sacks and 5 super bowl rings. The guns stated they will try and run outside, either side, a great OLB will be waiting in pursuit, Bobby Bell and Ted Hendricks are among the most athletic outside linebackers in history. Bell can rush the passer from an up or down position as well. Bill george, the original middle linebacker, will command the defense from the center. Lee Roy Jordan, a great pass covering middle LB (32 career INT's) will be key in pass coverage.
With all of the pass rushing talent, the Packers will also mix in a few 3-4 looks; Olsen-Washington-Klecko up front, George/Jordan in the middle, and a rotation of Bell/Haley and Hendricks from the outside LB position; this will not be our primary defensive set, but it will be another thing to remain aware of. I think from either defensive set, the tackle combo of Brown and Tyrer, though adequate, won't entirely stop the pass rush from the outside.
The main concern for our defense is going to be Johnny U. I think Herb Adderley can keep Sterling Sharpe quiet for the most part, however, a QB like Unitas will be able to find some one. Woodson will cover Bavaro; and I think our linebackers (Hendricks-26 INT, Bell-27 INT) can cover the backs, and at times Bavaro, well enough to keep their effectiveness to a minimum. We will need to at times lend a safety to watch over Taylor. Boyd is an outstanding corner, but there is one matchup that will be key for our defense to minimize the damage. Look for Larry Wilson to make a big play, 52 career picks, and can blitz from the safety position. One of the most underrated players of all time. Also be aware of the big play going the other way; Herb Adderley has run back 7 INT's for a touchdown.
Though the Guns' offense is talented, I don't see the depth which could provide the scoring to match up with the Packers' offense. They will require a mammoth performance from #19.
Last edited by FlyersHomer DM03: 12-16-2009 at 01:10 PM.
In this matchup the Guns of Hoculi were to face off in the frozen tundra of Green Bay. Both teams boast solid teams on either side of the ball with big gamebreakers on offense; Unitas for the Guns, and Jerry Rice for the Packers.
One of the biggest strengths of the Guns is the very solid weapons on offense to go along with the very good linebacking corps. Green Bay does not stick out majorly in any single category except their secondary, but has maybe the most well-rounded team in the league.
In the first drive of the game, Green Bay quickly established their running game with Marcus Allen, as he picked up two first downs on the drive which included a 27-yard reception by Jerry Rice. On a 3rd & 10 on the Guns' 22 yard line, Brett Favre gunned a ball right into the chest of Charlie Joiner in the endzone, who had just barely gotten enough separation from Mike Haynes.
On the Guns' first drive, they went with a balanced blend of running and passing the ball (a strategy that they would continue to employ throughout the game). Gale Sayers and Tony Dorsett shared the carries, with Johnny Unitas eventually capping off the drive with a touchdown to Sterling Sharpe.
The next Green bay drive did not start off well, as on the second play Mike Singletary hit Marcus Allen, and Derrick Thomas followed up, stripping the ball and putting it on the ground. Ronnie Lott picked the ball up and took it to the Green Bay 20. Thankfully for the Green Bay defense, they held strong and the Guns' were forced to settle for a field goal.
As the second quarter began, Brett Favre used one of his patented pump fakes to draw Ronnie Lott away from Jerry Rice just enough to find an opening. Favre gunned a ball 50 yards, Rice caught it, and galloped into the Guns' end-zone to make the score 14-10.
On the Guns' third drive, they were able to use the screen play effectively to pick up 23 yards and take the ball to the Green Bay 43. Unitas thought saw a coverage that he liked with the deep ball, so he waited in the pocket for the route to develop. Little did he know Charles Haley was able to swim move around Jim Tyrer and smash Unitas into the ground for a loss of 10. The Guns' were forced to punt.
Once Green Bay got the ball back, their offense couldn't be stopped. Thanks to a great block from John Mackey to seal the edge, Marcus Allen scampered off the left tackle, juked out Andre Tippett who was on the pass rush, and picked up 43 yards after being taken down by Ronnie Lott. Again, Favre was able to find Jerry Rice with a 22 yard pass on a slant route for a TD. Green Bay led 21-10.
On the next Guns' drive, Darren Woodson jumped a deep pass to Mark Bavaro who was going down the seam. He got a couple blocks and was able to sprint down the sideline for a return TD.
The first half concluded with Unitas running an effective two-minute drill, and the Guns adding a field goal.
In the second half, Green Bay was able to run down the clock with their increasingly effective two-headed monster at running back. They added another touchdown and field goal in the second half, while the Guns' only managed another TD thanks to a 43 yard Gale Sayers TD run. The final score ended up being 38-20. Jerry Rice was named the MVP of the game with 8 receptions, 138 yards, and 2 touchdowns.