The Green Bay Packers season is over, so here are some of my thoughts on what I would do to improve this football team.

OFFENSE
I’d be pretty happy with the state of the offense. If Rodgers is healthy, anything is possibly, especially with Eddie Lacey and James Starks running the ball.

OL
There are some concerns with the offensive line, but Bryan Bulaga will be back, and rookie fourth round pick David Bakhtiari had a solid season. I would bank on Baktiari getting stronger in the offseason and having him play left tackle, and moving Bulaga back to right tackle. They’ll also have JC Tretter coming back to provide competition and depth at all positions. I honestly think TJ Lang at right guard and Evan Deitrich-Smith at center could be upgraded if the right player were to be acquired in the draft.

TE
I’d imagine Jermichael Finley is done in Green Bay. If he can make a comeback, he’ll probably want more money than he is worth, but he still may be an option. I think I’d try and pick up someone in the draft.

WR
I absolutely love the receivers, but maybe another receiver to provide a little depth, maybe Ken Dorsey or Myles White can be that guy.

QB
I would try to resign Matt Flynn to an affordable deal to the be the backup; otherwise, I would draft someone in the later rounds. I suspect Flynn must know he has a good situation in Green Bay.

DEFENSE
The defense would be my number one concern. Defense. Defense. Defense. Every single position could be upgraded, but the defensive line would be my top concern. I would also want to know why so many players have been out of position. Is it the players or the scheme?

DL
Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, and Josh Boyd are the only players I would want to definitely keep. BJ Raji supposedly turned down a 8 million contract that I don’t feel he is worth. I would just let him walk. Raji is an extemely gifted athlete, but is soft against the run and hasn’t had a sack in two years. He might be better off as a tackle in a 4-3 system. I would consider bringing back Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly for affordable short-term contracts. I would draft early and often tall defensive ends and large nose tackles…Louis Nix, Stephon Tuitt and Ra’Shede Hageman come to mind.

LB
I would draft an OLB if a really good one fell to me, but I believe in some of the young players like Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer, which may have to fill for Mike Neal if he leaves via free agency. If Matthews has another sub-par year in 2014 I would consider bringing in competition for him. The inside linebacker spots need to be upgraded. I would find competition to push Brad Jones and AJ Hawk. They need faster MLBs that can cover receivers.

S
I would hopefully draft a physical safety in the first three rounds and possibly give Micah Hyde some reps at the position to see how he does in training camp. Morgan Burnett and all of the safeties should know their jobs are in jeopardy. I would love to see Haha Clinton-Dix wearing green and gold.

CB
I would try to resign Sam Shields for the right price. He deserves money for being a solid corner, but not a great one. Casey Hayward will be back and I would draft a corner if a decent one fell to me in the draft, preferably a physical corner that isn’t afraid to tackle. Also, I like Tramon Williams, but he can’t play forever and that is something that must be considered.

OVERALL
I love how Ted Thompson has this team setup. They are set to be competitive for many years. A little tweaking in the offseason and they should be set for an exciting 2014 season. Go Pack!

A look at the Packers’ defensive free agents

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Updated: April 25

1. Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2. Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
3. Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
4. Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
5. Lions: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
6. Browns: DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama
7. Cardinals: Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah
8. Bills: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
9. Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
10. Titans: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
11. Chargers: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
12. Dolphins: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
13. Jets: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
14. Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15. Saints: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
16. Rams: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
17. Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
18. Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina
19. Giants: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
20. Bears: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
21. Bengals: John Cyprien, S, Florida International
22. Rams: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
23. Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
24. Colts: Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida State
25. Vikings: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
26. Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
27. Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
28. Broncos: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
29. Patriots: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
30. Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
31. 49ers: Eric Reid, S, LSU
32. Ravens: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

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I’m just going to say it. The Packers aren’t very good. There is definitely some talent on that team, and they should be doing much better than they are, but they just aren’t very good right now. Where do I even start?

Receivers
Green Bay has arguably the deepest receiver corp in the NFL. Jennings has been hurt, but that is no excuse for their play. Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Randall Cobb should have shredded a Colts secondary that was missing their top two starters. They simply couldn’t get open, and if they did, there was no guarantee they were going to hold onto the ball. If one more receiver drops a pass, I am going to scream. I think it’s time to bench Jermichael Finley. Jermichael is an incredible athlete, but his hands are awful.

Aaron Rodgers
He doesn’t look like the reigning MVP from last season. He’s not hitting the long ball anymore, and correct me if I’m wrong, his passion seems gone. I don’t know if he’s too busy thinking about his next “discount double check” commercial, or what, but he’s not even a top 10 quarterback right now. What is missing, he needs to find it, and quick.

Defense
The defense only has one or two players that make any type of impact; those being Clay Matthews, BJ Raji, and Tramon Williams. They are really missing some playmakers like Desmond Bishop, Cullen Jenkins, and Nick Collins. AJ Hawk is playing with more intensity this year, but he is still average at best, and it’s time for Ted Thompson to realize that fact. Nick Perry and Jerel Worthy have made almost no impact. Like last season, the pass rush, outside of Matthews, has been non-existant, which is leaving the secondary out to dry. Sam Shields is tackling better this year, but he’s, at best, a nickel corner. Woodson’s hall of fame career is over. Charles is consistently out of position, and simply can’t cover anymore, but he’s smart, so he sticks for now. The safeties are average at best. A good 3-4 defense has got to have a Nick Collins or a Troy Polamalu, and they don’t have anything close to that. It’s going to be another year or two before TT can restock this defense, but he also has holes to fill on offense.

Changes Are Coming
I think you’re going to see a slightly different looking Packers’ team next season. The offense will relatively remain this same, but Jennings and Driver will be gone. Jennings wants too much money and he can’t stay healthy, and Driver isn’t bringing enough to the table and doesn’t play special teams. If Starks can’t turn it around, and stay healthy, he might also be gone next year. Cedric Benson has made it very clear the Packers are lacking talent at the running back position. I also think TT needs start thinking about new starting center, and my guess is Saturday will retire after this season anyway. As far as defense is concerned, I think TT will stay put with this young group of cornerbacks and safeties, but Woodson might be gone. I also think it’s time to cut AJ Hawk or provide him with some legitimate competition. I think another defensive lineman and/or outside linebacker to push players like Perry, Worthy, and Daniels would be wise.

Let’s hope McCarthy can steer this ship around.


I’m a bit of a news junkie. I like to read about what is happening in the world, whether it be politics, science, or sports. A friend recommended I take the more interesting stories and post them online. I tried to wrap my brain around this idea, and ultimately came up with ChuToi.com. I debated making ChuToi into a blog, but I opted for a categorized stream of links. I guess if you had to compare it to another website, based on it’s content, it might be a mixture of Digg, Drudge Report, and Reddit. As of right now, there is no user interaction, and I’m not sure if there ever will be. For now, I want to keep the site very simple, ChuToi does a mobile version and a RSS feed. I’m also dabbling with some social media. I don’t really know what I want to come of this website, but for now, I’m having fun playing with the site and posting links. If you like it, please spread the word!

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German Pecan Pancakes @ Original Pancake House
To DIE for!

Eggs Benedict @ Maple Tree
Best eggs benedict in the area.

Crab Benedict @ Bluephies
Currently my favorite Madison breakfast dish.

Albania Skillet @ Coppertop
This dish will recharge the batteries.

Scones @ Lazy Janes
Love’em. I typically get them at Ken’s Meats in Monona.

Bacon and Sausage Panhandle @ Parkway
A great dish for the price.

Breakfast Sandwich @ Marigolds
A long time favorite. Get some potatoes too.

Apple Fritter @ Greenbush
A fritter for two. A rare treat.

I had a hell of a time trying to figure out how to import files from my Sony DCR-SR45 into iMovie. I found a free tool that makes it VERY easy to do. I just import the files from the camera to a folder, and then I use Handbrake to convert the files to a different folder. I didn’t change any settings in the software…it was just stupid easy. I was then able to just drag the converted video files into iMovie.

http://handbrake.fr/

I honestly don’t know what I did to get my AdSense account disabled. I never clicked on my own ads, and I never really made much money with AdSense. I got a check from AdSense the same week I got the notice below, which I later found out from my bank Google had cancelled the check. Thanks for the $10 penalty.

Ironically, I got a gift from Google Places the same week. They sent me a little bowl with mints in it, and they gave me $100 for AdWords advertising.

I get the sense Google is too big, and their customer service seems to have gone down the drain. Anyway, thanks for the free money.

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Steve Hannah calls it a good thing, but good for who? The simple fact is, the Onion has sold out.

From: Steve Hannah
To: Onion Nation
Re: Print Update

Some months ago I reported that we had embarked on a mission—contrary to what the rest of the world might think—to expand our print editions. This would mean finding partners to manage the business side (ad sales, printing and distribution) in our eight existing markets (10 if you count Minneapolis and St. Paul, Denver and Boulder as separate places) as well as recruiting new media companies/franchisees in places where The Onion has never appeared in print.

Right after we finished all the necessary paperwork and legal run-up, we were approached by The Chicago Tribune. They wanted to take over the business side of The Onion in Chicago. It was a mutually beneficial deal. We signed the contract in June and they took over the business side of the operation in July. So far it has gone off without a hitch and ad sales have increased.

Earlier this week we announced similar deals with the Austin American Statesman to run the Austin edition, and The Wisconsin State Journal to take over the business end of Madison. I should note—loudly—that in every deal we retain complete and final control over content, both with regards to The Onion’s comedy and The A.V. Club’s pop culture reporting.

This afternoon we signed a deal with The Denver Post to run our Denver-Boulder business and—because they own The St. Paul Pioneer Press as well—our Twin Cities edition.

In addition to conversations regarding our existing cities, we have ongoing discussions with at least a half dozen additional media companies interested in bringing The Onion to markets where we’ve never circulated in print. I am optimistic that we will close some of these deals and expand our print empire!

The deals make sense. We are, first and foremost, a content company. Under these arrangements, we get to do what we do best—produce first-rate comedy and pop culture content. Meanwhile, our new partners get to leverage their longtime advertising relationships with a new product—one that attracts an audience that is young and smart and tough to reach for mainstream newspapers—while expanding their print portfolios.

I hasten to add that, in each deal we’ve done, our new partners have been eager to hire our existing sales staffs. They realize that, while they have advantages in their neighborhoods that we don’t have (they own printing presses, buy ink by the barrel and paper by the ton), selling The Onion well has a lot to do with understanding the brand. Our people possess that brand awareness and can hit the ground running.

This is good news. There will be more to come in the months ahead. I will keep you apprised.


Steve Hannah
President and CEO
The Onion – America’s Finest News Source
312.676.6432
shannah@theonion.com

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