[Stocco's] become the best Badger quarterback since Bevell . . . .
Well, that's high praise. . . . why not Bud Keyes? Or Neil Graff?
The Packers scenario is a little more precarious, but hear me out - they either make Bates the head coach or keep him on as defensive coordinator.
If the Packers don't make Bates the head coach, I don't see him staying. The new HC will probably want his own guy, and Bates will pursue another position.
I'd much rather have [the Packers] take defensive studs with their first three picks.
Agreed completely. I think there's still talent on the O side of the ball, with or without Brett. The D could still be upgraded, particularly along the line.
One other thing a lot of people forget is that the Pack's first rounder from last year didn't contribute at all to the play on the field. Not many teams can say that - 20/20 hindsight says that was dumb, but at the time, they thought they could get away with it.
Don't agree that it was dumb. Not all draft picks should focus on the short term. If Rodgers turns out to be a good quarterback after #4 leaves (something that I think we have no reliable information about one way or another), then I think it was a good pick, regardless of what he did or didn't do this year. If he turns out to be a stiff, I'll say it was a bad pick, but not necessarily dumb. You have to remember- until a day or two before the draft, Rodgers was projected to be a very high draft pick, perhaps the first overall selection. If the Packers truly believed that he was one of the best players in the draft, it's hard to fault them for using the #25 (or whatever) on him. That's a real value pick. If he turns out to suck, then we can say that their analysis and judgment of Rodgers' abilities was flawed (ie, he wasn't as good as they thought he was), but it's hard to fault them for going after that perceived value, particularly with Favre approaching the twilight of his career. In fact, in light of Favre's awful performance this past season, it could well turn out to be a brilliant pick. It just depends on what Rodgers can do.