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Packers followers have unhealthy obsession with Holmgren, Favre, Sherman

And I'm just as bad as everyone else, if not worse

April 30, 2012
By MATT WELLENS - Journal Sports Editor ( , The Mining Journal

I threw a question out on Twitter over the weekend while religiously following the NFL Draft pick by pick.

It was an admission of sort on behalf of all Green Bay Packers followers after I and others spent a good part of the first round on Thursday night ripping the draft strategies of the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins.

Why would any Packers fan give a hoot about those two franchises?

Well, former Packers Super Bowl champion head coach Mike Holmgren is now team president of the Browns.

In Miami, former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is the head coach, but the man Cheeseheads really get fired up for is the Dolphins' offensive coordinator - former Packers head coach Mike Sherman.

I'm serious. That's why.

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With that in mind, here's the question I threw out on

@mattwellens: "Question for #Lions fans: Is it odd how much #Packers fans, media, followers still obsess about #Favre & #Holmgren like former girlfriends?"

And now the winning response, from a Michigan native now living in Wisconsin, Jerry Nitzh (@BigJer54):

@BigJer54: "Yep."

Simple, to the point and oh so very true.

The second news broke that Cleveland had moved up one spot from No. 4 overall to No. 3 by swapping with the Minnesota Vikings, Packers fans' ears began to perk up, and not just because the move involved their rivals to the West.

When it was revealed the Browns gave up a fourth, fifth and seventh round pick just to move up one spot, the Packers crowd went off.

We praised the Vikings for pulling off a Ted Thompson maneuver - moving back one spot to draft the guy you originally wanted while picking up three more picks in the process - and unleashed on Holmgren.

It reminded us all once again how right Ron Wolf was in 1998 to let Holmgren go to the Seattle Seahawks instead of making him general manager and head coach of the Packers.

I felt this exchange between Packers bloggers Aaron Nagler (@Aaron_Nagler) and Adam Czech (@adamczech) summed up Holmgren's front office abilities best:

@Aaron_Nagler: "He's a great coach. RT @adamczech: What is Mike Holmgren doing?"

Of course, five picks later at No. 8, we were reminded how wrong Wolf was to instead add the general manager title to Sherman's business card after just one season as head coach in Green Bay and three years after letting Holmgren leave for Seattle.

After failing to woo free agent quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn to South Beach, the Dolphins reached for a quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, who played four seasons for Sherman at Texas A&M - two and a half as a wide receiver and only the final season and a half at quarterback.

Sherman was fired from Texas A&M on Dec. 1, 2011 after he and Tannehill went 6-6 last season. They lost three games in which the Aggies led by double digits at halftime.

While Sherman does not have the final say in the Dolphins' draft day decisions, it was obvious he had a strong influence on this pick, as senior NFL writer Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) alludes to ... with my response:

@mattwellens: Ahmad Carroll ... Jamal Reynolds ... RT @jasonjwilde: Love Mike Sherman, but is taking his advice on draft day the right move?

Of course, the Dolphins' pick looked tremendous compared to Holmgren's second questionable move of the first round, when he too reached for a quarterback at No. 22 overall to compete with Colt McCoy in 28-year-old Brandon Weeden out of Oklahoma State.

That's a rookie QB who is as old as Aaron Rodgers.

Escanaba Holy Name High School alum Bob McGinn (@BobMcGinn) - who also happens to cover the Packers for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - summed up the pick up best:

@BobMcGinn: "Based on the many scouts that I spoke with, I just can't fathom Brandon Weeden went 22nd. From what most all said, just seems wasted pick."

Of course, the biggest uproar of the weekend may have come on Saturday evening in the seventh round, when the Packers made their final pick of the 2012 NFL Draft in Tennessee-Chattanooga QB B.J. Coleman at No. 243.

His mentor is none other than Brett Favre, prompting Associated Press sports writer Chris Jenkins out of Milwaukee to give us this tweet:

@ByChrisJenkins: "Q: "So, did you learn anything from Brett?" So. Many. Jokes."

And this hashtag to get a topic trending:

@ByChrisJenkins: "#thingsbjcolemanlearnedfromfavre And ... GO!"

And this teaser for his story on Sunday morning:

@ByChrisJenkins: "(AP) Packers take a QB. His mentor? Um, are you sitting down?"

Yes, Twitter was the place for Packers fans, bloggers and media to let loose this weekend on ex-girlfriends - or more like ex-wives - from the Green and Gold's past.

While most tend to hide from these demons, we continue to stalk their every move and pounce on every fault.

Maybe its because the new loves in our life - Thompson, Mike McCarthy and Rodgers - have brought us so much joy, that it's now easy to look back on these heroes turned villains and laugh.

Whatever the reason is, it's admittedly creepy. So to fans of the Lions, Bears and Vikings, who must put up with this, I'm sorry.

Now let's just pray Favre isn't hanging around Green Bay come August to do some more mentoring of Coleman.

I don't even want to think about the disgustingness that would ensue ... or do I?

Matt Wellens can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is Follow him on Twitter at



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