Johnny Jolly’s personal foul penalty in the first quarter of last Sunday’s loss to the Vikings was dumb, and even worse, it was incredibly selfish. In the biggest game of the season, the fourth-year defensive end was thinking only of himself when he head-butted Chester Taylor, and in the process, allowed Minnesota to continue a drive that would ultimately result in a touchdown. The former Texas A&M standout compounded that gaffe by not showing even the slightest bit of remorse following the game. Jolly has been skewered in the press ever since. And deservedly so. But he also deserves something else - a heck of a lot of credit for his play this season.
Jolly has been surprisingly effective in his first season at a new position. “The kid’s already one of the better 3-4 ends in the league,” opined a scout for another team. “He’s strong, quick and powerful and his motor is always running. He and [Ryan] Pickett always stand out when I watch video. Those two big guys are why Green Bay has been so tough to run against in the past four or five weeks.” Drug arrest and stupid penalties not withstanding, Jolly is a quality young player at a position that’s extremely difficult to fill. You can be sure that GM Ted Thompson will be weighing the pros and cons when he sits down with his entire staff after the season and decides what to do with the [maybe] unresticted free agent-to-be.