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Packerpedia Archive

Draft Preview: Questions Emerge Due To Contract Concerns

As the draft approaches, countless mock drafts are linking a multitude of college prospects to the Packers in order to fill perceived needs. This begs the question...exactly what are those needs? And which of them are most pressing? When the Packers gave up 579 yards in their playoff loss to the 49ers, the obvious answer seemed that they needed more help on the defensive side of the football even despite investing heavily there in last year's draft. There may be more to the story, however. Ted Thompson and the front office staff have the task of making the moves necessary to field a winning team right away in 2013, but they also have to take into consideration what the team will look like three or more years from now. Sometimes that may result in a bigger picture view of team needs than what may appear at first glance. (Continue reading)

Charles Woodson Speaks

Charles Woodson doesn't have a team yet, but that didn't stop him from doing an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio's Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon. Woodson was asked about a variety of subjects, many of which may be of interest to Packers fans. The future Hall of Famer talked about his clouded future in the NFL, what else he's looking to accomplish before hanging up his cleats, and even reflected on his time in Green Bay. (Continue reading)

Turning to the Draft

Whether fans of the Packers like it or not, Ted Thompson and the Packers chose their usual course of action and remained on the sideline during the first few days of the annual free agency frenzy. They are upfront and clear about their vision for the organization. They are a draft-and-develop team through and through, and appear uninterested in deviating from that course. So perhaps it would be beneficial to step back from all that is happening in free agency (and the instant gratification it offers fans), and try to look at the type of impact player the Packers may be able to add during next month's draft. (Continue reading)

Finley and His Future

Two months ago, it appeared that Jermichael Finley's days in Green Bay were numbered. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel published a story by Bob McGinn in mid-December that suggested the Packers were ready to move on without the valuable-yet-vexing tight end. "Barring a shocking turn of events in the next month or so," wrote McGinn, "tight end Jermichael Finley is playing his fifth and final season for the team. There is no way the Packers will pick up the second half of the two-year, $14 million contract they gave Finley (last) February, according to sources." (Continue reading)

Youth Movement Begins Anew

It seemed like just another press conference at the time. After the Packers wrapped up their rookie minicamp last May, Mike McCarthy stood in front of the podium and was asked about what kind of impact could be expected from the newest additions to the team. In light of recent events the past two weeks, it is worth revisiting his answer. "I think the way our program is designed tells you how we feel about young players," McCarthy said. "It’s a young man’s league in my opinion...no disrespect to the older players. I think that’s a trend that’s only potentially going to pick up." (Continue reading)

When Kings Collide

For the most part, the NFL Honors show was anticlimactic. Reports of the award winners had already leaked out into the media, and there isn't much point of an awards show when you already know who the winners are. The NFL will need to re-think that. Even so, many Packers fans remained glued to their seats. Word had also been leaked that the unthinkable was happening. Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were making nice on stage. Their exchange lasted less than a minute, but it is a moment that will be talked about for days, weeks, months...probably even years.(Continue reading)

Thompson's Shrewd Move Paying Off

There can be no doubt that the Packers offense runs through Aaron Rodgers. Yet in their Wild Card victory over the Vikings, an argument could be made that the offense was actually more effective when it was running through DuJuan Harris. Harris is considered a first-year player since he spent so little time on the Jaguars' roster last season. He has been playing like anything but a first-year player for the Packers this year. Since his first game when he was only inserted into the lineup for seven snaps and ran the ball on each of those plays, the Packers have expanded and diversified his role more and more. He has been catching passes, picking up blitzes, and has made very few mistakes. (Continue reading)

The Most Powerful Man on the Packers?

There are several powerful people that make things happen within the walls of 1265 Lombardi Avenue. Ultimately, the buck stops with Mark Murphy. Since taking over as President and CEO of the Packers five years ago, he has had the final say on all business affairs. The Packers have been very successful on the field, but Murphy has spearheaded a period of unmatched profitability off the field for the Packers. He leveraged the team's success into a well-received stock sale, and began another building project as a result. Under his leadership, it appears that Lambeau Field should remain a viable income producer despite the fact it is one of the oldest stadiums in the league. Ted Thompson is the final authority in all personnel matters.

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Is a Position Battle Brewing?

For most of the season, there has been talk that Greg Jennings' injury and absence from the lineup may be costing him a lot of money when it comes time to negotiate his new contract. The opposite may be true for Clay Matthews. Matthews has missed the last three games due to a hamstring injury, but his presence has been sorely missed on the field. If anything, the Packers know now more than ever that he is the cornerstone of their defense. Having already established himself as one of the best pass rushers in the league, Matthews elevated his game this year against the run as well. There was no better evidence of that than what we saw earlier this season.

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Giant Difference This Time Around

When the Packers played the Giants last January, the entire game...and season...could be capsulized by one play that proved to be the turning point for the Packers' hopes of winning back-to-back championships. Clinging to a 13-10 lead, the Giants lined up at the Packers' 37-yard line for the last play in the first half. They could have attempted a 54-yard field goal, which looked like it could be important in a contest that gave every indication of remaining close throughout its duration. Although the prospects of making a long field goal at Lambeau in January are not particularly good, the weather was mild that day and there would have been little risk to attempt the kick.

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Cobb: Receiver or Returner?

In his first NFL game, Randall Cobb took a kickoff from deep in the end zone and scored a 108-yard touchdown. It was an electrifying play, and gave an early glimpse of the young playmaker's potential. Last year in his rookie season, Randall Cobb was used sparingly on offense (25 receptions), and his greatest value to the team was on special Fast forward to this year. Cobb continues to perform both the punt and kick return duties, and remains a threat in that capacity. But unlike his first season when he was mostly being used as a fourth or fifth receiver, he has now the focal point of the Packers offense. He leads the team in targeted passes, receptions, and yards after catch. In an effort to get the ball into his hands as much as possible, the Packers have even given him opportunities to run the ball out of the backfield, and Cobb has been productive in that role as well. (Continue reading)

Zombo Ready To Contribute

If the Packers are overly concerned about having Clay Matthews out of the lineup, they aren't letting it show. Erik Walden has been productive as of late, and Dezman Moses has at least a little experience since he has been on the field regularly in the "bat" package. But Mike McCarthy reminded us of another player that may help make a difference in Matthews' absence. "Well, we've got Frank Zombo too," McCarthy said. In a media session full of questions about Vic So'oto and whether or not Jamari Lattimore may be moved back outside, McCarthy was quick to bring up the name unsolicited of the former rookie standout who is finally ready to see the field again for the first time this season. It may be a clue to how comfortable the Packers may be with Zombo. (Continue reading)

State of the Midseason Packers

Their math may be a little off, but with nine games under their belts the Packers consider this the halfway point of their season. With a bye week to reflect, renew, and regroup there is no better time to take a look at how the season has unfolded. The players knew that duplicating a 15-1 season chock full of stunning numbers on offense would be next to impossible. But they also knew that if they wanted to avoid being one-and-done in the playoffs again they would need to become a more well-rounded squad... (Continue reading)

Will Patience Be Rewarded for Packers?

It doesn't seem that long ago that Ted Thompson and the Packers were excited about the "juice" a young defensive lineman could bring the Packers. "We think he fits very well into our system," Thompson said the day he was drafted. "We feel like he'll be a good asset for us in our sub packages, rushing the passer from the inside." Although these were almost exactly the same words spoken about Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels last April, in this case Thompson was actually speaking about Mike Neal in 2010. (Continue reading)

Bitter or Better?

"Every test in our life makes us bitter or better. Every problem comes to make us or break us. The choice is ours, whether we become victim or victorious." --Author Unknown Rarely does something happen in sports for which there are no parallels. For every great feat or unusual circumstance, at least in modern times, there is usually some sort of precedent that happened previously to another team. This time, it is a little different. (Continue reading)

On the Sideline in Seattle

The eye in the sky doesn't lie. That is what makes what happened on Monday night so difficult to swallow. While watching dozens of replays from every angle and at every speed imaginable, we have the benefit of seeing a slightly different picture than how it may have appeared in real time down on the field. I have been in contact with friend from college who now works for a professional sports team located on the West Coast. He was on the sideline in a professional capacity during the game in Seattle, and as a result he was able to see some of the key moments up close and personal. As the crucial game-ending play unfolded he was located just beyond the end zone line, literally feet away... (Continue reading)

Tough Test vs. Talented Seahawks Defense

There has been a great deal of discussion about the sluggish start for the Packers offense. They don't seem quite as concerned inside the walls of 1265 Lombardi Avenue. "We’re closer than you think," Mike McCarthy said earlier this week. "We’re not as far away as people might think we are." The Packers believe they will get on track. They think that they just need to stay the course. "We have to stay true to our process," McCarthy continued. "Our approach is not going to change. We’re an offensive system that’s built around making the quarterback successful. We’ll continue to do that." The offense has finished in the top ten in the NFL every season during McCarthy's tenure, and there is no real reason to think that will not continue as long as Aaron Rodgers is at the helm. Even so... (Continue reading)

Two Plays May Speak Volumes

One game doesn't determine the course of a season. But how about two plays? The Packers offense hasn't exactly looked like the juggernaut it was last season. As Tom Silverstein phrased it in one of the post-game interview questions to Mike McCarthy, it seems like the offense is "just a tick off". While it may be too much to expect that this year's team would match the prolific results of one of the best offensive seasons in NFL history, the fact that they are averaging nearly two fewer touchdowns is enough to raise a few eyebrows. As McCarthy has made clear, this is a new season and a new team. (Continue reading)

Packers Go All In On Youth

Out with the old, in with the new. The Packers wanted to infuse their defense with young talent, as evidenced by the fact that they spent their first six draft picks on defenders last April. Because the defense needed help, the hope was that some of those rookies would develop quickly and would be able to see the field and play meaningful minutes during the course of this season. That hope quickly became a reality against the Bears on Thursday night. (Continue reading)

Fifteen Reasons To Come In Off the Ledge

There is no denying that Packers lost their opener in disappointing fashion. In many ways they looked like the inferior team when matched against the 49ers on Sunday. They were kept off balance on both offense and defense for most of the day, and the 49ers maintained the upper hand almost the entire game. It was not a stellar performance. One game does not determine the course of an entire season, however. While many questions remain, upon further inspection there are several reasons for optimism that may be gleaned from this loss. (Continue reading)

Watch Out for Special Teams

Opening day can be full of surprises. Team statistician Mike Eayrs does studies on everything imaginable, and has estimated that about 25 percent of the looks the Packers see from an opponent in the first week are unscouted. That often makes for some interesting results in the opening weekend. Another thing that often goes unnoticed is the role that special teams can play when the regular season begins. As much time and effort a team may invest on special teams during practice, there is no substitute for the speed and ferocity of these plays in live action. Some teams have struggled with this transition early in the season. (Continue reading)

Packers in Uncharted Territory with Jennings

With the current contract situation of Greg Jennings, Ted Thompson and the Packers find themselves in an unfamiliar position. For the first time under the current regime, they are coming to the end of a second contract for one of Thompson's own drafted players. To their credit, the Packers have become known as a team that "takes care of its own". In recent years they have given extensions or new contracts to an impressive number of their homegrown players, including Tramon Williams, Josh Sitton, John Kuhn, Jordy Nelson, Mason Crosby, James Jones, Jermichael Finley, Tim Masthay and T.J. Lang. In each of those examples, the player was entering what should be the heart of their playing career when they were re-signed. To go a step further, a case could be made that each of them were still ascending players at the time the new contract was issued. And in each case, the player was signed to his second contract. (Continue reading)

Packers Mum on Cobb's Expanded Role

Maybe the Packers espouse the old idea that "young people should be seen and not heard." Even with a year under his belt, Randall Cobb is still the youngest player on the Packers roster. Coming off of a season where he set the all time franchise rookie record with 1,616 combined yards (which had stood since 1952), it would be reasonable to think that the Packers would want to feature this ascending young player now in his second season. If they are, they're not letting on. There has been some speculation recently that the Packers were sandbagging B.J. Coleman, in hopes that if there weren't much film or buzz about him they would be more likely to sneak him on to their practice squad. While we don't know whether that's true or not, the same case could be made for Randall Cobb and his role in the Packers offense this year. (Continue reading)

Versatility Helps Barclay Beat Odds

Green Bay is heaven for undrafted rookie free agents, and by now their agents know it. After the events of the past few days, the Packers have now kept at least three undrafted free agents on their opening day roster for three years in a row, and that fact is not lost in the frenzied moments right after the NFL draft. After Don Barclay went undrafted, he had a long talk with his agent about his options. There were several teams that wanted him, but one team stood out above the rest. "My agent and I talked and we just felt like it was the best situation," said Barclay of the Packers offer. (Continue reading)

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