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Bumpy Start For Brian

The always sycophantic Wisconsin media and the large segment of Packers fans who wear their Green and Yellow glasses year round have spent the past seven days praising the work of new GM Brian Gutekunst. Call me negative – I know many of you already do – but I find very little to get excited

Players & Coaches

Trade Analysis: Randall For Kizer

In his first big move as general manager of the Packers, Brian Gutekunst traded corner Damarious Randall to the Cleveland Browns for quarterback DeShone Kizer. The teams will also swap fourth and fifth round picks in next months draft. The following is a quick analysis of the deal that won’t become official until next week: PROS

Scouting Report: Muhammad Wilkerson

Brian Gutekunst vowed to be aggressive in the pursuit of players, and Green Bay’s new general manager appears intent on keeping that promise. According to reports, the Packers are expected to meet with free agent defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson today. The former All-Pro was released by the Jets last week. Not surprisingly, this news has

Keeping Randall Is Best Option

Ted Thompson finally got to pick up the fifth-year option on one of his first-round picks last spring. After declining to do so on Derek Sherrod (2011), Nick Perry (2012) and Datone Jones (2013), the former general manager of the Packers pulled the trigger on Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (2014). His replacement, Brian Gutekunst, will now

Dom Will Be Gone

What has been a rumor for weeks will soon become a fact – defensive coordinator Dom Capers will not return for a 10th season with the Green Bay Packers. According to a source whose information has always been reliable in the past, an official announcement is expected to be made in the next few days.

Raih Of Hope For Offense

With all the attention focused on the poor play of the defense, it’s easy to overlook the regression of the offense in recent years. Despite the greatness of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, that side of the ball was pedestrian at best for a 20-game stretch from October 2015 to November 2016. And for the past two

Time To Shake Up Secondary

Everything looked fine in the secondary when Green Bay’s front seven was dominating the Seattle’s woeful offensive line in week 1, but things didn’t go nearly as well in week 2 when the pass rush was much less effective against Atlanta’s solid O-line. Given time, Matt Ryan played pitch and catch with his receivers. Davon

Scouting Report: Chris Odom

The Packers claimed outside linebacker Chis Odom off waivers from Atlanta on Sunday, essentially to take the place of Jayrone Elliott, who was traded to Dallas earlier in the day. So what is the defense getting in the undrafted free agent from Arkansas State? I watched all four of his preseason games in an effort

Scouting Report: Ahmad Brooks

At the OTAs in early June, coach Mike McCarthy considered the depth at outside linebacker to be “as good as we’ve had there in some time.” Three short months later the Packers are seriously interested in a 33-year-old player who was just released by the lowly 49ers. My, how things have changed. Or have they?

Q&A: Will Burnett Be Extended?

I‘ll be answering your questions each Saturday from now until the end of the 2017 season (hopefully that’ll be in February). Here are some of this week’s submissions: Is this Morgan Burnett’s last season in Green Bay? His contract is up this year, and despite being 28, it feels like he should be 34 as long

House Still Sits Atop Depth Chart

The biggest surprise this summer hasn’t been wide receiver Max McCaffrey’s really good play or tackle Jason Spriggs’ really bad play. The biggest surprise is the reverence being shown to cornerback Davon House. From being handed a starting job at the start of training camp to keeping it despite not practicing since Aug. 5, the

What’s Wrong With Spriggs?

Ted Thompson traded up for Jason Spriggs in the 2016 draft – something he does about as often as a Kardashian reads a book. That’s how much Green Bay’s conservative general manager liked the left tackle from Indiana. But after a pair of preseason games, it’s fair to wonder if Thompson is regretting that decision.

Young Upstarts Or Fake News?

It’s extremely difficult to analyze young second and third-string players in preseason exhibition games. Facing other backups – many of whom will be out of the league in a matter of weeks – allows Travis Jervey to run like Walter Payton, Derrick Mayes to catch like Jerry Rice and Vic So’oto to sack like Deacon

Q&A: King Or Watt?

I‘ll be answering your questions each Saturday from now until the end of the 2017 season (hopefully that’ll be in February). Here are some of this week’s submissions: Why do you think Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy (I assume he had to be directly involved in the decision) let Eddie Lacy go? Even when overweight

Concerns Remain The Same

In February, my biggest concerns about the Packers were the cornerbacks, the pass rush and the inside linebackers. Six months later, two of the three remain the same. GM Ted Thompson added veteran Davon House in free agency and rookie Kevin King in the second round of the draft, so there are more bodies at

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Off The Field

Time To Bring Tramon Home

The last image most Packers fans have of Tramon Williams is him getting beat for the game-winning touchdown in the NFC championship game in 2014. I guess that’s why so many people thought I was crazy for suggesting a year ago that the Packers should sign the veteran cornerback in free agency. Well, guess what?

Top Free-Agent Cornerbacks

Cornerback was a major need for the Packers even before Friday’s surprising trade that sent Damarious Randall to Cleveland. Now the position is almost barren – with only Kevin King guaranteed to still be in the league after Labor Day. Fortunately, there are quite a few intriguing corners available in free agency. Now it’s up

Top 10 Non-QBs In Draft

The 2018 National Football League draft is still nearly two months away, so I’m sure this list will change in the coming weeks. But after studying the top prospects for the past few weeks, here are my top 10 non-quarterbacks as of today: 1. Saquon Barkley (RB/Penn State) – He’s the best running back I’ve seen

Q&A: Should Evans Be Re-Signed?

Unlike the U.S. Postal Service, Packers Notes delivers on Sundays – at least through the end of August. Here’s another batch of letters  from the offseason mailbag: One of former GM Ted Thompson’s few good moves last offseason was signing veteran guard Jahri Evans. Is he worth bringing back? – Chuck from Florida No. Evans

Hubbard Would Bolster O-Line

The Packers need to get more athletic between now and the start of training camp, and that includes along the O-line. Other than left tackle David Bakhtiari, the team lacks a plus athlete at any of the other positions. And while that’s not the only reason why the offense produced so few explosive plays in

Q&A: Why Not Dorsey?

Unlike the U.S. Postal Service, Packers Notes delivers on Sundays – at least through the end of August. Here’s another batch of letters  from the offseason mailbag: Why do you think the Packers didn’t go after John Dorsey, who was sitting out there available for months, to replace Ted Thompson? – Steve from New Jersey I

Q&A: Is Hundley Worth Keeping?

Unlike the United States Postal Service, Packers Notes delivers on Sundays – at least through August. Here are the first batch of letters from the offseason mailbag: Is there any point in bringing Brett Hundley back for another season? – Carl from Ohio Why wouldn’t you bring Hundley back? He obviously wasn’t good enough in

Colvin Ready For Starring Role

He won’t be the most hyped or the most expensive signing in free agency, but Jacksonville corner Aaron Colvin will probably wind up being one of the very best investments. Some lucky team will be getting a player who’s on the verge of stardom. Colvin was on the field for only 50 snaps a game

Murphy Made A Mess

It’s unfair to blame Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy for changing the structure of how the franchise will operate in 2018. It would’ve been unrealistic for him to keep the new general manager above the coach in the team’s hierarchy. Mike McCarthy adhering to the same chain of command with Brian Gutekunst that he

Moncrief Makes Sense For Packers

There’s really no way to tell how new general manager Brian Gutekunst will approach free agency in a few months, but it would be a bit of a surprise if he doesn’t show at least some interest in Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief. While the former Ole Miss star’s career in Indy has been

$ome Big Decisions Coming

New GM Brian Gutekunst will have some difficult decisions to make in regard to four of the team’s longest-tenured and most highly-decorated players. Bryan Bulaga, Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews and Jordy Nelson will count $45 million against the salary cap in 2018. And while they are still capable players, all of them are susceptible to

Gutekunst To Face Big Challenges

There’s no better job than being the general manager of the Green Bay Packers. There’s also no tougher job, and that’s something Brian Willis Gutekunst will find out in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. The following is a quick look at five of the biggest challenges that lie ahead for the new leader of

Ball’s Not Worth The Risk

Even though team president Mark Murphy hasn’t even begun his official search yet, all signs point to Vice President of Football Administration/Player Finance Russ Ball being named the 11th general manager in the history of the Green Bay Packers. And while this wouldn’t be a surprise – I wrote about the possibility two years ago

Sizing Up GM Candidates

Longtime general manager Ted Thompson will transition into a new role, and the search for his replacement will begin immediately. There would appear to be three strong internal candidates for the job, as well as one from the outside. The following is a brief look at the four men, one of whom will likely be

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Previews & Reviews

Players, Not Plan, Failed Packers

Truth be told, Ted Thompson’s free agent strategy is his final year as the team’s general manager was excellent. He signed one second-tier free agent to a three-year contract worth $20 million, and a handful of lower-tier free agents to inexpensive short-term deals. What wasn’t excellent, however, was his choice of players. Former Pro Bowl tight

Preview: Packers vs. Steelers

Here are four questions heading into tonight’s game between Green Bay and Pittsburgh: 1) Should the Packers have signed Colin Kaepernick when Aaron Rodgers went down? Of course, and this isn’t second-guessing after watching Brett Hundley for the past five games. Here’s what I tweeted a few minutes after Rodgers got hurt in week 6:

Preview: Packers vs. Ravens

Here are four questions heading into today’s game between Green Bay and Baltimore: 1) What should be expected from Jamaal Williams in the weeks to come? Not too much. While the rookie deserves all the credit in the world for his solid effort against the Bears, he simply lacks the burst to be anything more

Preview: Packers vs. Bears

Here are four big questions heading into today’s game between Green Bay and Chicago: 1) Is Brett Hundley a lost cause? It’s too soon to say that. He’s gotten a little better each week, and while the improvement has been minimal, he’s at least trending in the right direction (at this rate, he’ll be a

Preview: Packers vs. Lions

Here are four big questions heading into tonight’s game between Green Bay and Detroit: 1) Will Martellus Bennett really retire after this season? Probably not, but the $20 million disappointment almost certainly won’t be back in 2018. Look for the Packers to release the veteran tight end before having to pay him a $2 million

Preview: Packers vs. Saints

No four questions this week because there’s really only one that truly matters. Can the Packers make the playoffs without future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers? This will be easier to answer after watching Brett Hundley today. He struggled last week, but that was an impossible situation. Not only are the Vikings an outstanding defense

Preview: Packers vs. Vikings

Here are four big questions heading into today’s game between Green Bay and Minnesota: 1) Is Aaron Jones for real? Yes, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some bumps in the road – and one could be today vs. the Vikings’ formidable front seven. But Jones ain’t Samson Gado or even Ty Montgomery. He’s

Preview: Packers vs. Cowboys

Here are four big questions heading into today’s game between Green Bay and Dallas: 1) Which player listed on the injury report as questionable is most important to his team? You could make an argument for Bryan Bulaga, David Bakhtiari or Mike Daniels, but no player – excluding quarterbacks – means more to his team

Report Card: Packers’ Offense

As someone who’s taught for 22 years, it’s hard for me to not give out grades. So here’s my first marking period report card for the Green Bay Packers’ offense. QUARTERBACK – Other than throwing three interceptions, including a rare pick-six vs. Cincy, Aaron Rodgers has been terrific. Playing with no running game, no tackles

Preview: Packers vs. Bears

Here are four big questions heading into tonight’s game between Green Bay and Chicago: 1) Was signing Martellus Bennett a mistake? It’s too early to call the $20 million veteran tight end a bust, but it’s certainly trending in that direction. Besides dropping balls, Bennett is showing very little in the way of athleticism or

Preview: Packers vs. Bengals

Here are four big questions heading into today’s game between Green Bay and Cincinnati: 1) Can the Packers overcome all of their injuries? It won’t be easy – even against the winless and touchdown-less Bengals. I hate using injuries as an excuse, but sometimes injuries are an excuse. The Packers figure to be without six starters

Preview: Packers vs. Falcons

Here are four big questions heading into tonight’s game between Green Bay and Atlanta: 1) Can the defense slow down Julio Jones? The All-Pro wide receiver caught 9 passes for 180 yards and 2 TDs in the NFC Championship, but most of that damage was done against corner Ladarius Gunter, who was cut a few days ago.

D-lightful Start To Season

The Packers’ defense often resembles the Bad News Bears, but it usually looks like the ’85 Chicago Bears against Seattle. Sunday was no exception as Mike Daniels and the front seven dominated and helped hold quarterback Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks’ offense to 9 points and 225 yards. There’s no question the

Preview: Packers vs. Seahawks

Here are four big questions heading into today’s opener between Green Bay and Seattle. 1) Can Murphy hold up at right tackle? Bryan Bulaga may be listed as questionable with an ankle injury, but based on coach Mike McCarthy’s comments on Friday, it’s doubtful the Pro Bowl caliber right tackle will be on the field

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