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January 21, 2017

No Good Options At Corner

I‘ve watched the Packers for over three decades, and I’ve seen a lot of cornerbacks have really bad games. Estus Hood, Ahmad Carroll, Vinnie Clark, Joey Thomas and Pat Lee come to mind immediately. But I can’t remember many worse efforts than the one produced by Damarious Randall against the Cowboys. Let’s hope Randall’s awful performance

Players & Coaches

Role Players Lift Defense

On a day when highly-paid stars Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers were mediocre at best, the Packers needed other players to step up on defense. Fortunately, Micah Hyde, Kenny Clark and Joe Thomas heeded the call. While the Cowboys managed to score 31 points and amass 429 yards, those numbers would’ve been much

Time To Use Full Monty

A player who wasn’t even a running back when Green Bay and Dallas met in the middle of October could be the key to the rematch in the divisional round of the playoffs. Ty Montgomery, who made the switch from wide receiver around Halloween, needs to make an impact on Sunday – especially with Jordy

What’s Cook Worth?

While the Packers obviously didn’t want tight end Jared Cook to miss six games with a foot injury, it may have been a blessing in the disguise. The free agent-to-be returned in time to help the team win six games in a row, and his modest final numbers (30 catches for 377 yards and 1 TD)

Notes: Price Gets Raise

Green Bay gave rookie nose tackle Brian Price, who’s spent most of the season on the practice squad, a pay bump in order to keep him from signing with the Colts. Price had been making $6,900 a week as a member of the practice squad. The former Texas-San Antonio star is now making $26,470 a

To Sign Or Not To Sign

T.J. Lang’s name has been on the injury report 29 times since the start of the 2014 season, and yet the veteran guard has only missed 4 games. That tells you a couple of things. One, the former Eastern Michigan star is one tough dude, and two, he’s put a lot of wear and tear on

Who’s Defensive POY?

There’s no doubt Aaron Rodgers is Green Bay’s most valuable player. Heck, he’ll probably finish in the top 5 when the NFL announces its MVP in February. The offensive player of the year – if you take 12 out of the equation – is either David Bakhtiari or Jordy Nelson. And the rookie of the

Rough Season For Young Corners

Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins have struggled all season, and while it’s obviously too soon to give up on the young cornerbacks, it’s not too soon to be worried. Last year’s top two draft picks have clearly regressed after promising debuts. While Randall has made number of big plays, he’s also been lit up by

Rodgers Enters MVP Race

If the Green Bay Packers make the playoffs – still a very big if – Aaron Rodgers would have to be a strong MVP candidate. I know that sounds like a very Vic Ketchman thing to write, but if you think about it, who would be a clear-cut better choice? Let’s assume the Packers finish

Packers Lucky To Have McCarthy

ESPN recently named Green Bay as the No. 1 most attractive potential coaching vacancy in the National Football League. I don’t disagree, but I find it hard to believe people think Mike McCarthy’s job is in jeopardy. Look, I get that fans and media – aside from the ones in New England – always complain

Spriggs Surviving At Guard

It was actually painful to watch Jason Spriggs on tape. Not because of the way the rookie right guard played against Houston on Sunday, but because he had to work so darn hard. I’ve seen a lot of football over the past 35 years, and I can’t remember an offensive lineman exerting so much energy on almost every snap. Why

Cobb Continues To Be Ordinary

Randall Cobb was one of the top wide receivers in the National Football League in 2014, and general manager Ted Thompson rewarded him with a 4-year contract worth $40 million. Two years later, the former Kentucky star is without question the most overpaid player on the roster. What happened between then and now is a mystery not even the great Sherlock Holmes could solve.

4-3 Would Scheme To Make Sense

If the Packers finally move on from defensive coordinator for life Dom Capers after the season, let’s hope they move on from the 3-4 scheme as well. It would only make sense considering general manager Ted Thompson has been drafting mostly 4-3 defensive linemen and outside linebackers for the past six years. Since 2010, Thompson has selected 11 defensive linemen

Off The Field

Better Off Ted

It sure seems like a lot of people want to push GM Ted Thompson out the door, or at the very least relocate him to a small corner office at 1265 Lombardi Ave. It’s certainly understandable. After all, what’s that slacker done in 12 seasons other than take the Packers to the playoffs nine times and

49ers Eye Wolf, Gutekunst

According to reports, director-football operations Eliot Wolf and director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst will interview this week for the GM job with the 49ers. Considering the success of former Packers front office executives John Schneider (Seattle), John Dorsey (Kansas City), Reggie McKenzie (Oakland) and to a lesser extent Scot McCloughan (Washington), it’s no surprise

Don’t Take Winning For Granted

Eddie Lacy and Sam Shields are out for the season. Injuries forced Jared Cook, Clay Matthews and T.J. Lang to miss a combined  13 games. The team didn’t win between Halloween and Thanksgiving. The most recent draft has provided next to nothing. And yet Green Bay is 9-6 and in position to capture the NFC

Draft Providing Little Impact

The Green Bay Packers’ 2016 draft class might eventually be terrific, but right now it’s one of the least impactful in the entire league. And that simply can’t happen when a general manager avoids free agency the way a vampire avoids sunlight. Ted Thompson drafted seven players last April, and all seven are on the

Packers Missing Their Brain

The Green Bay Packers haven’t been the same team since winning their first six games to start the 2015 season. Everything seemed so good until last October, when all of a sudden one of the most successful franchise of the 21st century starting losing home games to the likes of Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis. Maybe

Looking Ahead To Free Agency

With Eddie Lacy, Nick Perry and 40% of the starting offensive line due to become unrestricted free agents next March, general manager Ted Thompson could be facing his most challenging offseason since the Summer of Favre in 2008. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, so things can and obviously will change in the next four months, but

The One That Got Away

Former Packers cornerback Casey Hayward, who’s playing extremely well for the San Diego Chargers, picked off his league-leading fifth pass of the season last Sunday. Meanwhile, Green Bay’s entire defense has 7 interceptions in eight games. It’s still hard to figure out why GM Ted Thompson, who typically holds onto his own young players like

Why Not The Packers?

Sitting here today, I actually have more faith in the Packers making a run in the playoffs than I do in them making the playoffs. And that’s the problem. At 4-3, Green Bay probably has to win 6 of its final 9 games to get to the postseason. That possibility seemed more likely a month ago

Offense Neglected For Too Long

Green Bay’s defense has been better than its offense for about a year now, and to be perfectly honest, it probably shouldn’t be a huge surprise. That’s because in the first three rounds of the past five drafts, general manager Ted Thompson has selected 15 players, and 10 of them have been on the defensive side of the ball.

Former Execs Finding Success

The five men who worked under Ron Wolf and who are now general managers in the NFL have a combined record of 15-7 this season. When you consider how good Ted Thompson, John Schneider, John Dorsey, Reggie McKenzie and Scot McCloughan are at their jobs, it’s hard to imagine how the Packers of the mid-90s ever made

Appy Day At Packers Notes!

I‘m excited to announce that the Packers Notes’ official mobile app is now available for download. It’s fast, easy to navigate, and best of all, it’s 100% free. The app will also include features not found on the blog. In Packers Notes Plus, I’ll be breaking down more coaches tape as well as analyzing the

Packers Get Down To 53

Cutdown days in Green Bay are usually pretty boring, but that wasn’t the case this year. From the release of an All-Pro to keeping 12 defensive backs and no long-snapper, the 53-man roster is very interesting. Here are 6 things worth a closer look: —Cutdown day is usually about the players at the bottom of

Previews & Reviews

Crosby Kicks Packers To Atlanta

Fans of the Green Bay Packers couldn’t take another January heartbreak, and thanks to huge plays by a handful of players in the final minutes of an incredible divisional round game against the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys, they didn’t have to. Instead, they were able to enjoy one of the most thrilling wins in franchise history.

Preview: Packers vs. Cowboys

The Packers figure to have 19 of their 22 preferred starters available for today’s playoff game against Dallas. That’s pretty good after 18 weeks of banging bodies. But what’s not pretty good is who won’t be in uniform. Eddie Lacy, Sam Shields and Jordy Nelson began the regular season as three of the team’s top

Packers Slay Giants

It was a sequence that would’ve crushed a lesser team. First, a failed 4th and 1. Then, just two plays later, a long TD pass cut a 14-6 lead to 14-13. But these Packers aren’t a lesser team. These Packers are a gutsy team. And now these Packers are headed to the divisional round and

Preview: Packers vs. Giants

The Packers need to win the middle of the field if they’re going to beat the Giants today at frigid Lambeau Field. The offense needs to exploit the space between the numbers and the defense needs to keep from being exploited in that area. On offense, the Packers wide receivers don’t match up all that

Packers Reclaim NFC North

With Sunday night’s convincing win over Detroit, Mike McCarthy has now taken the Packers to the playoffs for eight straight seasons. The only other coaches in league history to do that are Bill Belichick (New England), Tom Landry (Dallas) and Chuck Noll (Pittsburgh). If McCarthy can win four more games without any cornerbacks, he’ll deserve

5 Down, 1 To Go

It seemed like typical player-talk five weeks ago, but Aaron Rodgers’ “run the table” comment is now one game away from being a reality. Here’s another reality – the Packers are one win away from capturing yet another NFC North title. Sunday’s 38-25 pummeling of the reeling Minnesota Vikings featured Rodgers at his absolute best

Preview: Packers vs. Vikings

Ty Montgomery is the talk of the football world, as well he should be. After all, it isn’t every day that a fourth-string wide receiver moves to running back in the middle of a season and proceeds to average over 6 yards per carry. But to be shocked by his production simply means you never watched him

Walk-Off Win For Packers

The silly narrative that Aaron Rodgers isn’t a clutch player took a hit on Sunday in Chicago when the two-time MVP and future Hall of Famer made yet another throw for the ages. And unlike so many other times in his storied career, on this day he didn’t leave enough time on the clock for

Preview: Packers vs. Bears

Josh Sitton will finally line up against the Packers later today – 14 weeks after getting unceremoniously dumped by the team that drafted him in 2009. And while the move hasn’t come back to haunt Green Bay thanks to Lane Taylor’s solid play at left guard, to give general manager Ted Thompson kudos would be

Packers Put It All Together

Jimmy Johnson stuck a fork in Giants in December 2011 and they went on to win the Super Bowl. It looks as though I may have prematurely forked Green Bay three weeks ago. I hope I’m proven just as wrong as the future Hall of Fame coach. The Packers were sitting at 4-6 after a

Preview: Packers vs. Seahawks

With Nick Perry out and Clay Matthews at less than 100% due to yet another injury, the Packers really need Datone Jones to step up against Seattle. Prior to training camp, I less than enthusiastically compared the former No. 1 pick to Mike Neal – another defensive end turned outside linebacker. I was being way

Packers Keep Hope Alive

It wasn’t pretty, but the Packers did what they had to do on Sunday at Lambeau Field. A 21-13 win over Houston evened their record at 6-6 and guaranteed at least one more meaningful game in a season that has been a struggle from the start. As has often been the case throughout the past