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02/21/2018

Off The Field

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

Breaking Down Adams’ Deal

The Packers signed wide receiver Davante Adams to a 4-year deal worth over $58 million on Friday. Here’s a quick look at the pros and the cons of this transaction: PROS -Signing Adams had been a top priority since the summer, and general manager Ted Thompson and VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball were able

Fixing D As Easy As 1-2-3

The Packers’ defense has been an albatross weighing the team down for much of this decade, but it doesn’t have to be that way. By doing three things, that side of the ball has a chance to be pretty good come next fall. The only question is whether Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson have what

Potential Replacements For Dom

Packers’ defensive coordinator Dom Capers has more lives than a cat, but this may finally be the year when his seven-season run of incompetency comes to an end. If, and it’s still a big if, a change is made, here are some possible replacements (today’s focus is on veteran coaches; I’ll look at up-and-comers next

Adams Proves His Worth

Free-agent-to-be Davante Adams bet on himself in 2017, and despite a devastating hit that sent him to the hospital in week 5, that decision has proven to be a wise one. The fourth-year wide receiver will likely end the season worth at least $2 million per year more than he began it. That’s because Adams

Hey Packers, ‘Outsiders’ Are OK

There will come a time when Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy are no longer selecting and coaching players for the Packers, and when that day arrives, let’s hope the search for their replacements is a lot broader than it’s been in the past 20 years. The last time a general manager or a head coach

Depressing Decade For D&D

It’s fine to be a draft and develop team like the Green Bay Packers if you can draft and develop quality players. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened nearly enough since winning the Super Bowl in 2010, and it’s why a franchise with an all-time great quarterback hasn’t been back to the big game in seven years. It’s

Bold Predictions For ’17

A prediction is bold until it doesn’t come true; then it becomes stupid. But hey, that’s not going to stop me from making some for the 2017 season. Here they are: CAREER-HIGH IN SACKS FOR NO. 52 – Considering Clay Matthews has a combined 11.5 sacks in the past two seasons, it probably seems more crazy

Few Surprises On Way To 53

The Packers kept four running backs and seven corners on their 53-man roster. That’s unusual for a team that has never run the ball much and didn’t cover anyone last season. Here’s a quick position-by-position analysis of Saturday’s moves: QUARTERBACKS – I predicted on Friday that general manager Ted Thompson would keep three at this

Packers Usually Quiet On Cutdown Day

For the past seven years, general manager Ted Thompson has been about as active on cutdown day as a college football fan on a Saturday afternoon in late September. Just how inactive has he been? The Seahawks’ John Schneider made as many trades in three hours on Friday as Thompson has made this decade. Unless

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