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07/26/2017

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10 Most Irreplaceable Packers

We all found out last September just how important one player can be to the fortunes of a football team. The season-ending injury to Sam Shields also ended any chance the pass defense had of being competent. With that in mind, here’s my annual list of the 10 most irreplaceable Packers heading into training camp:

Positional Analysis: Outside Linebacker

This is the 11th of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (B): Nick Perry finally played like a No. 1 pick in 2016 after four mostly pedestrian seasons while Clay Matthews continued to battle injuries and Father Time. That’s been the story at this position since the team switched to the 3-4 in 2009 –

Ted Doesn’t Know Linebackers

Considering he played the position for a decade in the National Football League, you’d think Ted Thompson would know a good linebacker when he sees one. But that hasn’t been the case. Here’s a look at the longtime general manager’s hits and mostly misses at linebacker since returning to Green Bay in January 2005: HITS

Packers’ Offseason To-Do List

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell is a really smart guy, but his “Five moves the Packers should make this offseason” story wasn’t all that impressive and proved just how hard it is to closely follow all 32 teams. So here’s a “Five moves the Packers should make this offseason” story written by a person who closely follows

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

Notes: Money For Nothing

The Packers are paying wide receiver Randall Cobb, outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and cornerback Sam Shields a combined $34 million this season. These same four veteran players are responsible for a staggering 28% of the $163M salary cap. Talk about not getting your money’s worth. This isn’t as much a criticism of

Clay Could Be Too Costly

If Ted Thompson wants to free up money to re-sign Nick Perry, JC Tretter, T.J. Lang, Eddie Lacy and others in the offseason, he might want to think about releasing Clay Matthews, who’ll count $15.2 million against the salary cap in 2017. Do I expect Thompson to even consider cutting Matthews? Not really, but he

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. DAL

After “studying the tape” (that sounds a heck of a lot better than “turning on the computer”), here are 10 additional thoughts from Sunday’s game against the Cowboys: —Sunday was Aaron Rodgers’ poorest performance since I starting watching the All-22 coaches tape. He’s put up much worse stats, but I can’t remember a game in which he

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. JAX

After “studying the tape” (that sounds a heck of a lot better than “turning on the computer”), here are 10 additional thoughts from Sunday’s game against the Jaguars: 1) Damarious Randall was the Packers’ best player on Sunday. The former No. 1 pick from Arizona State was terrific in coverage and more than adequate against

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