Za’Darius Smith

Players & Coaches

Notes: Smiths Get Separated

The Packers made big moves to clear cap space as free agency unofficially began on Monday. The following is an instant analysis: 🏈DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL SIGNS 5-YEAR EXTENSION I’ve been writing about the importance of re-signing Campbell for the past six weeks, especially if the Packers decided to keep MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers and make at […]

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Players & Coaches

If I Were The GM: 2022 Offseason

I‘ll preface what’s next by saying it’s a heck of a lot easier making decisions when there are no ramifications. Unlike the people who work for the Green Bay Packers, my life isn’t affected by how many games the team wins or loses in any given year. With that out of the way, here’s what […]

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Previews & Reviews

10 Quick Things: Packers vs. 49ers

After rewatching Saturday night’s playoff game against the 49ers, here are 10 things worth knowing:   OFFENSE 1) If Saturday night was the last game quarterback Aaron Rodgers ever plays for the Packers, the soon-to-be four-time MVP ended his spectacular run with one of the worst performances of his postseason career. Rodgers put up decent […]

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Players & Coaches

Potential Impact Of Returning Stars

The Packers clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC and compiled the best record in the league despite playing without three All-Pros and their starting center for most of the season. With their playoffs set to begin in two and a half weeks, there’s at least a chance that corner Jaire Alexander, left tackle […]

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Players & Coaches

Worth It Or Overpaid?

The Packers have one of the most expensive rosters in the league this season. Two players are making over $20 million a year, six are making over $9 million, and two are making over $5 million. That’s typically the cost of sustained winning in the National Football League. So are the Packers getting their money’s […]

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Players

Thursday Thoughts: Run Defense

If you told me 10 days ago that an NFL head coach would be fired because he sent racist, misogynistic, and homophobic emails, the Raiders’ Jon Gruden would’ve been one of my top three guesses. And as the news broke late Monday night, I could only imagine how badly Jags’ owner Shahid Khan is praying […]

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Players

Za’Darius Smith Placed On IR

The Packers placed outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith on IR and signed La’Darius Hamilton off Tampa Bay’s practice squad to replace him on the 53-man roster. Aside from their position and the sound of their first names, there’s nothing similar about the two players. Smith is an All-Pro with 26 sacks the past two seasons; Hamilton, […]

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Players

10 Most Irreplaceable Packers

We all found out last January just how important one player can be to the fortunes of a football team. The season-ending injury to All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari also ended any chance the offensive line had to adequately protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers against Tampa Bay’s ferocious pass rush in the NFC championship game. With […]

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Players

Thursday Thoughts: Z’s Future

I lost interest in Hard Knocks years ago and watching Jerry Jones preen in front of the camera sure ain’t gonna get me to tune in this summer. But you know what might? Mike McCarthy talking candidly about how Aaron Rodgers made his life a living hell during the 2018 season. Here are three more […]

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Za’Darius Smith Was A $66M Bargain

Brian Gutekunst was named GM of the Packers on January 8, 2018. He’s made over 100 personnel moves since that time – some good and some bad. I’ve spent the past couple of weeks counting down his 12-best moves. Here’s No. 1: While Za’Darius Smith might’ve been the highest-paid of the four free agents signed […]

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