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Dec 12, 2018
Vic Fangio is a great coach, but not a fit to be Packers next head coach

Vic Fangio is a great coach, but not a fit to be Packers next head coach

Green Bay had interest in Fangio after firing Dom Capers last year and the Bears defense has been awesome this season, but that’s not the way to push this team forward. Vic Fangio makes no secret he would like to be a head coach. Last offseason, when the Packers fired the maligned Dom Capers, Fangio was one of the candidates whom Green Bay most coveted. Once Mike McCarthy got his walking papers and the Bears defense dominated the Rams on national television, connecting the dots was easy. It’s just not the right move for the Packers. Of course, it hasn’t just been one game that...
Dec 11, 2018
New Packer Bashaud Breeland already proving his worth in Green Bay

New Packer Bashaud Breeland already proving his worth in Green Bay

Signed during the season, Breeland should be Brian Gutekunst’s top priority among players re-signing with the team this offseason. “I need him back.” That was the message from rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander, already speaking like one of the leaders of the Green Bay Packers defense. The symmetry stands out. The “him” in question is former Washington cornerback Bashaud Breeland, signed in September after Davon House went on injured reserve. From Day 1, Alexander popped on the practice field with a gregarious personality and on-field swagger. By the middle of the season he was...
Dec 10, 2018
Bears game will decide if Packers’ win over Falcons was a fluke or something more

Bears game will decide if Packers’ win over Falcons was a fluke or something more

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense returned to life against Atlanta, but we won’t know if that was real until they travel to Chicago. Even after losing to the worst team in football and getting their coach fired, the Green Bay Packers were supposed to beat the Falcons. The oddsmakers in the desert agreed, which hardly makes Green Bay’s 34-20 win a surprise in terms of the outcome. But how they did it, putting up 34 straight and throttling a talented Atlanta team, likely shocked most of Cheesehead Nation. This was the team we expected to see. Aaron Rodgers regained some of his...
Dec 9, 2018
Packers score 34 straight en route to 34-20 win over scuffling Falcons

Packers score 34 straight en route to 34-20 win over scuffling Falcons

In their first game since firing Mike McCarthy, the Packers showed the kind of ability this team had all along. With the Green Bay Packers’ playoff chances on life support, an interim head coach at the helm, and another disappointing team coming to Lambeau, Green Bay had a simple question to answer Sunday: How much was Mike McCarthy to blame for the team’s ills this season? Aaron Rodgers rediscovered his accuracy, the short-handed defense played its tail off, and the Packers used 34 straight points to throttle the reeling Falcons 34-20. After one week, Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst...
Dec 4, 2018
Is the Packers’ front office structure really a problem for the team or its future coach?

Is the Packers’ front office structure really a problem for the team or its future coach?

Much has been made of Mark Murphy’s consolidation of power, but should anyone actually worry about it? When Mark Murphy took the extraordinary step of seizing power in the vacuum of the 2017 offseason, some worried about a Machiavellian storyline playing out. Murphy gives himself power then becomes the de facto owner, meddling and convoluting a system that worked. Except the system didn’t work, at least not for the Packers in recent years. Mike McCarthy constantly bumped heads with Ted Thompson, disagreeing about free agent signings and the way to construct a team. With that...
Dec 2, 2018
Packers' firing of Mike McCarthy was right move, but comes with plenty of risk

Packers' firing of Mike McCarthy was right move, but comes with plenty of risk

The Packers 4-7-1 season sealed McCarthy’s fate, but there’s no guarantee the next coach will be any better. Mike McCarthy didn’t see it coming. It’s fitting really. McCarthy, the consummate Packers coach, a fit of personality and culture, never thought anyone would be suited to coach this team besides him. So when the news came Sunday evening he would not return in Green Bay, it blindsided him. Next, the person Mark Murphy gets to replace McCarthy will have to coach in the shadow of a man with a street named after him, with a Lombardi Trophy in his case, and a resume full of NFC...
Dec 2, 2018
Packers’ 2018 season is over after unthinkable 20-17 loss to hapless Cardinals

Packers’ 2018 season is over after unthinkable 20-17 loss to hapless Cardinals

Mason Crosby’s kick sailed wide right in a game Green Bay never looked like it deserved to win. Time of death on the 2018 Green Bay Packers season: 3:13 p.m. central time. Mason Crosby’s 49-yard field goal to tie the game sailed wide right and the Packers fell to a hopeless Arizona Cardinals team 20-17. If Mike McCarthy isn’t giving the Monday press conference, no one would bat an eye at president Mark Murphy’s decision. At this point in the season, no one should be surprised by the Packers looking like a 4-6-1 team. With their season on the line, facing the worst team in...
Nov 30, 2018
We played the numbers on the Packers 2018 season and they don’t add up

We played the numbers on the Packers 2018 season and they don’t add up

The statistics normally indicative of a team’s quality don’t show in Green Bay’s dreadful 4-6-1 record. Don’t tell Bill Parcells, but teams aren’t always what their records say they are. There are mountains of empirical data that says that old football is apocryphal, not a truism. Green Bay Packers fans understand, intuitively, this team is much more talented than 4-6-1, otherwise the disappointment in Mike McCarthy would be unwarranted. If this were a dog team, fans would be less likely to blame McCarthy for failing to win with it. And even much of the important data we prize...
Nov 28, 2018
Secondary injuries are undermining Packers’ effective blitz packages

Secondary injuries are undermining Packers’ effective blitz packages

Mike Pettine has been one of the most aggressive defensive playcallers in the NFL this season, but injuries at cornerback have caught up with this defense. The Packers defense still gets sacks. They’re fifth in adjusted sack rate, the same place they were a month ago, and third in total sacks. But of course, sacks are an imperfect measure of blitz performance. If a team gets a lot of sacks but also gives up plays in the passing game when they don’t get home, that creates a high-variance defense that likely gives up big yardage and point totals. At one point in the season, Green Bay...
Nov 27, 2018
The Packers aren’t a Super Bowl team, but that doesn’t mean they should tank

The Packers aren’t a Super Bowl team, but that doesn’t mean they should tank

There’s more to team development than the highest possible draft pick next season and Green Bay should care about it. A loaded pass rush draft class in 2019 has some in Cheesehead Land shouting for a mini-Process for the Green Bay Packers. With playoff hopes in 2018 season all but extinguished and Green Bay unlikely to be a threat even if it made the postseason, the argument goes that the team should just play DeShone Kizer, sit Davante Adams, and see what the kids can do. Lose as many games as possible, sneak into the top-5 and snag a blue chip prospect. But there’s more to life...
Nov 26, 2018
Another Packers offseason of change must focus on resetting Aaron Rodgers

Another Packers offseason of change must focus on resetting Aaron Rodgers

The 2018 offseason brought enormous structural change to Green Bay. With another tumultuous offseason coming, the team must focus on supporting and refocusing its star quarterback. For the first time in years, Aaron Rodgers, the swaggering superhero quarterback, looked defeated. Standing at the podium following another second-half collapse in which the Green Bay Packers’ offense stalled and sputtered, the all-time great talked about the color changing in his beard and the ravages of time. This wasn’t the same player who used to run around throwing the championship belt at opposing...
Nov 25, 2018
David Bakhtiari leaves & re-enters game against Vikings with knee injury

David Bakhtiari leaves & re-enters game against Vikings with knee injury

Green Bay’s best offensive lineman left the game in the third quarter with the Packers trailing 17-14. Even with David Bakhtiari, the Green Bay Packers struggled to move the ball against a stout Minnesota Vikings defense Sunday night in a game Green Bay needed to save the season. Having to do it with Jason Spriggs may simply be a bridge too far. Trailing 17-14 in the third quarter, the best offensive lineman the Packers have exited the game. Aaron Rodgers was sacked on third down on the first drive Bakhtiari was out, with starting left guard Lane Taylor already out of the game with a...
Nov 25, 2018
Packers safety Kentrell Brice leaves Vikings game with ankle injury

Packers safety Kentrell Brice leaves Vikings game with ankle injury

The Packers’ secondary grows perilously thin with yet another injury in the back end. With the Green Bay Packers’ secondary already down starters Kevin King and Bashaud Breeland, Kentrell Brice’s return to the lineup freed Mike Pettine up to move Tramon Williams back to cornerback. That freedom didn’t even last a quarter. On a Dalvin Cook screen-pass touchdown, Brice not only whiffed on his tackle attempt, he tweaked his left ankle and had to leave Sunday night’s critical NFC North matchup. He was officially listed as questionable to return by the team with that injury. Brice...
Nov 19, 2018
Packers’ season now rests on two games: at Minnesota and at Chicago

Packers’ season now rests on two games: at Minnesota and at Chicago

At 4-5-1, Green Bay somehow still has a shot at the playoffs and even the division. Winning two divisional road games could set up Run The Table™ 2.0. When Mike McCarthy offers some cliched NFL truism about his team still being in the playoff hunt and their season is not out in front of them, it won’t just be an old school coach clinging to some myopic view of the season or his career. It’s like anything ... they just have to win. Starting with the Vikings and the Bears. Win those games, and the Green Bay Packers would have a real chance coming home. The NFL set up the schedule to...
Nov 16, 2018
What ‘numbers’ were Mike McCarthy playing when he punted on fourth down?

What ‘numbers’ were Mike McCarthy playing when he punted on fourth down?

The Packers head coach used a statistical defense of his decision not to go for it on fourth-and-2, but the math doesn’t add up. By punting on fourth-and-2 with 4:30 left in the fourth quarter and his team trailing by three, Mike McCarthy played not to lose. He would say after the game the team was “playing the numbers” but that simply doesn’t track. Not only is the math in Green Bay’s favor in that situation, simple game theory suggests the move was to go for it. Whatever “numbers” McCarthy went with, they would likely have been better used to play the lottery....

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