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Brian Gutekunst says Packers aren’t trying to catch anyone, just get better

Brian Gutekunst says Packers aren’t trying to catch anyone, just get better

Brian Gutekunst wants to keep the Packers in Super Bowl contention in 2020. | Photo by Dylan Buell/ He’s excited about the Matt LaFleur’s team in Year 2, voiced confidence in the linebackers already on the Packers and likes this draft class at receiver. So how does Green Bay’s GM push this team forward? Mike McCarthy may be in Dallas, but the Packers still aren’t anyone’s underdogs. To hear Brian Gutekunst tell it at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, they aren’t worried about catching the 49ers, or any other team. It’s not about matchups, but about growth....
Feb 24, 2020
Is conventional wisdom right about “premium positions” and what does it mean for the Packers?

Is conventional wisdom right about “premium positions” and what does it mean for the Packers?

Are offensive tackles like Bryan Bulaga really still premium position players? Some new data casts doubt. | Photo by Al Pereira/ Brian Gutekunst will likely look for long-term solutions at linebacker, offensive tackle, and receiver this offseason. Positional value data can help determine how to structure their search. When Maya Angelou said, “If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going,” she wasn’t talking about NFL teams. Then again, she wasn’t not talking about them. To figure out where the Green Bay Packers need to go, they must first...
Feb 22, 2020
Could the Packers go all-in on small ball defense?

Could the Packers go all-in on small ball defense?

Grant Delpit as a third safety would open up the Packers defense and allow them to worry less about who is playing LB. | Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Mike Pettine loves to play sub-package defense to the point it’s no longer fair to call it that. Green Bay’s base defense is nickel or smaller and it’s not hard to imagine Brian Gutekunst adding pieces to make that easier. It would never work. The run game still matters. You can’t play small and win the NFL. And jump-shooting teams can’t win titles. Sports truisms are inherently time-sensitive. No matter the sport,...
Feb 17, 2020
Why Packers don’t need to force an early draft pick at wide receiver

Why Packers don’t need to force an early draft pick at wide receiver

Justin Jefferson would be an ideal complement to Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, but would likely require a first-round pick to draft. | Photo by Alika Jenner/ It might cause a riot with fans, but recent history and the Packers current roster construction allows the front office to be patient in finding more help with Davante Adams. What if the Green Bay Packers do nothing? They stand pat at receiver, believing in the growth of their young players, the play design of Matt LaFleur and the aging-but-more-than-capable right arm of Aaron Rodgers. After having to rebuild the offices at 1265...
Feb 14, 2020
Packers 2020 Free Agent CBs: Can Chandon Sullivan take over for Tramon Williams?

Packers 2020 Free Agent CBs: Can Chandon Sullivan take over for Tramon Williams?

Tramon Williams delivered on what the Packers wanted when they signed him, but his heir apparent may already be on the team. | Photo by Stacy Revere/ The Packers don’t have many difficult free agent decisions to make, but the future of beloved veteran Tramon Williams presents one of the bigger questions facing the team this offseason. Complicating matters: his possible successor is also a free agent. Over the next two weeks, Acme Packing Company takes a look at each position group on the Green Bay Packers and provides grades and insight on how they performed in the 2019 season....
Feb 14, 2020
Packers 2019 Acquisitions: Chandon Sullivan steps up, Ka’Dar Hollman waits

Packers 2019 Acquisitions: Chandon Sullivan steps up, Ka’Dar Hollman waits

Chandon Sullivan’s leaping interception against the Cowboys sticks out as one of the best highlights of the Packers season. | Photo by Wesley Hitt/ After an aggressive set of offseasons bolstering the cornerback position, Brian Gutkeunst added on the margins leading into the 2019 season and it paid off. Over the next two weeks, Acme Packing Company takes a look at each position group on the Green Bay Packers and provides grades and insight on how they performed in the 2019 season. Today, we examine the cornerbacks. The proximity to the name “cornerback” to “quarterback” fits...
Feb 13, 2020
An athletic linebacker would be missing piece for improving Packers defense

An athletic linebacker would be missing piece for improving Packers defense

Kenneth Murray offers the ideal skillset for what the Packers need defensively. | Photo by Brett Deering/ Mike Pettine wants to play small, which means the “big” people on the field have to be even better. For the Packers, that starts with finding a linebacker capable of doing a little bit of everything. When Blake Martinez could flow to the football thanks to Kenny Clark and Mark Daniels soaking up blockers, he “led” some excellent run defending groups, wracking up tackles. When Mike Pettine started experimenting with smaller fronts, fewer defensive linemen, and more cover...
Feb 11, 2020
To avoid regression, Packers offseason must center around adding talent, depth

To avoid regression, Packers offseason must center around adding talent, depth

Matt LaFleur did his best with the roster he had, but it will require upgrades to make another Super Bowl run. | Photo by Harry How/ Green Bay won some close games, succeeded with turnovers, and stayed healthy in 2019. In order to stave off the inevitable turn of luck, Brian Gutekunst has some work to do. This time last year, Chicago Bears optimism peaked at modern highs. Coach and GM weren’t just celebrated, they were award-winning, with a defense mauling opponents, suffocating them into submission, and wresting the NFC North crown away from the long-time kings. They would reign the...
Feb 7, 2020
Three possible roster cuts with Packers ties who could help Green Bay in 2020

Three possible roster cuts with Packers ties who could help Green Bay in 2020

Sammy Watkins has the speed to add a dynamic element to the Packers offense, one he already knows. | Photo by Jamie Squire/ Dozens of players currently on teams will join the 2020 free agent class because they’re too old, too expensive, or some combination of the two. These three players could fit the bill, have Packers connections, and play positions of need. When the offseason rolls around, Brian Gutekunst channels his best John Locke from Lost impression: Don’t tell me what I can’t do. In a brief two-offseason span, the Green Bay Packers’ general manager proved he’s...
Feb 5, 2020
Packers could start considering post-Aaron Rodgers plan, but money still dictates waiting

Packers could start considering post-Aaron Rodgers plan, but money still dictates waiting

Aaron Rodgers will be the Packers quarterback for at least three more seasons which makes it tough to invest draft capital in a draft pick. | Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Last offseason, there was no sound case for starting a quarterback succession plan given the massive contract extension for QB1 and draft capital needed to add a franchise player. Now, the calculations have changed, but waiting still makes the most sense. Aaron Rodgers remembers what happened to Brett Favre late in the old gunslinger’s career: the hemming and hawing about retirement, power struggle with the front...
Feb 3, 2020
Packers can follow Chiefs’ path to beating the 49ers with aggressiveness, playmaking

Packers can follow Chiefs’ path to beating the 49ers with aggressiveness, playmaking

Travis Kelce’s ability to win in the middle of the field offers a key missing piece for the Packers. | Photo by Al Bello/ In beating the 49ers, the Chiefs showed the Packers how they’ll have to get better, in ways big and small, to reign in the NFC. Patrick Mahomes proved Mike Pettine right: it’s quicker to get to Miami through the air than on the ground. But after Pettine’s Green Bay Packers defense took a brutalizing at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers’ ground attack, the intuitive suggestion to close to gap between the Packers and the NFC Champions started with playing...
Jan 29, 2020
The great Aaron Rodgers “get the ball out” debate too often misses the point

The great Aaron Rodgers “get the ball out” debate too often misses the point

Aaron Rodgers wants to hold the ball, but it requires some level of competence in the short passing game. | Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ There’s nothing inherently valuable about getting rid of the ball quickly, particularly without capable playmakers to do something with the ball once they have it. The Packers seek balance not quickness in the passing game. Aaron Rodgers has to get the ball out. He’s holding it too long and trying to play too much outside structure. Still. With his aging legs, Rodgers’ magic act now more closely resembles a street performer’s...

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