Category Archives: Seasons

From The Benches: Talking Offseason with Brian Carriveau

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The boys are back to talk Packers offseason with Railbird Central host Brian Carriveau. They begin with a brief rundown of the week’s news before revealing which remaining bargain free agent they’d like to see Ted Thompson sign.

Any concern over the lack of an acquisition at inside linebacker is the next point before discussing what is to be done with the large amount of remaining cap room. The guys get Brian’s take on whether Casey Hayward can play corner on the outside, and then move “Behind the Bench”.Brian-Carriveau_186-profile

Defensive line is up this week in the draft preview. The strength of the draft class is discussed along with the current state of the Packers’ defensive linemen. Each of the guys states how badly the Packers need to draft a defensive lineman and gives their pick for the best fit.

Before closing the show they briefly discuss the current gap between the Packers and their NFC North rivals.

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2015 NFL Draft: Packers Positional Preview: DL

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I’ve been pretty lucky so far with my position preview schedule.  All of the offensive positions were more or less resolved when I wrote about them.  Randall Cobb re-signed before I wrote about wide receivers.  Bulaga was back on board before the offensive line evaluation was due.  It appears, though, that that run of luck is over.

The defensive line group is still completely in flux.  The Packers have 2015 starters Mike Daniels and Datone Jones returning.  They also have rotational pieces Josh Boyd and Mike Pennel are coming back as well.  The Packers also have long-term investments in Khryi Thornton, Bruce Gaston and Luther Robinson that they hope to develop in 2015.

That’s all well and good but the big question still remains.  What do the Packers do at nose tackle?  Is BJ Raji coming back after his injury? Is Letroy Guion coming back after his arrest?  Are both players coming back to form the deep rotation at nose tackle with Pennel that they should have had a year ago?

The smart money says that with most of the big defensive tackles off the market (at very low rates) the Packers will be able to afford bringing Raji and Guion back.  The team has been reportedly working on re-signing both players.  After a marijuana-related arrest it’s possible that Guion doesn’t have any other suitors.

Class Strength: 7/10

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NFL Draft: Addressing the Packers’ Needs

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As the NFL Draft draws closer each year, I like to scan the interwebs and see what other sites have to say about the Packers’ needs going into the draft. Since I’m not the world’s greatest scout of college talent, this helps me get a better-rounded idea of which players may fit well into the offensive or defensive schemes that the Packers utilize.

Here’s what some of those sites had to say:

NFL.com
– Inside Linebacker

Inside linebacker was a position of need even going into the 2014 season, but was not taken care of by the front office in last year’s draft. Releasing both A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones, while necessary moves, leaves only Carl Bradford, Sam Barrington and Jamari Lattimore (UFA). Since Ted Thompson didn’t make an effort to land a proven ILB during free agency, hopefully this will be addressed in the draft.

Possible ILB Prospects: Benardrick McKinney (Mississippi St), Denzel Perryman (Miami), Eric Kendricks (UCLA)

WalterFootball.com
– Inside Linebacker
– Cornerback
– Nose Tackle
– Rush Linebacker

This site uses the same reason for needing help at ILB, but they also realize that while Julius Peppers played well this past season, he won’t be around for too much longer. Another speedy, outside rusher like Clay Matthews would be a welcome addition.

Also, the loss of both Tramon Williams and Davon House left major holes in the secondary. Obvious need there.

BleacherReport.com
– Inside Linebacker
– Offensive Tackle
– Cornerback

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Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Packers Free Agency Thoughts

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As the first wave of NFL free agency comes to an end, Ol’ Bag of Donuts react to what the Green Bay Packers have done so far and speculate what it all means. Chris and Adam give their thoughts on whether fans should be worried about the cornerback depth and what player may benefit the most from the offseason moves. Finally the guys pose two questions: Where will this “extra” money go? And did Ted set a championship window for the Packers?

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From The Benches: More Free Agency and the Offensive Line Draft Class

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The boys are back to talk more offseason. Though the Packers haven’t yet been active on the free agent market there’s still plenty to discuss. They start out with news about Packer free agents, the retirement of Chris Borland, and the release of former Packer Greg Jennings by the Minnesota Vikings.

The first big discussion is whether there should be panic over the Packers losing both Davon House and Tramon Williams to free agency. Each of them then list what they think is the most outrageous free agent contract dished out thus far. Greg Jennings returning to the Packers(?) is up next before the guys tell us which free agent contract should’ve been given by the Packers instead of a different team.

Before moving to the draft they briefly give their thoughts on the blockbuster trade between the Seahawks and Saints. Then it’s on to the class of offensive linemen in the 2015 NFL Draft class. They discuss the current state of the Packers’ line before revealing who they think would be the best fit for the Packers. The guys then share their level of concern over the defense as it stands today.

The show is capped off with a phone call between QB1 and one of his favorite former targets.

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TitleTown Sound Off : Addressing the Packers Cornerback Crisis

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The Packers have a lot of homework to do at cornerback, and Titletown Sound has your answer key! Cody and Nick give you a massive rundown on names to know at the cornerback position in this year’s draft.”

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2015 NFL Draft: Packers Positional Preview: OL

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ESPN Milwaukee’s Bill Johnson always used to say that Ted Thompson couldn’t scout and offensive lineman if one pancake blocked him.  I always thought that was funny and for a long time it was true.  He initially failed to adequately replace Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle and the early part of Aaron Rodgers’ career was spent with him putting up video-game-like passing numbers while running for his life.

There are the ghosts of offensive line failures littered throughout Thompson’s early tenure.  Junius Coston, Will Whitticker, Jason Spitz, and Tony Moll have all washed out of the league.  Daryn Colledge, though a Super Bowl XLV starter and champion, was always a disappointment.   He, Allen Barbre, Jamon Meredith and Breno Giacomini never made it with the Packers but eventually caught on in the NFL in different role.  Most, if not all of these players were college tackles, and Thompson and McCarthy drove fans and the media insane by training all of their linemen at each position and continuing to play O-line musical chairs.  It especially made everyone nuts because in Thompson’s 10 drafts as the Packers GM he has selected an offensive lineman in each one.

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