Category Archives: Seasons

No Huddle Radio – NFL Draft Talk with Justis Mosqueda of Optimum Scouting

No Huddle Radio from ALLGBP.com on Packers Talk Radio Network

No Huddle Radio hunkers down to talk NFL Draft, including a special feature on the linebacker position group.

Joining Jason, Kris and Thomas from ALLGBP.com will be NFL Draftnik, Justis Mosqueda of Optimum Scouting. Together they talk NFL Draft as it pertains to teh Packers and then examine the crop of incoming college linebackers.

Listen using the player below or download the podcast from the Packers Talk Radio Network on Itunes.

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The Very Earliest Season Prediction for the Green Bay Packers

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The NFL released the 2014-15 season schedule, and almost immediately fans began speculating what their favorite team’s record would be for the upcoming season.

Before the Draft, before OTA’s, before mini camp and loooong before Training Camp, semi-professional prognosticators put win-loss predictions on their favorite teams. Optimism runs high at this time of the year, and the schedule release is just one more reason for fans across the globe to believe that THIS is the year their team will bring the Lombardi Trophy home.

Packers fans are no different. Analysis of the schedule technically began when the 2014-15 opponents were announced last year. Now that the schedule has been released, the full dissection can take place.

With that said, here is the very earliest season prediction for the 2014-15 Green Bay Packers:

Week 1 at Seattle (9/4/14): At Seattle-no better chance to prove you deserve to be mentioned among the best teams in the league than the season kickoff against the defending Super Bowl champions. In this rematch of the Fail Mary game, the Packers are going to face one tough opponent in a hostile road enviroment. As much as I want to pick Green Bay to win this game, I just can’t do it. Loss

Week 2 vs NY Jets (9/14/14): Rex Ryan and the Jets stroll into Lambeau Field for the Packers’ home opener. And go home losers. Win

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Ranking the Green Bay Packers Draft Needs: Top to Bottom

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As the draft approaches ever so slowly, it’s hard to think of topics to write about without being repeptivie.  Most guys I know or read that do mocks have published their 3rd or 4th version despite no more meaningful football being played by the prospects in question.  Individual prospect profiling is a very helpful and very time consuming activity, but not something that I’m interested nor have the time to do.  Pushing the draft back into May is part of what every believes to be the league’s attempt to keep itself in the sports news cycle 12 months out of the year.  They are succeeding but they are making things repetitive.

What I’m going to do here is something I don’t plan on doing again.  Admittedly it’s a play off of the off season needs piece you can read here and the post-free agency audit that I provided here, but it is different.  I’m going to rank the need level of every single non-special team position on the roster leading up to May’s draft:

1. Safety- It would be hard for me to explain myself if I didn’t pick safety first, wouldn’t it?  The Packers have  actually taken a step backwards from last season if that is even possible.  Most, including myself, would argue that letting starting safety MD Jennings walk is actually addition by subtraction but it is a subtraction nonetheless.  So far the team has done nothing to address it’s weakest position of a year ago, and considering that the only move made was allowing Jennings to sign with Chicago, this remains the top area of need heading into the draft.

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Some Packers Got Paid Today Just For Going to Work

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The 2014-15 Green Bay Packers season (un)officially kicked off this morning as players began arriving at Lambeau Field for the start of off season workouts.

One by one, the names we all know drove into the parking lot at Lambeau Field. The quest for the Packers 14th World Championship begins today, and fans are once again reinvigorated during this dead period before the NFL Draft

One other interesting thing happened on this crisp, cool April morning in Green Bay:a good number of players got paid-big time.

According to a report in the Green Bay Press Gazette, more than 20 veterans earned a bonus just for reporting to the offseason program. Nearly $4.3 million of this season’s $133 million cap will be paid out to 21 veteran players as incentive to show up for this program. This comes after the Packers reprtedly paid more in workout bonuses in 2013 ($3,672,500) than any other team in the league.

While these workouts are optional, they are part of Mike McCarthy’s vision of keeping the players close to Green Bay in the weeks leading up to the team’s mandatory mini camp.

That all sounds well and good, but why do the players need to be paid to want to be in Green Bay?

Case in point: Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, and Sam Shields.

Each of these players will reportedly receive a $500k bonus for reporting to Green Bay and going to work today. Think about that for a minute: $500k to go to work, to do their job.

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Green Bay Packers 2014 Schedule Preview

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The 2014 NFL schedule is supposed to be released this week, which should give us something interesting to talk about in the midst of this dead time between free agency and the draft.

No schedule release in any other sport comes with the anticipation that the release of the NFL schedule comes with. Since there are only 16 games it is very easy to evaluate and decide where the soft and hard spots are.  Fans also enjoy the chance to plan their Sundays in fall way in advance.

The Green Bay Packers already know their opponents for the 2014 season. It is just a matter of what order they are in. Here are the Packers’ 2014 opponents:

Home Opponents 

Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings

Chicago Bears

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

Philadelphia Eagles

New England Patriots

New York Jets

Away Opponents

Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings

Chicago Bears

New Orleans Saints

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

As you can see, the Packers play their division opponents twice, the NFC South, the AFC East and the Eagles and Seahawks. The divisions they play are rotated every season, and they play the Eagles and Seahawks because they also finished first in their divisions.

The first thing that sticks out to me are the road games in New Orleans and Seattle. Those are nearly impossible games to win, and it would take a near perfect game by the Packers to get it done. Although, the Packers essentially did win at Seattle in 2012, but you know what happened there.

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Green Bay Packers Mock Draft 3.0: The Return of Trader Ted

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Any other year we would be looking forward to the NFL draft kicking off this week, but with a couple weeks added between the Super Bowl and the draft, even the most rabid NFL fan may have started suffering from mock draft fatigue.

So to try to keep things a little more interesting, I decided to do a full 7 round Packer mock draft and include some trade scenarios. Ted Thompson hasn’t gone a draft without making a trade; in fact he has made a trade in the first 2 rounds in all but the 2005 and 2011 drafts.

Here is my attempt to get inside the mind of Ted Thompson.

Round 1: Pick 21 Traded to Oakland for picks 36 and 67

Despite trading for Matt Schaub, the Raiders still need to find their quarterback of the future. And with both the Browns and Raiders both reportedly having interest in Derek Carr, Reggie McKenzie uses his connection with Ted Thompson to jump ahead of the Browns, who pick at 26, and select his franchise QB.

Round 2: Pick 36 from Oakland

Jimmie Ward – S, Northern Illinois, 5’11”, 193

Even at pick 21 it’s doubtful the Packers have a chance at Ha-Ha Clinton Dix or Calvin Pryor, the top 2 safeties in the draft, so they trade back and get another starting caliber safety, as well as an additional 3rd round pick. Ward’s play making ability (11 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles during his college career) and his coverage skills make up for the fact that he is a bit undersized.

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The Week in Review at Packers Talk Radio Network

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This week at Packers Talk Radio Network:

Ross wonders if the resigning of Matt Flynn-along with the signing of free agent Julius Peppers-signal a change in the way Ted Thompson does business.

Matt thinks that the biggest holes from last season may still remain, including…

Who will be the Packers number one TE. With Jermichael Finley’s career still in limbo, this is a position to keep an eye on.

The Packers Tailgate Tour was out and about this past week, and as par for the course, Mark Murphy was asked about the status of Brett Favre. When it was announced that Favre nearly attended a game in 2013, John had a few words to say about it, including a what if scenario involving the Packers, Favre, and Vince Lombardi.

While Matt provided a Packers full seven round mock draft

And Ian talked about late round pick and undrafted free agents

John thinks waiting for the NFL Draft-especially this year with it being in May-is worse than watching paint dry.

Meeting former Packers QB Lynn Dickey was a fantastic trip down memory lane for one of our writers.

Sean Richardson was the focus of this week’s player profile series.

And From the Benches was back this week with special guest Cody Bauer talking about the upcoming draft.

Be sure to head over to ALLGBP.com and check out this week’s edition of Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived. It is a must read every Sunday during the far too long NFL off season.

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