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Green Bay Packers with the Best Chance to Win NFL Awards

Reigning MVP and Packers' Quarterback Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers have had a number of players take home NFL awards in recent years. Aaron Rodgers won MVP awards following his 2011 and 2014 seasons. Eddie Lacy took home the offensive rookie of the year award in 2013. Former Packer Charles Woodson was the defensive player of the year in 2009.

Overall, the Packers have been fortunate to have maintained high levels of talent over the last few seasons. Heading into 2015, Green Bay once again has a selection of players who have the potential to be honored at the end of the season. Which players on the Packers have the best chance to win each award?

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Last Packer to win: Aaron Rodgers, 2014

Packer with best chance to win in 2015: Aaron Rodgers

This one was not difficult to figure out. Rodgers is still the best quarterback in the NFL heading into next season. In a league that has become increasingly dependent on the passing game, the quarterback position has become the most valuable almost by default. Seven of the past eight MVPs have been quarterbacks.

If Rodgers can maintain his efficiency and consistency that he has displayed over the past four seasons, he would be the player with the best chance to win in the entire league, not solely the Packer with the best chance. There is no reason to expect a substantial drop-off in his production, and he will likely be in the consideration for MVP throughout the season.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: The Final Piece

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The Packers offensive line has certainly been a point of discussion this offseason.  The line took a big step forward last season and is now under contract through the 2016 season.  It’s now being compared to the Chad Clifton-Mike Wahle-Mike Flanagan-Marco Rivera-Mark Tauscher offensive line that Ahman Green ran behind.  It has the chance to be the best offensive line in the Favre-Rodgers era.

The first thing I want to show you are the run blocking and pass blocking grades from Pro Football Focus for the Packers starters on the offensive line.  These numbers are derived from a group of analysts that watch each individual player on every single down.  A score of 0.0 is considered to be average:

David Bakhtiari: Pass: +7.5 Run: -13.2
Josh Sitton: Pass: +19.2 Run: +1.9
Corey Linsley: Pass: +2.5 Run: +5.4
TJ Lang: Pass: +9.9 Run: +10.7
Bryan Bulaga: Pass: +10.8 Run: +0.3

So what sticks out there? Easy. David Bakhtiari’s struggles with run blocking.  Everyone on the Packers offensive line is above average at the two main aspects of offensive line play except for Bakhtiari.  Do I hate David Bakhtiari? No.  Do I even think he’s not a good left tackle? Hell no.  David Bakhtiari stepped in at left tackle defending the blind side of the league’s most valuable asset as a rookie 4th round pick.  That is almost unprecedented.  One of the reasons that he’s so highly thought of is because he can pass block and keep Aaron Rodgers clean.

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Planning a Trip to Packers Training Camp?

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The Green Bay Packers has finished minicamp and are scattered to the four corners in what is equivalent to the NFL’s summer vacation. With that, there will be little activity out of 1265 Lombardi Avenue until the team reconvenes at the end of July for Training Camp ahead of the 2015 regular season. Tickets for the annual Family Night–a night practice under the lights, mind you–were sold out within 48 hours. Fans love attending Training Camp.

But there’s still nearly a month where fans can still absorb the entire Training Camp experience and take in the events around Green Bay  without missing out any of the experiences.

Plan ahead. That’s the first and foremost rule. It may not be Mackinac Island or Disney, but Green Bay is a destination for summer travelers. The vast majority of hotels in town are with a short driving (read: not walking) distance from the stadium. But there are some a few blocks away. Call early, because those are the first to fill up.

That said, Highway 41 from Appleton to Green Bay is a complete pain in the butt. It has been so since I got my drivers license in high school in the 80’s and remains one to this day. It is constantly under construction, though I’m wondering what anyone has to show for it in the 20+ years since. Familiarize yourself with local maps and consider other ways to navigate town. Your sanity will thank you for it later.

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Green Bay Packers Benefit from McCarthy’s Coaching Changes

Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy

Earlier this offseason, the Green Bay Packers underwent the biggest change to the offensive coaching staff in the Mike McCarthy era. McCarthy gave play-calling duties to new associate head coach Tom Clements, marking the first time in his career as head coach that McCarthy will not call offensive plays.

McCarthy was the subject of much criticism following Green Bay’s fourth quarter collapse against the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. Part of that criticism revolved around his tendency to loosen up aggressiveness when the Packers took the lead instead of putting teams away.

Though it was likely not in direct response to that criticism, McCarthy elected to forfeit play-calling duties anyway. Clements was promoted from offensive coordinator to associate head coach. When 2015 begins, it will be the first time that Aaron Rodgers receives his play calls from someone other than McCarthy.

The Packers offense is not likely to suffer any setbacks from a new play caller. The plays themselves will remain largely the same. More importantly, the offense itself, which features the same eleven starters from last season’s league-leading unit, will have a much bigger impact on the production than the play calling.

Although Rodgers recently acknowledged that he does not call his own plays, he will still have roughly the same amount of freedom when it comes to changing plays at the line of scrimmage. So if McCarthy’s coaching changes will not drastically impact the offense, how will the Green Bay Packers benefit from McCarthy giving up play-calling duties?

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Pulse of the Pack: Minicamp Murmurs

Pulse of the Pack Podcast on Packers Talk Radio Network

Pulse is back to recap the Packers recent OTA’s and Mini camp.  Jacob and Jason break down the battle at wide receiver and who has the edge for the final spot or two?  Is the Packers offense the greatest show on grass?  What will become of the tight end position?  More rookie talk with updates on Ty Montgomery, Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and Jake Ryan.  The pair also discuss where the Packers may carry an extra body or two and talk about a few veterans who are on the bubble and may see their days in Green Bay numbered.

Pulse of the Pack is a part of Packers Talk, serving up enough weekly podcasts to satisfy the most fervent of Packer fans. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe over at iTunes.

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Green Bay Packers Fantasy Football Preview

Eddie Lacy leads all rookies with 887 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

With about a month until training camp this is probably the biggest down time for Green Bay Packers news. So, it’s a good time for those of us fantasy football nerds to start preparing for our drafts. The Packers have many more options for your fantasy football team than just about any team in the NFL with their high powered offense.

Aaron Rodgers:

Rodgers would be my top choice at quarterback and the only real competition for his crown is Andrew Luck. It’s really neck and neck between those two. Luck’s big advantage over Rodgers is volume, as he threw 621 passes last year to Rodgers’ 520. However, the Colts had zero running game last year, and Frank Gore should help keep Luck’s passing attempts a little lower this season. Rodgers has a big advantage in weapons with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams and that he keeps his interception total much lower. Rodgers edged out Luck in ESPN standard leagues last year by four points.  Rodgers starts becoming an option towards the end of the first round in your drafts or the beginning of the second depending on your league’s scoring system.

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Inside or Outside, Green Bay Packers Can Count on Matthews

Packers' Linebacker Clay Matthews

Since the time he entered the league in 2009, Clay Matthews has been one of the best pass rushers in the NFL and one of the Green Bay Packers’ best defenders.

Matthews’ primary position has always been outside linebacker, but the Packers were forced to give him significant time at inside linebacker last season. Rather than suffer a decrease in production due to inexperience at the position, Matthews responded by giving an immediate boost to a struggling linebacker corps.

He began playing inside during Week 9, and took a significant portion of snaps there for the rest of the year. Before the switch, the Packers’ run defense was dead last in the NFL. By the end of the year, aided drastically by Matthews’ presence, Green Bay’s run defense rose to 23rd in the league.

Overall, Matthews simply showed that he can do more than just rush the quarterback. He proved that he is a versatile defender who can adequately cover and stop the run from the middle of the field.

The Packers’ biggest need in the offseason was to address the inside linebacker position. While Matthews did a more than sufficient job, Green Bay would still prefer to keep him on the outside, where he is one of the best in the league.

But the Packers did not draft a linebacker until the fourth round, and Matthews has been getting reps in on the inside during practices as well. It appears that Green Bay is prepping Matthews to once again see a significant number of snaps at inside linebacker this year.

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