Category Archives: Seasons

Packers look to add linebacker in the draft


Now that the Packers’ season has come to an end, the front office will be switching gears from winning games to team building.  There will be the inevitable turnover on the roster, and general manager Ted Thompson will start looking to shore up areas of weakness and attempt to make the 2015 version of the Green Bay Packers a stronger contender.

It’s no secret that one of the team’s Achilles’ heels was at inside linebacker. The week 1 Brad Jones experiment was a disaster, and AJ Hawk’s presence on the field diminished week by week to the point where many question if he will be sent packing during the off season.  The position was such a liability, that the defense, at times, had to think outside the box and plug holes with players not used to that position. Clay Matthews functioned well as an ILB, but that certainly isn’t a permanent solution.

Quite simply, the Packers need to bring in new talent otherwise the lack of stability at this position will come back to bite them in 2015.

Not that Thompson has ever been a huge fan of signing powerhouse free agents in the off season, but this year’s pickings are rather slim at ILB. More like dumpster dining for so-so talent in this position. And no, the Packers do not want nor need Clay Matthews’ baby brother Casey who is listed among the Eagles’ free agents this winter.


Green Bay Packers – Media Day Memories


A highlight of every Super Bowl week is Media Day – the day that reporters get to bombard the players with questions about the season, the upcoming game, and just about anything else they can think of. Even though the Packers aren’t participating in today’s Media Day in Arizona, let’s take a look back at a few memories from Packer Super Bowl Media Days past.

Super Bowl XLV was the last time the Packers were subject to Media Day. Check out interviews with Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, B.J. Raji and Matt Flynn.

As you can see, reporters ask just about anything. One reporter even asked what Aaron’s 80-year old grandparents’ names were! Clay Matthews was a good sport when a reporter asked him to don a Troy Polamalu wig and then spell his last name, and Matt Flynn took some solid questions about playing in his home state of Texas and playing behind Aaron Rodgers.

Tom Crabtree was also happy to give one reporter a tour of his tattoos. The same reporter interviewed Andrew Quarless and Daryn Colledge on their tattoos as well.

Media Day is also a day where the news outlets aren’t the only ones to bring along cameras. Players also bring along their own equipment to capture the week they’ve been dreaming about since they were little kids.  Here are some fun pictures from the Media Days for Super Bowls XLV and XXXI.

Jennings Driver Media Day

BJ Raji - Media Day


From The Benches: Silence in Seattle

From the Benches Podcast - Packers Talk Radio Network

The boys are back in what is arguably the most depressing show in their history. The show begins with a recap of the game, and a discussion as to whether the loss is the most depressing loss in team history. Following that the guys discuss what was encouraging to them coming out of the loss, some answers were looking toward the future, others were a little cryptic. A brief offseason preview breaks out in which the guys give out what they believe are the biggest needs for the Packers, and what makes them think that way. The show finishes with a preview of the Super Bowl between the Seahawks and the Patriots.

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Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Donuts Go Dark

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In an attempt to move on with their lives, Chris and Adam reconvene this week to relive, cope, argue and mourn the Green Bay Packers Championship Game meltdown in Seattle last Sunday. Who is to blame? What is to blame? The guys even do the ‘unthinkable’ calling out the one person who seems to be always be immune to blame. Ol’ Bag of Donuts gets a little dark and little heavy this week.

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Meet the 2015 Packer Pro Bowlers

2015 Packers Pro Bowlers

While there is no ‘real’ game of NFL football being played on Sunday, there is still the Pro Bowl. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Packers have a handful of players representing the Green & Gold in Arizona.

So let’s take a second to have a look into the reasons these players were selected.

Aaron Rodgers led all players in fan voting this year, and was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl. On the field, Rodgers finished the season ranked 7th in passing yards (4,381), 2nd in passer rating (112.2), 3rd in touchdown passes (38) and first in interceptions thrown (5). He also has the possibility of receiving his second league MVP award. Due to his calf injury, however, Rodgers will not be participating in the Pro Bowl. He has been replaced by Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton.

Josh Sitton was one of the main reasons that the Packers offensive line finished the season ranked 8th in the league in run blocking and 13th in pass protection. Because of Sitton’s presence on the line as a left guard, the Packers chose to run 36% of their running plays up the middle. Sitton was also only flagged once on the season for offensive holding. This is Sitton’s second Pro Bowl selection. He was chosen as an alternate last year.


All Is Not Lost For The Green Bay Packers

Despite the loss in the NFC Championship, the Packers have a bright future.

Where do the Green Bay Packers go from here? With some changes, and a strong foundation to build on, the future remains bright.

The NFC Championship game was of course disappointing. It pointed out some changes that need to be made.

First and foremost: Fire Shawn Slocum.

That isn’t because of one play. Brandon Bostick’s mistake on the hands team doesn’t mean that Slocum should be gone. It’s a much deeper issue than that.

Slocum has been the Special Teams coach for six seasons. Let’s examine how the Packers’ Special Teams have fared during those years:

2014 – 22nd

2013 – 19th

2012 – 18th

2011 – 8th

2010 – 26th

2009 – 32nd (LAST)

So, after making progress in Slocum’s first three seasons, special teams plummeted back down to the lower half of the league – and in fact, have continued to deteriorate.

It isn’t only because of personnel. That isn’t because of the excellent kicking team the Packers have had for years now in Mason Crosby and Tim Masthay – while both have had ups and downs, their overall records are quite strong. It isn’t because of individual mistakes like Bostick’s.

The breakdown on special teams has been, with the exception of ONE year, across the board. Tackling, anticipating the opposition’s play calling (see Jon Ryan’s fake punt last week), execution have always been suspect. You can never depend on what Slocum’s personnel are going to do, regardless of the level of players he has at his disposal.


Cheesehead Radio: Broken — with Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette


Have you gotten past the Green Bay Packers devastating loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game last Sunday? Ready to move on?

Yeah. Neither are we.

It was has to go down in NFL history as one of the biggest collapses on a national stage, the Packers are left to pick up the pieces of a season with all of the promise they’ve had in years. The Cheesehead Radio crew collects to commiserate, rant, scream, cry, and look for any silver linings in the 2014 season that they can.

Here to talk us off the ledge is none other than the great Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette, who will give us the skinny from inside a locker room that has been emptied all too early.

Join us live at 8:30PM Central!

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