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Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Draft Recap Show

Ol’ Bag of Donuts takes on the task of breaking down the latest draft class of the Green Bay Packers. Chris and Adam give feedback on every pick for what it means More »

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From The Benches: The Packers 2015 Draft in Review

Ryan and Ross head to the Cheeseystudio one final time to break down the entire Green Bay Packers Draft. Hear their thoughts on Damarious Randall, Quenten Rollins, Ty Montgomery, Jake Ryan, Brett Hundley, Aaron Ripkowski, Christian Ringo, More »

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From The Benches: Green Bay Packer Draft Day 2 Recap

Ross and Ryan come on back to go over the 2nd and 3rd round selections of defensive back Quinten Rollins (Miami/OH) and WR Ty Montgomery (Stanford), and offer their Day 3 predictions. More »

Heat 2

Heat of the Moment: The Packers Draft LIVE at 8:30 CST

Sit back, turn down the sound on your television, and tune in as the Packers Talk Family joins forces to break down the Packers’ first round draft pick from Thursday night, that More »

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From The Benches: Day 1 in Review

Ross and Ryan take a good, hard look at the Green Bay Packers first-round pick, Damaroious Randall of Arizona State University, and the impact Ted Thompson hopes he bring to Dom Capers’ More »

Packers All-Draft Bust Team: 1991-present

Green Bay All-Time Draft Bust Team

The Green Bay Packers are known as a Draft and Develop team, but that doesn’t mean that they always get it right. In fact, they tend to get it wrong a fair amount. Not as bad as some other teams, mind you, but they are not hitting 1.000.

I have only been around since 1991, and there have been plenty of draft busts to create a full team. I got the idea from the book, “Packers by the Numbers,” chapter 77. If yo want to see a full Draft Bust team going back to the first ever Draft, look in that book. Without further ado, the 1991-present Green Bay Packers Draft Bust team:

QB – Brian Brohm (Round 2, 2008)

A complete failure in Round 2, Brohm never developed and failed to beat out fellow draftee Matt Flynn (7th round). He bounced around the league since, starting game in his career.

RB – Alex Green (Round 3, 2011)

A home run threat out of Hawaii, Green blew out his knee his rookie year and was never the same. He led the team in 2012 in rushing but got cut the following year.

FB – Quinn Johnson (Round 5, 2009)

The heir to William Henderson, Johnson was a tank who struggled with the speed of the NFL while in Green Bay. He never made an impact before being cut.

WR – Cory Rodgers (Round 4, 2006)


The Green Bay Packers and DOD Money


It was a week ago when Christopher Baxter broke the news that the the Department of Defense (read: your tax money) has been writing some pretty hefty checks to some of the NFL teams. Of course this grabbed everyone’s attention in the Packer’s little corner of the world.

As Baxter reported, the Green Bay Packers have received $600,000 since 2012.

And this is where some lose their minds.

Everyone out there gets that warm fuzzy when a team unfurls the 100 yard long American flag, honors a living vet and his/her family on the field and turns the entire stadium into an American flag with the help of colored bits of cardboard sitting at each seat complete with instructions. Yet for some, these acts seem a little less homespun and genuine now knowing that there was money given for such placements.

CheeseheadTV’s Aaron Nagler reached out to Packers’ PR director Aaron Popkey recently about how these funds are being sent, and Popkey replied with the following:

The Packers’ partnership with the Wisconsin National Guard is similar to our other partnerships in that it includes traditional marketing aspects designed to address its objectives, which are recruiting, retention and awareness. It featured advertising on TundraVision, stadium signage and Packers.com, as well as sponsorship of other programs and events such as the high school coach of the week, a job fair for veterans and a continuing medical education program. Our partnership arrangement does not simply focus on one specific event, but is comprised of many different features.


A Few Words to Those Still Holding a Grudge Against Brett Favre

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As the days tick down to Brett Favre’s return to the Packers as part of his enshrinement into the Packers Hall of Fame, I have been reminded about the anger that some have against the former quarterback.

No one will ever forget the summer of 2008, and the drama that hung like a cloud over Green Bay during that odd period of time. It was the best soap opera that ESPN could buy, and EVERYONE paid attention.

Likewise, no one will ever forget the 2009-2010 seasons. While Aaron Rodgers was establishing himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Favre had taken his talents to the rival Minnesota Vikings. Take the drama of the summer of 2008, multiply it by infinity, and that’s what the four games between these two teams became. While the Vikings came *this close* to going to the Super Bowl with Favre under center, the Packers did go to the Super Bowl in 2010-and won-with Rodgers under center.

So here we are, five years removed from Favre’s last game in the NFL. Favre has admitted fault in his departure from the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and Favre have shaken hands and moved on from any issues they had. All of the talking heads in the Packers organization have voiced their support in welcoming Favre back into the family. Let bygones be bygones, time to move on, right?

Right. Except for a select few who continue to hate Favre with all of their energy because of his unceremonious exit from the Packers.


Why deflated balls are a big deal


Fans across the NFL–including Packers fans–have likely had their fill of Deflategate. And as I post this column, the NFL Players Association is drafting Brady’s appeal to his four game suspension. Four games–a quarter of the season—all for a bunch of flat balls. Oh, that as well as a $1 Million fine and forfeiture of next year’s first round draft choice as well as their fourth round pick in 2017.

I could rehash the entire Wells Report and the whole Free Brady outrage, but I won’t.  Instead, let’s break down the apologist’s arguments and point out the painfully obvious and –oddly enough–how this scandal affects the Green Bay Packers.

  • Excuse #1: Big whoop, it’s just a bunch balls. And the advantage it gave the Patriots did not tip the game in their favor during their victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game.

Yes, it’s true. The Patriots walloped the Colts. Probably would’ve done it, flat balls not withstanding, but why have rules if they are only suggestions? And guess what, the NFL has rules specifically addressing the condition of its game balls. In fact, the NFL rules pertaining to balls are pretty clear:


Green Bay Packers Position Battles

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The Green Bay Packers are always a team that relies on internal competition to rise up everyone’s play. The team is known for its depth and with a new draft class added onto what was already a very deep team that is true again. The good news is that most of the starting positions are locked up, which is the sign of a good team. However, that doesn’t mean this won’t be a very competitive summer with players fighting for playing time and backup spots. Here are a few interesting battles to look forward to:


Backup Quarterback:

I’d actually be surprised if this is much of a battle. I would expect Scott Tolzien to win the job fairly easily with continued improvement and knowledge of the offense. However, Hundley may be the most interesting player to watch this summer. Mike McCarthy finally has a backup quarterback to develop with real talent and skills after years of wasted time with Graham Harrell and Matt Flynn. Hundley should easily be able to force the Packers to keep three quarterbacks for the second consecutive season.



Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Draft Recap Show

Ol Bag of Donuts Packers Podcast

Ol’ Bag of Donuts takes on the task of breaking down the latest draft class of the Green Bay Packers. Chris and Adam give feedback on every pick for what it means for 2015 and also beyond. They guys also peak in on the undrafted free agent signings to predict which players will make the final roster because as everyone knows, there will be a couple who break through. Which draft pick excited them the most? The answer may surprise you.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: ’15 Rosterdamus 1.0


Now that the Packers have drafted their 2015 class, signed college free agents and invited hopefuls to tryouts, we have a pretty good idea of the team’s plans for it’s 90 man roster.  While that’s fine and there are several position battles that excite me, it’s never too early to guess the 53 men we’ll take to Chicago.

This team has a special feel to it.  I don’t want to make any bold declarations or predictions about the season but the word is “special”.

Quarterbacks (3)

Aaron Rodgers – 12
Brett Hundley – 7
Scott Tolzien – 16

Running Backs (4)

Eddie Lacy – 27
James Starks – 44
John Crockett – 38
John Kuhn – 30

Wide Receivers (6)

Jordy Nelson – 87
Randall Cobb – 18
Davante Adams – 17
Jared Abbrederis – 84
Jeff Janis – 83
Ty Montgomery – 88

Tight Ends (4)

Richard Rodgers – 89
Andrew Quarless – 81
Kennard Backman – 86
Justin Perillo – 80
Offensive Linemen (7)

David Bakhtiari – 69
Josh Sitton – 71
Corey Linsley – 63
TJ Lang – 70
Bryan Bulaga – 75
Don Barclay – 67
JC Tretter – 73

Defensive Linemen (7)

Mike Daniels – 76
BJ Raji – 90
Datone Jones – 95
Letroy Guion – 98
Khyri Thornton -94
Josh Boyd – 93
Mike Pennel – 64

Elephant Ends (3)

Julius Peppers – 56
Nick Perry – 53
Mike Neal – 96