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From the Benches: Favreisode with John Rehor

The amazing John Rehor joins the From the Benches gang in the Cheeseystudio for nothing more than a rousing reminisce of the Green Bay Packers (and HOF inductee) Brett Favre. From The More »

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From The Benches: The Dog Days of Summer

Ryan and Ross head to the Cheeseystudio to break down the Packers offseason approaches as they prepare for Favrepalooza and…finally…the start of training camp! From The Benches is a part of Packers More »

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Pulse of the Pack: Minicamp Murmurs

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 More »

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Packers Therapy Episode #253 — The Return of Reuter

Chad Reuter of NFL.com joins Chris and Dave to talk about the Packers draft, the team’s off-season moves, and the trio also glances toward the upcoming season. Chris and Dave will return More »

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Pulse of the Pack: We’re Back!!!!

Pulse of the Pack is back with a slightly new look.  Long time co-host Jacob Westendorf is back with Jason Perone from ALLGBP.com to revive this long-standing podcast and dive into the More »

Green Bay Packers Face Stiff NFC Competition

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The Green Bay Packers have the highest of expectations with training camp set to begin tomorrow. It’s Super Bowl or bust yet again, as the only satisfactory end to the 2105 season is to bring the Lombardi trophy back home. They have all 11 starters back on offense and only lost one on defense. Even though Green Bay is perhaps the most talented team in the NFL, the NFC has numerous challengers and poses a much tougher threat than the AFC would if the Packers resided there.

The AFC saw the Indianapolis Colts make its championship game last season, and they lost in resounding fashion to the New England Patriots 41-7. Andrew Luck is an amazing young talent, but it was clear the Colts belonged nowhere on the field with them with many holes on the team. Look at the contrast in the NFC Championship game between Green Bay and Seattle. Clearly, New England had not one legitimate challenger last year in the AFC, and they haven’t had one in their own division either for the better part of the last decade and a half. This is why it was pretty surprising to me when New England beat Seattle in the Super Bowl. I suspect health had a lot to do with it or maybe the Packers took a lot out of Seattle in that NFC Championship game.

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Breakdown of the 2015 Packers Tight Ends

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Given the star power present in the Green Bay offense, the tight end corps of the 2015 Green Bay Packers has received relatively little attention.  Although NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers’ most potent weapons are certainly his bevy of young, albeit proven talent at the wide receiver position, the tight end position is certainly more of a question mark, especially with the recent off-field issues of veteran Andrew Quarless.  Head coach Mike McCarthy has always valued the tight end position on this team, however.  In order for the Packers offense to improve on its high marks from last season one or more of these young players below will have to step forward and show themselves to be worthy of targets (at least as a secondary option) and capable in the pass and run blocking game.

Below I will take a look at each of the tight ends currently on the roster and make predictions on their possible contribution to the team this season.  Green Bay has kept 4 tight ends on the active roster over the last three seasons, and there is no reason to think that this trend will change.  All predictions will assume, of course, that the players will remain healthy.

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Can Barrington, Ryan Change Green Bay Packers’ ILB Fortunes?

Packers Linebacker Sam Barrington

The Green Bay Packers have done a good job addressing areas of need in recent years. When the run game ranked near the bottom of the league in 2011 and 2012, the Packers drafted Eddie Lacy to rejuvenate the backfield.

In 2013, Green Bay was the only team to not record an interception from the safety position. The Packers addressed that by selecting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with their first round pick, and he now appears to be a long-term fixture at safety.

This offseason, the Packers’ biggest need was the inside linebacker position. Green Bay parted ways with veterans A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones, leaving the team with an extremely young corps of inside linebackers.

When the season begins, the likely starters at inside linebacker will be Sam Barrington and Clay Matthews. Matthews will have had more time to learn the nuances of playing inside after being forced into that role last year, but the team would still prefer if he can stay outside, where he is one of the best in the league. Either way, Matthews will switch between playing inside and outside linebacker, especially at the beginning of the season.

Barrington will probably begin the season as the Packers’ fixture at inside linebacker. In 2014, he became the starter in Week 13 and held that spot through the end of the season. As the 2015 season approaches, Barrington appears ready for a more prominent role on the Green Bay defense.

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On the Bubble: The Linebackers

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As the Packers approach training camp, like every team, there are players who are considered on the “roster bubble.” These players don’t have any guarantees and need to fight for their position or face the possibility of starting a new career. Today, we continue our look at the guys fighting for the final spots on the Packers roster.

After looking at Adrian Hubbard earlier, we need to look at his stiffest competition on the roster. Linebacker, despite being considered a position of weakness by the mainstream media, has a lot of depth and competition to it. Specifically, there are four guys who are competition closely with Hubbard for two of three spots.

Andy Mulumba, Nate Palmer, Jayrone Elliott, and Joe Thomas, are all second or third year player who are either coming off a major injury or, in Elliott’s case, a numbers game last season to get on the field.

Mulumba is a third year outside linebacker from Eastern Michigan who was the surprise of camp back in 2013, making the team as a pass rusher and seeing action in 14 games while starting 3. During that season, he recorded 30 tackles and a single sack, getting extensive action in the playoff game against San Francisco. The 6’3”, 260 pound product is a converted defensive end from the Congo who came into last season with high hopes and made the roster out of training camp, but suffered a serious knee injury after two games. He looks to regain the form that made him a rotational player this camp.

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Who in the Heck is Green Bay Packers Clark Hinkle?

#30 Green Bay Packers Clark Hinkle

Recently my wife and I attended the June 10, 2015 Green Bay Packers OTA at Clark Hinkle Field.  We arrived with about 90 minutes to spare.  Many, if not all Green Bay Packers fans have heard of Ray Nitschke and Don Hutson, who both have practice fields named after them. But who in the heck was this “Clark Hinkle,” who also has a Packers practice field named after him?

What did he do for the Green Bay Packers that would bestow such recognition of achievement?  If he was a legendary Green Bay Packers great, why is his jersey number not retired, like Ray Nitschke’s and Don Hutson’s numbers?

To pass the time, I told my wife to save our spots so that I could conduct an “informal survey.”  I proceeded to walk down the sidewalk and I asked several random Green Bay Packers fans, “Do you know who Clark Hinkle is?”  Only a couple of those surveyed knew that he was a former Green Bay Packers player, but beyond that not much more.

In fact, many of the fans surveyed guessed that he was an investor of sorts in the early years or that he must have been on the coaching staff with Curly Lambeau or was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the team.  To be honest, I knew a bit more than this about the legendary Green Bay Packers player, but not much more.

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PFF: 5 Guys That Have to Be Good- BJ Raji

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For the last two years I’ve been making a list of 5 guys that have to be good.  This kind of list isn’t obvious.  You’re not going to find Aaron Rodgers on this list.  These are guys that you might not think of right away regarding the overall success of the Packers.

That’s the thing, though.  Aaron Rodgers is going to play well.  Clay Matthews, should he stay healthy is going to play well.  Eddie Lacy’s going to be good and so is the offensive line.  The players that we know are good are more than likely going to play well.

It’s the players that are “in the margins” that can make the difference between another 11 or 12 win team with a playoff “run” and a 13 or 14 win team and the 14th World Championship in Packers history.

I can’t get the practices that I watched last training camp out of my head when it comes to BJ Raji.  His position switch back to nose tackle was supposed to bring back the BJ Raji of old.  As a 29 year old player, it’s completely reasonable to think that Raji still has something in the tank, especially when you consider guys like Jay Ratliff, Vince Wilfork and Kyle Williams still providing excellent play from the inside.

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What Caused the 1970-1991 Green Bay Packers Drought?

Former Packers quarterback Bart Starr, now a television commentator, interviews current Packers quarterback John Hadl. Dated 1974

The Green Bay Packers of the 1960’s were one of the most dominating NFL teams of all time. During those “Glory Years” the Green Bay Packers won five league championships over a seven year span culminating with victories over the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders in the first two Super Bowls respectively.

Then in 1970 the unthinkable began to happen.  The Green Bay Packers started to lose.  The losing would continue for nearly a quarter of a century, with the exception of a few bright spots and a few exceptional players.

What caused the “Green Bay Packers Drought” from 1970 through 1991?  In a pistachio nutshell, three key mistakes occurred.  Mistake # 1-The Green Bay Packers drafted lousy college players in the 1st round of the NFL Draft.  Mistake # 2-The Packers were guilty of clinging to a former Green Bay player-turned-head-coach for far too long and Mistake # 3-The Green Bay Packers traded away valuable future draft picks for an aging veteran past the prime of his career.  A far cry from Ted Thompson’s philosophy of draft, develop and retain quality players and coaches in order to create stability and a playoff contending team year after year.

Mistake # 1 – The Packers drafted lousy players in the 1st round of the NFL Draft.

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