Pulse of the Pack Podcast on Packers Talk Radio Network

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 »

Packers Therapy Podcast

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 »

Pulse of the Pack Podcast on Packers Talk Radio Network

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 »

Ol Bag of Donuts Packers Podcast

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 »

From the Benches Podcast - Packers Talk Radio Network

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 »

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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What does Ping Pong have to do with Packers team building?

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It seems like a yearly thing that one of the NFC head coaches with a paucity of Lombardi trophies sitting around the facility finds it necessary to take a cheap shot at Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s team building activities. During the McCarthy era, the team routinely forgoes one of its minicamp practices for an afternoon of something more laid back and fun. In the past the team has played dodge ball. Last year it was bowling. This year, the team headed out much like they did after their Super Bowl victory and shot clay.

It took all of a day for the the latest childish comment to echo through the NFC North. This time it was from Vikings coach Mike Zimmer who said, “We could have a team building day, and we could go play ping pong and stuff like that.  But we need to work, and we need to get better. You team build by winning.”

The snide comment echoed the same juvenile remarks that former Lions coach Jim Schwartz said the last time the Packers headed out to shoot clays:

We had no sporting clays today or no amusement parks or water. Work day of minicamp. … We take a lot of pride in the fact that we play for a blue-collar town and we try to reflect that kind of work ethic, and we have very few opportunities to practice this off-season. Ten OTAs, one minicamp and we talked in the beginning, every one was crucial and couldn’t afford to waste any of them. … But they have plenty of time to enjoy the rest of their summer before they get to training camp. Today was a work day for us.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Who’s the #1 contender?

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The Green Bay Packers have either won the Super Bowl or the NFC North in each of the last 5 seasons.  It has been an incredible run.  In Game of Thrones parlance the Packers are the Kings in the North.  The Packers are prohibitive favorites to win the North again, requiring a $300 bet to win $100.  Admitting that the Packers are the clear favorite is easy, but identifying the #1 contender for the title is a little more difficult.

Each of the Packers’ NFC North mates have finished second during this half decade of dominance.  The Vikings scrapped their way to a 10-6 record in 2012 behind a monstrous season from Adrian Peterson, the Bears fell victim to “4th and great” in 2013 and Detroit came in second during the Packers’ 15 win season of 2011 and their 12 win season last year.

2015, from what I can tell, is going to be very interesting.  Last season’s #1 contender, the Detroit Lions, have lost what defined them as a team.  Ndamakong Suh and Nick Fairley are gone.  Everything that they did on defense was predicated by those two occupying between 3 and 3.5 blockers on every play and freeing up everyone else on the defense to make plays. The 3rd place finisher in Minnesota certainly appears to have the arrow pointing up.  The Bears Still Suck.

Contender #1: Minnesota Vikings

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Packers Therapy Episode #253 — The Return of Reuter

Packers Therapy Podcast

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 to off-season slumber, but will be back in August following the Packers first preseason game.

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Posting its first show in 2005, Packers Therapy is the longest-running Packers podcast on the Internet. Hosts Chris and Dave began the show as a way of capturing the spirited chats the two co-workers had about the team around the office. The two have no pretense about being experts: they are just two opinionated shareholders who love the team, follow it closely, but don’t always see the Packers fortunes eye to eye.

The guys encourage comments and questions via their Twitter feed @PackersTherapy and read and respond to as many as they can during each show.

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What’s the deal with Brett Hundley?

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After the recent OTAs, you would think the Green Bay Packers had drafted a new starting quarterback. Needless to say, I was surprised by the hype that fifth round pick Brett Hundley generated since donning a red quarterback practice jersey. Yes, yes, a fresh face that was on the (albeit regional) cover of Sports Illustrated last August with all the hype and drama as a newly-minted Heisman candidate.

But after the dust settled the trophy went to someone else, and he didn’t get a single vote. That flash in the pan was brief, and Hundley was drafted four rounds after Mariota and Winston. Of course armchair quarterbacks have expressed opinions regarding him that span both sides of the fence. There are the truly delusional that think he will give Aaron Rodgers a run for his money, and then there some that think general manager Ted Thompson completely wasted a trade to move up to grab him.

Where will he fit into the Packers’ offensive plan? Let’s look at the possibilities.

He was drafted as the Heir Apparent to Rodgers.

First of all, that’s absurd. Aaron Rodgers is only 31 years old, and is several years away from actually retiring.* That said, even if the Packers follow the same model with his successor and draft that college quarterback to eventually take over the franchise three years before Rodgers steps down, we’re still looking at another 3-5 years before that decision will need to be made before the Packers are even looking for a replacement.

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Tight End Will Be Green Bay Packers’ Weakest Link on Offense

Packers Tight End Richard Rodgers

The Packers have an offense that is widely regarded as one of the best in the NFL, but Green Bay would like to see some major improvements at the tight end position next season.

Even with established veteran Andrew Quarless and promising second-year player Richard Rodgers, Green Bay’s weakest roster spot on offense will undeniably be at tight end. The Packers could do much worse than Quarless and Rodgers, but neither showed true star-potential in 2014.

Calling the tight ends the weak link is not necessarily a bold statement for the Packers. They have a two-time MVP at quarterback, two thousand-yard receivers who caught double-digit touchdowns, a running back that rushed for 1100 yards in each of his first two seasons, and four offensive linemen who rank in the top five at their respective positions.

But nonetheless, Green Bay both hopes and expects that the tight ends on the roster can take a step forward and give Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense a new dimension.

Quarless is entering the final year of his contract which will likely be his last season in Green Bay. He has always been reliable and consistent for the Packers, but never took over a role as a true offensive threat.

Last year was the best season of his career, but his career-highs included just 323 yards and three touchdowns. Quarless has been a model of consistency for Green Bay, but never took the next step in his career to fill the role that was voided by Jermichael Finley.

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Aaron Rodgers Is Not the Packers’ Play Caller

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When Mike McCarthy decided to give up play calling to offensive coordinator Tom Clements there was lots of speculation that Aaron Rodgers would be calling all the plays at the line of scrimmage like Peyton Manning supposedly does. Rodgers put that to bed in his comments to ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky.

“Well, Peyton doesn’t do that,” Rodgers said. “Nobody does that. I think everybody would want a starting point,” Rodgers said. “We all have moments where we have [called the plays], whether it’s a no-huddle situation or two-minute. Everybody wants a starting point. It’s tough to have to call every single play, so it’s always nice when you can have a good starting point and you can make a slight adjustment if you have to.”

The notion that Rodgers would be calling all the plays from the line of scrimmage was crazy to begin with. You have to realize all the responsibilities of the quarterback to know that can’t happen. Most of the play calling is already prepared during the week between the offensive coordinator and the quarterback.

There’s normally only about 50 or 60 plays in a gameplan for each game out of the thousands in the big playbook, and they have been all been broken down into certain downs and distances  and rehearsed throughout the week. There is an audible sheet the comes along with the primary plays sheet, so most quarterbacks don’t just have the whole playbook available to them at the line of scrimmage. It’s hard to make an audible to a play that hasn’t been rehearsed during the week because not everybody may be aware of their assignment.

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