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Out of the Pocket: Rock Bottom

Out of the Pocket Podcast on the Packers Talk Radio Network.

Richard, Kelly, and Colleen debate how the Packers managed to lose to the Lions. Where is the unstoppable no huddle? Why isn’t the running game effective? Should Aaron Rodgers break up with Olivia Munn and should Coach McCarthy fire himself from calling the offense?

Out of the Pocket is a part of the Packers Talk Radio Network, serving up enough weekly podcasts to satisfy the most fervent of Packer fans. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe over at iTunes.

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Join two of the PocketDoppler Angels and Richard Chang as they take their show on the road and bring you a weekly dissection of the Green Bay Packers as only they know how.  All three are longtime Packer fans who bring their infinite wisdom, passion and snark to the Packers Talk Radio Network. Check out their work at PocketDoppler.com and Dick’s Favorite Blog. And follow them on Twitter at @WhatRUTinkin , @Ceallaigh_k and @RichardMChang.

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From The Benches: Everybody Panic!!!

From the Benches Packers Podcast

The Boys are back after another frustrating Packers loss with plenty to talk about. The show begins with a discussion of Clay Matthews’ injury, and some encouraging signs from Julius Peppers and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Following that the boys go Behind The Bench to discuss Randall Cobb’s quote about how the offense was embarrassing and that everyone including himself needs to do better, which leads to what the boys think is currently ailing the Packers offense.

After breaking down the game and what was encouraging/discouraging to them, the boys go around the league with a discussion of what surprised them the most from Week 3 action. Then a discussion breaks out about the upcoming latest installment of the Bears/Packers rivalry. Based off that game they pick their start/sit in terms of fantasy football all before Jacob has some words about the tight end position in the shows signature segment “You’re Gonna Want to Cut That.”

From The Benches is a part of the Packers Talk Radio Network, serving up enough weekly podcasts to satisfy the most fervent of Packer fans. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe over at iTunes or BlogTalkRadio.

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From The Benches is one of the family of podcasts from the Packers Talk Radio Network, featuring hosts Jacob WestendorfRoss Uglem, and Ryan Hillesland. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe over at iTunes.

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Behind Enemy Lines with Justin Simon of Pride of Detroit

Behind Enemy lines podcast on Packers Talk Radio Network. Amanda Lawson &

Prepping for this weekend’s NFC North battle between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, Amanda and Chris talk about how nervous they were in the win over the Jets while gushing over Jordy Nelson in the process. Chris talks about his love for the play-action deep pass while Amanda invents a new term for field goals. They then welcome in Justin Simon, a Lions blogger for Pride of Detroit, to talk about whether or not Matthew Stafford can lead Detroit to the promised land, ask how to stop Megatron, and spend too much time talking about kickers.

Behind Enemy Lines is brought to you by hosts, Amanda Lawson and Chris Callaway. Read Amanda’s work over a CheeseSportsLife and Chris’s musings at Midwest Sports Fans.

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Behind Enemy Lines is just one great podcast in a great lineup of Packers’s podcasts from the Packers Talk Radio Network, serving up enough weekly podcasts to satisfy the most fervent of Packer fans. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe over at iTunes.

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2014 Green Bay Packer and NFC North Preview

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The 2013 season was a down year for the NFC North. Only the Packers had a winning record last season, winning the division with just 8 wins.  The NFC North had provided wild card teams the previous 4 years, The Packers in 2009 and 2010, the Lions in 2011, and the Vikings in 2012.

While the Packers have dominated the division the past few years, winning the North 2011-13, and making the playoffs every year since 2009, they may have strong competition from the Bears and the Lions,  both of whom have made some potentially impactful additions this offseason.

With the start of training camp just around the corner, here is how I see the NFC North.

Green Bay Packers

2013 Record: 8-7-1

Important Free Agent Additions and Key Draft Picks: Julius Peppers, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers

X Factor:  Health – The Packers are always among the most injured teams in the NFL, and if they hope to compete with the likes of the 49ers and Seahawks, that is going to need to change this year. The Packers are doing and saying all the right things this offseason, taking yoga classes, using a GPS monitoring system to try to help reduce injuries, but will these new strategies actually have an effect on the amount of injuries that the Packers sustain this year?

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Assessing the NFC North Offseason

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Right now we should be getting really excited about the NFL Draft, but Roger Goodell got greedy and moved it back to May so that the NFL could control every month of the year, so we are left with a slow news time for the Packers.

This is a good time to look at what the other three teams in the NFC North have done in the offseason up to this point. If you’re curious to see if their moves have improved their odds of making it to the Super Bowl, take a look here at the updated NFL Lines.

And now, without further ado:

 

Chicago Bears:

Additions:                          Losses:

Lamarr Houston            Julius Peppers

Jared Allen                     Devin Hester

Ryan Mundy                 Henry Melton

M.D. Jennings             Cory Wootton

Willie Young                Michael Bush

Josh McCown

The Bears have had a very busy offseason with all the additions and subtractions listed above and re-signing Jay Cutler, Tim Jennings, Charles Tillman and Matt Slauson. They always seem to “win” the offseason with big moves, but have still not been able to catch the Packers.

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A Little Perspective on the Green Bay Packers

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If you guys don’t mind, I’m going to climb up here and look down upon you from my high horse.  From this high horse, I’m going to plead with you, beg you, emplore you to stop complaining about Ted Thompson until after the draft.  Does he make mistakes? Of course he does.  Not addressing the safety or ILB position before last season was a clear error.  I’m certainly not always right either.  I’m right far less often than Thompson is.  I had high hopes for ILB prospect Terrell Manning and S prospect Jerron McMillian.  He’s certainly not perfect.

With that said, the facts are the facts.  What the facts say is that the Green Bay Packers are among the most successful teams in the league during Ted Thompson’s career, despite consistently dealing with more injuries than other franchises.  The Packers are the only team in the NFC to have qualified for the playoffs in each of the last 5 seasons.  The mighty New England Patriots can match that record in the AFC, not exceed it.

The Patriots play in a very weak division with QB play that has ranged from Thaddeus Lewis to Mark Sanchez, and from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Geno Smith.  Only the decidedly average Ryan Tannehill gives anyone hope in that division, and that isn’t saying much.  The Packers on the other hand, over the last 5 years have had to deal with the league’s premier running back, Adrian Peterson, it’s premier wide receiver, Calvin Johnson and up until last season Brian Urlacher and the Bears defense.  The NFC North is a superior division to the AFC East and the Packers have ruled it.

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If Rodgers is cleared to play, he should play

Aaron Rodgers is recovering from a broken collarbone he suffered Nov. 4 vs. Chicago.

Aaron Rodgers is recovering from a broken collarbone he suffered Nov. 4 vs. Chicago.

The Packers still have a beating playoff heartbeat only because the NFC North has turned into the Three Stooges falling all over themselves.

Even after getting smoked by Detroit on Thanksgiving, I cannot give the Lions my full endorsement only because they lost to a bad Tampa Bay team a couple weeks ago.

But now the Packers are at a crossroads. Do they try and salvage the season by inserting the best quarterback in the NFL, who may are may not be 100 percent? Or do they just say enough is enough, shut him down and start anew for 2014?

Obviously season ticket holders never want to hear the Packers wave the white flag but sometimes you have to risk the short term in order to maintain the future.

I don’t think Aaron Rodgers should be forced to sit the rest of the season just because of a freak injury. If the team doctor clears him to play and he wants to play, he should play. The longer he sits out the more he’s going to have time to think about what his collarbone would feel like if a defensive lineman fell on it in the bitter cold.

But let’s not forget that Rodgers’ injury isn’t the only reason this team has been struggling. The Packers cannot stop the run with poor interior defensive line play and secondary has been getting torched all year.

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