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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Randall Cobb’s Value

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Before I get into discussing the Packers most important free agent, Randall Cobb, I first want to re-establish what NFL money is.  In order to understand the negotiation between Randall Cobb and the Packers, you have to understand what the stakes are.  If the Packers and Cobb are able to get a deal done at around $9 million a year, what does that really mean?

The first thing to understand is that from the owners’ perspective (in this case the Green Bay Packers Inc.) the money isn’t real.  There is a salary cap and a salary floor.  The amount of money that is spent on players each year is basically predetermined.  Not only that, but regardless of what a franchise spends on its players it’s going to make money.  Every single NFL team turns a profit.

The salary cap and floor are one of the many reasons that the NFL reigns supreme in America.  Every fan base has a reason to be excited every year.  The Seattle Seahawks, who just made their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, had a meager record of 34-46 in the 5 seasons that preceded that run.  Your team’s fortunes can turn on a dime.

Football owners, unlike baseball owners deserve no credit (or blame) for spending to make the team competitive.  They all spend or don’t spend in accordance to the cap.  If they don’t utilize all of their cap room in a season that money gets rolled over into the next cap and they use it that season.  To the owners, player salaries are just a controlled cost of doing business and business is good.

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Depleted Receiving Corps Greatly Affecting the Packers Offense

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It was not that long ago that the Green Bay Packers offense was unstoppable.

During the 2011 season, the Packers put up yards (6,482) and points (560) at an unprecedented rate. A ridiculous rate. A rate which resulted in an MVP season for Aaron Rodgers, a 15-1 regular season record, and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

When the Packers offense took the field that season, it was almost a given that they were going to score.

A big reason for their success that season was the quality of depth at the wide receiver position they were able to trot out week after week after week.

Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson were the “starters”, a term that is loosely used in the Mike McCarthy offense. While they combined for 2,300 yards and 24 touchdowns, the rest of the receiving corp was not too shabby either.

You know things are good when Donald Driver, the Packers all time leading receiver is the team’s number four receiver. You also know things are good when Randall Cobb, a rookie at the time, was the team’s number five receiver.

Things were so good, this receiving group, completed with James Jones and Jermichael Finley, was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated during the Packers’ quest for an undefeated season:

 

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To say things have changed in Green Bay since that memorable 2011 season is an understatement.

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The Yearly Revisiting of the NFL Network’s Top 10 Green Bay Packers

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In what has become an annual tradition, it is time to revisit the NFL Network’s list of the Top 10 Green Bay Packers of all time.

This year, this program is being featured during “Dynasty Week” which has an entire week of Packers programming scheduled to satisfy the need for football in the off season. With this in mind, now seems to be the perfect time to see if the list is accurate, or needs some revisions.

To refresh everyone’s memory, here is the list as they originally came up with:

10: Jim Taylor

9: Jerry Kramer

8: James Lofton

7: Herb Adderley

6: Paul Hornung

5: Ray Nitschke

4: Reggie White

3: Bart Starr

2: Brett Favre

1: Don Hutson

During last year’s revisit of the list, there were a few players who were worth discussing their inclusion on this list, and should be discussed again.

Although he was injured for half of the 2014 season, Aaron Rodgers’ career stats speak for themselves. Has he warranted a spot in this exclusive list yet?

What about Donald Driver, who retired as the team’s all time leader in receptions and receiving yards?

Dave Robinson entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past year. Does this equal a Top 10 all time ranking for the Packers?

After careful consideration, my revisited list last year featured the removal of James Lofton, and the inclusion of Aaron Rodgers:

 

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Let’s all settle down with Rodgers’ leadership remarks

Football Friday: The Packers home opener is against the Washington Redskins. Both teams are 0-1 coming off of losses to good NFC teams.

He’s widely considered the best quarterback in the NFL, he’s thrown 84 touchdown passes and led the Packers to a total of 26 wins the last two seasons, so why in the world are so many people speaking out against Aaron Rodgers?

Everything began when wide receiver Greg Jennings left Green Bay to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. Ever since he has signed in Minnesota Jennings has been unable to stop talking about his former team, and most notably his former quarterback. Jennings has done an interview for anybody that would listen. He went on ESPN First Take and attempted to play off the comments as a joke saying he knew Rodgers had a sensitive bone that he liked to mess with.

The comments have gotten more pointed, however, Jennings has refused to mention Rodgers by name referring to him as “12” since signing with the Vikings. Jennings has alluded to the fact that Rodgers is a poor leader, and thinks he is perfect, along with refusing to take responsibility for his mistakes in the room. The remarks from Jennings have gotten progressively more childish, but most were able to brush it off as Jennings trying to get some barbs in now that he was on the other side of the rivalry. It was not a big deal.

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Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Is Donald Dazed and Confused?

Ol Bag of Donuts podcast on PackersTalk.com with Chris Lempisis and Adam Somers

Adam and Chris make it two weeks in a row (quite the streak for them) with a new episode. This week, they scan the Packers universe to hit on topics such as John Kuhn’s job security, the outlook for the secondary and Mike Neal’s OLB prospects. They also recap the loss to the Cardinals and look ahead to Saturday night’s game against the Rams. And did you ever think there would be a link between Donald Driver and a character from Dazed and Confused? Well guess what – there is!

Listen using the player below or download the podcast from the Packers Talk Radio Network on Itunes.

 

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Follow them on Twitter at @olbagofdonuts and @ASomers_time  and stay tuned to Packers Talk Radio Network every week for more of Chris and Adam!
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Packers Extension Candidates: Who’s next?

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Since general manager Ted Thompson took over the Packers have mainly bypassed on unrestricted free agency and have built their team through the draft and had the coaching staff develop them. It has been a successful strategy for them as the Packers have been one of the best teams in the NFL over the last five years.The hard part of the strategy the Packers employ is consistently having to give guys new deals seemingly within a few years of each other.

This offseason the ball got rolling with the mega-deal extension given to outside linebacker Clay Matthews, which was shortly followed by another big extension to quarterback Aaron Rodgers. A bit of a surprise happened after those two when many thought the next deal in line would be defensive lineman B.J. Raji. Instead, it was given to free safety Morgan Burnett. Burnett’s deal came as a surprise but it opened the door for others to potentially get extensions throughout the regular season. It is not uncommon for Ted Thompson to do so as players have frequently been extended during the regular season throughout his tenure. The Packers do not have a shortage of candidates for new deals so let’s meet them.

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Question Aaron Rodgers Leadership? I Don’t Think So

Football Friday: The Packers home opener is against the Washington Redskins. Both teams are 0-1 coming off of losses to good NFC teams.

The simplest quote defined the 2012-2013 Packers, “Shh.”

It was a simple message that displayed confidence, and a refusal to panic. Don’t let his critics fool you. Aaron Rodgers leadership should never be in question.

Aaron Rodgers recent history is well decorated. A Super Bowl championship, MVP honors, and now he is widely considered to be the game’s best quarterback. In order to find a fatal flaw in Rodgers career a critic would have to dig pretty deep. Rodgers has often been critiqued for a lack of 4th quarter comeback drives, or coming through in the clutch but this upcoming season will bring about a different question. Is Aaron Rodgers a leader?

For years the leadership in the Packers locker room has unquestioned. They were filled with veteran presences such as Brett Favre, Donald Driver and Charles Woodson. Rodgers, a younger player in the locker room took what could be perceived as a back seat. That changed when Rodgers spoke up after a big win against Houston. It was an announcement that he had arrived, and who the unsung leader was in the Packers locker room.

Those questions did not end however, they only got louder when Jermichael Finley’s agent tweeted questioning Rodgers’ leadership capabilities. The tweet read, “Rodgers is not a leader, leaders make other players better.” Other critics include ESPN shock jock Skip Bayless and CBS football analyst Shannon Sharpe who have chimed in as well. They have called Rodgers an excuse maker, and finger pointer among other things. If those characteristics were true of Rodgers, the leadership questions would be valid.

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