The Green Bay Packers struggled from many offensive problems in 2015. The most egregious seemed to be the play calling. It may have been the result of the unsuccessful transition to Tom Clements calling plays, but the Packers offense spent much of the season sending four receivers running 10 yard curl routes and standing around waiting for Aaron Rodgers to make the perfect throw.
In 2016, there are a few West Coast fundamentals the Packers can get back to in order to be more successful. The first is the screen pass. Quick screens to Wide Receivers were rarely open last season because opposing defenses did not need to respect any of the Packers receivers as deep threats. With Jordy Nelson back and the addition of Jared Cook, Safeties should have to stay deeper. This will allow Rodgers to get the ball out quickly and let the Wide Receivers use their skills after the catch. The Safeties being engaged should also open up the traditional screen passes to the Running Backs, and an in-shape Eddie Lacy can be a serious danger to the defenses if he can get through to the secondary. It also helps to have one of the most athletic Centers in the league in Corey Linsley leading the way.
The Packers also have to get back to throwing more slants and rub plays. Miscommunication and lazy route running ruined many of these plays last season. With an added emphasis on enforcing offensive pass interference, James Jones got called out for blatantly blocking opposing players a few times last year. Packer receivers have to be more precise and less intentional on those routes. Read more... (416 words, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
The Seattle Seahawks reached a long-term contraction extension with General Manager John Schneider on Sunday, a former understudy of Ted Thompson and one of the top candidates to replace Thompson as the Green Bay Packers’ next GM.
Schneider began his time with the Packers in 1993, working with the scouting department until 1997 when Schneider left for Kansas City. In 2000, Schneider moved to Seattle, working under the tutelage of Ted Thompson who acted as VP of Football Operations. Schneider then spent a year in Washington before returning to Green Bay in 2002, working as the personal analyst to then Head Coach/GM Mike Sherman. Thompson was brought in from Seattle in 2005 to take over Sherman’s GM duties, reuniting Thompson and Schneider once more. Schneider continued working as Thompson’s personal analyst before being elevated to Director of Football Relations in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Schneider was tapped to return to Seattle to become GM.
Clearly Thompson and Schneider have a great rapport and have worked well with one another, piecing together the team that would go on to win Super Bowl XLV. Schneider is a Wisconsin native, playing high school football in the shadow of Lambeau Field at Abbot Pennings High School in De Pere. For this reason, Schneider has often been considered one likely heir-apparent to Ted Thompson, whenever he decides to retire. Certainly the prospect of coming back home and leading the Green Packers would be enticing to Schneider. And this was seemingly confirmed last year when it was reported that Schneider has an opt-out clause in his contract with Seattle should the Packers GM spot become available. Read more... (701 words, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
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The Packers will open training camp this week and Jacob and Jason bring Michelle Bruton of CheeseheadTV and Bleacher Report along for the ride as they dive into the biggest topics facing the Pack this season: the wide receiver battle, Eddie Lacy in a contract year, Jared Cook’s contributions, Aaron Rodgers and his relationships, Clay to the outside, a young secondary and navigating an extra preseason game! Pulse of the Pack is back and it’s finally time for some football!
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Now just three short days away from training camp and we are almost done with our look through the Packer depth chart. And as we get to the defensive backfield here, there is a new name, signed earlier this week that we can discuss, but we’ll get to him later. For now, let’s look at the 17 defensive backs that are on the roster right now.
#37 SAM SHIELDS
5’11” 184 lbs. Age 28 (7th Season)
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent on April 24, 2010 from Miami (FL)
Strengths: Blazing speed allows Shields to never be out of the play no matter how badly he’s beat. Has very good ball skills and can pluck the ball out of the air like a receiver. Extremely quick backpedal and flips his hips with incredible fluidity. Smart player who has gotten miles better in his positioning in zone coverage over his career. Also has improved his tackling dramatically over his first six seasons. Extremely athletic with good leaping ability.
Weaknesses: Slim frame and sometimes can get out muscled by the bigger possession receivers. Sometimes flips his hips too much and can get turned around. Can be beaten on double moves as he jumps the first cut. Has had an injury history and has missed at least one game every season.
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As we near Training Camp, there are several storylines that will dominate the Green Bay Packers lead up to the season.
Hundley is going to take a large majority of snaps this preseason. He will get every chance to prove Ted Thompson was right to trade up for him in last year’s draft, and for allowing Scott Tolzien to leave in free agency. Hundley will get the opportunity to throw a lot, as the Packers are trying to figure out what to do with their receiving corps. He will look to prove he can be a starter in the NFL, and with another solid effort in the preseason, may even attract some attention on the trade market in the offseason.
Will the Packers keep 7 Wide Receivers? Will they look to trade one of them for a late round pick? The depth the Packers have at wideout has to be intriguing to other teams, but with limited roster spots, the competition should be fierce for the 6th spot. My opinion is, barring injury, it will come down to Jared Abbrederis and Trevor Davis. I also feel undrafted Geronimo Allison will have a big preseason, and the Packers will be lucky to be able to keep him on the Practice Squad.
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Just over a week from training camp and we are almost through the Packers roster. We have covered six different position groups, and we get to one that has a lot of fans polarized: linebackers. With so many questions in the middle of that position, we have a lot to look at. So let’s not waste any more time.
#52 CLAY MATTHEWS
6’3” 215 lbs. Age 30 (8th Season)
Drafted in the 1st Round (26th Overall) in 2009 from USC
Strengths: Clay is a master pass rusher with every move imaginable. He can turn the corner and beat tackles with speed but can also drive a left tackle into his QB. He also has a good swim move and seems to live in the backfield when lined up outside. He also is a sound run defender and an underrated coverage guy with the speed to cover running backs in the flat. But his biggest strength is his passion and effort. He is a true high motor guy who is flying everywhere during the play.
Weaknesses: While he is high motor, his flying everywhere can sometimes be a detriment as he has gotten the reputation of losing backside contain often and sometimes getting caught up in the wash of the trench play. He also doesn’t have the smoothest hips in coverage and can get beat by the more agile running backs. Read more... (3786 words, estimated 15:09 mins reading time)
It is conceivable the biggest disappointment on the entire Green Bay Packers roster last season was Davante Adams. His lack of development after a good rookie season was a huge factor in the offense’s lackluster campaign. The Packers ability to send out a quality 3rd receiver is going to make a major impact on their ability to return to being one of the best offenses in the league.
Adams was called out for his lack of preparation during the season. By all accounts he has taken that to heart this offseason, by showing up to offseason workouts in tremendous shape. It will be important for him to get on the same page with Aaron Rodgers early, to help re-develop rapport, and to show he is committed to being a professional football player. Hopefully, he will play mad this season and spend less time playing Madden.
With Jordy Nelson occupying the defense’s attention on one side of the field and Randall Cobb and Jared Cook in the middle, Adams should have a lot of one-on-one opportunities. Rodgers has historically taken advantage of those matchups, and with an improved Adams the connection should flourish. His additional strength, combined with his athletic gifts will allow him to win on the jump balls and quick slants Rodgers loves throwing in the Red Zone. Read more... (390 words, estimated 1:34 mins reading time)
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