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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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From The Benches: The Dog Days of Summer

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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!

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Pulse of the Pack: We’re Back!!!!

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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 latest and greatest with the Green Bay Packers.  The duo discusses the team’s recent OTA’s as well as the incoming rookie class and their expected impact on the 2015 Packers.

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Pulse of the Pack is your weekly stop for what’s new with the Green Bay Packers.  Jacob Westendorf and Jason Perone of ALLGBP.com bring “Pulse” to the Packers Talk Network.  Be sure to follow the guys on Twitter at @JacobWestendorf and @JasonPerone.

 

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Packers All-Draft Bust Team: 1991-present

Green Bay All-Time Draft Bust Team

The Green Bay Packers are known as a Draft and Develop team, but that doesn’t mean that they always get it right. In fact, they tend to get it wrong a fair amount. Not as bad as some other teams, mind you, but they are not hitting 1.000.

I have only been around since 1991, and there have been plenty of draft busts to create a full team. I got the idea from the book, “Packers by the Numbers,” chapter 77. If yo want to see a full Draft Bust team going back to the first ever Draft, look in that book. Without further ado, the 1991-present Green Bay Packers Draft Bust team:

QB – Brian Brohm (Round 2, 2008)

A complete failure in Round 2, Brohm never developed and failed to beat out fellow draftee Matt Flynn (7th round). He bounced around the league since, starting game in his career.

RB – Alex Green (Round 3, 2011)

A home run threat out of Hawaii, Green blew out his knee his rookie year and was never the same. He led the team in 2012 in rushing but got cut the following year.

FB – Quinn Johnson (Round 5, 2009)

The heir to William Henderson, Johnson was a tank who struggled with the speed of the NFL while in Green Bay. He never made an impact before being cut.

WR – Cory Rodgers (Round 4, 2006)

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Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Draft Recap Show

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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 for 2015 and also beyond. They guys also peak in on the undrafted free agent signings to predict which players will make the final roster because as everyone knows, there will be a couple who break through. Which draft pick excited them the most? The answer may surprise you.

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From The Benches: The Packers 2015 Draft in Review

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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, and Kennard Backman–all the newest players to wear the green and gold!

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BREAKING: Green Bay Packers select Kennard Backman, TE, UAB, 213

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Analysis (Mike Wendlandt)- Backman is a prototypical H-back. Catches the ball well, especially in traffic. Listed at 6’3” and 258 lbs, Backman is a receiver first. He was dependable and durable at UAB, playing consistently all four years. Solid after the catch, he likes to lower his shoulder and push the pile. He struggles as a route runner at times, and is not the cleanest player in and out of breaks. Struggles as a blocker on the line, struggles to engage lineman and doesn’t seal the edge. Led UAB in receptions with 39 last season.

Has a basketball background, was All-State in high school, and we know how basketball players translate at tight end. He may not be the next Antonio Gates, but he has intriguing athleticism and ball skills.

Team fit (Ross Uglem)- The Packers desperately needed another tight end on the roster, if even for the purpose of camp bodies.  Andrew Quarless, Richard Rodgers and Justin Perillo are the only holdovers left from the 2015 team.  The Packers are a team who have carried as many as 5 tight ends into a season before, so being as thin as they are now is troubling.

Backman is certainly going to have an easy road to reps at training camp, what he does with them is the important question.

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Ross Uglem is a writer at PackersTalk.com. You can follow Ross on twitter at RossUglem

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