I have to think they'll be a contender for as long as Rodgers can play well, which might be into his early 40s.
It sounds like Rawls is probably the starter, and they have four backs they like. But I'm sure Lacy will get his chances, and if things go well early maybe they play him more.
Well, that means you're picking Seattle, because the Seahawks look like they're again going to have one of the best three or four defenses in the league.
That will be something to watch over the next three or four years. Can't make that judgment after one season, because guys get hurt, don't play as well, etc., but I know I'll be keeping an eye out from here on out. It will be an apples to apples comparison, because in Pittsburgh he's playing in basically the same defensive system as the Packers.
Yeah, great hire. It was out of the box because he didn't come up as a traditional journalist, and his role isn't that of what many of us would call a traditional journalist. The bosses here took a real chance, there was no way to know for sure how it would turn out because as far as I know no newspaper had hired someone to help cover a beat who was almost exclusively working social media. Turned out to be a great hire. He's helped our coverage immensely. Knows the team as well as anyone on the beat and does it all on social media. I'll bet more markets will follow this example in the future.
That game is far enough away that I'm thinking they're intrigued by Hill enough to want a look-see.
You have to think so. For one, it would be hard to be any worse than the No. 31-ranked pass defense. They added some talented looking guys in King and Jones in the draft, signed House, just signed Brooks. The most telling thing is that their No. 1 CB for most of last year (Gunter) is now their No. 6.
That's a point Eric Baranczyk has made in our conversations -- he and I co-byline a game-tape review column each week. He thinks that's a challenge too, and a reason a lot teams stick with the guys they have. So that could be a factor, though I really thought they'd make a move there.
If you mean like a Clay Matthews-Nick Perry OLB, no, at 220 he's just too small. But in my column that's going to run this afternoon, I argue that they should use him as the MLB in their dime defense instead of Joe Thomas.
That's true. When they go quick-rhythm, like they did starting in the second half of '09 (after he'd been getting sacked a lot), that seems to really get him going. Then the playmaking comes after that.
I thought he looked really good on punt coverage. He caught a few more passes as camp went on but he's the No. 5 receiver, and that's probably where he should be. I'll be curious to see if he gets some deep shots this year.
That eventually might have to be the case. Owners will fight it, though, or at least use it as a bargaining chip in CBA negotiations. They don't like paying more guys, drives up their costs.
Based on how things looked at the end of camp, I'd say Randall and House in the base, with King coming in (and Randall moving in to the slot) in the nickel. However, I don't know if House (hamstring) and King's (groin) injuries change things. Both were limited participants yesterday, don't know their status for Sunday.
I don't know a lot about Foster. The only thing I wonder about is that the thumper ILB is becoming an endangered species. It's such a niche role now. Defenses have to match up with all these receiving targets -- TEs like Jimmy Graham and Kelce and Gronkowski, etc. -- but RBs who are good receivers (Montgomery, James White, McCaffrey in Carolina, etc.). The good quarterbacks attack those guys and exploit those matchups. Now I don't know enough about Foster to know how he is in coverage, and if he's any kind of pass rusher, etc. But standard ILBs are becoming more and more a thing of the past, their role is much more limited now. You still have the occasional Ezekiel Elliott or Le'Veon Bell, but this is mostly a passing match-up game.
OK, went way OT but it's the opener so couldn't resist. But it's time to get to other duties. So we'll end on this note. Good luck getting out of Florida, PackerYaker, we all hope the storm isn't as bad as anticipated. Forecast for Sunday in GB is high of 68 and sunny, so should be an ideal day for football. Thanks again everybody, enjoyable as always chatting with you. Sorry if I didn't get to your question, way too many to answer them all. But try again next week. Take care.