Packers chat with Pete Dougherty

Packers chat with Pete Dougherty

Thursday, Nov. 9 transcript

  • I've struggled with this. The way I see it, though, you can't be spending high draft picks on backup QBs, because there's still a high miss rate anyway, and if you have a starter like Rodgers, don't you want to spend your prime draft picks on guys who will help win with him, not on a guy who only helps you win without him? That's how I'd approach. I'd say you just have to keep drafting them late and hope you find a good backup for a few years, and then another. I'd say fifth round or later. Maybe fourth, but then you're talking about maybe missing out on guys like Lang, Sitton, Bakhtiari, Tretter (all fourth-rounders). The Patriots drafted Garoppolo in the second round I think as a possible successor to Brady but Brady is lasting longer than they thought he might. That's my impression of why they used such a high pick. I get it if somebody sees it different, QB is THE position in the NFL. But if I had a guy like Rodgers with a lot of years left, I wouldn't draft a QB earlier than the fourth or fifth round (probably fifth) unless something really freaky happened and a guy you considered a true first-rounder still was on the board in the third.
  • Pete. I hate to sound mean spirited, but Bulaga is an average NFL tackle whose upside will never be known because of injury. While I think most fans appreciate his effort and willingness to give his team his all, it's time to move on. Can yourun through the math on the cost to severing ties?
  • Bulaga has two years left on his contract, so if they cut him in the offseason then the remaining signing bonus proration will count on next year's cap. That's $3.2M of dead money. He's due $6.75M in salary and other bonuses, so it would be a net gain of $3.55M. Sorry for the delay, had to look up something about prorated-bonus acceleration, but I think I have it right here.
  • The Packers haven't had any speed to speak of on the offense or defense. You need speed to get free on pass patterns, rush the passer and cover other speedy receivers. It's amazing that they haven't been able to at least partially cover that void. I cannot give a vote of confidence to any of their scouting staff. Big failure.
  • Kevin King and Josh Jones were drafted this year specifically because they're fast for their positions. But agree they still need more speed, especially at edge rusher.
  • Are we prohibited from taking a Wade Phillips away? How does that work?
  • NFL teams can't hire an assistant coach from another team for anybody job short of head coach if that assistant coach is under contract and his current team won't allow him to leave.
  • Who moderates the questions on the chat?
  • Me. I take'm as they come, skip the ones I've already answered and some that are inappropriate or are statements, not questions.
  • How long will Ted Thompson remain in sequestration in the witness protection program?
  • It's time for a change. Thompson and McCarthy have gotten stale. Thompson won't fire McCarthy; McCarthy won't fire Capers. Some say Rodger's injury will be an excuse for them to stay--but it should be a reason to see that they lucked out on Rodgers and the overall talent level of the team is below average and the play calling is horrid. We all know Rodgers covered up for a lot. This is not a rash reaction on my behalf, but someday Rodgers won't be there (hopefully not for another 7-8 years), and we need to prepare for that time by fielding a balanced team. Need fresh minds at GM and Head Coach.
  • This is one of his weaknesses as a GM. He returns few if any calls during the season -- I think most if not all reporters have stopped asking -- and doesn't do a lot more than the bare minimum of media availability. He does an extended Q&A with us (PackersNews.com/JSonline.com) every training camp. Otherwise, his availability is almost exclusively what's mandated by the league's media policy.
  • Sorry, previous answer didn't post when I hit the button.
  • As to Greg's comment, it's a common sentiment among many of you, though some word it differently than others. This is a QB driven league, and GB has been fortunate to have back-to-back Hall of Famers. It's meant a winning franchise for 25 years and counting. From a macro view, that's the way this league works. Yes, it will be a harsh reality when Rodgers is finished. Winning year-in, year out without a really good QB is tough. Look at Baltimore. Flacco is a decent NFL QB, played well on their SB run, but he's not good enough to get his team to the playoffs almost every year like Brady-Rodgers-Roethlisberger.
  • Hi Pete. Lots of news recently re the league/owners/compensation committee, etc. In all these stories, Mark Murphy's name never comes up. I get that he's not as powerful as the real owners but am curious about his overall status. Do you know what committees he is on? what is his overall influence? Does he vote mostly with the majority? Are there one or two owners that he is close with? Thanks.
  • I'm pretty sure he's on the competition committee, which is a really important committee because it determines all the rules. Traditionally the Packers have been big supporters of  the NFL office, because as a small-market team they rely so heavily on the sharing of TV revenue. I do wonder if they still need to think that way. If revenue sharing ended, the Packers might do just fine because they have such a big following around the country. Then again, they've  known nothing but winning for 25 years, and that's not going to last forever. So maybe their popularity won't hold up if they go into another drought.
  • So is mark Murphy sympathetic to the fact the Rodgers is hurt when evaluating the organization right now or is he a little taken aback and how poorly the team plays w/o him?
  • I'd guess both, but more the former.
  • Former NFL GM Mike Lombardi said the Packers problem is that they use complex Offensive and Defensive systems that are inconsistent with a draft and develop philosophy. The young guys cannot pick it up fast. Is that a flaw in your mind?
  • OK, this will have to do it. Have that previously mentioned column to finish. But thanks for taking the time to come by, many great questions and time to get to only a fraction of them. Bill's question is similar to one earlier about Capers' defense. There could be some truth to this, Lombardi isn't the first to raise this point. Though I've always been under the impression that Belichick's D is complicated because his game plans vary greatly from week to week. But maybe he has found a way to keep it relatively simple for the players. I don't have the expertise to know whether Lombardi is right, but he might be. McCarthy has been talking a lot about simplifying the last couple years and especially recently with Hundley at QB. To what degree he's followed through it hard for outsiders to know. I will say that Lombardi's overall point is a good one, that not just the Packers but most teams skew young because of the cap-related roster turnover every year. And most of those young guys end up playing, sometimes a lot. So coordinators/play callers have to make sure things don't get too complex, or you're asking for mental mistakes. Thanks again everybody, take care and we'll talk again next week.
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