I doubt I'd look for one. I mean, wouldn't rule it out, but I'd probably bring back Hundley and draft one in the fifth through seventh rounds.
That doesn't work because that's not the setup, and it shouldn't be the setup. Murphy's job is to get the best football guy he can to run football, and then let that guy make his own decisions and sink or swim on his own. So the only thing Murphy can and should decide is Thompson. Thompson as GM hires and fires the coach and can have a say on assistants if he wants, though if I understand it correctly he makes recommendations but lets McCarthy determine the coaching staff. The core of your question though is legit of course and I'm going to pass only because it's something I have to address sometime in the next couple weeks in a column or two, so I'm going to save it for that, when I'll have time to flesh out a thought-out response.
If they don't re-sign Evans he might be the lead candidate going into the offseason. But I'd think they'll draft there and perhaps sign a stop-gap guy similar to Evans as well.
Might be. Or maybe it's Janis. I do wonder if they could have put him out there a few snaps a game just to run clear-out routes if nothing else. But they obviously don't trust him enough. It could be that he doesn't pay enough attention to the detail of the job and that he relies more on his talent the really putting in the work as a route runner, etc. It's clear the staff and the QB don't trust him to always do what he's supposed to do.
Drafting late every year has to have contributed to the personnel decline, the league is set up that way. Thompson also has missed on picks when good players were available. I agree this is a huge offseason with all those draft picks. With all those picks I could see a move up, maybe even to the top 10, but you have to feel really good about a guy because moving up is costly.
The more I look at it, the more that best-player thing is kind of semantics. For one thing, I think need is baked into player grades, so need right off the bat can help determine where guys rank on the board. And yeah, I think he has to draft for need this year. I think he needs to take multiple outside rushers, for instance. And I'd think the first pick should be either an outside rusher, a CB, or maybe a great WR/TE prospect they think can be special.
I didn't have a strong opinion at the time because I'm not a scout. My thinking was, if Watt and King were about equal, I'd go with Watt because pass rushers are so valuable. But if they though King had the potential to be special and Watt didn't, then I'd have gone King. I don't remember much being made of King's shoulder at the time.
Haven't seen or heard anything on that. I seriously doubt they let Adams walk. He's their best receiver, and they have the money and cap room. They just don't let guys like him leave.
It is. They need to hit big on a pick or two on defense. Look at Seattle. They had a couple great drafts -- I think it was in '10 and '11 -- that built their defense. Since then, have they picked anybody who's any good? Not really, and now they're starting to decline as those good players get older.
They've got to look there, for sure. Try to find a diamond in the rough. Seattle did that when it signed Michael Bennett way back when. No guarantee anyone like that is out there, but have to give it a real shot. The problem is, teams generally don't let pass rushers walk, and then if one or maybe two makes it to the market, the cost is huge. So if you're going to sign a guy like that, you better make sure he's worth it. I ask this without knowing the answer, but, for instance, was it worth it for the Giants to sign Olivier Vernon two years ago to that huge deal he signed? I'd have to consult some experts, but those are the questions you have to ask with the big-money guys. Directly to your point, if I'm them I'm looking hard for pass rush help in free agency for any kind of upgrade. But I don't think it's asking too much from a first-round pick to help the pass rush, either.
I can't say for sure but I strongly suspect he'd be much more like his dad. He observed his dad's aggressive GM work first-hand while growing up in Green Bay. I'd think that influence would be strong.
I think they'll have 12 picks -- their own seven, one from a trade with Buffalo a couple years ago, and four compensatory. I could see a trade up. Whether it be into the top 10, or from the third to second, or fourth to third.
If McCarthy makes the change, he'll conduct the search. If he's inclined to make the change, he probably has some candidates in mind or has been (or will be) talking to people he trusts in the league for some possibilities.
Montgomery could well be a swiss-knife type guy and do some or a lot of slot work. But I'm not sure he's dynamic enough to be the slot guy full time.
My guess is they'll play a good game. They've learned over the past two months how to play with Hundley. They'll be loose. I'm guessing they put forth a good effort. We'll find out Saturday night.
I wonder about that too. Speed is not his thing, so he can't cover the ground that the fast free safeties can. Problem is, Burnett is more a box safety too. Same for Jones even though he runs a 4.41, he's better around the line of scrimmage too.
OK, have to end it here, many other duties to get to. Wow, many, many, many questions today, only had time to get to a fraction of them. Thanks for coming by and remember we'll do it again next week so if I didn't get your question, try again then. Rodgers has two more years left on his contract after this year. All signs strongly suggest the Packers are going to extend his contract this offseason. Is it conceivable he'd try to leave the Packers? Sure, anything is conceivable. You never know. But I'd bet very strongly that he agrees to an extension this offseason that pays him $30-plus million a year and includes huge guaranteed money -- I'd have to look closer at QB contracts, but we could be talking in the $75 million vicinity, maybe more for all I know. Pretty hard to turn down that kind of bird in the hand if you're him. I'm sure he's frustrated with some things, but you also get the sense he likes it here. They have a lot of resources and they treat him great. So I'm finding it hard to see him trying to force his way out unless there's some major rupture in relations, and that just doesn't happen with these top QBs, teams make sure it doesn't because those guys are invaluable. Thanks again for coming by everyone, always enjoy chatting with you. Merry Christmas to all, and we'll chat again next week.