Hi everybody, let's get started, holding this to one hour today, lots to do with short week. Yes, the Packers don't have much speed and explosiveness at receiver. You'd think Montgomery will get plenty of chances, and I'd have to think Davis and Janis will too because they at least bring some speed to the offense. With Lacy and Starks out this week, I have to think we'll see a lot of 4 and 5 WR stuff. So I agree that the lack of playmaking at WR is an issue. But Rodgers has not played well either.
They'll go with what they have with their top three corners out (Shields, Randall and Rollins). Gunter, Goodson, Hawkins all probably will play. I'm assuming Hyde will be the nickel guy. They also have that small nickel where Burnett plays LB and Hyde the slot, and Brice comes in for Burnett at safety.
The one that stands out to me is not signing C.J. Spiller a few weeks ago, he could have brought some speed to their offense regardless of the injury issues there. But I doubt he could be an every-down back. All things considered they probably did OK trading for Knile Davis, he's a big, fast back in the Lacy mold though not as good (faster but not as good).
I think it's pretty safe to say he won't play this week. As for how long he'll be out, that depends. If it's several weeks there might not be a definitive statement, team might just say he's week to week. If by chance it's bad enough to land him on IR, we'll probably know that in the next day or so.
I'd think all that is on the table, especially getting the ball out fast whether it's shotgun or under center.
Seven or eight men in coverage means the secondary is flooded, but that's only part of it. They're not a fast and explosive group, so that's part of it. And there are times when Rodgers needs to take the first open guy, even if it's a short throw, and get the ball out.
I just can't predict stuff like, not a lot to go on. But you're right, this is a great chance for those guys. They're on the roster for a reason, time to play.
That could be a possibility. Maybe Evans, maybe someone to IR.
If I remember right he was asked about that, can't recall if it was this week or last week, and he just went into this long answer about all the moving parts because of strengths at different positions, and that they have to consider a lot of factors. Very general answer. If you're asking whether he in any way seemed upset about keeping only 2 HBs (and one FB), he didn't say or suggest anything like that, so if he's upset he kept it to himself. For all we know he might have pushed for it or been all for it.
I might be in the minority, but I won't ever criticize them for moving on from Hayward. He played pretty decent football for them but his cost was high and they had to get Randall and Rollins on the field, and Shields costs a lot and is better than Hayward. I think they did what they had to do there. Sounds like he's playing pretty well for SD, good for him, he seemed like a good guy from what I could tell. But I think they did what they had to do there. With Goodson back they have enough bodies, but yeah, this is a really bad stretch with their top three CBs out.
I didn't hear of any other possibilities specifically, but I'm sure you're right that they looked at a lot of possibilities. All in all they probably did OK with this deal.
I guess I don't get the criticism of Bennett, which seems to come up almost every chat, for this reason: He's coordinator in name, but he has two people above him on the offensive staff, McCarthy and Clements. It's McCarthy's offense. Does this staff have what it takes to get the offense going? It didn't do it last year; there are a lot of games left this year, so we'll see.
As long as they're in the playoff hunt I'd think that would be really, really, really unlikely. But at this point, never say never.
Good point, looks like I was wrong to say earlier this year that they should do that with three years after this still on his current deal.
I'm sure that's part of it, and the RB position to a large degree has been devalued in the NFL the last five years or so because it's become such a pass-oriented game and those guys get hurt so often that it's risky to use high picks at that position. But Ezekiel Elliott showed last week just what a difference a really, really good back can make.
I'd have to do some research on that. Favre went 4-12 and threw a career high 29 INTs in '05, that came in a year when they were hit by a ton of injuries, the most important being to Ahman Green. Can't say for sure about others, though I strongly suspect Rodgers isn't the only one to go through something like this.
Yeah, I don't get that end-of-half thing either. I'm sure they have analytics that say it's a good idea to call those defensive timeouts, but I don't recall it working for them -- it probably has once or twice over the years, but it's backfired a lot more than it's worked. There are times when it makes sense, but even at the time last week I was thinking it wasn't worth it. I wonder if that's the last we see of that for a while.
There's a lot of turnover, including significant players, almost every year. And I agree there's a good chance none of those three will be back. If Shields isn't back, that would clear a lot of cap space for next year (don't know the exact amount off the top of my head, but I'd guess $7M to $10M, that range. Peppers isn't under contract for '17, so he counts nothing on the '17 cap right now.
Legitimate question, there are people in the NFL who think a coach should stay in one place for no more than 10 to 12 years. The Steelers don't buy that and stick with their guys (Noll, Cowher, Tomlin) much, much longer than the norm. It's something to think about if the offensive struggles continue.
Allison isn't on the roster, he's on the practice squad, though to some degree you could make your same point with Abbrederis. I guess the thing with the receivers, they kept seven because they had seven who looked like real NFL receivers. But it's still unclear how many of them actually are good receivers. It's up to McCarthy and Rodgers to find out and get the best ones on the field and make this work. I still think those young CBs are pretty talented, and I thought they were right to keep Hawkins, but that CB group has had a rough time so far. But the thing with those young guys is they can improve during the season, sometimes a lot.
I'm wondering myself, he'll have been here basically two days, which is obviously is not long. But I'd think they'd have him prepared for at least a package of plays. I'm still assuming Don Jackson gets promoted from the practice squad and is the starter.
It's hard to see that urgency from the outside looking in, the Packers (and many/most/all) teams like to portray the non-panic, keep grinding, work-through-problems appearance. But I'd be stunned if they're not feeling the urgency, they know things are not going well and that offense has been more a problem than solution for about a year now.
Yes. I'd think RB is way up there too.
Ted Thompson is his boss.
I don't know, not enough to go on. He flashed those abilities in camp though it didn't show up a lot -- he also missed the first 10 days of camp because of the foot surgery he had in the offseason. So it's hard to know. But he does appear to be a pretty talented guy.
We've all seen those criticisms from video gurus going back to last year, and I'm sure there's some merit to them. I asked McCarthy about that in a sitdown he had with the print/internet reporters on the beat before the regular season started, and he said he ran more bunch formations and man-beater stuff last year than ever, so he didn't think the criticism was justified. But we'll have to judge this by what he does and not what he says. The answer will be on the game days.
I thought with Nelson and Montgomery back, and the struggles of last season to learn from and motivate, that he'd have a big season this year. Can't speak for others.
I haven't sensed that tentativeness. One thing with press conference settings, you have a lot of different reporters with different agendas and stories they're pursuing, so the topics often bounce all over the place, and it can be hard to pursue a line of questioning because of the battle to get in questions in a limited amount of time.
There are times when that might be worth it, but that didn't seem like one of them. It's just happened so many times that the team ends up getting the first down, and all you've done is helped them save time to now put together a drive of its own. I'm sure McCarthy will argue that they had the Cowboys pinned deep.
No, that's the agreement that has made the Packers successful going back to Harlan-Wolf. Give the top football man the power to make football decisions. That's where the buck stops and starts.
OK this has to be it, sorry about that, there are so many more questions and a lot to talk about, but the Thursday game means a truncated week for reporters too, so I have to go. Part of it Jimmy is that's the NFL. Happens every year in this league. Look at Carolina, in the Super Bowl last year, has the MVP QB, and the Panthers have won one game. And there's still a lot of football to play, so the fortunes of a some teams will change another time or two before season's end. Thanks again everybody for coming by, always fun and interesting to chat with you. We'll do it again next Thursday and should have more time. Hope all's well, and take care.