Hi everybody, first things first, I'm doing this on a layover on flight to Seattle and we were having some technical difficulties but think they're all worked out now. This chat will have to be abbreviated because of my next flight but we'll get as many questions in as we can.
So we'll answer these questions in order. I thought Rodgers' accuracy was still off last week, missed a couple throws he hasn't in past seasons. I still think his knee hurts -- if he strained his MCL, that's probably healed, but the bone bruise from what I understand can take longer to heal, especially if he's playing and practicing on it, and it's painful -- and that's affecting his accuracy. But he also abhors interceptions, so he's probably not taking any or many risks, and yeah, maybe he'll need to up the risk level a little to help get the offense going.
LeeAnn, my boss asked me the same thing that night, but I looked it up on Webster's online dictionary and it was in there, so as far as I know I wasn't inventing a new word.
Jones has looked OK in that he's definitely fast and he'll stick his nose in there. Hard to be sure how he's doing on his assignments, that was the big issue with him, but can't say I saw a blown coverage that resulted in a big play last week, the Dolphins didn't really hit on any big passes that I recall. Brock Osweiler can't play, so even if there were some mistakes he might not have been able to exploit them. But I'm sure one of the reasons they cut Whitehead was they wanted to get Jones on the field anyway.
I see I missed the first question, so we'll do that one next. I had a long conversation with a front-office executive with another team yesterday, and I basically asked that question, as in, how does it work if a GM wants to get rid of a guy and the coach wants to keep him? He said it depends on the organization but the teams he's been with the parties discuss it and see if they can come to an agreement. But if the GM has say over the 53, the final call is his, so if they disagree and neither changes his mind, the GM very well might pull the trigger. He said GMs he's worked for occasionally have done that. I can't tell you what the case is with any of the Packers' particular moves. Judging from what McCarthy and Pettine said, my feeling was they wanted to keep Whitehead, but then I heard something this week -- I can't confirm so won't say what it is -- that would suggest McCarthy was on board. So I just don't know. But I'm sure those things can be an issue if there's not good communication between the coach and GM, or they find themselves in serious disagreement a lot.
I don't think he's been worth $13M, he just doesn't have the quickness and athleticism he did. That's not to say he hasn't helped the Packers, he's their best TE and is a good, experienced player. He's also occupied defenses some, especially in the red zone. But he hasn't been a difference maker or anything like that. Maybe with Adams scoring all these TDs the coverages will shift to him in the red zone and Graham might get a few more TDs. But I think we've also seen that Graham has limitations he didn't have a couple years ago.
The thing is, they tried to re-sign Cook and it sounds like they didn't because they haggled over not that much money. Now, you're right, it's easy to question it after the fact, and when they signed Bennett, it looked like they might have upgraded because he's a good blocker. But as we saw, Bennett had lost his quick twitch and his desire to play. But they paid more for Bennett than Cook would have cost. They obviously made the wrong call, and no, at the time I didn't say that. But it's clear now they did make a mistake, and it was costly, because Cook made a difference with them, he was a key to their late-season run in '16.
I wonder the same thing, and I will say, all NFL coaches seem to do this, it's like they never feel the game is in hand. I guess it's because there are so few of them, they're not taking any chances whatsoever. But it's going to cost somebody their QB sometime.
The trade deadline has passed, so the only way now is via a street free agent or a WR getting cut by another team. I guess I basically disagree. You're right that if Adams goes down they'd be in big trouble. But I don't think anyone they add at this point would matter. Valdes-Scantling is a good and talented player, and St. Brown is showing some signs he can play too. So those guys need to play anyway. Cobb will be back soon. And if they really need it, they can activate Kumerow off IR or wait until Allison is ready late in the season.
Not sure but I'm thinking that might be a bit high. He'd offer some position versatility and veteran knowledge, but I'd be concerned that he'll decline some more and end up not being worth it. I'd want to talk to some scouts about that first, but that's kind of my gut feeling.
Yeah, he really can't run at all anymore. I'm thinking his value as a receiver is only the element of surprise.
I would think so. Cobb is in the last year of his contract. I think Bulaga has one year left and Perry a year or two also. But I would think none of the three will be back.
It would drop the odds some, yeah, for two reasons. One, he'd just take fewer hits, and the injury can happen on any hit. Two, he'd be a little less fatigued, and guys are a little more susceptible to injury when they're fatigued. There's a real difference between a guy who runs it 25 times a game week after week and a guy who runs it 17 or 18, or 13 or 14.
Right now his contract for next season is for $9M. I have a lot of trouble seeing the Packers paying him that. Don't know for a fact they won't, but I'd be surprised. Don't know if he'd take a pay cut.
Not as far as I know. There was a report early in the week that he was going to, but then whoever reported that retracted, and I haven't seen any reports he has retired. He'd be walking away from about half a season's base salary, something like $1.5M, so i'd be surprised he'd retire unless he was injured.
I'm surprised too and think the number of sacks is a little deceiving. I think they had, what, 11 or 12 against two bad QBs (the rookie Allen of Buffalo and Osweiler) and Miami was missing three starting OL (both tackles) to boot. Fackrell is playing a little better than in past years but he's still not a starting-caliber OLB. The Packers are going to have to draft a couple OLBs last year, like they did at RB two years ago and WR last season, but at least one of them needs to be a high pick.
I don't know if it's killer instinct or they're just not that good a team, or at least they're not playing like one.
He definitely does not look like he's enjoying the game overall -- there are happy moments, but also plenty of times when he looks unhappy. It's clear from reading between the lines of some public comments he's not crazy about the offensive scheme. As I said earlier I also think his knee is one of the reasons he's throwing even more off his back foot than usual. But maybe the biggest thing is he's not making as many throws on the move, that's where he'd make those killer plays, escaping the pocket and throwing. He's healthy enough to escape now but seems to be running and sliding more, and not making those back-breaking throws on the run. If his knee improves down the stretch and he can start doing that, then maybe they can go on a run.
Disagree completely. Won a SB with a quarterback he drafted and team he built.
My apologies but this has to do it, my flight is boarding. Keeping Wilson in the pocket is the big thing. If he can turn it into a sandlot game, that's when he's at his best. You keep him in the pocket by having guys hold their rushing lanes and emphasizing that over getting a sack. Rush up the middle helps too if the ends/OLBs hold their lane so he can't escape outside. All easier said than done. And with that, we'll have to end this. Sorry about the shorter chat but an unusual week with the Thursday game. Check in to PackersNews.com for pregame and postgame coverage. Until next week take care everybody.