Hey folks, Ryan Wood here. Got about a half hour today between flights at O'Hare to field your questions about the Packers. Sure there are a lot of them after these past four weeks. Let's get to it.
Good question. It's completely up for grabs between the Vikings and Lions at the moment, though considering the Lions beat the Vikings in Minnesota earlier this season, I suppose you'd go with them. As for the Packers? They're two games behind not one, but two teams. Terrible position to be in. They're not technically eliminated, but it's a very steep climb to playoff contention from here. It starts with, you know, actually winning a game first.
You're right, it is very premature, but the best guess here is if you're looking for explosions after this season, you'll be disappointed. I don't get the feeling this organization is looking to blow anything up. Not saying that's wise or not, but around the league the Packers have a reputation for being one of the most patient franchises. Part of that is because the lack of an overseeing owner allows them to be. Mostly, that patience has served them well, though as we're seeing it's not a foolproof approach at all times. As for John Schneider, he has said his contract includes no "out clause" for Green Bay. I expect him to stay in Seattle for a long time.
Damarious Randall's return should help, but it really depends on his health (and rust) when he does come back. Mike McCarthy today suggested Quinten Rollins' struggles at least partly are because his quick return, and the severity of his groin injury. For young players, those extended absences are difficult. At this point, the only thing this secondary can do is get healthy, and play better. Not a sexy answer, but there is nothing else. The secondary has been utterly decimated with injuries, starting with losing their top corner in Sam Shields in the opener. They look like a defensive backfield playing with its third and fourth corners as starters, which is exactly what they are. Eventually, that would catch up to any secondary.
Green Bay won't be picking near the end of the first round. So there's one.
My guess would be after the season. They'll need a scapegoat. Dom Capers fits the bill. Though, I adamantly believe, parting with Dom Capers would be nothing more than a cosmetic solution. It won't change the fact this organization is too reliant on its draft-and-develop model, leaving major holes throughout the roster on both sides, nor the questions about whether Mike McCarthy (a good coach) can maintain success past 10 years. Those are the bigger issues at hand than a defensive coordinator leading a defense collapsing under the weight of injuries, aging vets and a dearth of playmakers.
Clearly, you haven't been reading my Twitter timeline.
I mostly agree. I'll tell you that "poor quality backups" isn't exactly a Ted Thompson problem. They're backups for a reason. The quality will be poor. Especially when reserves are playing in bulk. With that said, there's no excuse for the lack of depth they had in the offensive backfield, nor the lack of NFL-acceptable depth at tight end, nor the absence of big-play receivers on the perimeter, nor the aging pass rush. Plenty of holes.
Mark Murphy, president of the Packers.
Mike McCarthy said today Demetri Goodson's leg injury was "significant" and he'll be unavailable this week. That will surprise nobody who saw the replay.
My best guess right now? 4-Dom Capers sabbatical, and that's it.
No. Should it be? Perhaps. But it won't be. The Packers value patience and continuity above all else. Unlike many fans, they see great value in being in the playoff hunt year after year after year. They've succeeded there more than any team this side of Boston. It just feels like they're slipping further and further from Super Bowl contention, because they are. But playoffs are good enough for most (all?) NFL teams, and the Packers fall into that category.
Patience and continuity. Pillars of the Green Bay Packers.
You should've signed your name: "Wisconsin sports fan"
I think it's highly unlikely. And if he does, you have to wonder how much longer he'd even be available.
Stop Gino if you've heard that before... It's Ted Thompson. All offseason activity is speculation until proven otherwise.
Wouldn't be surprised if they draft a cornerback in the draft, particularly if Sam Shields is unable to return. But this is an area where I actually don't fault Ted Thompson. Cornerback was supposed to be one of the strengths entering this season, because they do have talent there. The secondary has simply been decimated with injuries. It's unrealistic and unfair to except any defensive backfield to survive intact with this amount of injuries. Plenty other places to assert blame.
Mike McCarthy certainly didn't foreshadow any today.
No. PUP and IR are separate from each other. PUP is for players injured in the offseason, IR for players injured during the season. Anyone can return from PUP One can return from IR: Lacy or Shields.
Actually, I don't have much of a problem with it. Lane Taylor is not this team's problem. Saves money without making a huge sacrifice on production. Again, plenty other areas to assert blame.
In title only. Mike McCarthy runs the offense.
Really tired of this notion from fans. It's ill informed. Plenty of tough questions being asked. There's a dearth of any real answers.
I'd move on. Running back is a young man's position. Fresh legs have value. Eddie Lacy hasn't been the same player he was in 2013 and 2014. With that said, the Packers have big questions at many roster spots, so perhaps they re-sign Lacy and fill other holes in draft.
Everyone owes you an apology. That sounds painful.
Until proven otherwise, sure. He was once an elite, dominant pass rusher. He's not that anymore. Not to say he isn't important, talented or disruptive. He's a good player. Hasn't been a great player, primarily because of injuries. I think that's a fair perspective.
Feels like it's been a while. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix could be one, and it's still early on Damarious Randall, but there's certainly been more underwhelming first-round picks than elite talent. Not good when you're almost exclusively draft and develop.