Morning Buzz: No quarterback wins alone
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and sit back and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with the launch of our nine part positional preview series, beginning with Michael Cohen’s look at the Packers quarterbacks.
Internally, there is nothing to suggest Rodgers is on the verge of slowing down. He returned to Green Bay in what he described as the best shape he’s been in for the annual offseason program, and changes in his diet have paid dividends in recent years. More empirically, quarterbacks around the league are having success on the verge of 40 years old — see: Brady, Tom; Brees, Drew; Palmer, Carson — and by that standard Rodgers is a relative youngster at 33. (He will be 34 in December.)
The University of Kentucky included Randall Cobb in its 2017 UK Hall of Fame class, announced on Monday:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky has a breakdown of all the draft picks’ contracts:
The Packers did their best to embrace World Emoji Day:
Zach pointed out some interesting numbers since Dom Capers was hired:
Former Packers quarterback, and current Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson recently made a pretty bold claim:
This post from new Cheesehead TV contributor Elisha Twerski comparing Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, for the purposes of exploring the importance of a quarterback’s supporting cast, is absolutely outstanding.
In their seven postseason losses with Rodgers as quarterback, the Packers defense has allowed an average of 36.3 points. Comparatively, in their nine postseason losses with Brady as quarterback, the Patriots defense has allowed an average of 26.4 points. That’s nearly a 10 point difference. In addition, in 34 games with Brady as quarterback, the Patriots defense has allowed just three 30-plus point games.
Rodgers has never lost a postseason game when the opposing team scored 21 points or fewer. Brady has lost three such games. As noted by a Packers fan account on Twitter, Green Bay has never scored under 20 points in the playoffs with Rodgers as quarterback. New England, with Brady, has done so nine times including twice in the Super Bowl. Rodgers has had two multi-interception games in the playoffs, Brady has had nine.
Football Outsiders looks at how NFL defenses fared against play-action last season. It wasn’t pretty for the Packers:
The Power Sweep looks at expectations for the Packers defense:
Never too early for 53-man roster predictions. ACME Packing Company is on the case:
Pro Football Focus highlighted Jordy Nelson’s effectiveness from the slot in 2016:
This isn’t Packers related, but the Panthers firing their general manager a week prior to training camp is incredibly intriguing: