Packers Morning Buzz: Time to get healthy
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 get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with Michael Cohen and Ryan Wood giving us five things we’ve learned about the Packers through the first four games of the 2017 regular season.
Just one of the point the guys make:
If not for Kentrell Brice missing a game because of injury, the Packers would have four safeties ranking among their top 11 defenders in snap count. It’s a testament to the depth they have at that position, but also reflects just how committed they are to the “nitro” package that gets more safeties on the field.
Their shift to a predominantly three-safety defense doesn’t come without sacrifice. A year after having one of the NFL’s top-10 run defenses, the Packers have dropped 10 points to No. 18 in the league with 111 rushing yards allowed per game. It’s a trade they’ll gladly take, because more defensive backs on the field has meant a much tighter pass defense. The Packers entered this weekend seventh in pass defense allowing 188.5 yards per game after plummeting to 31st last season with 269.3 yards per game.
Smaller, faster defensive personnel will make the Packers less stout against the run, but if the reward is this much improvement in pass coverage, the nitro defense will be here to stay.
Ryan wrote on the 60th anniversary of Lambeau Field and how it’s construction helped keep professional football in Green Bay:
LeRoy Butler thinks Aaron Jones may fit the offense better than the guys ahead of him on the depth chart:
Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan has been suspended two games for his hit on Davante Adams:
I chatted with readers over on our Facebook page:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky writes on McCarthy sticking by Damarious Randall:
Ty Montgomery’s rib injury is reportedly not as bad as initially feared:
Chris Peterson writes on the youth movement for the defense:
Jason Wilde writes on Lane Taylor’s successful stint at left tackle:
Former Packer Brady Poppinga defends the hit that sent Adams to the hospital:
Jack Wepfer highlights the Packers red zone efficiency:
Packers History commemorated Lambeau Field’s anniversary:
Ben Fennell has some clips up on his timeline breaking down the run defense:
James Jones chimed in on the Tom Brady vs Aaron Rodgers debate:
Aaron Rodgers met with some veterans after Thursday night’s game: