Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers, 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 Tom Silverstein’s deep dive on Dom Capers’ defense. As one might expect, what he finds isn’t very good.
This is the most talent and depth Capers and his defensive staff have had since 2014 at the very least, and possibly since 2010 when the Packers won Super Bowl XLV. Yet for all the strong individual performances the defense has gotten, the cumulative effort has been sorely lacking.
Barring any injury decimation akin to what has occurred on the offensive line, this season is a referendum on whether Capers and his staff can deliver a winning defense.
It won’t have the luxury of being bailed out by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whose broken collarbone might sideline him the entire season. And with backup Brett Hundley likely to struggle, it’s time the defense bears the responsibility for team success.
Hundley might get better as the season goes on, but there has been considerable investment in the defense the past four seasons and that is where the most improvement should be taking place.
Green Bay bid Ricky Jean Francois adieu once more:
The Packers actually climbed some power rankings this week despite not playing this past weekend:
Bob Harlan is slated to speak in January:
Elsewhere, NFL Network reports the Packers showed interest in quarterback Brian Hoyer prior to his signing with the Patriots:
Needless to say, that caused some waves online:
The Packers Wire looks at the health of the offensive line:
On the team website, Larry McCarren highlights the play of Kenny Clark and Blake Martinez:
SB Nation’s Lions blog looks at Lions-Packers stats:
The Playbook crew takes a look at Monday night’s matchup:
Brett Hundley is a man of many talents: