Morning Buzz: Are the Packers finding their identity?
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 Pete Dougherty’s latest column, which highlights the difficulty of winning in the NFL with a backup quarterback.
Here’s a stat from the latest edition of life in the NFL without your quarterback:
This season, nine teams have had a backup quarterback start at least one game because of injury. Their collective record in those games is 15-21 (.417 winning percentage).
That actually impressed an offensive coordinator in the league.
“Seems like a pretty good record compared to what I’d think it would be,” he said. “(I’d have thought) barely one of out of three.”
The point isn’t to make an easy excuse for the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts and everyone else who has had its starter go down this year. Franchises have to maintain high standards and prepare for contingencies. That’s what scouting staffs, coaching and developing players are for.
But it shows the odds teams face when they don’t have their guy. Losing is the rule. Going .500 or better is the exception.
Guess who was back at practice yesterday:
Michael Cohen and Tom Silverstein talked about Rodgers’ initial return and all the latest from Lambeau on the Packers Podcast:
Kenny Clark is playing outstanding football. Michael chronicles the journey up to this point:
Clay Matthews is dubious about Martellus Bennett’s departure:
As were most players when asked about it after practice yesterday:
The Packers didn’t hesitate to bring back Brett Goode:
I chatted with fans late yesterday afternoon via Facebook Live:
Elsewhere, Jason Wilde got a few words out of QB1 via text message:
Ben Fennell points out a dubious distinction for the Packers defense:
Rob Demovsky writes on Devante Mays most likely finally getting a shot:
NFL Media has a preview of Sunday’s game:
Peter Schrager sings the praises of Brett Hundley:
Good explanation of the odyssey of practice squad linebacker Derrick Mathews:
Demetri Goodson is close to returning: