Morning Buzz: Can the Packers finish strong?
Welcome to your game day Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. We’re here to catch you up on any and every development as it pertains to the Packers, so grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know before the Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings later tonight.
We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s column calling for the Packers to move on from defensive coordinator Dom Capers.
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy may not even wait past the final day of the season to decide on the future of defensive coordinator Dom Capers.
More than likely, his mind already is made up.
What he saw against the Carolina Panthers last Sunday in a must-win game against a good but not great offense had to sicken his stomach.
Receivers, tight ends and running backs running free, defensive linemen jumping offside, and maybe the worst of all, quarterback Cam Newton caught on television telling linebacker Clay Matthews before the snap, “You’ve been watching film, huh? Watch this.”
“This” turned out to be Newton throwing to halfback Christian McCaffrey running uncovered over the middle for an easy touchdown while the Packers bungled a coverage they had worked on during the week.
The die is cast and McCarthy has no choice but to fire Capers and begin searching for someone who can pull together the talent the Packers have on defense.
Tom also has his weekly 5 Things To Watch and our predictions:
Pete Dougherty highlights the success the Vikings have had via the draft, especially when compared to the Packers:
The Packers brought Reggie Gilbert up off the practice squad:
I spoke with Jerry Kramer about the Ice Bowl:
There was quite a bit of drama around Lambeau Field yesterday:
Elsewhere, NBC has a preview of tonight’s game:
Speaking of NBC, Jimmy Fallon went to town on some of the players in tonight’s game:
Good question from Zach over at the Packers Wire:
Rob Demovsky writes on Davon House wanting to finish the season strong:
Over at Cheesehead TV, they’re wondering about possible changes:
What is Jordy Nelson worth to the Packers in 2018?
Bill Huber previews the game:
The Golden Boy is celebrating a birthday today:
NFL Media’s preview of the game is below:
Pretty special day in Packers history:
Win or lose, it’s the holiday season: