Aaron Nagler hosts a Facebook Live session with readers to discuss the latest on the Packers and answer questions. (Dec. 27, 2017)
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 (or brew some English breakfast tea, if that’s your thing) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with Pete Dougherty looking at the Packers' decisions to allow Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde to walk out the door.
Taken together, Hayward and Hyde are among the Packers’ biggest personnel failures of the past several years. The team’s secondary has been a big problem the last two seasons because of injuries and poor play, and it has turned out that many of those issues were self-inflicted because the Packers let two good players walk.
It’s safe to say if the two still were with the Packers, Hayward would be their best cornerback and Hyde their top safety. So how did Thompson and McCarthy blow the call so badly not just once, but twice?
To begin with, there’s plenty of responsibility to go around. The mistake with Hayward falls mostly on Thompson, whereas Hyde is on the coaching staff.
To be sure, it’s easy after the fact to distinguish good personnel decisions from bad. Doing so in real time is another matter.
Jason Spriggs is looking at a long road back:
The Packers will most likely be looking for a new wide receivers coach:
The Power Rankings were not kind to the Green and Gold this week:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live:
The Packers' opponents are set for 2018:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky writes on the uncertainty surrounding Jordy Nelson:
Jason Wilde looks at the future of Clay Matthews:
NFL Network’s The Timeline looks at the Ice Bowl:
Peter Bukowski makes the case for a switch to a 4-3 defense:
Ryan Grant spoke about Brett Favre’s special treatment toward the end of his time in Green Bay. (Very NSFW language throughout)
FOX won’t be showing Sunday’s game in Detroit to many people:
The Packers Wire opines that the Packers are falling behind:
Cheesehead TV looks at the Packers' biggest needs:
MLive previews Sunday’s game: