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Morning Buzz: Packers climb annual special teams rankings

Aaron Nagler
Packers News

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 look at the contention that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is the greatest ever and how Vince Lombardi still has a case when it comes to that claim.

From Pete:

So how do you untangle the big question? Is the Patriots' success more because of Belichick or Brady?

Both are at the top of the discussion for best ever in their roles, but if you made me choose one or the other, it would be Brady without a second thought. I’d bet Brady would have a better chance of winning Super Bowls without Belichick than Belichick without Brady. Is there really anybody who would say the same for Lombardi and Bart Starr?

There’s a fruitless element to this argument, to be sure. Lombardi and Belichick coached in different eras, and the game has changed drastically in the last 40-plus years, both in the way it’s played and the way teams are built. Lombardi died after his one season in Washington, so we don’t know whether he could have turned a second franchise into a dynasty.

That leaves us to weigh Belichick’s peerless longevity and the Brady factor against Lombardi’s more concentrated brilliance.

This is a tough call. But I still think it’s tough to top Lombardi.

The Packers are close to finalizing their coaching staff:

I spoke with Jamaal Williams about his rookie season and goals for next year:

I also chatted with readers via Facebook Live on Monday afternoon:

Elsewhere, the Packers came in at No.16 in Rick Gosselin’s annual special teams rankings, a distinct improvement on ranking 29th in 2016:

Rob Demovsky looks at lost per-game bonuses:

The Packers Wire investigates the veteran quarterback landscape:

Davante Adams has been working out with Derek Carr in advance of the Pro Bowl:

Yes, defense wins championships:

The Power Sweep reviews Kevin King’s rookie campaign:

Max McGee was on the cover of Sports Illustrated on this date in 1967:

ACME Packing Company looks around the NFC North: