Morning Buzz: Fresh starts for Packers on offense and defense

Aaron Nagler
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Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy talks about his new staff on Jan. 24, 2018, at Lambeau Field.

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 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 looks at Mike Pettine’s contention that his defense isn’t as complex as outsiders may think.

From Pete:

The Packers’ coverage breakdowns the last few years helped get Capers fired, and there were pundits and scouts around the league who thought the complexity of his scheme was the culprit.

As a Rex Ryan protégé, Pettine also runs a defense known for mixing multiple fronts and coverages. Pettine, though, disputed the characterization that his defense is as complex as it might seem.

“We like to appear multiple without necessarily putting that much stuff in,” he said Wednesday. “So, it’s not a system that is overwhelming to learn.”

Pettine also said the NFL has changed since his early seasons as a member of the Baltimore Ravens' coaching staff starting in 2002. He said that at that time it was common to have 50 to 60 different defensive calls for a game, but now it’s 20 to 25. He also acknowledged that there is some complexity.

“As a coach you have to adjust,” he said. “But no, you look at us you’re going to see we’re going to be multiple and we’re going to be aggressive.”

Pettine spoke about implementing his scheme in Green Bay:

Tom Silverstein looks at the makeup of the new staff:

Ryan Wood writes on Joe Philbin’s emotional return to Green Bay:

Michael Cohen says a former Badger is turning heads down in Mobile:

Darren Perry is still involved with the coaching staff:

Jerry Montgomery was close to leaving but will be back as defensive line coach:

Brian Gutekunst made one move on his staff:

Elsewhere, the Packers Wire looks at possible free-agent WR targets:

Mike Daniels won’t be taking it easy at the Pro Bowl:

Davante Adams is living his best life at the Pro Bowl:

Evan Western looks at what figures to be a rebuild on offense:

Joe Whitt Jr. looks to bring energy to his new role:

Joe Philbin talks about his return to Green Bay:

PFW has lots of great nuggets from the second day of the Senior Bowl:

Joe Callahan went on the radio to talk about his season and career:

LeRoy Butler is pulling for Jerry Kramer:


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