Morning Buzz: Cleaning up Packers' pass defense
Welcome to your Valentine's Day 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 Ryan Wood’s look at the cornerback position in the latest installment of our position analysis series.
When the season opened, four of the Packers’ seven cornerbacks were new to the roster. Gunter’s release left the Packers with only two holdovers: Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins.
But all the changes netted virtually the same results.
After finishing 31st against the pass in 2016, the Packers improved only to 23rd in passing yards allowed last season. They actually slipped in opponent passer rating — a more telling stat for overall pass defense — from 26th in 2016 to 31st last season.
Several elements factor into solid pass defense, and the Packers’ absent pass rush, shoddy coverage from linebackers and underwhelming safety play didn’t help. But it’s clear the Packers need better production from their corners.
New general manager Brian Gutekunst inherits Thompson’s mess at cornerback, and another busy offseason at the position seems warranted.
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live on Tuesday afternoon:
The Packers have a new member of their Fan Hall of Fame:
The Packers were busy inside Lambeau Field on Tuesday:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky looks at the possibility of moving Ty Montgomery back to wide receiver:
The Packers have been well represented in the PFF 101 over the years:
Packers Wire looks at players in need of a bounce-back season:
While Cheesehead TV warns of the sophomore slump:
Jerry Kramer joined "Wilde and Tausch" on Tuesday:
ACME Packing Company looks at Joe Philbin’s potential to help the tight end position:
The Packers want to help you out this Valentine’s Day: