Morning Buzz: Packers' draft won't be boxed in by need
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s latest column regarding the Packers keeping their quarterback out of the decision-making process when it comes to personnel moves.
Whatever criticism Gutekunst deserves in his first three months on the job, he deserves a ton of credit for making decisions he knows won’t necessarily be popular with his franchise quarterback.
In that short period, he cut receiver Jordy Nelson, chose not to re-sign tight end Richard Rodgers and added only one new offensive piece: tight end Jimmy Graham. Just as coach Mike McCarthy didn’t consult Rodgers when he hired quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti to replace Alex Van Pelt, Gutekunst didn’t dial up Rodgers and ask if it was OK to cut Nelson or sign Graham.
As Rodgers correctly noted in an April 5 interview on Milwaukee radio station 102.9-FM, “I think it’s pretty clear that players play and coaches coach and personnel people make their decisions. That’s the way they want it.”
Yes, not only is it the way they want it, it’s also the way it should be.
Whether Rodgers was taking one of his patented veiled shots at Gutekunst — welcome to the club, one could imagine McCarthy saying — or just stating the facts, his comment, coming on the heels of the Van Pelt remarks he made on radio row during Super Bowl week, comes off pouty.
Brett Favre spoke to Megan Kelly about his history with concussions and head trauma:
Davon House is back on a one-year deal:
I chatted about the move with readers via FB Live:
The Packers are giving away a ton of free stuff:
Don’t miss the transcript of Pete Dougherty’s latest chat:
Elsewhere, Aaron Jones spoke with NFL Network:
Any Herman looks at Day 2 draft prospects at wide receiver:
Some Packers fans are excited about the reunion in the defensive backfield:
Bubba Franks talked about the evolution of the tight end position:
A quick look at the play of Kenny Clark:
The Power Sweep asks if the Packers missed out:
Jack Wepfer thinks the House signing clears the path to best player available in the draft:
Peter Bukowski writes on the Packers possibly swinging big in the draft:
Here’s video of Favre’s appearance on Megyn Kelly Today: