Morning Buzz: Starks might provide spark
Welcome to your gameday Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a cup of coffee (or brew some tea, if that’s your thing) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
Bob McGinn starts us off with his assessment of where the Packers stand at the halfway point of their season. He takes Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers all to task, but probably reserves his harshest criticism for Rodgers.
Many more times than not in the last 20 games, Rodgers’ level of play has been closer to the NFL norm than the NFL elite. With defenses no longer blitzing and the traditional screen game missing, he produces almost nothing downfield from the pocket.
Rodgers has turned the ball over too much, isn’t as accurate, seems to have lost some of his nerve and continues to fizzle with the ball in his hands and a chance to turn defeat into victory late in games.
Speaking of Bob, if it’s game day, then you have to be reading McGinn’s game preview. Tons of great info and analysis on today’s game.
Tom Silverstein takes a deep dive on the Packers run defense, which has been thrown bouquet after bouquet by pundits. Is it deserved? The answer might surprise you.
You can find our predictions for today’s game in the video below:
It sounds like there’s a decent chance James Starks could return to the lineup today:
Ty Montgomery was reportedly fined for the play where he ran into the Colts’ punter
Your three captains for today’s game:
Marcus Mariota and Aaron Rodgers spent the week praising each other, leading up to their first game against each other’s teams:
The Packers got a shot out on "Saturday Night Live" last night.
For draftniks who love to project who may or may not be available for the Packers in April, Pete Dougherty has a very early look at this year’s class: