Morning Buzz: Trying to turn the page

Aaron Nagler
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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at 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.

Titans outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) brings down Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) in the second half at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.

In the spirit of turning the page on the Packers' catastrophe in Tennessee, we’ll start off with Bob McGinn’s Washington scouting report.

Writes Bob:

Even if speedy DeSean Jackson returns from a rotator-cuff injury that sidelined him Sunday against Minnesota, the most dangerous wide receiver might be Jamison Crowder. A fourth-round draft choice from Duke in 2015, he is developing into a matchup nightmare from the slot. Already Crowder has 44 receptions for 535 yards and five touchdowns after a rookie season in which he finished with 59 and two. He has the type of instant separation that Randall Cobb used to provide the Packers.

Tom Silverstein and LeRoy Butler are fantastic as always in their weekly videos. This week they spend a majority of their time talking defense, and Butler has plenty of smart stuff to say about the state of disarray the team finds itself in.

5 Questions with LeRoy Butler, 11.15.16

Randall Cobb says the only way the Packers can get back to their winning ways is by sticking together.

From Cobb:

There are things outside of our room that try to separate us, that try to pull us away from each other, that try to break the bond that we have that was created throughout the season. But we must stick together. That’s the only thing that we can do that’s going to get us wins. The more we point fingers, the more that people start doubting us, the worse off we’re going to be. So we just have to stick together and not let the outside noise change what we believe.

Eric  Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty absolutely nail the biggest problem facing the Packers as currently constructed: A dearth of explosive playmakers.

As they write:

The Green Bay Packers have a dire lack of explosive talent and playmaking ability.

That reality has been glaring the last two weeks, never more so than Sunday in their 47-25 blowout loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Their play, no doubt, has been uninspired in their dispiriting losses to Indianapolis at home and then at Tennessee in back-to-back games against AFC South teams. But one of the reasons they’ve looked uninspired is that they don’t have the explosive talent to make the plays that turn games.

Elsewhere, it’s never good when the coach of your team makes an appearance on The Hot Seat Rankings.

The Seahawks released running back Christine Michael. Might the Packers make a move?

The Packers reportedly worked out a former Colts defensive back.

Are the Packers, as an organization, living in denial?

This project from Sports Illustrated, about what football means in America, is incredible and well worth your time.

Finally, if you haven’t watched Tony Romo’s news conference from Tuesday, do yourself the favor. It’s simply one of the most magnanimous, humbling and graceful moments in sports that I can remember.

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