Morning Buzz: Tough decisions in tough times
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab some leftovers and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
Tom Silverstein starts us off with a deep dive on the tough decisions Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy faces this offseason when it comes to Ted Thompson and Eliot Wolf.
This extended period of mediocrity and the embarrassing performances during a four-game losing streak have brought to light the weakness of the roster, the questionable distribution of players by position and the lack of veteran leadership.
Murphy, and the executive committee he serves, are at a crossroads. They have invested millions of dollars in the development of their so-called “Titletown District” and it would be disastrous for them if the team suddenly slid into a 1980s-style funk.
Bob McGinn canvassed a number of beat writers and scribes who cover the league to get their take on this season’s most disappointing NFL teams. As you might imagine, the Packers came up quite a bit.
When it comes to disappointing seasons, only one team has a stronger resume than the Green Bay Packers.
The Carolina Panthers, who went 15-1 in the regular season before losing to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl last year, have been even more of a disappointment than the Packers.
At least that was the result of the poll that I conducted Wednesday of NFL sportswriters. One beat writer was selected from each of the eight divisions along with four writers that cover the league as a whole.
Randall Cobb tells our Brett Christopherson that he knows the Packers are running out of time.
Rich Ryman writes that the Wisconsin-LSU game, held at Lambeau Field earlier this year, is well timed.
Here’s the latest Packers injury report:
Really good stuff here on the various issues plaguing the Packers:
Aaron Rodgers’ deep ball has pretty much disappeared.
This week’s Packers opponent has played much better at home than on the road:
The NFL produced an interesting feature on the Eagles’ defensive line.
Interesting stuff comparing Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz:
Over at the team’s official site, Cliff Christl has a must-read story about Rigney Dwyer, who started at left end in eight of 11 games in the Packers’ maiden season of 1919.
In case you were worried, Jared Cook didn’t let this summer’s incident at Buffalo Wild Wings put him off his Thanksgiving turkey.