Morning Buzz: Secondary concerns for Packers
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The Packers control their path into the postseason, but getting there and doing something once they do will be largely dependent on an enigmatic secondary. Ryan Wood lays it out.
An inconsistent secondary might be the one obstacle preventing the streaking Packers from being a sneaky Super Bowl contender.
When the Packers made their unexpected rise to a Super Bowl title as the sixth seed in 2010, their pass defense was tied for fourth in the NFL, allowing 194 yards per game. This season, the Packers' secondary is tied for 24th in the league, allowing 259 yards per game. It’s their lowest ranking since 2011, when the Packers' last-ranked pass defense became a major stumbling block in the playoffs.
The secondary was supposed to be a strength this season. Even now, talent isn’t the issue. They are more enigmatic than bad, a sign of their youth without Shields.
Ryan also has the latest on Clay Matthews, who told reporters he’s getting some more movement back in his injured shoulder.
You can hear from Matthews below:
James Starks remains in the concussion protocol after what sounds like a significant car crash.
Don’t miss this week’s installment of 5 Questions with LeRoy Butler and Tom Silverstein:
Tom leads his notebook with the fact that the Packers have given defensive lineman Brian Price a significant pay raise. Tom reports that Price had an offer to join the Indianapolis Colts’ 53 man roster.
People love helping out at Lambeau:
Elsewhere, Vikings receiver Charles Johnson has fond memories of his short time in Green Bay:
In what would be a major development for Sunday’s game, Vikings safety Harrison Smith is reportedly moving well on his injured ankle and has a chance to play against the Packers:
Jason Wilde writes that Clay Matthews may have a few more big plays in him:
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky writes that Damarious Randall’s benching in Chicago may not be permanent:
Over at the team’s official site, Cliff Christl tackles the question of the greatness of the 1962 Green Bay Packers.