Morning Buzz: Different teams set to face off
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 a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
The Packers and the Giants have both come a long way since their showdown back in October. Ryan Wood details the differences in both teams.
Eddie Lacy, now on injured reserve, was the Green Bay Packers' leading rusher. Ty Montgomery was a backup wide receiver. Jared Cook was inactive.
The New York Giants were floundering at 2-2, on their way to 2-3. Running back Paul Perkins was just a rookie trying to make his way on special teams. Cornerback Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie was in and out of the lineup because of a groin injury, and a hamstring injury forced first-round corner Eli Apple to exit after just seven snaps.
Technically, Sunday’s wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field is a rematch of the Packers' 23-16 win against the Giants on Oct. 9. For as many changes as both teams have seen since their Week 5 game, it’s a rematch in name only.
These are two different teams.
Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf is set to interview with the San Francisco 49ers today for their general manager opening. Pete Dougherty has the latest on the Packers' end of things, including this eye-opening tidbit:
This week I learned from one NFL source that at least a couple of members of the Packers’ executive committee are concerned about losing Wolf and want him promoted to GM this offseason. In that scenario, Thompson would become an area scout or take an advisory role. Thompson is under contract through the 2018 season.
But if Murphy’s administration is like predecessor Bob Harlan’s, he goes to the executive committee when he’s ready to make that kind of move, not the other way around. So we'll see if Murphy agrees.
Michael Cohen and Ryan Wood lead their notebook with the possibility of Mike Pennel being active for Sunday’s game after completion of his four game suspension.
Guess what? It’s going to be cold on Sunday. Rich Ryman has the goods.
The Packers promoted converted wide receiver Herb Waters from the practice squad to the 53 man roster Wednesday. The team switched him to cornerback back in September. Cohen has the latest on that move and the many moving parts in the Packers secondary.
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live for about a half hour Wednesday, covering all things Packers. You can catch a replay below:
Elsewhere, Paul Noonan has a very good game preview up over at his site detailing why the Giants will be such a tough out for the Packers.
Former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz has a great, detailed look at the Packers' running game for SB Nation:
Chris Simms apologized to Mike McCarthy for saying he should be fired earlier this year:
Art Stapleton looks at the bond in the Giants' secondary:
The Giants' run game really has improved over the last half of the season:
The Packers announced their playoff captains Wednesday:
Charles Tillman made a light-hearted bid to join the Packers on Wednesday:
Speaking of Tillman, he thinks no team should want to face Aaron Rodgers in the playoffs:
As usual, Ben Fennell has some great play breakdowns up on his Twitter feed: