Morning Buzz: Underappreciated greatness
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab an extra strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
Bob McGinn starts us off with an incredible column looking back at Green Bay’s ‘96 championship team.
That 1996 club was an opponent’s nightmare as well as a sportswriter’s dream. Not only were those Packers fully-dimensional on offense, defense and special teams, almost everyone in the organization was remarkably transparent in how they engaged their adoring fans.
And what an adoring fan base it was.
Few that were there ever will forget the estimated 150,000 fans that lined the streets of the NFL’s smallest city to actually touch the buses carrying their heroes back from New Orleans and the 35-21 victory over the New England Patriots in the 31st Super Bowl.
All the while a full house at Lambeau Field patiently waited for three hours in 20-degree weather for the celebration to begin.
Finally, they arrived. Brett Favre, the two-time NFL MVP. Desmond Howard, the Super Bowl MVP. Reggie White. Ron Wolf. Mike Holmgren. Bob Harlan. And all the rest.
“There was nothing like that parade,” Andy Reid, the tight ends coach, would say years later. “It was magic.”
Here’s a taste:
Q: The Packers will probably receive a fourth round compensatory pick for Casey Hayward in the upcoming draft. With compensatory picks now allowed to be traded, how do think that will play into how the Packers approach the draft this year? Seems o-line is a home run for the team in the 4th round (Bakhtiari, Lang, Tretter, Sitton) but whiff on everyone else except Daniels.
A: You just never know what Thompson is going to do. He has a lot of needs, which suggests he'll want as many picks as possible. His history is far more to trade back for extra picks than up for a targeted player. But he has moved up at times, like last year for Spriggs. My default is always to guess he'll sit and use his own picks, but you never know. If he really likes a guy, especially at a position of need, he very well might make the move up.
I went on Facebook Live yesterday afternoon for roughly 45 minutes to talk all things Packers with readers:
I also spoke with Pete about his interview with Mark Murphy:
Both Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre have been on television screens recently, for different reasons.
Elsewhere, Steve Mariucci is down in Houston for the Super Bowl telling stories from his days as a Packers assistant coach:
This is a great feature from Packers photographer Evan Siegle:
It’s been a week for reminiscing by Packers fans:
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was micd up for the Houston game this year:
Cory Jennerjohn thinks it’s time for Ted Thompson to “make a splash”
Stephen White, a former NFL defensive lineman, has one of the best Super Bowl breakdowns I’ve read this week:
Bill Barnwell has an excellent (and extensive) breakdown for ESPN as well:
It wouldn’t be Super Bowl week without Conan’s Clueless Gamer: