Morning Buzz: Packers' 2017 season was ugly throughout
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We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s look at Jerry Kramer’s day leading up to the fateful knock on his door on Saturday night.
One of the reasons known publicly for years for why Kramer was voted down his previous 10 times as a finalist was that some AFL voters in the ‘70s and ‘80s thought there were too many players already in the Hall from the ‘60s Packers. They’d had enough.
Forty-seven of the 48 voters attended Saturday, so up to nine no votes and he’d be enshrined, but 10 and he was out. Who knows how close Kramer came on several of his 10 previous attempts? One influential voter arguing hard against him could have been just enough to keep Kramer a vote or two shy in the past.
As voters, we’re not allowed to share specifics of the discussions, but it’s clear the too-many-‘60s-Packers argument didn’t resonate with a new committee 30 years later. (There were 11 ‘60s Packers players plus Lombardi in the Hall going into Saturday).
The other well-known objection was that in an interview in 2012 Bart Starr named tackle Bob Skoronski, not Kramer, as his former teammate not in the Hall who should be. That obviously didn’t resonate with voters either.
The feeling in the room for Kramer, from what I could tell, was good. All I contributed were two Lombardi quotes that friends and colleagues helped dig up.
Tom Silverstein takes a statistical look at the 2017 season:
Ryan Wood looks at the Packers’ Super Bowl odds for next season:
The Packers announced the spots they’ll be hitting on their annual tailgate tour:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky looks at some decisions that need to be made on high-priced veterans:
Lombardi Ave is stumping for Malcolm Butler in Green and Gold:
Jerry Kramer got fitted for his gold jacket Monday:
Corry Jennerjohn writes on the importance of backup quarterbacks:
Peter Bukowski put the Rodgers vs. Brady argument in perspective:
The Packers Wire expects Mike Pettine to be aggressive:
The owner of the Baltimore Ravens thinks the Packers' GM job is the best in the NFL:
Mike Daniels was asked to dish on Aaron Rodgers: