Welcome to your game-day Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
The Packers (3-4-1) host the Miami Dolphins (5-4) at 3:25 p.m. Sunday at Lambeau Field, where Green Bay is undefeated this season.
We'll start with Pete Dougherty's column on Packers coach Mike McCarthy being on the hot seat in large part because of the lack of buy-in from his quarterback.
This isn’t about whether Murphy should fire McCarthy after the season, or exactly what the team has to do for McCarthy to keep his job. It’s too early for that, regardless of what the fire-him crowd says. The point instead is to look at what Murphy and Gutekunst have to think about over the next two months as they decide whether McCarthy returns for a 14th season as Packers coach in 2019.
Their biggest concern has to be whether Rodgers fully buys into McCarthy’s offense after their 13 seasons working together, including 10 with Rodgers as starter.
Creative conflict can be good, as McCarthy has said over the years. But something is off between them, and it isn’t sparking creativity. The Packers rank No. 19 in scoring, and while Rodgers’ knee has been a factor, it’s not the only reason the Packers’ offense has been ho-hum through eight games.
Rodgers’ deportment and veiled comments tell us that McCarthy’s scheme and approach don’t excite him anymore. It’s no coincidence that his complaints about the game plan after a win over Buffalo six weeks ago came three short days after Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams put up 38 points on Minnesota on national TV.
The coach-quarterback partnership is the most important relationship in the building. If that doesn’t start to click, this team is going nowhere.
You can read Pete's whole column here:
Tom Silverstein writes about how the Packers' matchup-based offense differs from scheme-based offenses in the ways it tries to get weapons like receiver Davante Adams open:
Here's an interesting look via video chalkboard at one aspect of Packers' offense:
Silverstein and Jim Owczarski preview the Dolphins game on their podcast:
Five things to watch for in the Packers-Dolphins matchup from Silverstein, plus our experts' predictions:
Ryan Wood looks at why the sack totals are down for Clay Matthews and Nick Perry:
Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler joins Silverstein to examine a missed opportunity against the Patriots:
Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and his assistants see the potential for more production out of tight end Jimmy Graham:
Andy Benoit of The MMQB writes about how the Packers' defense will try to rattle Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes about the Packers needing to hit the reset button:
Rodgers remains the master of avoiding interceptions:
Rodgers is investing in player-safety technology:
CheeseHead TV looks at key matchups in the Packers-Dolphins game:
Jermaine Whitehead's ejection was costly for the former Packers safety in more ways than one:
Over at the Packers Wire, Zach Kruse explains why better things can be expected from Rodgers in the final eight games:
And finally, Colleen Wolfe of the NFL Network does her best to make a case for the Packers winning the NFC North: