Packers Morning Buzz: What must Green Bay's next coach bring to the table?
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
The Packers were eliminated from playoff contention in a 24-17 loss at Chicago, which clinched the NFC North title for the Bears.
We'll start with Tom Silverstein's column on just how far quarterback Aaron Rodgers has fallen and what he's going to need from a new head coach:
It’s looking more and more like president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst are going to have to hire an offensive coach. They’re going to need somebody who can both coach Rodgers and tell it to him straight, someone who isn’t afraid to be critical of him in meetings or in public.
The degree to which Rodgers’ invincibility has shrunk this season has to make any coaching candidate cringe when thinking about taking this job. Maybe a change of scheme will help, along with a veteran wideout or two, but there are great quarterbacks who have won with ordinary receivers (see Brady, Wilson, Philip Rivers).
Rodgers’ injured left knee could have played a part in some of his misses, but over and over again, we’ve heard from coaches and Rodgers alike that his mechanics are fine and his injury isn’t bothering him that much anymore.
Every week, Rodgers seemed to miss open receivers or make inaccurate throws that were almost always completions in the past. And it was not just a matter of missing them, it was a matter of missing them when the team needed them the most.
You can read the entire column here:
Pete Dougherty writes about the outlook for Rodgers and interim coach Joe Philbin and what must be done with an eye toward 2019:
Tom and Pete joined Olivia Reiner to analyze Sunday's result and what it likely means for Philbin:
The Bears are shaping up to be an NFC North powerhouse for years to come:
The Packers tried to make Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky play a certain way Sunday, but he was content to take what they gave him:
Rodgers, who finally was intercepted Sunday on a deflected pass, is ready to start a new streak:
The Packers got impressive play from rookie defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster:
Aaron Jones' promising 2017 season could be over:
Jones felt bad for his teammates that he couldn't play after suffering a knee injury:
Rodgers finds himself relating more and more to predecessor Brett Favre:
Just to be clear .... this is not good:
Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack sacked Rodgers with his back:
Montravius Adams, who had his moments Sunday, will join safety Josh Jones on Monday night's edition of "Clubhouse Live":
The Bears have turned things around quickly under coach Matt Nagy:
Could Rodgers' numbers be slipping a bit in comparison to other all-time greats?
Wut? The Arizona Cardinals team that beat the Packers got blown out by the Atlanta Falcons, who were blown out last week by the Packers:
And finally .... safe to say it was a good day for Bears left tackles Charles Leno: