Former Packers and 49ers recall the NFC wild-card game of the 1998 season, which was made famous for "The Catch II". Olivia Reiner, PackersNews
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President/CEO Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst met Friday with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Patriots defensive play caller Brian Flores about their coaching vacancy. On Saturday they huddled with New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and tight ends coach Dan Campbell, as well as former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
On Sunday, they interviewed Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur and former Dolphins coach Adam Gase. It's unclear whether they spoke with Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who was reported to be high on the Denver Broncos' list.
We'll start with the Wall Street Journal writing about how Brett Favre's unorthodox style has become the model for many successful young quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs.
The WSJ writes:
As the NFL playoffs begin this weekend, Mahomes headlines a new generation of passer. Six of the quarterbacks in the playoffs are 25 and under—and what unites these emerging stars is how they play nothing like their older counterparts in the playoffs, but like an even older quarterback they grew up idolizing. They play like Brett Favre.
Deshaun Watson, the Texans quarterback, wears No. 4 because of Favre. Dak Prescott, of the Dallas Cowboys, cites Favre as an inspiration. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky played so much like Favre in high school that his coaches called him Favre. Trubisky liked the nickname so much that he put Favre’s name on the license plate of his green Buick LeSabre.
What makes this a monumental shift is that, for the last two decades, a very different Hall of Fame quarterback has been the model for NFL postseason success. Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers have ruled the league by imitating the precision passing of their own childhood hero: Joe Montana, the archetypal pocket passer—and Favre’s polar opposite.
You can read the entire story here:
Tom Silverstein has all the latest on the coaching search and why McDaniels and Gase look like the safest choices:
Pete Dougherty writes about the appeal of hiring a quarterback whisperer such as Gase or LaFleur:
Monken is another offense-oriented coach:
Jason Wilde of the Madison State Journal writes about how the new coach must fix Aaron Rodgers:
In New York, Mike McCarthy is seen as a coveted candidate for the Jets job:
The MMQB writers weigh in on which NFL coaching vacancy they would prefer:
Twenty years ago this weekend, a Packers era of success ended. A deep dive from Jim Owczarski:
Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari finally getting overdue recognition:
The fact that so many teams with high-priced quarterbacks missed the playoffs underscores the importance of drafting well, writes Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal:
What does it say about the Packers' defense when undrafted lineman Tyler Lancaster is your second-highest-ranking player for 2018, per Pro Football Focus:
And finally ... there are no words: