Packers Morning Buzz: Getting 'comfortable with the uncomfortable'
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with Tom Silverstein's column on how it's essential that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers buys into Matt LaFleur's offense, and that the new Packers coach makes it clear who's boss.
LaFleur said Wednesday during a luncheon meeting with a group of Packers beat writers at the NFL scouting combine that change is on the horizon.
“One of the messages that I’ll have for our players is, ‘Guys, in order to grow, you have to get comfortable with the uncomfortable,’” LaFleur said. “There’s going to be some stuff that we ask you to do that’s not going to be comfortable right off the bat.’
“We’ve got to attack it with an open mind and try it. I think that goes for coaches, players, everything.”
If there was anything worrisome about LaFleur’s approach as the discussion turned to Rodgers, it was that he considers his relationship with the 35-year-old as a partnership. He doesn’t want Rodgers to think of it as LaFleur’s offense but rather as “their” offense.
Maybe it will be “their” offense a year or two from now, but it really is LaFleur’s offense and that should be made clear to everyone in Year One. Rodgers should feel as uncomfortable as anyone on the team.
You can read Tom's entire column here:
Jim Owczarski looks at what LaFleur knows about his Packers offense, and what he still needs:
In his Packers notebook, Jim reports that Gutekunst seemed to indicate that Jimmy Graham will return for a second season in Green Bay, while providing no updates on Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews or Nick Perry:
Gutekunst and LaFleur talk about their approach to the combine interview process:
Our PackersNews crew wraps up a busy day for Green Bay at the combine:
LaFleur is preaching the gospel of the ground game:
LaFleur (who was Tennessee's offensive coordinator last season) knows firsthand what a dominant running back can do:
Gutekunst talked more about free agency on Ian Rapoport's podcast:
Former Packers guard T.J. Lang faces an uncertain future in Detroit:
The Vikings are committing to coach Mike Zimmer for another year:
Tevin Coleman and LaFleur were together in Atlanta in 2015 and '16 when the new Packers coach was the Falcons quarterbacks coach:
CheeseheadTV pinpoints the three positions the Packers should prioritize in free agency:
Another day, another mock draft: Some familiar names for Packers at No. 12 and No. 30: