Packers Morning Buzz: Bart Starr left out of top 10 on all-time list
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
With the Packers celebrating their 100th birthday Sunday, we put together our list of the 100 most outstanding players in their history ... in order.
As judged by our Pete Dougherty and Tom Silverstein, with input from former general manager Ron Wolf and team historian Cliff Christl, the top two players in Packers history were quarterbacks: Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
Bart Starr? The legendary leader who won five NFL championships failed to make the top 10, checking in at No. 11.
As Dougherty writes:
Starr surely was the ultimate field general (toughness, poise, play-calling acumen, passing accuracy) for a dynasty that won five titles in seven years. But he played for a peerless coach, was surrounded by a bounty of Hall of Fame talent on both sides of the ball and played in an era when the NFL was still a running league. He also had physical limitations in arm strength and as a scrambler. It’s worth remembering that long-forgotten quarterbacks Billy Wade and Frank Ryan won titles in the two years Starr didn’t from 1961-67.
You can read all about how we arrived at our top 100 list here:
Our placement of Starr generated some ... um ... debate:
And here's the entire top-100 list, which contains a few more surprises, particularly regarding Paul Hornung and Reggie White:
Dougherty relates the story of a top-5 all-time Packers player who's familiar to most modern fans only because there's a practice field named after him:
OK, getting back to the 2019 season, NFL.com's Adam Schein ranks the top nine NFL offenses, and for all the hand-wringing over how sloppy new coach Matt LaFleur's unit has looked in training camp, the Packers still are slotted in at No. 6.
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Aaron Rodgers is heathy, and that means the most talented quarterback in NFL history is ready to dominate. The Rodgers-Davante Adams connection is real and spectacular. And I get the sense that, under new head coach Matt LaFleur, Aaron Jones' backfield ability will finally be maximized. The dude has averaged a robust 5.5 yards per carry in each of his first two NFL seasons. Keep feeding him the rock!
Up front, David Bakhtiari remains criminally underrated -- he's one of the game's very best left tackles. And right tackle Bryan Bulaga's no slouch, either.
Did I mention Rodgers is healthy?
You can see Schein's entire list here:
In his Packers Camp Insider, Silverstein writes that cornerback Tony Brown is looking so good he could win a starting job:
At safety, Ibraheim Campbell could be back in the picture once he returns from an ACL injury:
Josh Jones looks in danger of not making the Packers' 53-man roster:
The improved play of some young Packers offensive linemen made Jason Spriggs expendable, write Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty:
Rob Reischel predicts who's going to win the Packers' top five position battles for ForbesSports:
Tom Oates writes about the risks of sitting Aaron Rodgers during exhibitions when the new offense is still a work in progress:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky is skeptical about whether either DeShone Kizer or Tim Boyle would be an adequate fill-in if Rodgers got injured:
Matt LaFleur effectively defused any controversy about his difference of opinion with Rodgers regarding the merits of joint practices:
But then, there was the fog horn controversy:
Last laugh enjoyed by Packers receiver Allen Lazard and left tackle David Bakhtiari:
Still pretty pricey for preseason:
Bad news for one NFC North rival, good news for another:
And finally ... Forbes ranks the value of the Packers franchise:
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