Packers Morning Buzz: Green Bay cracks top-10 list of NFL defenses

Stu Courtney
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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

We'll start with a stunning sight:'s Adam Schein ranks the league's top nine defenses, and when you scroll down to the bottom of the story, there sits Green Bay at No. 9. Yep, for the first time since the early years of Dom Capers' tenure, the Packers are being touted for their defense.

Schein writes of the Packers:

Last season, Mike Pettine replaced the long-tenured Dom Capers as coordinator and got the Packers' defense moving in the right direction, with Green Bay improving in yards (from 22nd to 18th) and points allowed (26th to 22nd). When Matt LaFleur took over as head coach this offseason, he could have wiped the slate clean. Instead, LaFleur decided to retain Pettine, a move that I loved. When LaFleur confirmed the news on "Schein on Sports" on SiriusXM Radio, it seemed like a no-brainer to allow the aggressive and smart DC to build continuity in Green Bay. LaFleur has plenty to worry about on offense; why upset the apple cart on defense when Pettine seems to have a good thing going?

And I was very impressed by GM Brian Gutekunst's work in overhauling Pettine's cast of characters. Yes, Clay Matthews is in Los Angeles, and Mike Daniels will be missed. But Gutekunst knocked it out of the park in the draft and free agency. The second-year GM came away from Round 1 with not one but two studs in edge rusher Rashan Gary, who made my list of the top non-QB prospects in the draft, and safety Darnell Savage, who became the latest high draft pick to join a secondary that already includes rising young talent Jaire Alexander at cornerback. And that was after Gutekunst made a series of calculated and savvy signings in free agency, boosting the defensive front with a pair of Smiths (Za'Darius and Preston) and pilfering safety Adrian Amos from the hated Bears. The Packers cannot afford to waste any of what remains of Aaron Rodgers' prime, and giving Pettine the tools he needs to keep the defense trending up was an exceedingly smart thing to do.

You can read the entire top-nine list here:

More good news for the Packers' defense: Oren Burks says he doesn't need surgery for his pectoral injury:

Undrafted rookie quarterback Manny Wilkins opened some eyes Tuesday at practice:

Another national writer does another well-written deep dive on the well-worn topic of Aaron Rodgers' relationship with Matt LaFleur:

Mays pens another piece for The Ringer about LaFleur and the other coaches who are part of the NFL's Post-McVay world:

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network also parachuted in Tuesday to deliver his report on the Rodgers-LaFleur dynamic:

New Packers fullback Tommy Bohanon arrives in style:

Afterward, Bohanon talked about his hectic day:

Former Packers running back Ty Montgomery sells his final Green Bay-area house:

ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes about Packers tight end Robert Tonyan's roommate experience with 49ers star George Kittle:

Jason Wilde writes about Packers defensive tackle Montravius Adams' progress:

Curtis Bolton's bid for a roster spot is detailed by Peter Bukowski for Acme Packing Co.:

Makinton Dorleant is a former Packers corner:

Who will be starting for the Giants when the Packers visit in December?

And finally .... the Packers had a mystery guest at practice Tuesday:

Contact Stu Courtney at (920) 431-8377 or Follow him on Twitter at @stucourt

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