Packers Morning Buzz: Can Aaron Rodgers be great again?

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 our Ryan Wood examining 10 questions about the 2019 season, and the first question dovetails neatly with the last. The first question: Can Aaron Rodgers be great again?

Wood writes:

It’s hard saying a quarterback season of 25 touchdown passes and two interceptions was less than great, but certainly Aaron Rodgers’ play in 2018 was not his best. Turning 36 years old in December, can Rodgers return to the heights of his ability? Much of the answer depends on how well he meshes with the offense, but with quarterbacks playing better late in their career than ever, age shouldn’t be prohibitive. If there’s any correlation, Drew Brees had a 101 passer rating in his age-36 season. Tom Brady, who just turned 42, had three straight seasons with a passer rating above 100 before last year, when it only dipped to 97.7.

The 10th and final question: Are the Packers title contenders?

Much is expected of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Wood writes:

They’re in a potentially loaded division, and though the schedule shouldn’t be as difficult as last year, six of their final nine games are on the road. They also don’t get the benefit of doubt anymore, not with a first-time head coach after consecutive losing seasons. But, the Packers still have Aaron Rodgers. Most teams in the NFL wish they could say the same. In all likelihood, this team will go as far as the quarterback carries it.

You can read the entire story here:

It was a busy Sunday for Packers personnel moves, with safety Josh Jones' departure creating opportunity:

Fancy footwork is required of wide receivers in bunch formations in the new Packers offense:

New Packers inside linebacker Nicholas Grigsby just might find a role on special teams:

A significant injury setback for Packers receiver Equanimeous St. Brown:

NBC is having some fun with its buildup to the Packers-Bears season opener:

Jason Wilde looks at Brian Gutekunst's process for trimming the roster down to the final 53:

A good reason to sit your starters in the preseason:

The Lions also paid a high price for playing their starters:

Packers receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling on Colts fans' reaction to Andrew Luck's retirement:

Former fullback John Kuhn puts Luck's retirement into a Packers perspective:

Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler returns for another season of analysis with Tom Silverstein, and they have plenty to discuss:

Conor Orr of The MMQB with common-sense observations about the Packers-Raiders field fiasco:

How on earth do you not anticipate problems when you unearth a CFL goal post to fit the dimensions of an NFL field? Ultimately the game was played on an 80-yard field featuring no kickoffs. This was just a ridiculous outing in general for the NFL; an understandable cash grab that resulted in a Nate Peterman-Tim Boyle showdown that isn’t bringing any new fans into the fold.

But Orr came away impressed with Packers rookie Rashan Gary:

One thing that I did stay tuned for (a situation that, unfortunately, ended with Rashan Gary being carted off with a head/neck injury… he says he’s fine, by the way): Gary may need some time to develop a deeper rolodex of pass rushing moves, but he’s going to be the perfect fit in Mike Pettine’s defense. Gary is a load to stop off the edge and will probably shine more against the run this season. That being said, I’m kicking myself for overlooking just how natural he looks in this simulated pressure scheme. And he is athletic enough to make that quick sprint from the edge to the middle of a defense and play some zone.

You can read the entire story here:

Winnipeg's NFL experience was a fiasco in every way:

This in-depth piece by The MMQB's Greg Bishop examines how the Sean McVay coaching tree actually had its roots under Mike Shanahan in Washington. Packers coach Matt LaFleur was among the young innovators on Shanahan's staff.

Regarding LaFleur, Bishop writes:

Matt LaFleur, then 30, came with Kyle from Houston to become the Redskins’ quarterback coach. He was more thorough, detailed and exacting than any of the assistants, able to find mistakes on even the most explosive plays. 

You can read the entire story here:

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