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A Podcast for fans of the Green Bay Packers
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The Bears had quite a hyped-up offseason and managed to only put up 3 points(!) against what, at first glance, appears to be an actual, competent NFL defense by the Packers!Jeremy had a great recap HERE.The Packers' offense on the other hand, needs A LOT of work - their first three drives netted a grand total of NEGATIVE 17 yards or something.Let's face it - this game (for the offense) was basically the 5th pre-season game.Aaron Rodgers looked pretty darn average for most of the game, his mechanics and footwork are still really suspect for whatever reason...The collective offensive line, save for Brian Bulaga, had a rough night against the formidable Bears defensive front.  Some of this is to be expected, but Layne Taylor got lit up all night and even David Bhaktiari gave up a few pressures.Aaron Jones was kept in check all night - he ran for maybe 30 yards the whole gameDavante Adams was, at times, TRIPLE COVERED by the Bears.  Somebody else has got to get open outside of Adams - it didn't happen last night.  They have a huge drop off in talent & speed at WR after Adams...that could be a problem as the season rolls on.Back to the defense:Zadarius Smith was an absolute beast - early returns are very positive.The safety play might have been the best it has been since the days of Nick Collins.  Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage were everywhere and playing really fast.Kenny Clark is going to get PAAAAAAAIIIIIIIDDDDD and very soon - he made one play where he was in the backfield tackling the RB as the snap happened(!)Blake Martinez had a really good game too.Special teams:JK Scott might have been the highlight of the game, which isn't good on one level since he's your punter but he was money - booming punts all over the place and switching field position with relative ease for the Packers' defenseCrosby made a field goal!Other stuff:Mitch Trubisky stinks - he can't throw to his left to save his life and his overall accuracy is extremely suspectWhy oh why does Aaron Rodgers continue to run the play clock to zero before he snaps the ball - it's killing the rhythm of the offense and gives an unnecessary advantage to defenses...League stuff:Antonio Brown basically worked his way from the Steelers to the Patriots sort of like Brett Favre worked his way to the Vikings in 2009.  It is absolutely sinful that the Patriots continue to get great (albeit head case) players from other teams who make stupid PP decisions...it has to stop at some point.  Inept teams and owners continue to basically enable the Patriots.Speaking of the patriots - they are absolutely loaded AGAIN this year and crushed the steelers 33-3 last night on SNF.  That team is playing Chess while everyone else in the league is playing checkers.The Dolphins are terrible.  They got beat 59-10 yesterday and apparently, half the players have requested that their agents seek trades to other teams 😂The Vikings looked pretty good the other day - their running game is really, really good - should be a good test for the Packers and the new look defense.
It's Bears Week!The roster is basically set going into the first game - thoughts on the final cutdown, waiver wire pick-ups, etc?Deshone Kizer was cut in favor of Tim Boyle - they are only carrying 2 QBs into the seasonDarrius Shepherd made the roster over Allen LazardPackers traded for ILB Darrius Shepherd from the Giants!Sam Ficken got cut so the Packers are going with Mason Crosby at KickerJ'mon Moore (WR) a 2nd-year draft pick got cutRookie TE Jace Sternberger was placed on IR todayMatt Lefleur is getting tired of the media narrative about giving Rodgers the ability to audible at the line in the new offensive system.  He had a little "dust-up" with the local beat reporter crew today.Vegas odds are being pretty generous to the Packers (probably due to Aaron Rodgers), but the Bears are picked to win this game
#53 Wonky in Winnipeg

#53 Wonky in Winnipeg

2019-08-2900:57:58

• 3rd pre-season game is in the books!  - Packers lost to the raiders, but who cares…  - that game should never have been played and was a disaster  - The field had issues with turf coming up in the end zones only hours before the game  - not a good look for the NFL  - Andy watched the game (believe it or not) he actually watched the whole thing too!  - There were a fair amount of injuries in the game    + ESB suffered a severe ankle injury and will be out 4-6 weeks    + Rashan Gary suffered what looked like a neck stinger or something to that effect he has had a VERY nondescript pre season thus far    Jeremy's blog post about Gary: https://www.absolutepacker.com/blog/rashan-gary-experiment-olb-needs-end    Andy's wrote a blog post about the field conditions: https://www.absolutepacker.com/blog/lets-cut-crap-shall-we• Josh Jones was released the other day  - This wasnʼt all that surprising but itʼs still very disappointing  - he was a 2nd round pick just like Jayson Spriggs  - While very athletic, he was a tweaner at his position (ILB or Safety) and it became obvious that Pettine/Lefleur didnʼt trust him in the defense• Dexter Williams, 6th round pick, looks very good except he canʼt catch the ball  - something Lefleur REALLY wants in his RBs.  - Tra Carson is ahead of Williams on the depth chart as the 3rd RB  - not good for Williams at the moment • Tim Boyle  - he played half way decent in the raiders game  - not sure what that means though • Kizer  - Had one great throw where he led a receiver really well  - other than that he was his usual inconsistent self • WR discussion  - Trevor Davis is having a really nice camp    + He played well and had two great catches in the Raiders preseason game    + He looks great as a returner too  - Jake Kumerow is an enigma    + heʼs savvy and gets open    + if he is anything more than your No. 3 WR that doesnʼt say much  - Darrius Shepherd should make the roster    + Heʼs not the fastest but he is very smooth    + I would take him over J'Mon Moore (Andy)• ILB is a serious concern - lather, rinse & repeat  - Blake Martinez is their best player, but heʼs still average  - Injuries have left a huge dearth of talent at the opposite ILB spot• BONUS!!!  - https://www.absolutepacker.com/andy-hetzel-wallpaper/open-season  - full, complete hi-res Packer Photoshop image for the opening game against the Bears!
First pre-season game is in the books!Packers won 28-26 but what does that really mean lolI (Andy) didnʼt even watch the game - had other commitmentsOren Burks has a torn pectoral muscle and will likely be lost for the season(!)No other significant injuries to speak ofJason Spriggs got cut - he was a HUGE bust of a pickThis wasnʼt all that surprising but itʼs still very disappointingHe really seemed like a canʼt miss type of draft pick - it just goes to show how fickle the NFL draft really is.Both starting RBs are hurt, although Aaron Jones returned to practice todayDexter Williams, 6th round pick, looks very good except he canʼt catch the ball - something Lefleur REALLY wants in his RBs.The most impressive player during all of training camp so far is probably Danny Vitale - the fullback lol Aaron Rodgers isnʼt a fan of joint practices & Trevor Davis got injured on a live kick-off return drill during one these joint practicesThere seems to be this goofy narrative that LeFleur & Aaron Rodgers are feuding lolApparently the Packers were in the running to trade for the Ravenʼs kicker
#51 Oh, Hi, Zoë!

#51 Oh, Hi, Zoë!

2019-07-2301:03:50

Packers released their financials the other day, highlights include: Profit from operations fell from $34 million a year ago to just $724,000 for the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2019, a decline of 98%. While revenues increased a healthy $23 million (5%), expenses grew at a substantially greater rate. An increase of more than $56 million in expenses (13%) was due mainly to three factors – significant player contracts, the overhaul of the coaching staff, and the teamʼs obligations to the concussion liability reserve, which funds the legal settlement being drawn upon by former players. Total revenues reached $477.9 million, with total expenses at $477.2 million.Davante Adams - is he a true, elite WR or did Rodgers make him?Lots of talk about the Packers having the best pass-blocking Offensive line in the league, with DBhak being the best LT in the league…thoughts?Fascinating article by Greg Bedard about the Patriots not asking a lot of their rookies in the BB era: https://www.bostonsportsjournal.com/2019/07/02/patriotsrookie-development-plan-first-round-pick-nkeal-harry-wr/ “Patriots draft picks, even if they're taken in the first round, are not relied upon to start a season unless it's complete desperation at their position. This is very much by design. "Good teams can take players in Round 1 and develop them. The bad teams have to rely on them," said a team source.The looming CBA…might be time to discuss in general.
#50 Half a Century!

#50 Half a Century!

2019-07-0200:46:19

Quick recap of our own busy schedules (Just to let everyone know why the long delay?)It is the offseason, so it shouldnʼt be that big a deal - but nonetheless…Aaron Rodgers/Matt Lefleur issue with audibles - much ado about nothing or something to worry about(?) https://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2019/06/18/audible-rumblings-over-aaron-rodgers-take-mattlafleurs-offense/1461029001/Lefleur apparently really wants to run the ball, which is fine, but…Will Aaron Rodgers allow that to happen?Can Aaron Jones stay healthy as an every down back?Brett Favre got his instagram hacked - apparently he teased that he was coming back to the NFL…Brett Favre / Aaron Rodgers appear to be besties now - they played a golf tournament together and were seen chumming and laughing it up…my how things have changed.Overview of proposed APP sponsorship tiers
#49 Bart Starr 1934-2019

#49 Bart Starr 1934-2019

2019-05-2801:17:17

APP #49  •   Ted Thompson revealed that he is suffering from autonomic disorder  •   Josh Jones request for a trade  •   Kevin King finally healthy and practicing at first OTA practice  •   Are the packers angling to host an upcoming NFL draft in 2022, 2024 or      after that.  •   Packers third pre-season game will be in…Winnepeg?  •   Aaron Rodgers cameo as an extra in Game of Thrones  •   David Bakhtiari pounding beers at bucks games went viral          o Speaking of the Bucks, they went out with a huge dud in the             ECF…Wisconsin sports are gut wrenching.  •   Bart Starr passed away at age 85 – open discussion along with a review of      his career during the Lombardi era          o Apparently Bart Starr was hazed like crazy when he was at University             of Alabama
5th year option pickup for ClarkEstimated around $8 millionDraft is complete 8 new players#12 Rashan Gary DL/OLB#21 Darnell Savage Jr Safety#44 Elgton Jenkins OL#75 Jace Sternberger TE#150 Kingsley Keke DL#185 Ka'Dar Hollman CB#194 Dexter Williams RB#226 Ty Summers LBClark younger than Hollman/Jenkins!!!!Rookie minicamp completed todayOTA's May 20-21, 23, May 28-29May 31, June 3-6 (voluntary)Mandatory minicamp June 11-13Ted Thompson Hall of FameTyreek Hill situation?Bears floundering through kickersMost improved NFC North team?Other thoughts/topics/ideas?
#47 Video Finally!

#47 Video Finally!

2019-04-2101:11:23

M.A.T. (Tyler Dunne article) ● LaFleur responds "I don't really care what happened. All I care about is how we move forward as a football team." ● Rodgers responds "smear attack." ● Murphy responds "completely false ● The whole saga MOVE ON MOVE FORWARD ● Cole Madison reports ● What will the offense look like under LaFleur? ● What is a zone blocking scheme? ● Both 1st rd picks must be impact players. Not just "players" ● Voicemail  ● Forrest Gregg passed away at 85 ● Blogs are coming hot n heavy!
Show roll call ● Show outlook for 2019 ● We welcome calls/emails ● Phone: 508-535-5468 ● Email: fans@absolutepacker.com ● Jordy Nelson retires from NFL ● Draft April 25-27 ● 2019 schedule released week before draft ● Fan feedback-do you like new video (Skype) or prefer audio shows?
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