It’s been eerily quiet at 1265 Lombardi Ave the last two weeks. Not that there’s ever a hoard of news coming from the Green Bay Packers during the first few weeks of free agency, but with some seemingly big holes on the defense at CB and ILB, one might have expected a minor signing at least. perhaps a B-C grade player to help fill out the depth chart at those positions. Not.
Of course, this should come as no surprise to anyone, as the Packers are perhaps the ultimate draft and develop team in the NFL, and have shown year after year their willingness to go with very young rosters, and have had great success doing so.
Can anyone really argue with their methods after six straight playoff appearances? Well of course they can. For some, playoff appearances don’t mean anything unless there are Super Bowl wins involved and one isn’t enough. The battle cry is “you’re wasting Rodgers’ prime years!” To which I say, hogwash!
Being in contention for the playoffs year after year is an extremely difficult thing to do in the NFL, where change is more and more abundant every year. This year was downright insanity with the return of NFL player trades in a big way, in addition to major names changing teams in free agency.
To have the Packers in a position every year to make a Super Bowl run is an accomplishment that too many take for granted. That doesn’t mean I agree with everything the Packers do or will ever hesitate to be critical when I think it’s warranted, but those issues are at the micro level. On the macro level, I can’t help but be impressed and grateful of the “Packers’ Way.”
Packers News, Notes and Links
- From the “some people need to get a life” department, Aaron Rodgers actually was taking flak from some sectors for cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA tournament. Rodgers lashed back via twitter.
- Now that he’s free of playcalling duties, as promised, Mike McCarthy is spending more time on defense and special teams. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gives us McCarthy’s thoughts on who needs to step up, Matthews at ILB, Julius Peppers and more…
- Speaking of play calling, Silverstein brings us another piece on how Mike McCarthy’s decision is merely following a trend in the NFL of giving veteran QB’s more control at the line of scrimmage.
- The Packers will be rolling out new throwback uniforms this year, so get those credit cards ready to buy more “merch.”
- Here’s a nice summary of the Packers 2015 free agents status from Tex Western over at Acme Packing Company.
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Non Packers links and other Nonsense
- If you’ve never seen this, you must watch. Led Zeppelin, being honored at the Kennedy Center, watch with delight and amazement as Heart (with Jason Bonham on drums) does a killer rendition of Stairway to Heaven. The looks on the faces of Plant, Page and Jones says it all.
- Sticking to that topic, here’s Jimmy Page talking about the writing of Stairway to Heaven.
- As if Russian hackers are not irritating enough, it seems they also are in the business of professional “trolling.”
- If you’re a fan of chocolate and a fan of wine, this one is for you:
- Almost had your March Madness bracket blown up by Notre Dame? Here’s a recap of how Kentucky pulled out the win.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.