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Green Bay Packers defensive starting lineup for week one

Since winning Super Bowl XLV four years ago, the Green Bay Packers have struggled to field a defense that could equal what the Super Bowl winning squad did, which was keep pace with the lethal Aaron Rodgers-led offense. General Manager Ted Thompson began the defensive overhaul after the 2011 season that saw a 15-1 season foiled by a brutal defense. Thompson’s master plan is almost...
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4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Packers Xs and Os: Sean Richardson as a Substitution Package Linebacker

When Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson matched the Oakland Raiders’ 1 year/$2.55 million offer to restricted free agent safety Sean Richardson, speculation as to why ran rampant. With Morgan Burnett, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and Micah Hyde being the first three safeties on the roster, the contract seemed expensive for a backup. This was even before Thompson drafted Damarious...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Catch-22 of A Superstar Quarterback

The Holy Grail for any GM and front office is to find the “mythical” franchise quarterback.  Whether it’s by draft or trade, finding a quarterback that can be the face of a franchise is the top priority of every team save the ones that already have one, and there aren’t many out there that can say they have one.  A GM can essentially make a name for himself just by finding...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers Add Another Undrafted Athletic Star

Earlier this week, the Green Bay Packers added another undrafted free agent to add to their roster just ahead of May organized team activities.  Cornerback Travis Manning of Northwest Missouri State, a Division II school, is the latest of a long line of undrafted rookies to join the Packers.  The narrative is old by now as far as the Packers are concerned.  Every season there...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers 2015 Draft Analysis: Ted Thompson Hits Another Home Run

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson is pretty good at this whole drafting thing. In fact, he might be the best in the business when it comes to procuring talent from the annual NFL selection meeting (aka the NFL Draft). And despite some criticism about the Packers 2015 class, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Green Bay’s incoming rookies and there are more...
Via The Packers Guru
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Notebook: The Price Is Usually Right

General manager Ted Thompson’s uncanny ability to place a proper monetary value on a player is why Green Bay’s salary cap is in such terrific shape. In fact, you can make a strong argument that corner Sam Shields is the only vastly overpaid player on the roster. At $9.7 million a year, Shields is behind only Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson when it...
Via Packers Notes
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Hard Knocks and the Green Bay Packers

So here we are in mid-May and another Green Bay Packers offseason so why not do one of those “made for the offseason” posts?  After all, not much is happening in the NFL unless you care about the air pressure in footballs or the fact that extra point tries will now take place from the 15-yard line. As we draw nearer to this year’s training camps, one of the questions on the...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers Xs and Os: The Randall and Rollins “Mirror” Defense

When Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson selected defensive backs Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins with his first two picks in the 2015 draft, fans began to immediately wonder if they were safeties or cornerbacks. Discussions quickly popped up that they would play cornerback. Then slot cornerback. Then back to safety. Then as hybrid cover players. And so on. So, which...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers Positional Spending

During a time when there is not much Green Bay Packers news to write about I thought it would be interesting to break down the team’s salary cap. Here’s what the Packers will be spending by position this season in comparison to the rest of the NFL. Quarterback: $20.38 million (5th) Running Back: $3.2 million (31st) Wide Receiver: $12.79 million (21st) Tight End: $3.37 million...
Via Packers Talk Radio Network
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Study: Packers offer UDFAs the best chance to play in NFL

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson had some research done regarding undrafted free agents and the opportunities they have with his club, according to Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin. The in-house study found that no NFL team fields UDFAs quite like the Packers.According to Wilde's report on the findings, Green Bay's UDFAs have played 77,079 snaps since 2005. That figure...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ted Thompson and the “Moneyball” Approach to Roster Management

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has told reporters that he doesn’t play moneyball when building and turning over his roster. Translation: Ted Thompson most definitely plays moneyball. We all know it because he’s not afraid to let players walk away if the contracts don’t add up to his perceived value to the team. He’d rather replace that production with younger...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Ted Thompson Devalues Inside Linebackers

As Ron Wolf might say, Ted Thompson has never had an inside linebacker as “the girl with the curl”.  Personally, I would have liked to see the Packers select Eric Kendricks with their first round pick a couple weeks ago. Outside of that, I wouldn’t have minded seeing them pick Denzel Perryman or Stephone Anthony. Of course, my BPU must have been very different from general...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Does Ted Thompson Have May 12 Circled on His Calendar?

     What’s the Big Deal about May 12?    In the NFL business year, May 12, 2015 begins a new dynamic to consider for clubs that might sign unrestricted free agents from another team. Teams such as the Packers that are averse to signing free agents because they would affect their compensatory picks in the 2016 draft will now view those players in a much different light...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived

  When we’re looking back at the Green Bay Packers 2015 draft class five years from now, will we be nodding our heads in approval or shaking our heads in disgust at the players Ted Thompson passed up? Versatility and special teams were the buzzwords surrounding this Packers’ draft. I’m not one of those people who gets all wound up about the draft. I say let’s see these kids...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Notebook: Will Clay Get His Way?

I realize everyone was consumed by the draft late last week, but I was still really surprised that not more was made of some information reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn on Wednesday night. Here’s what he wrote as part of a story on general manager Ted Thompson possibly trading out of the first round: “Several sources very close to Clay Matthews say...
Via Packers Notes
20 days ago  |  Discuss

For the Green Bay Packers BPA is the New MVP

With a larger and larger frequency each year in the NFL Draft you hear teams talk about taking the “best player available.” Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers play a big role in the reason for that. Under Thompson the Packers have been known for the importance they put on the draft, their methodologies towards the draft, and building the team  from within. Thompson...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss

What Was Packers Boldest Draft Move?

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson says that it’s not a democracy in the draft room when it comes time to make a pick.  He, like every other NFL team, has an army of scouts and personnel men who spend their entire year trying to dig up the next gem that is going to help the Packers win another Lombardi trophy.  Tireless hours on the road looking at players, watching...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Ted Thompson and the “Logan’s Run” Approach to Roster Management

Another NFL draft has come and gone, and Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson infused his roster with a youth movement by adding eight young players to the training camp squad. The key words above are “youth movement.” Thompson has consistently fielded one of the youngest NFL teams, if not the absolute youngest, since he rebuilt the nightmare roster he inherited from...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Cory’s Corner: Ted Thompson picks smart and clean guys

For all the hand-wringing over Ted Thompson’s draft picks this past weekend — and believe me there were plenty — there’s a lot to be thankful for. The thing that Packers fans can rely on with Thompson is that he’s consistent. He has a plan to pick intelligent players that keep their nose clean while understanding how important team ball is. This was one of the trickiest...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers: Grading Each Pick Of The 2015 NFL Draft

Going into this year’s Packers draft I had no real expectations on who the Packers should draft. There were guys I liked but unless the Packers traded up, the Packers had no realistic chance at drafting them. Plus we all know Packers GM Ted Thompson doesn’t operate like that.  There was one juicy little rumor that I think the Packers should have jumped on. The Eagles were dangling...
Via Football Nation
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Ted Thompson Just Wrote The Textbook on Best Player Available Drafting

  “He’s clearly not the best player available”   This is the comment that stuck out for me most during the draft.  I think if anything, the 2015 NFL could be considered the textbook example of just how much Ted Thompson believes in the best player available philosophy.  In a nutshell, its widely assumed that teams follow one of two drafting strategies; the first is need...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts Following Green Bay Packers Draft

Yet another interesting Green Bay Packers draft has come and gone. This one left many fans scratching their heads, as Ted Thompson went off the grid and picked some players that they weren’t seeing listed to them in mock drafts or that they weren’t familiar with.  Of course that’s a really dumb way to judge a draft. Who knew anything about Nick Collins, James Jones or Greg...
Via Packers Talk Radio Network
23 days ago  |  Discuss

John Crockett is Good Bet to Make Packers’ 53-Man Roster

With just Eddie Lacy and James Starks returning at running back from a season ago, it would not have been a surprise to see the Green Bay Packers draft a running back in the 2015 NFL draft. Yet eight picks passed and no running back was selected by general manager Ted Thompson. But as any Packer fan should know, Green Bay does as good a job in undrafted free agency as any team in...
Via The Packers Guru
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers 2015 NFL Draft: The Reasons Behind the Picks

When the Green Bay Packers’ turn to pick in the first and second round of the NFL draft came up, there were still several players left on the board who would have provided re-enforcement to the defensive line and inside linebacker positions. And the Packers selected none of them. Packers general manager Ted Thompson left many of us scratching our heads after this draft. Who’s...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Hundley’s A Talented Project

Former Packers GM Ron Wolf would be proud. His protegé, Ted Thompson, finally drafted a quarterback with a legitimate chance to succeed in the National Football League. That’s something the Packers current GM hadn’t done in the past six drafts. Brett Hundley will need at least a year or two of intense coaching, but the former UCLA star has the physical skills and the mental...
Via Packers Notes
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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