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Former GM Kevin Mullendore rode off into the sunset on the ultimate high of winning the GZL Bowl this past season. GM Ian Coyle, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, made the decision to take up the unenviable task of following up the years of successful team building that Mr. Mullendore put in here in Green Bay. It's always rough to challenge the expectations of repeating, especially when the team remains mostly intact. "When I came into the front office here, I had to balance the desire to repeat recent successes with the need to sustain long-term success (reloading)" Coyle said. There were many large contracts to contend with to aging veterans, and only a handful of heir apparent back-ups in place.

The Packers started off by evaluating their current roster. Glennon is a great start at QB, but only has a few more super competitive, and more importantly, affordable seasons left. We didn't want to make any waves there, and are looking toward the future at some point in the next season or so. At HB, we felt that Knile Davis is a solid start, but we really liked someone that we left behind in Atlanta. A quick trade with Atlanta brought Cubby Williams over to Green Bay. He will insert right away into a great situation with a solid offensive line and a QB that can keep defenses from stacking the box. At WR, we lost Crockett in the deal to wrap up our long-term solution at HB, but were able to bring in Mark Perez to replace him. We are ultimately not extremely happy with our current group of WR, but they will do for now. The offensive line stays mostly intact, only really lacking at one guard spot.

The defense remains solid top to bottom, but they are getting long in the tooth. They will be the focus point next off-season for sure. The biggest win for the Packers in the draft was actually nabbing K Savannah Levi in the 4th round of the draft. He comes in already at 91 OVR for a rookie kicker with 96 KPW and already 89 KAC! He will immediately take over kick-off duties. One of the underrated side effects of such a kicker is the ability to keep teams from being able to return kicks. A high touchback % is very important to GM Coyle's strategy and Levi fits right in. He will be able to develop behind veteran Mason Crosby for this season and be ready to take over kicking duties next season.
Forum Discussion (by I_Coyle on 10/10/2017) Replies - 2 :: Views - 25
Packers - Where do they come from?
Rams' Team News about Walter Black got me thinking about an article that I did several years ago, about how different GMs build their teams. So I'm reviving it here - it can make for interesting discussion. This league was originally designed with incentives for teams to build through the draft. Has GZL achieved this result? Has the draft skew allowed for some later-round value to be found in the draft? Or are you more like Daniel Snyder and buy your team through Free Agency?

(does not include Kickers, Punters, #3WR, NCB, etc...)

Greet Bay Packers Starters
Offense
1st Round Picks - 1
2nd Round Picks - 2
3rd Round Picks - 1
5th Round Picks - 1
via Trade - 4
via Free Agency - 2

Defense
1st Round Picks - 3
2nd Round Picks - 3
3rd Round Picks - 0
5th Round Picks - 2
via Trade - 3
via Free Agency - 0

What about your team?
Forum Discussion (by K_Mullendore on 12/20/2015) Replies - 6 :: Views - 127
Let's Meet the Newest Packers!
Green Bay, WI - For all practical purposes, the Green Bay Packers have opted to trade out of the 2019 Draft, acquiring a second 1st Round Pick (JAX) for next year's draft in the process. But that doesn't mean there aren't some exciting new faces around Green Bay. So let's take just a minute and quickly meet the newest additions of the 2019 Green Bay Packers:

Defense
Secondary - no changes. With 3 of the 4 playing in the Pro Bowl last year, that may be a good thing.

Linebackers - DPOY nominee MLB Rolando McClain was contemplating retirement and given permission to talk to other teams when the Oakland Raiders signed FA MLB Jon Bostic. Ultimately, the Packers will send Pick 5.3 to the Raiders to bring McClain to Green Bay where he should fit in perfectly and allow Dickerson to thrive on the outside one more season.

"I just couldn't pass up the chance to play alongside Cushing in the 3-4. Man, talk about a dream come true. We are going to be flying around the football here. I am so excited to get started," said McClain as he stepped off the plane in Green Bay this evening.

Defensive Line - It appears Muhammed Wilkerson is on his way out of Wisconsin, DE Vincent Hardy will slide inside to DT, and former Panthers' 1st Round Pick DE Bjoern Werner will play at RE opposite Upshaw who looks fully recovered from his season-ending PCL tear.

Offense
Offensive Line - The Packers have only signed two Free Agents thus far, but AFC Pro Bowl LG Jake Long will definitely be the biggest - and not just because he stands 6'7" and weighs 310lbs. Long should have 2-3 Pro Bowl years remaining in him before he calls it quits and will enable NFC Pro Bowler LG Carl Nicks to slide out to LT for his final season in Green Bay. Nobody could be happier with the acquisition of Long than HB Doug Martin.

Wide Receivers - Not thrilled with the WR options available via draft, the Packers opted to go the trade route and bring in rising star WR Billy Crockett from the Jaguars, originally a 2016 1st Round Pick of the Bears. Crockett has good size, exceptional speed and agility, and an amazing burst. Crockett has averaged 73 Rec, 1065 Yards and 7 TDs over his first three seasons, and should be a nice fit opposite Matthews in this Offense.

Backs - FB Tolbert was released today after five stellar seasons in Green Bay. With second-year FB Ralph Robinson not yet ready for primetime in a run-first Offense such as this one, expect newcomer TE Jermaine Gresham, signed away from the Titans in FA, to see plenty of action at FB, H-back and TE this season. Gresham is a matchup problem wherever he lines up, with a size/speed/catch/blocking combination that is difficult for opposing Linebackers and Safeties to handle. With Terrell Edwards, Gresham and Finley lining up all over the place, on the line and in the backfield, blocking and catching passes, it will be just one more headache for opposing Defensive Coordinators on Sunday.
Forum Discussion (by K_Mullendore on 06/27/2015) Replies - 3 :: Views - 47
Packers Season Wrap-up
Green Bay, WI - The Packers finished the regular season strong, winning 5 of their last 6 and earning a first-round bye in the postseason with a record of 13-3, their best since 2011 when they last won the Lombardi trophy. They must now wait a week to see if they will host the Washington Redskins or, if the Lions manage to upset the Skins, the winner of the Saints/Bucs contest.

Green Bay will send 9 starters to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl this season, also their most since 2011 when they also sent 9. Included in this number are both starting Guards, both CBs and the HB/FB combination that produced a 4th-most all-time 2111 yards in Martin & Tolbert.

The Packers overcame some mid-season adversity to get here, losing 3 starters to injury for the season and enduring a period where they lost 3 of 5 games. But the Pack must now throw all accomplishments and accolades for the regular season out the window, as they are meaningless without the Lombardi trophy returning home to Wisconsin where it originally resided.
Forum Discussion (by K_Mullendore on 05/14/2015) Replies - 0 :: Views - 18
Packers Preseason Notes
Green Bay, WI - Earlier this morning the Packers released their annual preseason depth chart - or at least the projected starters. This was followed by a lengthier than normal press conference, with GM Mullendore, new HC Marty Mornhinweg and new DC Gregg Williams all spending time at the podium fielding questions.

Below are the highlights from what we learned:

- 10 new starters are listed, with 5 on each side of the ball. Mullendore explained that this was a little misleading on Offense as two of the players, Madison and Richards, were at least part-time starters in 2016, although Richards was not at Guard.

- All three coaches seemed extremely pleased with the current group they will be working with this season. "Let's just say 'effort in the filmroom and on the field should be improved' this season," said Mullendore.

- While Ellis and Upshaw are listed as the starters at DT and LE respectively, Mornhinweg said that there will be "a lot of pieces moving around" of the front-7. Upshaw is expected to spend time at both OLB and DE, while Ellis may see some time at LE. Meanwhile, Wilkerson and promising rookie Sue Cash should also see playing time at multiple positions on the defensive line.

- Williams stated that one of the real intense position battles will be for the #3 CB position. Shields has been exceptional but has repeatedly seen his season cut short due to significant injury. Wagner insists that he is here to be a starting CB and bolstered his claim by snagging 4 INTs in his limited playing time as a rookie. Stay tuned on this one....

- HB Doug Martin is extremely excited for the upcoming season and the 7 (including TE+FB) that will be paving his way in 2017. Martin was quoted as saying, "No doubt these are the best group of 7 in the league at their craft, leading the way for me. I just can't wait to get to work in the regular season!"

- Expect to see both some 4-3 and 3-4 looks on Defense this season, although it is unclear if Matthews would move inside, putting Matthews and Cushing together in the middle (wow!) or if he would stay put at LOLB and somebody else would move inside. This should be worked out during preseason.

- New Packer CB Sean Smith seems right at home as the cornerstone of the Packer secondary. "They brought me in here to keep Calvin and Hendricks in line. And that's what I intend to do. It will be a battle each week, but I expect to come out on top. I came to Green Bay for one thing: To get a ring!"
Forum Discussion (by K_Mullendore on 07/14/2014) Replies - 0 :: Views - 17

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At A Glance

PACKERS FRONT OFFICE
GM I_Coyle
Head Coach Marty Mornhinweg
Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak
Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams
Special Teams Joe Marciano
Salary $164.32M
Cap Penalty $8.82M
Cap Room $860K

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER POS OVR LENGTH
Packers Craig Thomas FS 97 9 weeks
Packers Jon-Michael Lawson LOLB 98 5 weeks

NFC North
RNK TEAM W-L-T PCT DIV
#17 Packers Packers 1-1-0 0.50 1-0
#18 Bears Bears 1-1-0 0.50 0-0
#25 Lions Lions 1-1-0 0.50 0-0
#12 Vikings Vikings 1-1-0 0.50 0-1

PACKERS SCHEDULE
WK DATE OPPONENT TIME/RESULT
1 Sun at Vikings Vikings #12
Won 26-23
2 Sun at Titans Titans #6
Lost 21-25
4 Sun at Jaguars Jaguars #16 4:15pm
5 Sun at Bears Bears #18 4:00pm
6 Sun at Falcons Falcons #2 4:15pm
7 Sun vs Vikings Vikings #12 1:00pm
8 Sun vs Bears Bears #18 1:00pm
9 Sun at Cowboys Cowboys #10 4:15pm
10 Mon vs Lions Lions #25 9:00pm
11 Sun vs Panthers Panthers #5 4:15pm
12 Sun vs Colts Colts #7 1:00pm
13 Sun at Buccaneers Buccaneers #8 1:00pm
14 Sun vs Texans Texans #31 1:00pm
15 Sun vs Rams Rams #3 4:00pm
16 Sat at Lions Lions #25 1:00pm
17 Sun vs Saints Saints #27 1:00pm

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