Cory's Corner: The Packers Need The Cavalry Back

The Packers are officially the best team in the NFC. I think Green Bay is the best team in the entire NFL. 

“It’s exciting, knowing that there's a good deal of guys who are close to coming back and may come back and could really help us,” said Aaron Rodgers.

The 2021 MVP frontrunner had 288 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Packers raced past the Vikings 37-10 on Sunday night. The win locked up the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the Packers, kicked Minnesota out of the playoffs and also sealed an undefeated regular season record at Lambeau Field for the first time since 2014. 

The Packers are 13-3, get the all-important bye in the postseason and can get even better. The average fan reads that and thinks, how the heck can that be? Green Bay has lost three times, has looked fantastic offensively throughout much of the season and has played exponentially better on defense this year than last season. 

And there is still room for improvement? 

Yep. Just as many teams are nursing injuries and getting sidelined for the foreseeable future, the Packers could be going in the opposite direction. The Packers welcomed back shutdown corner Jaire Alexander to practice last week. Randall Cobb suffered a core muscle injury Nov. 28 and is knocking on the door to come back. 

“Randall, for sure, is coming back and he looks great,” Rodgers said. “I mean, I would have thought if this game was a playoff game he would be out there on the field.”

Then there’s All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari who is still recovering from tearing his ACL last season. Ever since Bakhitiari was activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list on Nov. 10, most thought it was only a matter of time before the 30-year-old got on the field. That hasn’t happened, but he has practiced intermittently and the added week of practice after the season will certainly help. 

The two biggest questions are outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith and center Josh Myers. Smith is still recovering from a back injury after only playing in 18 of the defensive snaps in the season opener. Nobody knows what Myers’ knee injury was on the fourth snap of the Oct. 17 game against the Bears. He has continued with rehab and has made strides. 

Alexander played in 89 percent of the defensive snaps last year, Smith played in 84 percent and Bakhtiari played in 64 percent of the offensive snaps.

Seeing how important those guys are to this team really shows how much adversity this team has been through this season. It isn’t like this team is missing backups, but this team has been winning without key starters. 

Obviously, coming back from an injury is always a delicate dance. We don’t know how they are going to respond physically and we also don’t know how they will respond mentally to taking and absorbing hits again. 

The Packers clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC because they have the best team. Guys 1-53 has been proven to be the best in the league. And coach Matt LaFleur has squeezed every ounce of magic out of this group. 

The Packers have obviously proven that they can win without those four guys, but in order to claim the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl title, they will need reinforcements as the level of play gets turned up several notches. 

The postseason doesn’t include guys like Sean Mannion, Jared Goff or Baker Mayfield. It will have Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow. 

The Packers got through the regular season with chicken wire and duct tape, but they will need the cavalry to keep the season alive. 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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NickPerry's picture

January 04, 2022 at 06:52 am

You can make a case how each one of those players could be crucial in the playoffs. Obviously getting a David Bakhtiari or Jarie Alexander back would be huge, each one arguably the best at their respective positions.

Having Smith back would be an unbelievable boost to this Defense and it's pass rush. I mean could you imagine a Z Smith coming into the playoffs with FRESH legs? You could make a MasterCard commercial with Z sacking Mahomes in the SB to secure the win...PRICELESS.

Getting Meyers back would be welcomed, especially in the running game because I think he's better than Patrick in the run game.

But, I keep thinking about Randall Cobb and what that might mean. I can't help but wonder what might have been if the Packers had Cobb last year with a 1st and goal from the Tampa Bay 8? Something tells me Rodgers doesn't throw 3 straight times to Adams, one into triple coverage IIRC. Before his injury how many times did we see a TD catch by Cobby, OR that crucial catch on 3rd down for a 1st down? With that running game and Adams, Cobb, MVS, and Lazard, all guys Rodgers at least trusts for the most part, could be, should be huge in winning #14.

Food for thought...Bakhtiari and Turner come back...What do you do with Yosh Nijam? I mean suppose you don't mess with Chemistry, not this late in the season, but something tells me that big ole guy with the sweet feet playing LT right now, just might be the Packers RT of the future.

Get healthy boys and lets go get this thing. Nothing more would make me happier than to go to this years SB, just 10 miles from my house, and watch the MVP, Coach of the year, GM of the year, and everyone else in the Packers organization win it all...GO PACK GO!!

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CoryJennerjohn's picture

January 04, 2022 at 08:32 am

The Mastercard commercial idea is, well, priceless. (But seriously, that's a pretty good idea.)

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NickPerry's picture

January 05, 2022 at 04:20 am

LOL...Thank you Cory.

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NickPerry's picture

January 05, 2022 at 04:21 am

Double..

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dobber's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:44 am

"Having Smith back would be an unbelievable boost to this Defense and it's pass rush....Getting Meyers back would be welcomed, especially in the running game".

I've been vocal up to this point that I thought Z would be back this season, yet, and that would be great...but they've been so tight-lipped on his progress that I've been more bearish on the chances that he returns. He's been supplanted by Gary as the 'hand-on-the-ground' rush OLB, and with an iffy back, I don't know how much trench-wrestling you want him to do, but a healthy Z is a boost. I'm thinking the same with Meyers: so quiet on that front that I'm not expecting anything. I thought they said that he was finally seen at practice with the rehab group recently, though, so that's something.

"Food for thought...Bakhtiari and Turner come back...What do you do with Yosh Nijam? ..., just might be the Packers RT of the future."

I think that if your All-Pro LT is ready he needs to play, and it's too late to push Nijman to the right side. If Turner's ready, he plays, too. Note that Kelly is on the covid list right now...so RT this week is...? Braden?

I also think you're right in that Turner is trade bait as soon as the season ends (he has one year left on what's turned into a very sellable RT contract) and they start grooming Nijman to play on the right side until Jenkins comes back (maybe he stays there an Jenkins plays G if there's a need?). Then either he or Jenkins takes over at LT when Bakhtiari's dead money is manageable relative to his cap hit in 2023

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Ya_tittle's picture

January 04, 2022 at 11:20 am

I like the way you think about the future OL.

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LambeauPlain's picture

January 04, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Dobber, I think the best OL for the playoffs if and when health returns, is Bakht, Runyan, Myers, Turner, and Nijman.

Next year, Jenkins returns to LG with Runyan the top backup and the Pack plows the road and makes life productive and protected for Jordan Love.

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LambeauPlain's picture

January 04, 2022 at 12:36 pm

2X post.

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Rossonero's picture

January 04, 2022 at 02:30 pm

Great point about Nijman. His name hasn't been mentioned much because, he's been playing well. Not out of this world, but solid.

Now, one might argue that Rodgers isn't holding onto the ball as long, but Nijman has settled in at left tackle....he's also a RFA after this season, while Turner will be in a contract year in 2022 and turning 31 in October (Nijman just turned 26).

The question becomes: can Nijman play right tackle? If so, he'll be an awful lot cheaper than re-signing Turner, and would be a more attractive option as a young, ascending player.

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tommynak's picture

January 04, 2022 at 07:44 pm

In a best case scenario with are full compliment of healthy O line I don't think there is any question that Nijman is now one of our 5 best. I would slide Turner back to the inside on right and pair him with Nijman at RT. Runyan & Bahktiari on left side with Myers back at C. That I believe is our best 5.

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Houndog's picture

January 04, 2022 at 07:28 am

I think Cobb could be the most important here, with Alexanders close behind.
Expecting Alexander to make open field tackles on TE's or RB's could send him back to IR real fast, whereas Cobb will help the offense with far less chance of re-injury.
Next is Z-Smith, what a force he could be if he can get into football shape fast, even if he only played on passing downs it would be huge. The fact there's been little to no news about him, and his contract situation, makes me wonder if he'll be back, ever? If he's re-injured they can't cut him, and there's no way they can afford his present contract. That's a tough decision.

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Hematite's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:22 am

IMHO, Z Smith will not be back!!!

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dobber's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:46 am

I think Alexander plays limited snaps this week against Detroit.

Also--he's been practicing at WR? Really? He can catch punts, but how many INTs has he dropped?

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jurp's picture

January 04, 2022 at 02:19 pm

Maybe the WR practice has three possibly purposes:

1. Just messing with future opponents - give them something that they have to plan for that will never happen?
2. Creating one or two possible trick plays?
3. Getting him used to catching passes to improve his ball-hawking skills?

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Hematite's picture

January 04, 2022 at 04:29 pm

All 3 points have value but point 3 really does make sense.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 05, 2022 at 04:59 am

If Z re-injures himself against Detroit or in the playoffs, GB can still cut him in February. Teams can't cut an injured player during the season (not the league year) in which the injury occurred.

For example, Shields got his concussion in game one, September of 2016. As soon as the season ended for GB (after the super bowl though) and during the same league year, GB released Shields (on February 8, 2017). GB took a dead money hit but got cap savings for the 2017 season. All the cap casualties also happen right after the super bowl, usually in February.

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Guam's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:38 am

Local Wisconsin newspaper reported that MLF expects Bahk to practice this week. Depending on how the knee reacts to practice, MLF indicated he could see snaps versus Detroit. The paper did not provide details for any of the other injured Packers. Maybe the start of the return of the injured.

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mrtundra's picture

January 04, 2022 at 08:49 am

I doubt that Bakh plays versus the Lions. I think Jaire will see significant snaps, though. Nijman has earned the LT spot until Bahk is fully able to come back. Just a thought, with salary cap issues looming; what if Bahk were offered up as trade material? I mean, Nijman has been pretty good at LT, Runyan has been good at LG, and when Elgton comes back he can line up at LT, LG and C, I cannot wait until Elgton is healthy, again. He is the real star of our O Line. What if Rodgers is offered up as trade material? We could reap the harvest of trading a 4 time MVP for draft picks, or whatever, and ease our salary cap woes, at the same time? It was Gute's plan to install Love as our QB, wasn't it? What happens to Davante? He is still waiting for a contract extension that should have been done in training camp. This off season will be an interesting one, for sure.

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Guam's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:39 am

It was MLF stating that Bahk might play if the knee responds well to practice. I think he wants to get Bahk some playing time before the playoffs start. Nijman has done a good job, but Bahk is an all-pro and would still be an upgrade over Nijman. Nijman could also move over to RT if Turner is not back as I believe he would be an upgrade over Kelly.

Trading Bahk is likely not an option as that would leave the Packers with an even worse cap hit than if they kept him. His unamortized bonus is larger than his 2022 salary and TGR figured out that the Pack would be about $3 million worse off trading him in 2022 than keeping him. OTOH trading/cutting Turner would net about $3 million in savings. Lots of options on the O-line except Bahk at least for 2022.

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dobber's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:48 am

If he plays, I think Bakhtiari might play a couple series against the Lions, but I wouldn't expect more than that.

Agreed in that Bakhtiari is a fixture in 2022, but after that is likely a goner...especially with Nijman and Jenkins showing well.

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Lphill's picture

January 04, 2022 at 07:53 am

The O line is fine no reason to rush Myers back, I would expect Alexander, Cobb and Smith back which would add depth at those positions .

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LambeauPlain's picture

January 04, 2022 at 12:38 pm

Well, rest easy. The Packers medical team never rushes anyone back.

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jurp's picture

January 04, 2022 at 02:22 pm

I doubt that Smith will ever be back, unfortunately. Back injuries are very hard to shake for a football player. I agree that we'll see Alexander and Cobb back soon, if not this week (in limited roles). As far as Bakh, I think we're probably at 50/50 seeing him this week and maybe 60/40 the first playoff game. I doubt we'll see Myers at all for the next two games.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 04, 2022 at 08:45 am

It seems like Cobb, Bakhtiari and Alexander will be back sooner then later.

Smith and Myers seem to be farther out, but if they would return they definitely will provide some backup ability at the very least. Smith would be added to the rotation. Probably wouldn't play a ton of snaps, but would definitely get in the mix in certain situations. Myers if he came back I'm not sure if they would have him start or not. Beings he is a rookie and hasn't played in a long time. I would assume to start he would be a backup. But what is great about that is if something happened to a OG, they could put Myers in at OC and move Patrick out. It would give them some flexibility.

Getting Cobb back will really help the offense in 3rd down situations. Rodgers fully trusts him and will provide that option.

Hopefully they can get Turner back as well. He has been very good for us. Luckily we do have Kelly, though he is currently on the Covid list. But it has helped having him there.

Getting some of these players back could really give the team a boost.

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:14 am

If Turner returns or Nijman plays at RT, Kelly might be our best run blocking guard. We didn’t get to see him look good in preseason (at any position) but he’s shown he is healthy now. That’s an alternative if Myers doesn’t return or just an additional option/permutation.

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dobber's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:53 am

Kelly might be the next Jared Veldheer--experienced T who seems to be available at low money in camp or later. Someone you bring in as an insurance policy. It could be with the caps increasing that he'll have more of a market in 2022 than he did this year.

Had not thought about Kelly as a G. A quick look-up shows he has some experience inside. Makes him potentially a very valuable game-day backup. He's awfully tall for a G, though.

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2022 at 10:13 am

He is, but also very strong.

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mrtundra's picture

January 04, 2022 at 08:55 am

Lucas Patrick deserves more credit for his playing time than he gets. Larry McCarren gave him the O line player of the game award for his "playing until the echo of the whistle", on every play, in the viking game. He has played well for the Packers.

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Guam's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:43 am

If you believe PFF, Patrick is very good in pass pro but not very highly rated as a run blocker. I think he has done well for the Packers, but Myers is an upgrade in the run game.

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dobber's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:55 am

I've not really been a Patrick fan, but I'll hand it to him for being a survivor and a gritty player. He's been a key piece in this Packer OL...I would guess they're not 13-3 with Hanson playing C.

His contract runs out this year, and I hope he gets a chance to play for some real $$. Probably not with the Packers, but he deserves that chance.

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LambeauPlain's picture

January 04, 2022 at 12:43 pm

I am a Lucas fan because he is a true warrior. His effort is sublime. He may not have all the"can do" of players like Jenks or Bakht, but his "want to" is off the charts. Steno and Butkus must love coaching him.

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PeteK's picture

January 04, 2022 at 11:42 am

I agree Tundra. Also, has a rookie RG who has struggled at times next to him which makes it a bit harder.

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:15 am

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:09 am

Let’s hope you are right about the post season not forcing teams to play backup QBs. Covid could make it a farce if it strikes.

The key is depth. Any good players that we get back make that stronger even if they aren’t able to play a full game. The one area where we most need depth is OLB though, and that maybe the the least likely to get reinforced.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

January 04, 2022 at 12:33 pm

The SB could very well be the Covid Cup - as a post-holiday COVID surge is happening - while the coronavirus thrives in winter conditions - thereby being the non-football x factor.

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PatrickGB's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:11 am

I am unsure about the IR designated to return rules after this week. Could the team actually bring back a player during the playoffs? And if not, does that mean that this week is the final week to bring back players from IR. And what implications does that have on the 53 roster?

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:41 am

Good question. As far as I can see, those on the initial roster can be designated to return as if in the regular season (no roster spot is used up until activated with a 3 week window to do so).

What has changed since last year is that we can’t sign players from the PS of teams whose season has ended during the playoffs to add to our roster this season (we can sign them for next season, we just can’t add them to our post season roster). So no player can play for 2 teams in the playoffs (as Veldheer might have last year if he’d not got Covid after we pulled him from the Colts PS after he reverted following their loss). There used to be a rule capping post season free agent signings during the post season at 4. I think that still applies.

Another change is that it no longer matters how often a player has been elevated from our PS in the post season. There are no restrictions after this week on the number of times without waivers.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 05, 2022 at 05:20 am

Well said/written.

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Bearmeat's picture

January 04, 2022 at 09:55 am

Just like I wasn't going to say "tHe SeAsOn iS oVeR" after we looked like dog poo the last 3 weeks, I'm not going to say "WeRe SuPeR bOwL bOuNd" now. We played a demoralized and beat up Vikings team. Yes, we boat raced a backup QB. There are still plenty of things to work on.

We could certainly use some of our best players back on the field to help make a run. Having all of them would certainly help. But it guarantees nothing. The team has the talent to win it all right now, with who they are trotting out there.

That hasn't kept the Packers under Rodgers and Favre from spitting the bit in January plenty of times. Cross your fingers.

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dobber's picture

January 04, 2022 at 10:04 am

I think the key to Sunday night--besides the bye-clinching win--was the lack of any significant injuries. Same thing needs to hold true against the Lolions. Must keep moving the roster forward...

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Coldworld's picture

January 05, 2022 at 08:26 am

That is indeed the crucial point. For that reason I think we will see not much more than a drive or two for the key recent starters on both sides of the ball. Obviously we can’t sub out everyone due to numbers, so hopefully we strategically plan the game day actives to protect the most important contributors.

The result is completely unimportant. There’s no meaningful momentum to be won or lost here if our starters are out early.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 05, 2022 at 07:05 pm

Neither team will want to play smash mouth football. Let them air it out and give the Fans a show.

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Johnblood27's picture

January 04, 2022 at 10:08 am

Baling wire Corey, not chicken wire... your malapropisms are showing...

IMO Z has played his last snaps for the GBP. I really do not think he wants to play any more football on his current contract. Very disappointing, just very disappointing, I expect much more from an NFL star player with a pretty big contract already in place. Minus one good year he looks a lot like Joe Johnson to me.

Bakh NEEDS snaps vs Detroit if he is to play any playoff snaps. Continuity matters on the OL and past performance is no guarantee of future success, especially after ACL tears. Performance vs lolions isnt that critical, seeing him out there in the mix giving and taking is what will prepare MLF for proper decisions when the games REALLY matter.

Cobby will be back, hopefully taking a few snaps vs detroit, but most importantly practicing leading up to the playoffs and then being his old self in crunch time once the real games start. He was acquired for winter 2022 football (and to placate someone), time to see it!

Myers is an enigma, He was supposed to be back in a reasonable time, then had a setback requiring surgery. He is still a rookie with very little NFL game experience and I think at this stage his return would not benefit the GBP unless some deep depth was needed, again, continuity matters on the OL - I sure hope that scenario does not play itself out during the playoffs.

...and Jaire... given all I researched concerning AC joint issues and the recovery track chosen by the GBP for him, I expected him to be back playing after the bye week. Taking a couple extra weeks isn't the end of the world, but IMO he needed to be back vs the barneys and also play vs the lolions to regain his timing and be the player we all expect him to be in the playoffs. I hope his recovery went as expected and that he is at 100% physically. I also hope that he can just step back in and be the same player before his injury. Thats a lot of hope with very little promise.

I can't help but feel that the conservative nature of the GBP medical team has hurt the ability of the GBP to gain their best roster composition and play timing and overall momentum going into the playoffs. A lot of things have advanced this season in terms of player focus, coaching decision making and strategies, but the GBP medical team is still the same, and IMO that is not beneficial to the GBP winning games and championships.

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dobber's picture

January 04, 2022 at 10:26 am

"Baling wire Corey, not chicken wire"

I've cobbled together some pretty useful things with chicken wire in my day... ;)

"Myers is an enigma, He was supposed to be back in a reasonable time, then had a setback requiring surgery."

Nobody really seems to know what the injury was, but most speculation points toward a torn MCL. Could be there was cartilage damage, too. Whatever the case, you're right: most MCL/cartilage injuries would be at the end of their recovery time about now, so it makes you wonder.

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Johnblood27's picture

January 05, 2022 at 06:22 am

post some pics of those chicken wire creations... should be entertaining!

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HarryHodag's picture

January 04, 2022 at 10:34 am

The entire makeup of the 2022 team will depend on Aaron Rodgers' decision. If he stays, he needs a new contract. How they do that, I don't know. If he goes, either through retirement or trade, he still marks $17 million on the salary cap.

To get back to even with the cap and have some room to sign rookies, the Packers will need to shave about $40+ million in salaries. D. Adams is unaffordably gone. They also have to sign D. Campbell and R. Tonyan. I keep saying this is happening but no one seems to believe it. If Rodgers goes, that's a sizeable chunk. But they likely would have to cut Z. Smith, Cobb, King, Patrick, B. Turner, Lowry just to get back enough money to sign the rookies without considering Tonyan and Campbell.

So the starting o-line next year is David B., Jenkins(can also play center) Myers, Runyon, and Nijman. The d-line is Lancaster, Clark and person to be named later.

The d-backs include Stokes and Alexander, with Douglas who might be trade bait.

Things will be different next year but the extent of the bleeding of veterans will depend on Aaron Rodgers decision.

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stockholder's picture

January 04, 2022 at 11:00 am

You won't have to worry if Rodgers goes. You'll get your roster turn-over. And more then likely for the next ten years. When teams get cheap. The winning is replaced with higher draft picks. And management lives on past accomplishments. More then the task at hand. Because nobody bites the hand that feeds them.

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2022 at 11:22 am

Management that only looks backwards not forwards has the same outlook as a truck driver doing the same. The end result is no less inevitable, it just takes a little longer.

The past is already accomplished, it’s the future that needs to be managed.

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HarryHodag's picture

January 04, 2022 at 04:57 pm

I'm firmly crossing my fingers that somehow, someway, Rodgers returns. I've moved my stance largely because Aaron has moved his.

I'm also thinking that if Rodgers stays, Love should be traded. The Packers can find an experienced vet cheap to ride the pines. Maybe Benkert will come around.

I'm not advocating for any of the veterans to leave. It's plain and simply the laws of the NFL. If the salary cap didn't matter all the teams would keep most of their veterans every year.

All decisions and opinions must factor in what the Packers have to do financially when the season is over.

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PhantomII's picture

January 05, 2022 at 08:49 pm

I would sign Campbell over Tonyan if I could sign 1 of the 2. He is the cog making the difference. We will need money for JA / Gary / Jenkins soon enough. Not sold on Savage yet. Maybe Amos gets a 2yr. extension. Douglas is a keeper so far if it's doable. Interesting times. You would think they could have left the CAP alone with xtra games and xtra playoff spots to make money...Players union is not as strong as it should be. Really sucks this outside influence is taking 1-2 years of a playoff window away from this team. GPG

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Starrbrite's picture

January 04, 2022 at 10:36 am

My return list of importance-

1) Z. Smith (an additional pass rusher is our most critical need);
2) J. Alexander (a true shut down CB for the likes of: Kupp; Evans; Lamb; Hopkins; et al;
3) Bak (The best LT in the NFL);
4) B. Turner (an excellent RT and/or Guard)
5) Cobb (ARod’s comfort horse and legitimate slot receiver);
6) Meyers (a tremendous run blocking center.

Merry New Year y’all !!!
Do It Packers!

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Bearmeat's picture

January 04, 2022 at 10:42 am

7) Jenkins
8) Tonyan
9) Prime Sterling Sharpe
10) Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny ;)

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Starrbrite's picture

January 04, 2022 at 08:22 pm

Very good bearmeat—very good!

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Starrbrite's picture

January 04, 2022 at 11:48 pm

My list is speaking of now—the super bowl run—-not next season—that can wait.

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Redraider's picture

January 11, 2022 at 10:34 am

I’ve been reading your takes for a while. Although we’ll intentioned they are the dumbest I’ve ever read. Your mindset is flag football everyone gets a trophy. Buckle up buttercup and build us a champion

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stockholder's picture

January 04, 2022 at 04:15 pm

I'm grateful for what they've done. BUT- You'll see rotation. Which is a good thing. I can't help but think the packers played Soft. Because the competition just wasn't top notch these last 3 weeks. I 'm seeing over confidence. So bring in the Cavalry before they get scalped. The OL smells of over achievement. The Secondary needs that pressure up front. And Nobody should be considered a Rookie anymore. Learning the hard way has happened for the last ten years. We need their best now. To be the best, you must prove your the best. ALL hands on deck. Attack ,Attack, Attack!

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Rebecca's picture

January 04, 2022 at 11:06 am

“ So bring in the Calvary before they get scalped.” 😂

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jurp's picture

January 04, 2022 at 03:08 pm

Might've been funny if he'd written "cavalry" instead of the mountain on which Jesus was crucified. Cory's word choice was correct.

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TarynsEyes's picture

January 04, 2022 at 11:12 am

I get the feeling that this article has the Packers being Custer and the playoffs Little Big Horn and hoping help will arrive in time. I don't what the team actually believes, but I hope it isn't the same as Cory or Custer, I know it would be great to have certain players back though it doesn't ensure that they are physically or game ready, but to start putting doubt into what was achieved without them could create the sense of being Custer resulting in the early massacre. The question is can this team win it all without the players they haven't had all season? If you have a doubt, perhaps you always have and are now realizing the record doesn't portray the team accurately.

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Leatherhead's picture

January 04, 2022 at 11:47 am

This is a damn good team that can certainly win with who we have. We have the best record in the league AND we’re the best team. Just like 2011.

If our best dogs on offense….Rodgers, Adams, Jones, Dillon….play well AND protect the ball…..then can the rest of the team play well enough to win? IMO, yes.

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TarynsEyes's picture

January 04, 2022 at 12:55 pm

I agree this is a good, very good team, but to begin suggesting they need the calvary throws shade on that belief. The viewpoint that a team can win the SB is an annual one which reality, regretfully, has proven that viewpoint to be wrong as to outcome, but shouldn't deter the hope, which I have every year, but will never override my reality view.

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2022 at 12:58 pm

A lot comes down to health and coaching/calling/planning. Witness last year. Did the best team win the Super Bowl? Perhaps on the day but not over the season and their MVP was relative health at the right time, in my opinion.

This team is good enough to win if it stays healthy from here. The remarkable thing is that we’ve been good enough over a season despite losses at key positions of star players. To be in contention with (conservatively), Tackles 4 and 5 playing significant snaps and in tandem and without our best rusher and shut down corner for nearly all the season is impressive. Those types of losses have derailed many teams. That’s ignoring our main TE, games lost for our best WR and the next 3 (Cobb, MVS, Lazard).

Whether we win or not, being where we are is an achievement that reflects well on the front office and coaching (developmental as well as game) as much as it does on Rodgers playing well. This roster is a contender, it’s shown it. There is no perfect team out there. We are as well placed as anyone as of today.

Now it’s time to get it right in terms of preparation and in game strategy and stay healthy. If we really get more players of quality back than we lose, that’s a huge bonus. There is no one we can’t beat if we get it right. We have to win mentally now off field and on. The rest is beyond our control.

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TarynsEyes's picture

January 04, 2022 at 01:57 pm

The best team doesn't always win, but the better team in that game does. All season long the mantra 'a win is a win' which usually means you played better or caught a break or two that game, but that mantra seems to disappear when the Packers lose and failing to accept the other team played better than they did and acknowledge that the other team had to play better or get breaks against a couple of better teams during the season to arrive at the same place.

The team that plays better, and not the consensus-best team, will more likely win the SB. Packer fans are believers in the consensus, even if it's their own, and that's what makes them blindly upset when they don't win screaming the best team didn't win, and it's because the opponent became the best team by playing better, period.

On paper vs actual play. Which wins more often.

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Leatherhead's picture

January 04, 2022 at 11:26 am

I’m not counting on any help from the wounded. The good news is we shouldn’t need any.

You can’t always get want you want, but if you try real hard, you get what you need. IMO, we have everything we need.

Rodgers to Adams is a HOF pass and catch duo at their peak. Jones and Dillon are a formidable 1-2 punch.
That’s 75% of our offense. If the Packers offense gets blocking, it’s going to hold onto the ball, chew the clock, score points and control the game. The rest is just details.

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PeteK's picture

January 04, 2022 at 12:12 pm

We beat the Cards and Rams without those players. It will help getting Cobb and Alexander back. The players that Leather has mentioned on offense are very formidable. Also, a rested crew of Clark,Smith, and Gary etc..will spell trouble for the opposition. Contrary to Custer we will meet the enemy on OUR turf. Afterwards even Taryn will learn to love the hefties on the O line that will have her eating a lg portion of nutritious crow.

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DTowleJr's picture

January 04, 2022 at 12:12 pm

Maybe it's not time to look at the long term consequences with the playoffs on the horizon, but when I put on my GM hat, it's something that has to be considered.

Josh Myers is just a rookie, so his long term value is moot as the Packers have him under contract for 3 more years. Getting him back would be great, but rushing him back would not. Making sure his injury is completely cured before he hits the field would be essential as this investment is going to be long term.

Jaire Alexander has a huge cap hit of $13.2K next season (he was averaging $3.8K for the last 3 years). That contract will have to be redone in the off-season because his value to the #Packers is enormous. Alexander truly needs to be on the field for the playoffs as the Packers are going to be facing some great receivers and they need their best cover man doing his job and shutting them down. I foresee his return shortly, and with fingers crossed he stays healthy.

Randall Cobb may not be part of the picture for the 2022-23 season unless QB Aaron Rodgers is back in the fold. But, having Randall Cobb back for the playoffs would be greatly appreciated and very needed. Randall's knack for snagging difficult catches on 3rd-down cannot be understated. Paired with Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, the "All Hands Team" would be the lynchpin to playoff success. Core injury aside, he needs to be back.

Za'Darius Smith may the more difficult player to review. He has a back injury that has lingered for the whole season. That kind of injury ended Josh Sitton's tenure with the Packers, and it may also end Smith's tenure when you couple the injury with the Packers lack of spending money and Smith's lack of a contract. I don't foresee the Packers keeping Za'Darius Smith. I also don't see Smith getting back on the field this year - yes, it would be nice to have him IF he was 100% because their pass rush would be enhanced, but the Defense has managed without his presence, and Preston Smith has picked up the slack in his absence. I'm sure it would be easier on the front office (as well as the fans) to see that ship sail off quietly. Would love to have him, but financially unaffordable.

I am not Brian Gutekunst and I am not Russ Ball. Perhaps those two can work some magic in the offseason, but, with only 44 players under contract for next year and needing to shed $63 million off of their salary cap before the season begins, some hard realities are going to have to be looked at.

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Ya_tittle's picture

January 04, 2022 at 02:40 pm

Completely agree on Cobb and I think he SMELLS a Super Bowl and wants to help his good friend Aaron get a ring. Disagree on Z Smith and think if he doesn't return this season few teams will offer him anything next season.

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PeteK's picture

January 04, 2022 at 05:19 pm

We'll have a savings of 15 mill , but a 12 mill dead cap hit. My hope would be to keep him with the hope that he plays well so that he can receive a contract.

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DTowleJr's picture

January 04, 2022 at 08:41 pm

Whom are you speaking of?

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PeteK's picture

January 05, 2022 at 08:46 am

Z Smith.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

January 04, 2022 at 01:55 pm

Cory it would be great to have each and everyone of those starters back on the field and I do think chances are good that perhaps most all or all of them could be in the playoffs games. And just because a player hasn't recovered by the first playoff game, doesn't mean he won't be available for the NFC Championship game or the Super Bowl.

One other related item is the fine play of these backup players. If they are on the bench again, we will have game tested and reliable players to fill in for injuries.

Finally this COVID thing is crazy they way it's hitting players and from what I have been able to determine, our offensive line hasn't been greatly affected. We have the potential of having a plethora of quality players available in the event the virus raises its head at the wrong time during the playoffs.

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