General manager Ted Thompson told Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that the Packers have “plans in place” in case some scouts leave the organization following the NFL Draft. “Eliot Wolf, who was promoted to assistant director of player personnel last season, is expected to receive another promotion — a move that may have been done unofficially — although it’s unknown whether he will take over the director of football operations title held by Reggie McKenzie, who left in January to become the Oakland Raiders general manager,” writes Demovsky. “But both the 30-year-old Wolf and assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry have taken over some of McKenzie’s duties. Terry, 37, also could be in line for a promotion.” It is being speculated that Reggie McKenzie might hire away some Packers scouts to join him with the Oakland Raiders.
The possibility that the Packers’ defense is undergoing a change in philosophy is brought up by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “Don’t look now, but as they prepare for Year 4 of Capers’ defense in Green Bay, they may just have evolved into something that isn’t entirely the 3-4 defense that’s so often talked about,” writes Wilde. “While personnel changes are inevitable in the Packers’ draft-and-develop approach, and Charles Woodson’s possible move to safety has been the most talked-about adjustment this offseason, the changes figure to go beyond those.” For those that are close followers of Cheesehead TV know I’ve talked about the Packers running some sort of hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense weeks ago. I’m not absolutely certain that’s the exact direction they’re going with the defense, but there would appear to be some schematic shift going on, even if it’s just matching the defense to the skill sets of the players.
Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy were asked about the future of wide receiver Donald Driver this past weekend, and predictably, they were mum. “With an opportunity to put all questions to rest about Driver returning for his 14th season with the only team he has ever played for, coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson created plenty of reason to believe Driver may have caught his last pass for the Packers,” writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. All Thompson and McCarthy said is they wouldn’t speculate about his future. I think the media may have looked too much into those statements during the NFL Draft. I’ve been saying this for months now: I think Driver will be back, albeit he’ll have to agree to a restructured contract sometime before training camp. They’ll wait to do that until after Dancing With The Stars.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Packer Plus publication looked back at selections of Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy, Casey Hayward, Mike Daniels and Jerron McMillian, Terrell Manning and Andrew Datko and B.J. Coleman.
Thoughts on Ted Thompson drafting players from non-BCS conferences are posted at JSOnline.
Quotes from Ted Thompson on Andrew Datko and B.J. Coleman are posted PackersNews.com.
A column by the Wisconsin State Journal’s Tom Oates says the rest of the NFC is trying to keep pace with the Packers.
Video: The NBC affiliate in Green Bay mentions how former Packers quarterback Brett Favre must testify in New York Court in a sexual harassment lawsuit…
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