Extra Cheese: Sifting through the detritus of the NFC Championship

Aaron chats with Packers fans after the brutal loss to the 49ers.

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Ollie1960's picture

January 20, 2020 at 09:02 pm

Fire Pettine

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sonomaca's picture

January 21, 2020 at 10:08 am

When Pittsburgh moved up to #10 and swiped Devin Bush, the Packers fate was sealed. They had only Martinez at LB, and Packers nickel had a huge, exploitable hole in the middle.

What’s worse, when Moses went back to school, the Pack took a body blow. Now, they’re going to have to pay big bucks in FA, which means bye- bye Bulaga.

Did the Pack have an opportunity to trade up to #10? It likely would have cost them a third, which they used to draft Sternberger. Would that have been worth it?

I guess what I’m saying is, would the Pack be in the SB with Bush at LB?

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Rossonero's picture

January 21, 2020 at 10:41 am

No, we would not be in the SB with Devin Bush. We got outplayed and outcoached so bad in the 1st half that one player would not have made that huge of a difference. Aaron Rodgers had a horrible 1st half and those turnovers killed us.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 21, 2020 at 03:10 pm

I still like the first four picks. Sternberger should have been used more in the second half of the season. Gary was under-utilized as well. He can get to the QB and knows five tech to control the corner as @ Michigan. Get everybody attacking. It will a tough week for LaFleur reviewing the film.

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stockholder's picture

January 20, 2020 at 09:35 pm

it's time for another great player to come to Green Bay. Forget the position. Make Room. Reggie white, Brett Favre, Charles Woodson. Gute must take that next step as GM. Get that next Hall of Fame player. We just don't have enough to reach the super-bowl. Most teams have cap problems. It's time he gambles with that 1 pick. Free up more money.. MAKE THIS TEAM BETTER! It's time for Gute to Make HISTORY! Bring them to Green Bay. You have the power.USE IT!

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

January 20, 2020 at 10:52 pm

Thanks for a great season CHTV. You guys make it much more enjoyable. Now here goes my two cents. Packers we’re huge overachievers this year. 14-4 was amazing with a rookie coach, a few players in the skill positions and little depth. Team speed is lacking, so most Packer fans were expecting 9-7 or maybe even an outside shot at 10-6. Instead they went unbeaten in the North and pretty much dominated the perennial good teams like the Vikings (twice) and Seahawks. One game from the Super Bowl was a totally unexpected. Speaking of Vikings and Seahawks, are seeing how hard it is to field a consistently competitive team with highly paid QBs. Russell off his rookie contract means no Legion of Boom...you can’t have both. It comes down to a philosophical decision of how to build a team which brings me to San Francisco.

SF has really good players. Fast, young, mostly drafted in the early first rounds. They are the prototypical yo-yo team. Here are their win totals over the last two cycles: since they made the playoffs in 2002 they had 7-2-4-7-5-8-6 wins. Then they made the playoffs in 2011-13. Then they won 8-5-2-6-4 before this year. That affords a ton of early first round draft picks while the stands sit empty on Sundays (and they did). Then the inevitable success happens, the bandwaggoneers jump onboard and they can have 1-2 years of success before the salary cap catches up again and they can’t pay the second contracts to all of those first round picks. Same thing happens with good young quarterbacks on rookie contracts. KC will see something like this this when Mahomes gets paid. Then we don’t have to hear about the 9ers (or Rams...last year’s yoyo flavor of the year) for another 6-8 years.

Meanwhile, the Steelers, Seahawks, Packers, Pats, and maybe even the Vikings will slog it out in the 10-11 win area every year, never quite having the personnel to beat the flavor of the year. That’s how I see it.

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alforno54's picture

January 22, 2020 at 11:22 am

Great comment Doug. You nailed it. Two years ago the Pack was a SB contender until Rodgers shoulder gets mauled. Last year was their only real bad year. As you stated they did not have the luxury of high draft picks other teams that sucked for a long time had. You really don't to be to smart to pick Bosa just bad enough.

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Harold Drake's picture

January 21, 2020 at 01:48 am

Thanks Mr Nagler for your always incisive and sophisticated observations throughout the season. Your devotion to the Packers universe is as remarkable as it is inspiring. but your ability to slay trolls, curb reactionary voices, and elevate reason above ad hominem assertions puts you in the elite class of the NFL commentariat. Long may you carry the G.

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canadapacker's picture

January 21, 2020 at 05:47 am

I just love the Packer fans who are draft experts. They are constantly dumping on Gary - but who else would they have taken - there was only one Bosa in the draft - Oliver, Simmons Sweat were all drafted around there Williams all played different snaps on teams - and only Sweat did better on a really bad team. Gary will need to improve and I expect that to happen with a full offseason

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 21, 2020 at 03:24 pm

Simmons teams up well with Casey and brings it. He was a guy that also had a likelihood of risking re-injury. Sweat is not an EDGE guy that can also go inside. I like Sweat. He can also go of the line as a 4-3 DE. Ferrell, Wilkens, had a couple sacks more then Gary but they were learn-on-the-job starters. Dillard didn't do much; Fant is not a blocking TE. Savage will be a really good FS, even as a slot CB. Jenkins will be AlL-Pro. I'm not worried about Gary.

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DrMixerGED's picture

January 21, 2020 at 07:15 am

Detritus? Someone's used a big word, cue Zachary Jacobson!

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Packers0808's picture

January 21, 2020 at 04:48 pm

Always next season!

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Packers0808's picture

January 21, 2020 at 04:48 pm

Always next season!

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