Is Keeping Their Own a Good Strategy for the Packers?

The Green Bay Packers are prioritizing keeping as many of their current players on their roster in 2021. After more than one week of free agency in the NFL, the Packers are the only team in the league who has not signed an unrestricted free agent who played with another team last season. Meanwhile, GM Brian Gutekunst has re-signed running back Aaron Jones and cornerback Kevin King after extending David Bakhtiari and Kenny Clark a year ago.

Many Packers fans are frustrated by this strategy. They see other contending teams making big moves in free agency and they want their club to do the same despite their limited room under the salary cap. If Aaron Rodgers has only a short time left as an elite quarterback, they want their team to be “all in” to get Rodgers another Super Bowl title.

So, the question must be asked: How good were the 2020 Packers? And were they good enough to win a Super Bowl with the core of the roster they had mixed in with a new draft class and a couple of moderately-priced free agents.

In 2020, the Packers finished with a 13-3-0 record and were the top seed in the NFC playoffs. They hosted the NFC Championship Game for this first time since 2007 and won four games against playoff bound teams during the regular season.

On offense, the Packers led the NFL in points scored last year with 509 points. They had the NFL’s MVP in Rodgers and Pro Bowl players in David Bakhtiari, Corey Linsley, Aaron Jones, Elgton Jenkins and Davante Adams.

Of the Packers 11 starters on offense last year, 10 of them are projected to return in 2020. The only exception is Linsley who has signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as a free agent. Green Bay has many options to replace Linsley on their roster including moving either Jenkins or Lucas Patrick to center, promoting one of the three late draft picks they made at interior offensive line last year or drafting a rookie to assume the starting duties.

The Packers are certain to add some pieces to the offense in the draft and Devin Funchess will be on the roster in 2021 after opting out of last season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jamaal Williams, who was the Packers second running back in 2020, has signed with the Lions, but the Packers have already drafted A.J. Dillon to take over that role in 2021. Backup quarterback Tim Boyle also signed with Detroit but the Packers selected Jordan Love last year and he will now be the man to back up Rodgers.

Basically, the league’s top offense is returning almost entirely intact and they will have another year of experience in Matt LaFleur’s system.

On defense, the Packers are also returning 10 of 11 starters from last year’s team. They have Pro Bowl caliber players in Kenny Clark, Jaire Alexander and Za’Darius Smith on the roster. The only starter who won’t be returning from last year’s group is inside linebacker Christian Kirksey and he lost his starting job late last season and was replaced by Krys Barnes and Kamal Martin.

The Packers need more help on defense than they do on offense, no doubt, but the unit ranked 13th in the league in points allowed and ninth in yards allowed. In other words, statistically, Green Bay had a top 10 defense in 2020.

When Gutekunst does add a free agent or two in free agency, they are more likely to play defense. The Packers are also expected to emphasize defense in the draft with cornerback, inside linebacker and interior defensive line all considered priorities.

One year ago, the so-called experts were convinced the Packers were heading for a major regression in 2020. They said the Packers were the luckiest 13-3-0 team in 2019 and that the team’s failure to get immediate help in the draft last year or to add a big-ticket free agent all but guaranteed they would fall off significantly in 2020.

Well, that didn’t happen. Instead, the team gelled in their second season running LaFleur’s offense. Rodgers had his best season in nearly a decade and became league MVP for the third time. The continued development of players already on the roster like Rashan Gary, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Linsley, Jenkins, Robert Tonyan, Alexander and Darnell Savage helped the team improve and gain the top seed in the NFC.

If fans feel the Packers were good enough to win a Super Bowl in 2020, keeping as many of those players on the roster in 2021 is a sound strategy, especially given the team’s financial limitations this offseason. The Packers could stay at or near the top of the league with internal improvement from some of their younger players, contributions from a few draft picks and the continuity that a stable roster helps provide.

The draft is still ahead of us and free agency is far from over. But it is far too soon to panic about the 2021 Packers especially when 20 of the team’s 22 starters from last season will be back and the team should be as competitive again in 2021.

All the evidence points to the fact that the Packers were legitimate Super Bowl contenders in 2020. If that’s the case, they should be among the NFC’s best again in 2021.

You can follow Gil Martin on Twitter @GilPackers

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Demon's picture

March 25, 2021 at 01:36 pm

I agree with all the resignings with the exception of King. That whole situation sets a bad precedent. If you spend enough time on the trainers table and when not injured for the most part be bad or inconsistent you can be rewarded with a 6 mil $ 1 year contract. I only hope that a couple people in camp drive him so far down the depth chart we wont have to wonder when his next disaster will occur.

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jhtobias's picture

March 25, 2021 at 12:44 pm

Please educate yourself and look at the real numbers they are avaliable .. You should probably atick to Twitter since you dont beleive in facts

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Big_Mel_75's picture

March 25, 2021 at 12:55 pm

What facts did he get wrong? On the surface, the number that is reported on was a 1yr 6mil deal. Yes it will be actually lower. The guy can't stay healthy, shotty tackler with his should tackle tactics. I would have taken Casey Hayward or Sherman over King....

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Turophile's picture

March 25, 2021 at 01:27 pm

The Packers have all the tape they need on King to make an informed decision.

This year, the cap is so tight that they will be looking to save EVERY LAST CENT. With what they know and as tight as the cap is, they STILL chose to re-sign King. That is a very telling decision to me.

As for Hayward and Sherman they probably cost $2-3m more than King..............maybe more than that, depending on how much of King's money is tied up in incentives.

King will never be a superstar, but he should be anti-awful and he knows the scheme.

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dobber's picture

March 25, 2021 at 02:23 pm

"will never be a superstar, but he should be anti-awful and he knows the scheme."

How did you get your hands on my wife's wedding vows?

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Minniman's picture

March 25, 2021 at 02:41 pm

I feel somewhat unqualified to be suggesting this, but were it my call I’d say give yourself a cookie Dobber - actually 2.

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Since'61's picture

March 25, 2021 at 09:19 pm

Brilliance deserves a sleeve of cookies!! Thanks, Since '61

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Demon's picture

March 25, 2021 at 01:38 pm

Ok JHtobias, another keyboard warrior huh? Theres never a shortage of clowns like this on this site. SMH.

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Oppy's picture

March 25, 2021 at 08:13 pm

6 Million is just slightly higher than median salary for a starting CB in the NFL.

People are acting like the Packers broke the bank for King's one year "prove it" deal (Or, perhaps, one year band-aid deal until they find a better option via draft or FA).

They didn't. There's 64 starting corners in the league; King's one year $6 mil deal makes him #28 or so on the CB salary list.

As far as the article's theme, I don't think what we've been seeing is the Packers necessarily "prioritizing their own" (although, that is what the Packers historically do), but rather, they're applying the strategy of "spending what they can afford to spend."

FA = inflated prices. It was a struggle for the Packers to get under the cap to begin with, frankly, I'm impressed with what they've been able to do. This year could have been a mass exodus of talent to make cap. They've done a pretty good job so far. It will be impressive if they manage to keep Tonyan as well.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 26, 2021 at 07:56 am

True enough. The problem is that King is not one of the top 64 CBs in the NFL. He not in the top 80. He should be a backup.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 26, 2021 at 08:24 am

Touche'

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Oppy's picture

March 26, 2021 at 10:22 pm

I don't know I'd agree with that. I guess it depends on if King is really 2020 King, or if he's really 2019 King.

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Mojo's picture

March 25, 2021 at 11:54 pm

This description from PFF on (now former FA) King:

"King has disappointed during his four years in Green Bay ‚ the former second-rounder's highest-graded season was a 62.7 mark in 2019. He blew up the NFL scouting combine, running a 4.43 40 and posting 98th-percentile agility drills at 6-foot-3, but that agility has not shown up on the field, as King is often knocked off balance by good route runners. King has struggled mightily in zone coverage, ranking dead last in coverage grade since entering the league, and he‚ has been one of the worst tacklers in the league over the last two years. King has the size and athleticism to be effective on the vertical route tree, but he is a reclamation project who likely needs a specific, limited role on his new team."

In his most recent year - 2020, PFF gave him a grade of 50.6 or 99th out of 121 CB's with enough snaps to be graded.

The Packers can still add to the CB room in the draft or possibly free agency, but they've now given considerable assets to a guy who's been one of the worst graded CB's over his four year career.

What do they see that I don't? Throwing good money after bad.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 26, 2021 at 08:25 am

"we like our guys"

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Oppy's picture

March 26, 2021 at 10:25 pm

Maybe new DC is going to actually use King in press man like we should have been doing the entire time. Considering Jaire is near lock down, you can shade a safety over towards King's side and let Kevin get very aggressive at the LOS.

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TarynsEyes's picture

March 25, 2021 at 12:29 pm

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Leatherhead's picture

March 25, 2021 at 12:38 pm

As I’ve said before, I think the Packer brass realizes how close this team is and we’re going to make one more run with this bunch. If we win the Super Bowl, everybody will be happy.

The team that takes the field in 2022, however, is going to look very different. Many of our high dollar guys will be traded or released..

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PF4L's picture

March 25, 2021 at 12:40 pm

Update: Rodgers and Packers restructuring rumor

As i proclaimed...i thought Michael Silver was blowing smoke last Monday announcing that the Packers and Rodgers were negotiating.

I found that hard to believe citing his 6.8 million roster bonus would have been paid out, thereby negating almost 5 million in cap savings of having done so before the roster bonus deadline. That made no sense.

The only loophole i could think of that made any sense, was if the Packers and Rodgers agreed to delay the roster bonus...while they were negotiating.

As it turned it, it was bs. because apparently Rodgers roster bonus was dispersed to him last Friday.

So what happened? Michael Silver got some attention, twitter hits, and his name mentioned a lot as the source of the story. So he got the attention he was seeking.

As i have previously stated, enjoy Rodgers last season. This is it folks. The writings on the wall.

PF4L...Not, just another pretty face.

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stockholder's picture

March 25, 2021 at 12:53 pm

We know it's all Bs.

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stockholder's picture

March 25, 2021 at 12:46 pm

I approve of the signings. Just not the money being spent. I would have waited on Bahk. And Lewis. I would have tagged Jones. I strongly approve of the King signing. And since were stuck with Gute's choices in last years draft. There isn't to much more to say on the matter. Winning more then the year before, justified keeping their own. And if Linsley didn't have back problems. I would have signed him too. But thats Free Agency. I'm impressed with the way the guys tried to stick together. Hopefully Gute makes the right moves in the draft.

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Minniman's picture

March 25, 2021 at 02:53 pm

Re Linsley, the 2020 version of Linsley was far superior to the 2019 version - at the time I commented that there were a number of incidences where he snapped the ball and didn’t offer support to his guards (when he didn’t have a NT on him). Not sure if this was instructed of him or not, but it was there on tape. 2020 contract year Linsley helped everyone. With this, his age and back injury history I think it was wise to let him move on for $$$.

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Lphill's picture

March 25, 2021 at 12:58 pm

This is Rodgers last season in Green Bay , we will watch him in 2022 Pull a Brady and finally get his second ring. While Love runs the Packers back into obscurity. This is dedicated to 13Timesachump .

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13TimeChamps's picture

March 25, 2021 at 01:33 pm

Continue with the juvenile name calling. You're really putting your lack of intelligence on display. But then again, how much intelligence does it take to be a security guard?

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TarynsEyes's picture

March 25, 2021 at 01:56 pm

So you call out name calling while looking down your nose at Security Guards doing what they can to support them and or family. Class.

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13TimeChamps's picture

March 25, 2021 at 02:00 pm

Well, I believe he opened that door with the name calling.

And this concerns you how?

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PearlyBakerBest's picture

March 25, 2021 at 03:16 pm

The pot calling the kettle black. Oops. Never mind. Let’s not get her started on “the blacks. “

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Lphill's picture

March 25, 2021 at 03:11 pm

It’s ok he thinks he’s insulting me I was a nyc police officer laid off then went to the nyc correction dept. and retired as a Captain I also responded to the WTC on 911 , 13Timesachump enjoys participation trophies not championships.

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13TimeChamps's picture

March 25, 2021 at 04:04 pm

If in fact that's true...we only have your word...please explain why you can't engage in a difference of opinion with another poster without name calling. It's extremely juvenile and immature.

And just because people don't continuously post negative comments about the Packers organization over and over ad nauseum like you and Taryn, doesn't mean we don't want them to win Super Bowls. We're just realize they're not going to do it every other year. We move on like most adults. We have lives and don't live vicariously through an NFL franchise. I'll never understand "fans" like you who take it personal when your team loses occasionally. Get a life for gods sake.

You keep posting your imbecilic negative comments about the team you proclaim to love, because I'm sure in your mind you could do a better job than the professionals in the FO are doing. From this point forward, other than shaking my head at your nonsense, I'll no longer respond. Enjoy your misery.

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Lphill's picture

March 25, 2021 at 05:14 pm

Look at my home page on Facebook , Louis Phillips
a video of me in uniform at the WTC and a messsge to me from Bret Favre . It was you who started the immature name calling and insulting ad you do to others who don’t agree with you , you must be thrilled with the new cancel culture .

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13TimeChamps's picture

March 25, 2021 at 06:51 pm

"and a messsge to me from Bret Favre"

Paying a multi-millionaire celebrity who doesn't know you, and never will, to send you a "personal"...lol message is beyond pathetic. Is your life really that empty?

I said I wouldn't respond anymore, but that was just sad. Seriously...get a life.

Good luck to you...but get help.

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Minniman's picture

March 25, 2021 at 03:04 pm

Respectfully, all these proclamations and we haven’t seen Love play even a pre-season game.

In the event that you are right, the packers coaches and managers would need to see Love come in and absolutely ball out in order to make that call - Gute himself said that they know what they have in Rodgers, and they ‘aren’t idiots’.

You know the boxing phrase, if you want to be the champ, you’ve got to defeat the champ.

The only way Rodgers goes early from Green Bay is via the above or being traded for an obscene number of round 1 picks.

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PatrickGB's picture

March 25, 2021 at 01:06 pm

Better the devil you know...

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BartySmith76's picture

March 25, 2021 at 01:24 pm

To be a Superbowl caliber team, you first have to be an NFC Championship calbier team. We are 0-4 in the that regard in the last 10 years.

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PF4L's picture

March 25, 2021 at 01:58 pm

Mike Greenburg, comparing the strategy of the Packers, and Tampa Bay....

"They (Packers) are looking with one eye on the present, and one eye on the future and Tampa is doing the opposite and we see....the result."

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TarynsEyes's picture

March 25, 2021 at 02:44 pm

As long as the Packers stay in front of the Division, their concern for how to catch those ahead is a slight concern, but apparently not enough to warrant measures of improvement to catch those ahead of them.

The YouTube video I posted appears to have either been too hard to make the connection to the articles' basis, or it hit a tad too hard to what the Packers are doing.

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Ds300916's picture

March 26, 2021 at 10:14 pm

Greenberg says as both teams resign only their own players.... Mike Greenberg has turned from good sports analysis to click bait reporting. Look no further than his annual Dallas Cowboy hype train.

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TXCHEESE's picture

March 25, 2021 at 02:17 pm

Greenburg is a Jets fan, which should tell you all you need to know concerning his football IQ. The Packers were 13-3 the last two years, came within a game of the Super Bowl and are set to go at it again. Chemistry counts. Tampa hit a home run last year, no doubt, but look at the previous 10 years and tell me you would rather be a TB fan.

As MM said, "we're not idiots". GB is going to keep Rodgers until he slips. He's the best QB in all of football and it ain't even close. They will find a way to keep a competitive roster in '22. Hide and Watch!

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TarynsEyes's picture

March 25, 2021 at 02:58 pm

The fact that neither had been to an SB the last ten years, before the recent goal achievement by Tampa Bay, makes both teams prior ten seasons a losing one, regardless of the records. However, since it looks like Tampa is doing all they can to repeat, by retaining the actual winners of the SB, I'd be inclined to believe that the Packers are now jealous of Tampa Bay and peed off with the inactivity to be a better team, and not simply a carbon copy again of what hasn't achieved the goal of each and every season.

As to Greenberg being of low football I.Q. because he's a Jet fan, does that mean all GB fans in the 70-80's were of low I.Q. while GB sucked? I would think those here that lived through those years may have a bone to pick with you. At least I'd hope they would defend themselves here.

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TXCHEESE's picture

March 26, 2021 at 01:54 pm

I was referring to the Jet's fanship tongue in cheek. Greenburg has been a long time talking head. Not as big an idiot as Skip Bayless, but nonetheless, if you've listened to him over the years he can make some pretty dumb remarks.

As far as saying all seasons are failures if you don't win it all, is a spoiled kid mentality. Obviously, to the professional athletes the object is to win it all and there is some emptiness to it, the further you make it and then losing. Part of the game. Living in the middle of Cowboys' country, I can tell you they would happily trade the last 10 years.

It wasn't like the Packer's got blown out by TB. A bounce here or there, and they win....and besides, the "result" will not be known until sometime in early 2022.

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Ds300916's picture

March 26, 2021 at 10:18 pm

Tampa Bay *Resigns only their own players*, Mike Greenberg "What an offseason!"
Green Bay *Resigns only their won players* Mike Greenberg "What a terrible offseason, Rodgers should want out"

You can spin anything any direction you choose. Fact of the matter is repeating is damn near impossible and we all spent last offseason wondering how we would get by San Francisco. One ESPN reporter said the only team he was sure would NOT win the super bowl was Tampa Bay because teams just don't repeat. And I think that's the smartest thing I've heard in ESPN in quite some time. If you need more evidence for why Greenberg is an idiot, he continually hypes up the cowboys every year and this years reason is apparently they can win by paying Dak 40 million even when they couldn't win while paying him 4 million.

Ok Rant over, thanks for listening.

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PF4L's picture

March 25, 2021 at 04:15 pm

TXCHEESE....
I don't think his fan ship dictates his football IQ. Some people are just born a fan of their team, like i was.
I would worry about a football IQ, but look closer to home my friend.

Keep the dream alive brother!!

Enjoy that kool aid.

Stay thirsty

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rodgersrules's picture

March 25, 2021 at 04:27 pm

Saying Greenburg knows nothing about football because he grew up a Jets fan says a lot more about your football "IQ" than his.

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Minniman's picture

March 25, 2021 at 02:34 pm

Gil, it’s too hard to say that the 2020 Packers will excel against its 2021 opponents. The 2021 schedule will likely be tougher than the last 2 years (8 opponents were finalists last year and all but 2 [Washington and Chicago] are keeping the nucleus of their teams), so that old investing adage of ‘past gains are no guarantee of future success’ is true here too.

That said, and as you pointed out, the nucleus of the Packers team have also stayed, and gelled somewhat too. Providing that MLF opens up an as yet unseen part of the playbook, your theory holds........ but let’s not kid ourselves here, the 2020 Packers got out-played AND out-coached in the NFCCG...... this is more a bet that MLF is placing on himself than the team - I can’t wait!

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blondy45's picture

March 25, 2021 at 05:18 pm

IMO I believe the Pack will have a better record than Tampa Bay does next year. Both the Bucs and the Pack are bringing back their own players from 2020. Rodgers had 2 bad games against Tampa last year. Brady did not light it up against the Pack, he is throwing more INT than ever lately. Also the Pack plays Vikes, Bears, & Lions twice. I do not see any of those teams improving much. Packers are a younger team than the Bucs. As Minniman states above, MLF is motivated to improve in 2021. The Bucs will have a MUCH tougher schedule this year compared to prior years. Give me a better TEN player draft this year. I can not wait. Go Pack Go.

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dobber's picture

March 25, 2021 at 06:25 pm

<<showing my immersion in the Detroit market>>

I wouldn't be surprised if the Lions flirt with .500, even without Stafford. I think Campbell was a great hire, and I think Patricia held them back that much.

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PF4L's picture

March 25, 2021 at 03:01 pm

Interesting point coming from Shannon Sharp....
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He states that Rodgers wants assurance's of his future in Green Bay. I don't dispute that for a second. Because he truly wants to finish his career in Green Bay. I haven't heard anyone dispute that.
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But he goes on to say...that isn't what the NFL is all about. "The league today is...can you help me win....today?"
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So, i'm thinking....are there different standards for players, and the front office?
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Has the President, a board member, or anyone from the Executive committee approached Gutenkunst and asked him..."Are you doing all you can in helping us win...today?
I know, i know........Gute has to plan for the future...blah blah blah blah.
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The Packers have disrespected Rodgers over the years in various aspects.
If you don't already know that, or you are confused by my statement, you are a semi casual fan, at best.
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The VERY day that Rodgers inevitably leaves the Packers, the comfort and warmth of front office job security will dissipate, with each passing game
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1) Packer fans are accustomed to excellence at QB
Just because the drafting of Love bears some similarities to how Rodgers was drafted....that is NOT a future indicator of how good of a QB Love may, or may not be.
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2) A LOT of the new Packer fans of the last 30 years will be like...."hey...this isn't what i signed up for".
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The money train won't stop, but it will surely lose some payload.
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As always....free of charge.
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You're welcome.

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Dragon5's picture

March 25, 2021 at 03:29 pm

I didn't want this message to have a political undertone, but there's little in the way to avoid doing so as it pertains to next year's cap. Who's to say it doesn't drop further in 2022? Why do I bring that up? Well, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as the Brewers have just announced their protocols for this year:

--tailgating banned
--no food allowed in, only one factory sealed plastic water or soda bottle is allowed
--masks required except when eating or drinking
--no cash accepted (easy to see digital agenda)

Sounds like a blast right ?!? Where can I sign up for a season pass--as in I'll PASS on your draconian measures. I don't attend Packer games and normally would attend 2-3 Brewers games a year. Don't know about the rest of you, but I'll be elated to still enjoy sports from the comforts of home.

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blondy45's picture

March 25, 2021 at 05:33 pm

I am tired of people stating Aaron Rodgers has been disrespected. They have paid him very well for his well deserved services. The reason why the pack can not spend too much in FA is mainly because of Rodgers contract. Rodgers has been paid top money, but has fallen short on delivering Super Bowl titles. I love Rodgers, but fame comes at a price. As father time catches up, the price tag is usually higher than his cost of fame label reveals. As Kenny Rodgers sang...know when to hold em, know when to fold em! It is time to fold em unfortunately.

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LeotisHarris's picture

March 25, 2021 at 06:36 pm

Actually, Dragon5, it all makes perfect sense. The majority of Brewer's front office execs are Roosters, so they are prone to accepting science. They can't see this entire "plandemic" for what it truly is. They know most sheeple attending Brewers games already have a BAC of three times the legal limit, so they'll accept draconian measures, especially on Draconian Measures Night against the Cubs. The caveat here is MLB leadership is staffed with Ox, Rabbit, and Tiger. THAT could throw a huge curveball into the mix in 2022!

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oldpointer's picture

March 25, 2021 at 07:47 pm

Maybe we fans should just cut back on the negative and enjoy the positive. We have a darn good team with some really exceptional talent that provides quality and competitive entertainment. If you have to have Super Bowl championships to be satisfied and happy, well, that's on you. It'd be nice to have championships, sure. We've had a few and will get a few more. But how about enjoying the ride until we get there. It'll happen.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 26, 2021 at 08:14 am

That's fair enough in many ways.

But make no mistake, the NFL does not want fans to wait until August or September to just attend the games or watch them on TV. They want to televise the combine. They want to publicize the results. They want to televise the draft. If there is no place to get information on these things, the less interest in the combine and draft and the lower the ratings. Having an informed fan base pumps up interest and ratings, and it also leads to the ability to disagree and negativity. For example, Gute doesn't give pressers in Latin (insert any language the bulk of the fans do not know) so no one can disagree with him. Gute speaks in the vernacular for a reason.

I can agree and disagree with the FO and still enjoy the ride. My interest in roster building allows me to be a fan of a 2-14 team as easily as I can be a fan of a 13-3 team.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 26, 2021 at 08:33 am

Foma

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Since&#039;61's picture

March 25, 2021 at 09:48 pm

I believe any strategy can be a good strategy if it is well thought out, implemented and executed properly with benchmarks to determine when contingencies or even an exit need to be applied.

What I'm seeing from the Packers so far in 2021 may prove to be an over reach in keeping the current roster together. It is beginning to appear that our contingency plans will consist of our draft choices, UDFAs and Love in the worst case scenario.

As far as keeping the roster together we've lost Linsley, Wagner and Williams. And we don't know yet how long Bak will be out for in 2021. So we have lost 3 experienced players from the most important position group on the team. Our plan seems to be that we have enough depth to make up the losses with last season's draft picks. Until Bak returns that is a huge maybe. How that plays out will likely determine the success of our ground game and whether or not Rodgers makes it through the season. Then there are our WRs after Adams, which are all questions marks.

On defense holding onto King, Lowry and Lancaster are also part of a questionable strategy of over playing the keep your own strategy.
What is the contingency plan if Clark is injured? A draft pick? Kingsley Keke? We know Lowry and Lancaster are not the answers. CB and backup ILBs need to be addressed. Again this looks like we're depending on the draft to fill this need.

We've seen the Packers try to finish out seasons with late round draft picks and UDFAs. the end of the 2015 and 2016 seasons come to mind as do the entire 2017 and 2018 seasons. None of those seasons ended very well. This was an offseason to try to fill some gaps
with FAs, especially at CB, DL and WR.

It looks like Gute's plan is keep the roster together and hope that we have another fortunate season in the injury department and that everything else breaks just right for us. You can't cover every possible variable in an NFL season but I'm not sure Gute's approach of keeping so much of our own will cover enough of the variables to result in an SB. Hope I'm wrong but let's see how the draft plays out and any other moves between now and Week 1 of the season. Thanks, Since '61
Thanks, Since '61

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porupack's picture

March 26, 2021 at 06:33 am

I usually agree with ypur comments and enjoy your mix of optimististic and critical comments. However, here I disagree a bit. How well this strategy is implemented will be seen throughout the rest of the draft, training camp, preseason and the season, right? GB was close, but still fairly flawed performance once they got into the top 5 peer teams. Most fans probably agree that the team last year (and we say this about every year) was 2 players away from a sure-bet team. But the 2021 team was full of pro-bowl players, and others who probably should have been, and 3 elite, best at their positions players. The problem is 1-2 holes in that defense, and/or coaching. So a sound strategy is 1) keep 90 percent of the roster, 2) stuff the offense with elite blockers as possible in all positions, 3) the continuity and familiarity can allow new play strategies to emerge, 4) GET BETTER [email protected]! Then, 1) draft a couple that can contribute, if not start to fill the holes, 2) attract one FA on a one year (rob gronkoski-deal) that wants to win a superbowl, and is willing play for very team friendly deal. Gute gave himself flexibility in the draft after signing King. Now he can draft some CBs, DTs, LBs, for their upside to unseat a current average/sub-par player.

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Since&#039;61's picture

March 28, 2021 at 06:22 pm

Good post Porupack. I appreciate your feedback. Check the last sentence of my post. I think that we agree that the success of Gute's plan will depend upon the draft, TC, preseason and regular season. Stay well.
Thanks, Since '61

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 26, 2021 at 08:37 am

It is a scotch tape job to cover the fails on Jackson, j Jones, Montravious, Biegel, Burks, Ja'mon Moore, Spriggs etc.

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