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Can the Offensive Line Stay at the Top of Their Game?

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The Packers offensive line was a definite strength last season. Even with a major change at the left guard position, Lane Taylor was more than adequate, especially as a run blocker but also had a huge block on a linebacker in space that made it possible for Aaron Rodgers to throw the critical completion to Jared Cook in the Divisional round against the Cowboys. But the O-line is a question for some and there are reasons for that trepidation. Let's break it down. (more…)

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Looking Forward to the Return of Power Play Action

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The Packers' 12 personnel group was one that the Packers want to use more in 2017. Last season they used it with some success at times but with the addition of Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, it would seem that group should be improved from last year. But the passing game is not the only aspect of the offense that will benefit from these additions. The Packers like to run a "power play action" in obvious running downs and this play should have a chance to be successful in 2017. One example from 2016 came in the week 7 matchup…

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Player Relaxation and Fan Anticipation: Part One – The Running Backs

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With the off-season program officially done the Packers' players now head to their respective destinations to relax, the fans start to anticipate training camp, the beginning of the 2017 season and the chance to see how this team comes together. While for many of the rookies, there is still a lot to learn, they all will get a chance to maintain their bodies in preparation for the long, grueling season to come. Earlier this week, I broke down the rookie running back situation (focusing on the rookie running backs with video highlights) and it would be hard not to be…

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Packers Quest for Balance Starts Now

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Last year's running back situation left the Packers' attempts to establish the running game, at times, a crap-shoot. With Starks out and Lacy down for the count, the team really had a revolving door until Ty Montgomery stepped in and Aaron Ripkowski came on strong. Attempts to achieve greater run/pass balance looked more forced than anything. Now without Lacy, the Packers have a bevy of rookies, one of whom will be slated for the number two spot behind Monty. How do they stack up? We will discover that here. (more…)

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Offseason Analysis: One Formations To Stick With in 2017

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The off-season is a great time to analyze what worked and what didn't for the 2016 Packers team. Today I want to talk about one formation that was deployed from time to time last year and did not meet with as much success as expected. The Packers rolled out this formation against the Dallas Cowboys in week six last year and, frankly, it didn't work. Let's look into what didn't work and then talk about whether there is opportunity to to continue using it in 2017 with the personnel that we now have.  (more…)

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