Legacy of Champions: 1966 Championship, A New Era of Championships

Packers 1966 ChampionshipA continuation of the Legacy of Champions series. Articles that chronicle the 13 Packer championships. If you’re just joining us, read about all the great Packer championships by clicking here.

In 1966, the NFL came to an agreement to merge with the fledgling American Football League and become a single professional football league. The merger wouldn’t happen until 1970. In the meantime, the two leagues began to pit their two league champions against each other in what would be called the Super Bowl.

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You Make the Call!

OK Packernation…for an instant, you are the GM…Ted Thompson just came down with bird flu. The pick HAS to go in! What position, based on the depth of the draft, need, and of course, best player available do you draft in Round 1?

What should the selection be?

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Off the Board at 21???

cjPackers fans are already anticipating the Packers’ pick at number 21 in the 2014 draft. Who will it be? Here are some possibilities with stats, strengths, and weaknesses.

CJ Mosley: Mosley was an anchor to a two-time championship Alabama Crimson Tide and is NFL ready. His ability to cover receivers and his sure tackling in the open field make him a natural need-fill for the Packers. But will he be there? This kid, early on, was not expected to make it past the middle of the first. But there are some question marks…especially his health as he will be coming into the NFL a little dinged up. That could be a major red flag for a Packers team that could not “empty its guns” last season due to injuries on the defense. But if Mosley’s 40 time (4.63) is any indication, and the Packers are willing to stand pat, the upside is that Mosley may be a real value at pick number 21. While he doesn’t have elite size for an inside linebacker, it’s his ability to get after mobile quarterbacks and cover TE’s that makes him a very intriguing prospect. So here is a breakdown of Mosley’s measurables: Continue reading

We Got Kuuuuuhn! How Long Until We See This Against Jared Allen?

Packernation is excited today as the NFL is announcing the re-signing of John Kuhn to the roster for downloadone year and around a million dollars. Kuhn is “just a football player” with 10 carries averaging a little less than 4 yards per. But his blocking ability and his uncanny ability to get first downs and get into the endzone when the team needs him, along with his play on special teams, make him a blue collar guy and a fan favorite.

Kuhn’s veteran presence should be a boon for Aaron Rodgers, who will see some shakeup in the offensive line this season. For example…the play below…you remember it don’t you? Except NOW Julius Peppers is also a Packer:

 

Legacy of Champions: Packers 1965 Championship

Packers 1965 ChampionshipA continuation of the Legacy of Champions series. Articles that chronicle the 13 Packer championships. If you’re just joining us, read about all the great Packer championships by clicking here.

After a couple years in a row where they didn’t make it to the championship game, the Packers took a hard path to the top game in 1965. But, once they were there they made it count and brought home yet another NFL world championship.

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Off the Board at 21: Calvin Pryor

Packers fans are already anticipating the Packers’ pick at number 21 in the 2014 draft. Who will it be? Here are some possibilities with stats, strengths, and weaknesses.

With Green Bay planning to get Micah Hyde more involved in the defense and with Sam Shields signed andcal coming back, a LOT of Packers fans would love to see the Packers take Calvin Pryor with the number 21 pick this year. ‘Course, that assumes he will still be on the board which at this point could be a long shot.

Strengths: Pryor is a big-time hitter with good range and in the NFC North Division, the Packers need a safety that will make receivers pay. That free safety position again would allow Morgan Burnette to play the strong position where he is more effective. In an interview on NFL Network, Pryor said he takes pride in being a big hitter and that might be just the key Green Bay needs on the backend of a defense that gave up way too many yards in the passing game last season. Pryor does not, however, want to be typecast as a facemask-forward only kind of guy and since his pro day has been working hard to show scouts that he can flip his hips and trail in man coverage.

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Compensatory Picks Handed Out

Packers general manager Ted Thompson has been known as a “draft and develop” GM since the beginning. ttNot known for spending on top-tier free agents nor often a trade up kind of guy, Thompson has built a young, deep team that has even won a Super Bowl with six starters on IR. This mentality, along with the stellar pickup of one Aaron Rodgers to solidify the quarterback position for the long term (as long as we keep him healthy…knock on wood) has made the Green Bay Packers a perennial playoff team and yearly contender. But the Packers are also a team with holes…especially in the defensive backfield.

Right now, the draft talk is heating up and last night the 2014 compensatory picks were announced. According to CBS Sports the Packers have received an additional 3rd round pick (the highest compensatory pick available) along with a fifth round compensatory pick. Continue reading