D-Backs: Plug and Play for Green Bay?

Well, a lot of the off-season talk and certainly much of the draft talk for the coming months centers around imgresone of the Packers’ most glaring needs – that of a cornerback or safety. While draft speculation is fun (and to some extent…irresistable even when the draft is FOREVER away) much can change before the Packers pick at number 21 in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Scenarios will change and though we know that Ted Thompson doesn’t draft by need, getting a solid defensive back in this year’s draft, somebody who can be “plug and play” so to speak, would be a real boon for a defense that has taken it’s knocks both on the field and off.

But are cornerbacks and safeties “plug and play”? Even the best physical specimens have a limited understanding of the pro system. During the Scouting Combine, Deion Sanders (who I appreciate a bit now that he is NOT playing) had something interesting to say about the way defensive backs are being coached nowadays. His basic point was that coaches now are teaching defensive backs concepts rather than technique and that actual technique sound corners are a rare breed in the NFL. Continue reading

The Straight Skinny from Coach McCarthy

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy met with the media today at the imgresNFL Combine and made it clear that next season’s Packers defense will change.

“We’re gonna be a little different on defense”, McCarthy said and further elaborated that the change will involve using a more broad range of weapons and packages. The statement came in response to a question about reports that the Packers were planning to get smaller on the defensive line and McCarthy made it clear: “We’re definitely not gonna be smaller.”

Of course, as with any press conference and particularly at the Combine, coach McCarthy did not fully elaborate on the nature of the changes but two things were very clear: Continue reading

Legacy of Champions: Packers 1936 Championship

1936 Green Bay PackersA continuation of our series on world championships the Packers have brought home to Green Bay. In case you missed any, read them all right here.

In 1936 the Brooklyn Dodgers played football, the Portsmouth Spartans became the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers secured their fourth NFL title.

In 1933, the NFL divided into eastern and western divisions and the championship was decided by a final head to head matchup of the winner of each division. It was the beginning of the playoff system and in 1936 Green Bay won its first championship under the new structure.

The 1936 season started in shocking fashion as the Bears embarrasses the Packers in week two, winning 30-3. The loss lit a spark in the team and they never lost another game that season including three other matchups against the Bears. Continue reading

Packernation Fan Fotos: January

Well Packer Fan Fotos are finally here at GPN! We loved every pic and actually tried to include anything that we got from November or December as well. If we missed you, please drop us a line and ALWAYS remember to put “Fan Foto” in the subject line. Enjoy!Let’s start with the future of the Pack in the stands and, maybe, on the field: “A” ta tha DORABLE!

kidsIf this is the future…the future looks very bright indeed! But there are more kiddos also.




We also had a bunch of other Packer People…guys and gals:packerdudes





Nothin’ says “ahmma real woman!” like wearin’ the green and gold!

But there was more…fun and funny and cute:



morepackerpicsSo there you have it…Packernation Fan Foto for January of 2014 (and earlier). If you have a pic you want to submit to Fan Foto, just go to our Facebook webpage facebook.com/greenbaypackernation or email us at gbpnation@gmail.com and be sure to put “Fan Foto” in the subject line.

So until next month, thanks everyone! Y’all are great and so is OUR TEAM. Go Pack!

Packernation Season in Review By Fans, For Fans

Awhile back we asked Packernation what their season highpoints were. The response was staggering but centered around a few really tremendous moments in a season where the Packers made it into the playoffs in “Cardiac Pack-like” fasion.

With a long offseason to go before there’s more football, we thought we would share some of the highlights of the 2013 (of which there were plenty) and base all the great memories on what you, the fans said (well, as a fan myself, I may throw some of my own in ;).

First and foremost in almost everyone’s mind: Rodgers to Cobb in the Chicago game for all the marbles. This play won the “Never Say Die” award and showed Packers fans the grit that we all knew this team has. Check it out:

Arod to cobb from GreenBay Packer Nation on Vimeo.


Even though this season did not end the way all Packer fans wanted (Super Bowl baby!) we still have a lot to be proud of from this squad. Mike McCarthy said this Monday in a press conference that this season was by far the most challenging he has had. That includes his first season and the 2010 season.

Look for more good Packer past in future installments!

Go Pack!



Legacy of Champions: Packers 1931 Championship

Packers 1931 ChampionshipA continuation of our series on world championships the Packers have brought home to Green Bay. In case you missed any, read them all right here.

Before the term three-peat ever became a part of American vernacular, the Packers had three-peated… twice. The first came in 1931.

In the heart of the Great Depression, families’ life savings disappeared, farms went belly up, and people learned to survive on odd jobs and pop corn. But in the little town of Green Bay, WI, the Packers once again reminded Americans that it doesn’t matter what odds are stacked against you, if you fight hard enough, you can emerge a champion. Continue reading

Legacy of Champions: Packers 1930

Packers 1930 ChampionshipThe second installment in our Legacy of Champions series. If you missed the first one, click here to read it.

Coming off an undefeated season and their first championship. The Packers launched their 1930 campaign with eight straight wins. This brought their win streak to 23 and had them well on their way to another league championship. Continue reading

Callin’ Collins: Will Nick Collins Be A Packer Once Again?

So I posted to Packernation on the facebook page the question “Is Nick Collins another Johnny Jolly or too

It would in fact be FANTASTIC to see this guy on the field.

It would in fact be FANTASTIC to see this guy on the field.

much of a risk?” and the response prompted this post. There were so many great comments that I couldn’t even read them all but a few jumped out at me and it seemed obious to me that:

1. Nick Collins is on the minds of Packers fans everywhere.

2. There are a LOT of different opinions as to whether he should come back or not. Continue reading

Legacy of Champions: Packers 1929

1929 Packers ChampionshipsThe first in a series that chronicles the championships of the mighty team from the tiny town of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

In 1919, in the tiny town of Green Bay, Wisconsin, a football team was born. Ten years later this rag-tag group of men from a town of 37,000 would stand toe to toe with the Goliaths of the league from cities like Chicago (population 3.37 million in 1929) and New York (population 6.7 million in 1929) and show them how the game of football is played, as they would win championship after championship. Continue reading

Super Bowl 48 Prediction

Well it’s been awhile since I did a Super Bowl prediction but today I dusted off the ole’ formula that I use to ‘imgresgit er done. Let me first say that I am a Russell Wilson fan…have been since he played for the Badgers and no one wants him to win more than I do. But the Broncos have their own Badger hopeful in Montee Ball. Can’t play favorites in a prediction post y’all!

Shortly after the Championships, all the talk was about how Denver was practically unstoppable on offense and how this year was “the year” for the Broncos. Toward the middle of this week, however, it all started to change. The Broncos are favored by 3 (2.5)  in this game but you wouldn’t know it with all the love the Seahawks are getting. Continue reading