The Green Bay Packers are somewhat looking for a new identity. With a new coach at the head of the reigns, we are pretty curious to see how the young head coach is going to mesh with one of the top quarterbacks in the league. Aaron Rodgers has been around long enough to know when something is going to click […]
The Green Bay Packers are somewhat looking for a new identity. With a new coach at the head of the reigns, we are pretty curious to see how the young head coach is going to mesh with one of the top quarterbacks in the league. Aaron Rodgers has been around long enough to know when something is going to click and when it’s not. And us as sports fans who watch the game religiously and know every emotion a player has will know when Rodgers is having a good time with his new coach or we expect something bad is going to happen soon.
Many say that this could be a good thing for a young coach to learn from a veteran QB who has a tendency of calling his own plays on the field. You could say this is reverse roles when it comes to a master teaching the grasshopper so to speak. We expect Rodgers to keep playing his game while also somewhat showing the ropes for this young head coach to understand what he likes and dislikes in certain situations on the field when it comes to play-calling.
Don’t get me wrong we will still see the occasional big dog moment from Rodgers by calling him out by saying he’s too young to understand my mindset and things like that, but that comes with the fact a young coach trying to mesh with a very very good QB. This isn’t the same type of situation we see in LA where you can take a young head coach in Sean McVay and a young QB in Jared Goff and watch them grow over time. Rodgers is on the back nine of his career whether you want to believe it or not and his time to win one more ring is slowly but surely slipping through his fingers. I bet he expects the young coach to come out swinging with a great mindset to help him get to the top.
With the young coach that was hired it was very weird to see that organization with a veteran base presence not go after another veteran type head coach. After the whole McVay success out in LA, some teams are starting to go the route of finding the next big young head coach who can turn around their organization in an instant. We see not only the Packers go the young route we also see; the Cardinals with Kliff Kingsbury who previously coached with Texas Tech and had great success, especially with a young QB that you have probably heard of by the name Patrick Mahomes, who is turning out to be known as one of the ELITE quarterbacks in the league after one season. I expect he new Packers coach LaFleur to have big plans for the team and to be fully hands on deck for not only this season but for post-Rodgers as well.
Here are the position breakdowns for the Green Bay Packers heading into the 2019 Season.
- Starter: Aaron Rodgers
- Backups: Tim Boyle, Deshone Kizer
- Preseason Cuts: Manny Wilkins
Kizer was the main backup for Rodgers last year during his time being in and out of injuries. Kizer had some good starts and some bad, definitely a streaky player when it comes to playing. Look for Boyle to switch things up and giving the organization a breather in trying to find a good backup for the ageless wonder in Rodgers. Boyle had a few good snaps this past Thursday game, finding the end zone twice on five pass attempts. Even though this is the first preseason game for him, it’s still good to see him coming out and doing well.
- Starter: Aaron Jones
- Backups: Jamaal Williams, Dexter Williams, Danny Vitale
- Preseason Cuts: Tra Carson, Keith Ford, Darrin Hall, Tommy Bohanon, Malcolm Johnson
The running back position has not always been the Packers strong suite over the years, its been two years then a switch or one year it’s on to the next. Look for Jones and Williams this upcoming season to take the majority of the snaps from the backfield, but also look for rookie Williams to be giving his chance every now and then as he keeps proving to have a high ceiling.
- Starters: Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison
- Backups: Equanimeous St. Brown, Jake Kumerow, Trevor Davis, J’Mon Moore
- Preseason Cuts: Allen Lazard, Teo Redding, Darrius Shepherd, Malik Taylor
Adams, Valdes-Scantling, and Allison are looking to be the top three wide receivers for Rodgers this upcoming season. With chemistry building between the four offensive players its only a matter of time before they make themselves known in the league as a threat. Moore didn’t have a great game. He dropped a couple routine passes but did end the night with a touchdown from Boyle. Moore was a fourth-round pick for a reason, look for him to know his place and learn from Adams, MVS, and Allison throughout the year.
- Starter: Jimmy Graham
- Backups: Robert Tonyan, Jace Sternberger, Mercedes Lewis
- Preseason Cuts: Evan Baylis, Pharoah McKever
- Retired: Davis Koppenhaver
Not much has changed at the tight end position, right now it’s hard to see the Packers keeping for tight ends going into the season. The main concern at the moment is to make sure Graham can stay on the field healthy throughout the season, with his great size and hands he can become a useful target for Rodgers when it comes to red zone plays. The jump balls can work in their favor as long as he can stay on the field.
- Starters: David Bakhtiari, Lane Taylor, Cory Linsley, Billy Turner, Bryan Bulaga
- Backups: Elgton Jenkins, Alex Light, Cole Madison, Justin McCray, Lucas Patrick
- Preseason Cuts: Anthony Coyle, Adam Pankey, Gerhard de Beer, Yosh Nijman, Jason Spriggs
Nothing new to the offensive line for this upcoming position. However, the left guard under the ruling of LaFleur says there is a competition for that position. Even the best offensive lines still have room for improvement and if LaFleur believes there is someone who can fit the mold of protecting their franchise quarterback a little more than so be it.
- Starters: Kenny Clark, Montravius Adams, Dean Lowry, Kingsley Keke
- Backup: Tyler Lancaster
- Preseason Cut: Fadol Brown, James Looney, Dean Simon, Olive Sapapolu
After moving on from Mike Daniels ahead of training camp, the Packers are looking for one of their young stars to step up. Adams could be the player to do so, with some impressive tackles he made during their first preseason game, he finished the game with a tackle and making enough pressure to cause a fumble from a fellow teammate.
- Starters: Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Blake Martinez
- Backups: Rashan Gary, Ty Summers, James Crawford, Oren Burks
- Preseason Cuts: Curtis Bolton, Kyler Fackrell, Reggie Gilbert, Markus Jones, Randy Ramsey, Greg Roberts, Brady Sheldon, Kendall Donnerson
One player who stood out from the linebacker core is rookie Ty Summers, he put on an impressive show and giving the coaching staff a reason on why he should make the 53 man roster. Summers was possibly the stand out player during the game, he finished with 10 tackles more than anyone else in the game. Even though it is preseason its still good to see rookies stand out and try to prove their worth to the organization.
- Starters: Jaire Alexander, Kevin King
- Backups: Josh Jackson, Tramon Williams, Ka’Dar Hollman, Tony Brown
- Preseason Cuts: Kabion Ento, Nydair Rouse, Chandon Sullivan
The Packers’ top four corners were all out for the preseason opener. With many resting and rehabbing it was a chance for the young core to show off their skills on a higher level. Rookie Hollman had the opportunity to do so with his first career start, he made a good impression by hauling in an interception on the first defensive series. For a defense that needs to force many turnovers this season, this is good to see going into the season.
- Starters: Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage Jr.
- Backup: Raven Greene
- Preseason Cuts: Ibraheim Campbell, Natrell Jamerson, Josh Jones, Tray Matthews, Will Redmond, Mike Tyson
First-round pick Savage made his debut this past weekend against the Houston Texans but didn’t show much because of only playing one series, but the coaching staff is pretty confident that he will be starting alongside Amos this upcoming season. Greene continues to prove that he deserves a spot on the roster for the upcoming season by forcing a fumble, which was recovered by Will Redmond against the Texans. If continuing to impress the coaching staff you could see him being a third string.
- Kicker: Mason Crosby
- Punter: JK Scott
- Long Snapper: Hunter Bradley
- Preseason Cuts: Sam Ficken
With a new coaching staff, you would think that there would be changes in some areas where you would think that needs improvement. And with the kicking position, Crosby shows that he still can come up big when it matters. Sure he has struggled in a few games these past few seasons but he still has the veteran experience they need to help them in games that mattered compared to a young kicker such as Ficken.
With the many changes in the coaching staff for the Packers, I don’t expect them to have huge success start off the bat the start of the season, with many things it takes time to build something great. In the words of the Philadelphia 76ers, “you have to trust the process.”
Luckily in the division, they are in they won’t fall too far behind when it comes to who their opposing divisional teams are. The real threat of a team to fully take control of the division while Rodgers is figuring things out is the Chicago Bears. Don’t get me wrong the Lions and Vikings are still good teams but they don’t have an Aaron Rodgers under center keeping the team as a threat even in a down year. I expect the Packers to finish in the middle of the pack but not too far from 1st to where they can still be known to flip the switch and make a late run the second half of the season to make them a playoff-contending team.