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One week, one win for Packers interim head coach Joe

Berichtdoor zhangzk » Vr 12 Jul 2019, 01:30

GREEN BAY http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/amani-hooker-jersey , Wis. (AP) — Now, the self-effacing, self-deprecating Philbin wants to keep the momentum going from Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons to keep alive Green Bay’s slim playoff hopes. At the least, there are positive vibes in the locker room as the Packers begin preparing for NFC North-leading Chicago next week.Philbin and many of his players watched the Bears defense throttle the Los Angeles Rams’ juggernaut offense during a 15-6 victory on Sunday night. He said that carrying forward the renewed energy while playing for a new coach that was evident from the 34-20 victory over the Falcons will be a challenge going forward.“I imagine a lot of those guys were watching the game. Intelligent men that they are, (they know) we’re going to have to play an awfully good football game on Sunday at noon in Chicago,” Philbin said Monday.It has been a week since the offensive coordinator replaced the fired Mike McCarthy.Philbin said that he doesn’t plan to install his own tweaks to the team’s schedule. The Packers have kept a relatively similar preparation routine.That steady approach was a hit with Philbin’s players, most of whom had not been on the team during his previous stint in Green Bay (2003-2011).There were rave reviews from many players, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers, one of the few holdovers from Philbin’s first tour; and receiver Davante Adams, who hadn’t played for Philbin before he returned this year as coordinator.“Everybody just bought in. You could feel it around the locker room, you can feel it in plays. Everybody bought in to what Joe has given us,” said cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who signed with the team midseason and barely knew Philbin before he became the interim coach.Breeland returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Packers a 17-7 lead, a turning point early in the game.“He took control the first day he stepped in. It was a glorious moment for him to step in and get this win,” Breeland said.Philbin didn’t get off to a smooth start on Sunday.He challenged back-to-back sideline catches by Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones in the span of 19 seconds early in the game Taylor Rapp Jersey , losing both reviews. It left him without a replay challenge for the final 57 minutes of the game.Philbin was still convinced on Monday that the first call should have been overturned. But he said that he shouldn’t have thrown the challenge flag on the second.“I did establish an NFL record, myself, yesterday,” Philbin deadpanned. “That’s forever in the books.”Kidding aside, Rodgers, who has been close with Philbin since his rookie season of 2005, praised Philbin for his even-handed approach during a tumultuous week.“He was in a tough situation this week with the change and trying to get the right messages across to get guys motivated at a time where (the team was 4-7-1) and most people expect us to maybe throw in the towel,” Rodgers said.“And guys didn’t. Guys responded. I’m proud of them … but Joe deserves a lot of credit for the vision he set forth this week.”Now, it’s back to work, with the daunting challenge of the Bears (9-4) up next as the Packers try to get their first victory on the road after an 0-6 start.“We haven’t had the type of success on the road that we need to have as a football team,” Philbin said “That’s really all we’re focused on right now.” As long as they’ve had Aaron Rodgers at the helm, the Green Bay Packers have largely used the top of the draft for help on defense.This might be the year for the Packers to shift priorities, with one of the NFL’s all-time great quarterbacks now at age 35. Coming off a second straight absence from the playoffs, the pressure has been put on new coach Matt LaFleur to use his strategic acumen for a boost for the offense.While finishing 6-9-1 in 2018, the Packers were 15th in the league in points, 12th in yards Shareef Miller Jersey , 23rd in third down conversions and 13th in percentage of touchdowns scored on possessions inside the 20-yard line.In 2016, the previous season when Rodgers played in all 16 games, the Packers ranked fourth, eighth, second and 10th in those categories, respectively.Sure, the Packers could use a starting safety next to newcomer Adrian Amos, but is that more important than a top-flight tight end to boost the passing game?What about at wide receiver, with the departure of seasoned slot man Randall Cobb removing an underneath complement to Davante Adams?While Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams have shown promise at running back, but are they both durable and dynamic enough to be the one-two punch for the type of offenses that LaFleur has often had?Remember, the Packers swiftly signed three starters for their defense in free agency last month: defensive end Za’Darius Smith, linebacker Preston Smith and Amos. They also devoted all of their picks of the first three rounds in the past two drafts to defense, highlighted by cornerback Jaire Alexander last year.So with four of the top 75 selections next week, general manager John Gutekunst and the Packers will have plenty of opportunities to prop up the offense.“There isn’t a grace period. This isn’t like other transitions where you maybe give a pass for the first year or two as you get acclimated to the system,” Rodgers told reporters last week as players began offseason workouts.“We have a veteran quarterback, veteran offensive linemen. We signed some big free agents for us Germaine Pratt Jersey , especially three on defense. There’s an expectation living and playing here that you’re going to compete for championships.”Here are some other key angles to follow during the draft next week for the Packers:FIRST THINGS FIRSTThe Packers have the 12th overall pick, their highest in 10 years since they made defensive tackle B.J. Raji the ninth selection. They also own the 30th overall pick, which came by a trade from New Orleans in the previous draft.The Packers started at No. 14 and moved down to No. 27 by netting two extra selections from the Saints. Then they moved back up to No. 18 to take Alexander in a swap with Seattle that sent three picks to the Seahawks and brought two back.CLEAR FOCUSWith Alexander, cornerback Kevin King (2017) and defensive tackle Kenny Clark (2016) the most recent examples, the Packers have used their first picks on defense in seven straight drafts. The only offensive player taken in one of the first three rounds in the past three years was tackle Jason Spriggs, the second-round selection in 2016 from Indiana.SKILLSETSThe Packers have not taken an offensive skill position player in the first round since Rodgers fell to them at No. 24 in 2005, giving them three years to groom him under Brett Favre until he took the job in 2008. They’ve only taken three offensive players with their first picks at all since then.Wide receiver Jordy Nelson went in the second round in 2008, when they traded their first-rounder to move down for extra picks. Tackles Bryan Bulaga (2010) and Derek Sherrod (2011) went in the first round.HAWKING TALENTThough Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis have returned, one of the Iowa tight ends would be tough to pass up with two picks in the first round. Both T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant are projected as first-rounders. With Bulaga, defensive tackle Mike Daniels (2012), cornerback Micah Hyde (2013) and cornerback Josh Jackson (2018), the Packers have a history of Hawkeyes players.UP FRONTGutekunst can’t neglect the offensive line, despite the presence of All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari and free agent signing Billy Turner, who could start at either guard spot or even right tackle, where Bryan Bulaga has entered the final year of his contract. Alabama’s Jonah Williams is among the top-rated tackles likely to be available at No. 12.
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