APP Podcast #22 - An Offseason of Upheaval - Absolute Packer Podcast

Front Office changes: * Ted Thompson - steps down as GM, re-assigned to head scout (whoopee-doo) * Brian Gutekunst elevated to GM (44 years old, 19 year scout within the Packer organization) * Russ Ball promoted to something else - sounds like window dressing * New Reporting structure: Gutekunst, MM & Ball all report to Mark Murphy * NOT A FAN AT ALL of this structure - makes no sense...have very bad feeling that Murphy is going to mess this up Coaching changes: * McCarthy given token “1 year prove it” extension to his contract. This is just window dressing as no coach or GM goes into the last year of a contract as a lame duck * Dom Capers - out as Defensive Coordinator - 5 years too late IMO * Mike Trgovac (Dline) & Scott McCurley (LBs) fired from Capers’ staff * didn't understand the Trgovac firing - his unit did pretty well this past season * Edgar Bennett not retained as OC, Alex Van Pelt contract not renewed (QB coach) * Aaron Rodgers was not happy that Van Pelt was let go for whatever reason * Mike Pettine hired as new DC * Really like this move - Pettine is young, an outsider and innovative. Has a history of top 10 defenses.  Appears much more willing to adapt his scheme unlike Dom Capers. * What I don’t like is the fact that MM forced him to keep so many of Capers’ left over staff on this new defensive staff...doesn’t make sense Looming Items for Gutekunst * Aaron Rodgers contract extension - this is going to be an interesting negotiation as the recent Jimmy Garoppolo extension with the 49ers was HUGE, and he only as 7 starts in his career. * Right now Aaron Rodgers is due to make a MINIMUM of $30 Million annually with his next contract. Goodness. * The packers simply cannot afford to pay this sort of ungodly sum, even to the league’s best player, and still put quality players around him * Rodgers, if he really cares at all about winning, should take a somewhat team friendly deal ($28MM?) with the same guaranteed $ as Garoppolo.  This will give the Packers a chance to sign some other quality players around him. * Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb * Both are going into the last year of their respective deals and both players are on the decline. * Jordy has lost at least a step, but still has value with Rodgers in the red zone * Randall Cobb is a dead man walking - if he doesn’t agree to a massive pay cut, he should be (and probably will be)  cut. * If Gutekunst is serious about remaking this roster and injecting  it with youth and speed he should cut both Jordy and Cobb IMO. * Clay Matthews * An aging veteran that should have been traded a few years ago if Ted were smart, but here we sit with Clay due to make $15 Million and he isn't worth half that amount right now. * CM3 still has value on this team, but it would be at a reduced salary and he should move full-time to ILB * I really don’t believe that CM3 will take a pay cut - if he doesn't agree to that he should be cut outright. * Morgan Burnett * Another aging vet that has proven valuable to the defense and very versatile, but his body is breaking down quick * He may command $10MM salary to be extended - Is Burnett worth that much $ on a 3rd contact?
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