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News: Jordy Nelson to Retire, Packers-Bears to Start 2019 NFL Season, LaFleur Studies Aaron Rodgers

Packers WR Jordy Nelson

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While there was some hopeful buzz that Jordy might return to the Packers from free agency, it looks like he is going to retire:

Needless to say, Jordy Nelson had one hell of a career. He has a lot of accomplishments to be proud of and I hope we still get to hear from him in some capacity in the future. Released by the Packers in March of last year, Nelson spent his final season with the NFL in Oakland with the Raiders – of course, he will always be known as a Packer. Drafted in the second round by the Packers in 2008, Nelson made the biggest impact on the team when his performance peaked between 2011 to 2016. He also played a pivotal role in the Packers win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

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Randall Cobb

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NFL.com recently announced that the beloved Packers vs Bears rivalry will start the 2019 NFL season with a Thursday Night Football game:

The Bears will host the Packers in an NFC North showdown at 8:20 p.m. EST on Sept. 5 on NBC to begin the NFL’s 100th season.

En route to claiming the NFC North title, the Bears won the last meeting, 24-17, but the Packers won the teams’ first 2018 tussle. It will mark the second year in a row in which the teams square off in Week 1, with last season’s 24-23 Packers victory featuring a comeback for the ages as an injured Aaron Rodgers reemerged to spoil Khalil Mack’s Bears debut.

Chicago, under reigning coach of the year Matt Nagy, will be looking to prove its 2018 turnaround from worst to first wasn’t a fluke as the Mack-led defense features returning difference-makers Eddie Jackson, Akiem Hicks, Kyle Fuller and Roquan Smith. Former first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky’s development at quarterback will also be a continuing storyline as he toes the line with Rodgers.

Rodgers helped the Packers to seven consecutive triumphs at Soldier Field before last season’s loss.

More important than the rivalry histrionics for the Packers, though, will be the debut of a new-look team trying to get back to the franchise that once ruled the north. In the aftermath of a 6-9-1 showing in which the Pack missed the postseason for the second year in a row, Green Bay will begin a new era under rookie head coach Matt LaFleur. The Packers will also feature a trio of high-profile free agents in edge rushers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith and safety Adrian Amos — a former Bear. In addition, it will also be the first time in a longtime that Green Bay will have a roster without linebacker Clay Matthews (signed by the Rams) and receiver Randall Cobb (signed with the Cowboys).

It is the league’s oldest and most-played rivalry. It’s a division showdown. It’s a star-studded showcase.

It’s a great way to kick off the 2019 season.

I can not think of a better way to start the next season. Hopefully the new coaching staff will have worked well enough on their overall communication to survive their first regulation NFL match-up against the Bears at Soldier Field during a night game. Pardon the cliche, but Game 1 is a great trial by fire for LaFleur and his new staff.

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In somewhat related news, new head coach Matt LaFleur has been hard at work watching film and will have practice against an opposing team in training camp:

Probably not a bad idea. I think at least the first few games this season are going to be a bit chaotic for the new staff, but the more effort they put in during preseason to work on communication should help alleviate this.

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There is also some rumblings about a special preseason game:

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9 Comments

  1. Deepsky March 27, 2019

    Packers start at Bears?

    Ugh.

    The Packers will be learning a new offense and a new blocking scheme.

    Getting Rodgers out of there with an injury would be a victory.

  2. Deepsky March 27, 2019

    .. without. WITHOUT. Football gods please forgive me.

  3. PF4L March 27, 2019

    I know it’s just one game, but it seems like a huge game for this team. Frankly…i think they have their hands full.

    The Bears are starting to round into shape, the Packers …as Deep touched on are still trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. Even if the Packers made the right moves (no gimme), it takes some time for the team to come together.

    But maybe some advances can be made on offense. Maybe Graham will come on and show the world he was worth every penny. By doubling his TD production to 4.

  4. KILLER March 27, 2019

    It’s a win-win for me. Actually, it’s win-lose for me. There go my hopes of both the Bears AND the Packers losing game 1. On the other hand, at least one will lose.

    Who do I root for?

    Wrong question. Who do I root against?

    I do dislike the Packers more but… nowadays they’re sort of harmless whereas the Bears who I also dislike are actually quite a threat.

    It will be an interesting game to watch.

  5. Cheese March 27, 2019

    Am I the only one that finds it comical that Randall Cobb is employed while Jordy decides to retire? Not that he was forced to retire because I’m sure Jordy would rather be home in Kansas than move his family to a new city several more times. And don’t start with the washed up nonsense. Nelson was the most productive receiver on the Raiders last year, aside from TE Jared Cook, and would have been at least the second most productive WR in Green Bay.

    1. PF4L March 28, 2019

      There was a report he had multiple teams lined up to visit.

      He gave 11 years to the league, he probably still has 75-85% of the money he made. I don’t picture him buying mansions, planes and Ferrari’s. He might have given away more than he’s spent, idk.

      When you can retire a multi millionaire at 33 years old and have everyone’s respect. You did something right.

      Looking forward to his Packer HOF induction, i will find a way to go to that come hell or high water…..hopefully post Murphy, Gute, and Ball.

      Godspeed to him and his family.

  6. PF4L March 27, 2019

    News Flash Lonely Boy…no one GAF who you root for. Nobody asked you.

    In other things of actual interest…

    We all know what Jordy did on the field, He was a game changer, He was a scoring machine.

    In my admitted limited knowledge…In my eyes, i believe Jordy Nelson to be one of, if not the most decent human beings to ever don the green and gold uniform.

    It would be impossible for me to be any more prideful that he was a Green Bay Packer.

    You want to name a street after someone? Here’s someone worthy. I know just the street that could use a name change.

    Thank you 87

  7. Ferris March 28, 2019

    I wonder if Mr. “Highly Successful” watched any game film. I know he could not have watched much or he would have stopped with the 1 yard dive play hand it off to the fullback “trick” play that only worked once 9 years ago. Finally a real coach….just 5 years too late. I watched some film of Kirk Cousins …yep he still sucks.

  8. PF4L March 28, 2019

    I’m way past crowning a player, GM or coach, draft pick, or free agent signing before they play an actual game, have been for long time.

    I’ll be impressed when i see some results on the football field in a Packer uniform, then and only then. Because until then, all it is, is the same old talk we’ve heard for years. I don’t give a flying F what some free agent did 3 years ago, or 5 years ago, or if he played tackle in some games because he filled in for an injury so then he’s “versatile”. I don’t care if he looked good in camp, or the combine, or even college for that matter.

    Show me something in the regular season.