Updated to include a comment by Packers OC Adam Stenavich
Packers news and rumors time. It’s Friday, the day before the youthful Green Bay Packers play the most important game of the season and their careers. Packers vs San Francisco 49ers is going to be a barn burner, folks.
A win against Kyle Shanahan’s niners will bring the Packers one step closer to a Super Bowl and one step closer to me being able to use this unironically. You have your dreams and I have mine.
Nick Bosa on What Makes Jordan Love Different Than Aaron Rodgers
This comment by Bosa inspired a lot of others to finally say what most of us have been thinking: Aaron Rodgers is a renegade rebel. To a fault. Looks cool on YouTube and in sound bites, but not always on the field consistently.
Some media outlets have chosen to focus more on this comment below, but this seems pretty standard for anyone talking about an opponent’s QB going into the playoffs. I also think maybe Bosa is underestimating the impact of the Packer offensive line here.
It’s no secret to anyone by now that LaFleur likes to get his RBs/TEs involved a lot and RB Aaron Jones’ return to the field in particular has helped Love improve his accuracy and performance (not to mention the fan-freaking-tastic O-line lately and a million other factors).
So many are discounting AJ Dillon, but he still has a role in all this since him lining up can be used as another misdirection for LaFleur. Speaking of misdirection, Packers vs 49ers could end up being a masterclass in it with both Shanahan and LaFleur working with communicative QB1s this season. Bottom line is Dillon and Jones are two different styles of RBs with slightly different expectations from the defense.
LaFleur once referred to Dillon and Jones as having two RB1s and I think he still has that confidence in AJ Dillon and so should we. Dillon is listed as questionable for the game along with CB Jaire Alexander. I expect to see Jaire, but can’t say on Dillon.
Mike McCarthy Sticking with the Cowboys Another Season
Despite the best wishes and incessant social media whining of Skip Bayless, Dallas Cowboys owner and Source-of-the-Problem, Jerry Jones, has decided that stability is exactly what the Cowboys need at the moment and I agree.
Fast food hack hobbyist and statistically successful NFL coach, Mike McCarthy, has the goods, for now, and who knows? Maybe Jones will learn to stay the f— out of the way more in the future.
Cowboys Cheerleaders Claim Packers Dissed Them
A cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys posted a video on her TikTok in which she described unnamed Packer players yelling at them aggressively during the game. Definitely should be taken seriously, but also seems like something has to be on video somewhere, given where it happened, so I’d like to wait on that.
I have no word of it, but can only assume there is some sort of team investigation into it, so I will post updates.