New, Young Head Coaches Smart to Add Veteran Coordinators

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

With the success that the NFL’s youngest head coach, LA Rams HC Sean McVey, it was no surprise NFL owners wanted to try to find the same needle in a haystack. This offseason brought a fury of hirings of young head coaches. Smartly, those coaches are looking to veteran coordinators to fill out their coaching staff.

While teams like Tampa Bay decided to go with a veteran head coach in Bruce Arians, most other coach-needy teams decided to go young. Arizona, Green Bay, Miami, and Cincinnati have all hired coaches between the ages of 35 – 39.

Not that age has anything to do with coaching, but it does have to do with experience. Bringing in veteran coordinators and specialist not only is savvy, but it allows the HCs to be educated by some of the best.

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Packers fans: let’s look ahead

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyrk78

For the second consecutive season, the Green Bay Packers have failed to make the playoffs. It’s as odd to write as it is to think about.

Am I holding onto the Packers “glory days?” Can the Packers top the NFC again? Will they ever be the same Green Bay Packers we know they can be?

They are going to have to do a lot of work in this offseason to get back to the caliber we have come to expect from this team. Rather than lamenting about this season, let’s stop the grumbling and look ahead to the draft and next season.

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Packers fall to Bears, are eliminated from playoffs

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyrk78 

Bears 24 -Packers 17

I know that usually an article would come out immediately following a game. However, I needed a couple of days.

I needed a few days to get over my disappointment. I needed a couple of days so that when I did start to write this article, I wasn’t doing so from a place of anger.

Mostly though, I have just been bummed out.

If this were my usual Green Bay Packers article, I’d go through Sunday’s game. I’d break it down a bit, with a little bit of my own analysis of what went wrong and what went right. Sadly, it really doesn’t matter. With two weeks left in the regular NFL season, the Packers have been eliminated from the playoffs.

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Chicago Bears over throw Rodgers reign

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Chicago 24 – Green Bay 17

It was a sold-out crowd at Soldier Field as Bears fans flooded the stadium to cheer on their Chicago Bears. The Monsters of the Midway become the real Avengers as they overthrow quarterback Aaron Rodgers and company with a 24-17 win over the Green Bay Packers.

All week going into this game, analysts and radio hosts overplayed the fact that Rodgers  “owned” the Bears since 2010. It was deafening and discouraging to Bears fans.

But the Bears came through and it started with the young quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky.

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Packers playoff hopes will be made or lost in Chicago

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@Lucyrk78

It was pretty strange not seeing Mike McCarthy on the sidelines Sunday when the Green Bay Packers welcomed the Atlanta Falcons.

And while it’s still too early to make any big statements on the future of this season for the Packers, we have to love seeing the team put up a season-high 34 points.

I feel like the Packers played with more energy than they have so far this season, and definitely executed more efficiently than they have been. Is this Joe Philbin’s doing? Were they players responding to something they’ve wanted to have happen for as long as us fans have?

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The best of the best NFL celebrations so far this season

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The best decision the NFL has made was going back and allowing touchdown celebrations.  It even has a Twitter page dedicated to celebrations called @GetYaPopcorn.

Glad they got the message that celebrations are fun.  Wish they could get the message about other things, but that’s another post for another day.

Bottom line, the best thing for a good celebration, is winning.  One of the more clever ones is from the Chicago Bears, Club Dub.  They turn their locker room into a mock club environment and celebrate the win.  To show what a big person I am, I’m posting Club Dub-Thanksgiving Edition, when they beat the Lions.

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Is this Pete Carroll’s best coaching ever?

Senior Sports Editor
Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Seattle Seahawks have had a roller coaster of a few weeks. Twice coming within one catch of winning against the two Los Angeles teams, then beating the Green Bay Packers in Seattle last night on Thursday Night Football.

I’ve always found social media to be an interesting place after a win or a loss. Fans often have extreme reactions, and the last few weeks have been no exception. From shouts of “Trade Wilson now!!” to “Super Bowl Bound!” all rang through Twitter. However, it was the calls for the firing of head coach Pete Carroll that caught my eye the most.

National media have been crowing about Carroll this season. They’ve said that this season has been some of the best coaching Carroll has ever done. If that is true, why are some fans calling for his head? What is it the media sees that fans are missing?

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Packers fall to Patriots in prime time

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyRK78

New England Patriots 31 – Green Bay Packers 17

I bleed green and gold. That’s why I can say this. The Packers are imploding. They’re just not good this season. We’re more than halfway through the season and this team will not make the playoffs. And that’s not just surprising, but also very hard to admit.

Green Bay now sits at 3-4-1, (with the awful stat of being 0-4 on the road) and will have to make some major adjustments, call it run the table part deux, to have even a glimmer of hope for an extended season.

There’s no consistency to the team currently. More often than not in recent losses, Green Bay is beating itself. We saw that Sunday night. The Packers made mistakes, the New England Patriots didn’t. In stark contrast to our team, the Patriots made it glaringly obvious what a cohesive, consistent team looks like.

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Rams stay undefeated, winning 29-27 over Packers

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78

Rams 29 – Packers 27

I really had a hard time predicting this game! While I love the Packers, (some of you might know, I write for both the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams) they have been inconsistent all season and not playing as well as we know they can. At the same time, the Rams are (so far) unbeatable and playing more as a consistent, total team week after week.

That’s not how the game Sunday began, however. The Packers defense was firing on all cylinders and playing better than they had in weeks, while the Rams were having a very slow, uncharacteristic start. By game end, Green Bay would fall to 3-3-1, and the Rams would keep their unblemished record.

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Mistakes, missed field goals result in Packers 31-23 loss to Lions

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78 

Detroit Lions 31 – Green Bay Packers 23

The Green Bay Packers were plagued by a series of poor calls and poor plays again Sunday, as they fell to the Detroit Lions 31-23 Sunday.

The most glaring – kicker Mason Crosby missed four field goals and an extra point attempt before finally getting one through with just 2 seconds left in the game.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, he became the first NFL kicker to miss four field goals and an extra point in the same game since Rolf Benirschke of the Chargers in 1980. At one point, Crosby even changed his cleats after missing his third field goal in the first half.

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