by Zero2Cool on 3/26/2015 9:25:53 AM
The NFL owners are paying Roger Goodell over $40 million.

We have heard the Calvin Johnson rule, and then the Dez Bryant catch not a catch and the NFL has agreed to modify some of the language. There is an easy solution to determining a catch and to make it black and white. The NFL does not want this and this is further evidenced by the lack of following through with Bill Belichick proposal of adding four cameras in the end zone as to provide more angles for reviews.

I have a lot of respect for Belichick and think he's one of the top head coaches of all time. He irks the media often and that is something I admire quite a bit. And I fully agree with him that more cameras would make more for more accurate decisions on reviews.

The NFL sees value in paying Scapegoat Goodell $40 million to take the heat for their decisions or lack thereof. When it comes to spending cash on improving the accuracy of the game, that's a no no because it means less arguing would means less headlines.

We're in March and still talking about blown calls, that's essentially free publicity for their product. Why spend dollars that could minimize some of those headlines and that attention?
by porky88 on 3/2/2015 2:23:59 AM
Major changes have already come to Green Bay in 2015. Coach Mike McCarthy will no longer call plays, believing he can better manage the game without the added responsibility of play calling. Tom Clements will assume those duties following his promotion to associate head coach. Receivers coach Edgar Bennett is now the team’s offensive coordinator.

The changes, coming in the wake of the collapse in Seattle, were surprising. McCarthy has always prided himself on being the team’s play-caller, so for him to give up those duties suggests a bit of soul searching was done since the season ended.

These changes will mean very little, though, if the Packers fail to execute a sensible offseason plan, so I've narrowed this offseason down to three simple steps. Here's a look at what it consists of.

1. Re-sign Randall Cobb

A recent report suggested Cobb, 24, is looking for a deal that’ll pay him an annual salary of $9 million. He’d be worth every penny. Next to Aaron Rodgers, there is no other player more valuable to the offense. Yes, that includes Jordy Nelson. If you combine Cobb’s regular-season stats with his playoff stats, then his and Nelson’s numbers are nearly identical. In 18 games, Cobb caught 106 passes for 1,465 yards and 13 touchdowns while Nelson caught 105 passes for 1,612 yards and 13 touchdowns. More important, Cobb came through in the clutch. It’s not a coincidence that a Rodgers completion to Cobb cemented Green Bay’s two biggest victories of the season.

Facing the Patriots in week 11, Rodgers found Cobb for a seven-yard gain to convert a third-and-5 with two minutes remaining. The Patriots, without any timeouts, were unable to stop the clock. The same situation played out against Dallas in the playoffs, except Rodgers connected with Cobb for a gain of 12 yards on third-and-11. Like the Patriots before them, the Cowboys had no more timeouts. These conversations weren’t simple pitch and catches, either. Cobb made both catches in traffic, exhibiting terrific concentration in the process. Perhaps the most notable play of his career came in 2013. With the NFC North title on the line in Chicago, Rodgers and Cobb connected on a 66-yard touchdown with 1:43 remaining.

Many mistakenly believe the Packers are prepared to move on from him because they selected Davante Adams and Jeff Janis in the 2014 draft. Neither Adams nor Janis has a skill set that compares with his, though. In fact, they’re much more comparable to James Jones who worked better as a split end or flanker. Cobb works the slot, possibly better than any receiver in the NFL does. He’s also capable of lining up in the backfield, something McCarthy frequently did with him when he wanted to spark his offense. Letting go a young, homegrown receiver held in high regard by coaches and the front office would be uncharacteristic of Ted Thompson.

2. Re-sign Bryan Bulaga

One of the valid criticisms of Thompson’s tenure as general manager has been his inability to field a solid offensive line. That critique fell on its face last season. For the first time since 2003-04, the Packers produced an offensive line without a glairing weakness. The guard tandem of Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang is perhaps the best in the league, while rookie center Corey Linsley played like an all-pro. David Bakhtiari is an improving left tackle, and Bulaga re-established himself as one of the better right tackles in the game. The rapport this offensive line has established might be short-lived, though. Bulaga is an unrestricted free agent.

He is a balanced tackle, equally effective as a pass and run blocker. A team my feel incline to give him a shot at left tackle given the woeful market for the position. Such a move would surely drive up his cost, which should already be hefty enough. After years of fans fretting over the offensive line, it’d be heartbreaking to see a promising unit broken up after just one season together. It may happen. The Packers are a frugal organization. It’s unlikely they’ll give left tackle money to a right tackle.

3. Upgrade the Middle of the Defense

The middle of Green Bay’s defense was a liability in 2014. They finished No. 20 against the run, despite playing substantially better after using Clay Matthews inside in the season's second half. Nevertheless, Dallas running back DeMarco Murray and Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch still gashed Green Bay in the postseason.

A new nose tackle and at least one -- possibly two -- new inside linebackers would improve the defense dramatically. The draft offers many suitable options. With the No. 30 overall pick, the Packers are in prime position to land an inside linebacker capable of making an immediate impact.

Nose tackle is a bit more complicated. Thompson could use his first-round pick on Oklahoma’s Jordan Phillips, but a defensive lineman’s transition to the NFL is difficult. It usually takes a few years before they begin making an impact. Therefore, if the Packers select a defensive lineman with its top pick, they are probably thinking about 2016 and beyond rather than 2015. Perhaps they’ll try their hand at free agency for the second consecutive offseason.

Click the following link for more offseason analysis on the Packers and the rest of the NFC North:
by Zero2Cool on 2/27/2015 1:11:33 PM
Part I of the responsive design layout was implemented during the last off season which included the core site structure.

Part II of this project is the YAF Forums that we use for discussions. This is a complete overhaul of the YAF controls design and is very time consuming. I've been looking at other forum software for concepts of what they did that works and what doesn't work and what I like and don't like to help build a solid user experience on multiple devices.

The Forum Category List (seen here) is the closest to being done.

NOTE: You have to bust your cache to get the updated CSS changes. To do this, you must manually reload the webpage that looks "goofy" by hitting F5 or Right Click > Refresh (or reload depending on browser).

  1. Forum Category List - 90% completed
  2. Topics List - 5% completed
  3. Posts List - 0%

Updated 27 Feb 2015

by Zero2Cool on 2/6/2015 1:09:08 PM
From the looks of it the Packers have over $20 million in cap space for these Free Agents.

Quite confident Randall Cobb and Bryan Bulaga will somehow, someway fit under the 2015 cap. Have no worries!

Source It Up said:

Free Agents
The total number of free agents a team currently carries, including the amount of Unrestricted Free Agents in parenthesis. (Click this to load the complete list).

2014 Rollover
These figures represent the estimated unused cap dollars each team is currently able to rollover from their 2014 roster. The Rams are currently the only team without available rollover money.

Total Cap $
This figure represents the total of ALL active players signed to a team's 2015 roster (including players already suspended, and dead cap).

Signed Players
The number of players currently with a 2015 contract.

Top 51 Cap $
The combined cap total for the 51 largest contracts on a team's roster. Teams will be expected to get this figure under the finalized cap figure by March 10, 2015 (4PM EST). For now we're estimating that figure to be $142 million.

Estimated Draft Pool
The maximum amount of estimated cap dollars a team will need to spend to sign all of their upcoming 2015 draft picks (assuming the rookie scale mimics the 2014 scale, though it may increase slightly if the overall team cap rises more than expected).

Projected Top 51 Cap Space
The estimated amount of space a team currently has to work with when subtracting the projected $142,000,000 + the est. 2014 rollover + the est. maximum draft pool from their Top 51 Cap $.

Green Bay Packers
After nearly finding themselves in the Super Bowl, the Packers are in excellent shape heading into the offseason, carrying more than $21M in space. Notable free agents include RT Bryan Bulaga, and WR Randall Cobb.

Click To See Table
by Zero2Cool on 2/6/2015 8:27:38 AM
Listening to the Aaron Rodgers Show with Jason Wilde yesterday something came up that I thought was interesting and reminded me of something early in his career. When Mike McCarthy first took over he implemented some rules about weight and body fat.

Around January 2007, Rodgers said "Mike always hounds me about my weight, my body fat. All the quarterbacks he's ever been around have always been around 8% body fat, and I'm about 10. So I want to get down to about 8%. At least. Remember (quarterback) Tom Arth? He was 5.6%, which is incredible. Al (Harris) is, like, 3, I think."

During his radio show, Rodgers attributed his hamstring injury versus Saints to poor hydration due to his trying to make game-day weight followed up with him saying that the weigh-ins are “an interesting concept in itself, and I’m not going to debate that at this moment.”. It seems obvious that Rodgers is still not thrilled about the weight requirements.

He knows what the game-day weight is and has a full week to to make it. How hard can that possibly be for a person who's job is their body?
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