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Blue 58 - A Packers Podcast

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A Packers podcast committed helping you become a smarter fan. Former WTMJ newscaster Jon Meerdink goes beyond the headlines in Blue 58, bringing you a unique, upbeat perspective on everything Green Bay Packers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

A Packers podcast committed helping you become a smarter fan. Former WTMJ newscaster Jon Meerdink goes beyond the headlines in Blue 58, bringing you a unique, upbeat perspective on everything Green Bay Packers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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A Packers podcast committed helping you become a smarter fan. Former WTMJ newscaster Jon Meerdink goes beyond the headlines in Blue 58, bringing you a unique, upbeat perspective on everything Green Bay Packers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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English


Episodes

328 - The Packers Defensive Line is Kenny Clark and Nobody Else

8/14/2020
The Packers spent all offseason getting heat for not adding a wide receiver. Maybe that was justified. But maybe they should have been getting criticized for not upgrading their defensive line. Let’s talk about that. But first: it’s not necessarily a bad thing that the Packers could regress in 2020. Do you like stats? Here are some stats (1:52) We talk plenty about analytics on this podcast. Here’s a quick guide to some worthwhile numbers. Further reading: Our favorite stats for...

Duration:00:22:54

327 - How Should We Think About the Offensive Line?

8/12/2020
The Packers have signed not one but two wide receivers. Is everybody happy now? Probably not, and I think they might have a point. Then, let’s try to talk smartly about the offensive line. The Packers signed two wide receivers! (1:40) Digging into the Travis Fulgham and Malik Turner signings. Do either of them have a shot to make the roster? If you're mad about the Packers receivers, you might have a point (3:59) Just because the Packers like their receivers doesn't mean you have to...

Duration:00:22:48

326 - What Role Is There for Receivers in the LaFleur Offense?

8/7/2020
We've broken down running backs, but how do the rest of the skill positions fit into Matt LaFleur's philosophy? SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - $1 per month offsets our podcast hosting costs. Buy a T-Shirt or Sweatshirt - Look good while supporting The Power Sweep. Leave us a 5-Star Review on iTunes - It helps more people find the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:21:23

325- Running Backs and What They're Good For

8/5/2020
The Packers have a pretty strong running back stable. What’s it good for? Maybe not quite what you think, but in the best possible way. New article: Multiple tight end packages can offer intriguing options for Packers Ballhawk Index (2:13) Getting your hands on the ball is a good thing. Here’s some visuals to help with that idea. Further reading: The Ballhawk Index Running Backs - What’s the Deal with Running Backs Are They Good or What (6:51) The Packers value the run more than they...

Duration:00:22:17

324 - Joy and Football

7/31/2020
It’s easy to get bogged down in the ongoing slog of a pandemic. Let's fight back by finding joy in the game we love. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - $1 per month offsets our podcast hosting costs. Buy a T-Shirt or Sweatshirt - Look good while supporting The Power Sweep. Leave us a 5-Star Review on iTunes - It helps more people find the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:22:30

323 - Setting Expectations for Packers QBs

7/29/2020
Assuming nobody opts out, gets cut, or gets sent to coronavirus island, the Packers have three quarterbacks that should have every expectation of making the active roster in 2020. What are our expectations for them? That’ll be our discussion today. But first, should the Packers go all-in on this season? Thoughts about the state of the season (00:35) Everything seems to be going poorly as the NFL tries to ramp up for the start of its season. Jon reflects for a moment on what it all could...

Duration:00:27:20

322 - Expectations for Matt LaFleur and Mike Pettine in 2020

7/24/2020
Matt LaFleur is in Year 2. Mike Pettine is in Year 3. Together, they’re the two most important coaches on the Packers. Is there any reason to think 2020 will be any different for them than 2019? Why the Packers should move away from 11 personnel (2:29) The Packers’ offense has historically revolved around 11 personnel. Maybe that’s a mistake. Further reading: Should the Packers move away from 11 personnel? Is Brian Gutekunst playing 4D chess? (6:32) Listener questions prompt some deep...

Duration:00:29:20

321 - Brian Gutekunst Reaches a Tipping Point in 2020

7/22/2020
As the season lurches towards its start, it’s time to take a look at every part of the organization. That starts with general manager Brian Gutekunst. What do we make of the GM heading into his third regular season? SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - $1 per month offsets our podcast hosting costs. Buy a T-Shirt or Sweatshirt - Look good while supporting The Power Sweep. Leave us a 5-Star Review on iTunes - It helps more people find the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and...

Duration:00:21:22

320 - I Was Wrong About Running Backs

7/17/2020
There’s a prevailing opinion that running backs are easy to replace, but is that true? A few weeks ago, I’d have said yes. Now? I’m rethinking that position. Today, we’ll discuss why. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - $1 per month offsets our podcast hosting costs. Buy a T-Shirt or Sweatshirt - Look good while supporting The Power Sweep. Leave us a 5-Star Review on iTunes - It helps more people find the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:20:34

319 - 8 Questions (or so) About the 2020 NFL Season

7/15/2020
The 2020 NFL season is going to be different. We know that. What will it look like? That’s a much more interesting question, and one we won’t have the answer to for some time. But we should still ask a few questions about what it could look like. Here are some of those. 8 Questions about the 2020 NFL season (00:32) What the 2020 season will look like is anybody’s guess. Here are a bunch of questions about how it could play out. Take Your Eye Off the Ball - Wrapping It Up (18:16) We’ve...

Duration:00:21:49

318 - Mahomes, Money, and Advanced Analytics

7/8/2020
The Kansas City Chiefs backed up the money truck for Patrick Mahomes. Good for him! But can you believe the numbers? Probably not. Then, who on the Packers is hurting the cap? Some names might surprise you. Finally, what should we make of the statistical revolution in the NFL? Our latest book chapter has some thoughts. Reacting to the Patrick Mahomes deal (2:28) Patrick Mahomes scored the biggest contract extension ever, but at what cost? Further reading: Breakdown of the Mahomes...

Duration:00:24:09

317 - Packers News Avalanche, Scheme Differences, and Rules

7/3/2020
There was a bunch of Packers related news breaking all at once on Wednesday. Let’s sort through it, then explain why you don’t need to get hung up on scheme differences. Then, are there too many rules in the NFL? Yes! News recap (00:47) A bunch of NFL news happened in short order on Wednesday. Let’s quickly recap. Further reading: The Packers’ best wins and worst losses to their NFC North rivals since 2000 Don’t get hung up on scheme (10:35) A quick look at why scheme differences aren’t...

Duration:00:23:16

316 - Weird Moments in Packers/Vikings History

7/1/2020
The Packers have a 60 year history with the Minnesota Vikings, and it’s gotten weird at times. Let’s take a look at a few of those weirder moments. But first… does anybody have any idea what this NFL season is going to look like? Does anybody know what’s going on with the 2020 NFL season? (00:44) With every day that passes, someone is floating a new plan for the 2020 season. But does anybody really know what’s going to happen? Raiders’ Mark Davis unhappy with decision to sell ads on...

Duration:00:32:46

315 - Could the Packers Trade for Jamal Adams?

6/26/2020
Jamal Adams wants a trade and the Packers can always use more help on defense. Should Brian Gutekunst make a call? Well, probably not, it would be insanely hard to trade for Jamal Adams. But here’s why it’s at least worth thinking about. Blue 58 is a top-20 Packers podcast! Remembering Jan Stenerud’s career (1:37) A reader gives us a chance to look back on Jan Stenerud’s Packers career. What a story he’s got! Further reading: Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenerud was reliable and productive...

Duration:00:25:21

314 - Is A.J. Dillon the New Eddie Lacy?

6/24/2020
The Packers added a big-bodied running back to their stable of ballcarriers. Is A.J. Dillon the second coming of Eddie Lacy? Let’s talk about it. ESPN’s QB rankings article is bad (00:26) ESPN ranked the overall quarterback play of every team in the Super Bowl era. The list is bad. Further reading: ESPN’s Super Bowl-era quarterback ranking is bad and they should feel bad Is A.J. Dillon the new Eddie Lacy? (4:55) A listener asks if A.J. Dillon is the new Eddie Lacy. He might actually be...

Duration:00:23:53

313 - Race, the Packers, and the NFL

6/17/2020
We have a unique opportunity to talk about something important in our culture and in the NFL. Let's not waste it. Racism in the NFL (00:10) Racism exists in the NFL. Talking about it, recognizing it, and calling it out are the only ways we'll ever make any progress against it. Further reading: Resources on Race and the NFL Take Your Eye Off the Ball - Chapter 12 (15:45) Intelligence is hugely important in football. Everyone recognizes that. So how do we measure it? Nobody...

Duration:00:24:23

312 - Could Any Remaining Free Agents Help the Packers?

6/12/2020
The Packers, presumably, are done picking up noteworthy players. But should they be? Maybe not. Let’s take a look at some free agents who might be able to help. Or maybe we’ll just steal some from another team! Could any remaining free agents help the Packers? (00:34) The Packers are probably done making moves, but what if they aren’t? Here are three free agents that could help. Who would you steal from other NFC North teams? (8:56) If we could just straight up steal a player from...

Duration:00:19:43

311 - Offseason Decision-Making Shapes 2020 Packers Opponents

6/10/2020
The Packers face a few teams in 2020 that are really hard to pin down. How do you figure out what to make of them now? Take a look at their offseason decision making. Previewing the Colts, Eagles, Panthers, and Titans (0:45) The Colts, Eagles, Panthers, and Titans all feel like they could be pushovers in 2020. Or they could completely wreck the Packers. It depends on the week. Take Your Eye Off the Ball - Chapter 10 (16:53) Pat Kirwan talks defensive backs, how they work, and what you...

Duration:00:21:30

310 - Uncommon Opponents, the 49ers, and Pass Rushers

6/5/2020
Our tour through the Packers’ 2020 opponents continues with a team they don’t see very often, a team they saw way too much of last year, and also the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are...a team. Three more 2020 Packers opponents The Packers face the Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, and Jacksonville Jaguars in Weeks 7, 9, and 10. Which one concerns you the most? Take Your Eye Off the Ball - Chapter 9 Pass rushers and those that stop them make the NFL world go ‘round. How does their...

Duration:00:22:31

309 - Packers Facing Elite Quarterbacks Early

6/3/2020
The early part of the Packers’ 2020 schedule is highlighted by high-level quarterbacks. How scared should you be? Probably not scared at all because they’re not going to hurt you. But how scared should the Packers be? Also probably not scared, but perhaps a little concerned? Let’s discuss. Lane Taylor reworks his contract (5:32) The Packers and Lane Taylor have agreed to a reworked contract, giving the Packers a little depth on the offensive line and giving Taylor some job...

Duration:00:29:26