Jerry Kramer elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Packers guard Jerry Kramer has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Hall of Fame’s selection committee announced on Saturday.

Kramer played for Green Bay from 1958-68 and won five NFL championships and a pair of Super Bowls with the Packers. He was drafted in the 1958 NFL Draft in the fourth round (No. 39 overall) by the team and spent his entire career in Green Bay.

He was a first-team All-Pro selection five times in his career and was voted to the Pro Bowl three times.

“On behalf of the entire Green Bay Packers organization, I want to congratulate Jerry on this well-deserved honor,” said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. “I’m so happy for Jerry. His patience has been rewarded, as he will finally be going into the Hall of Fame after being a finalist 11 times. He was a key part of the offenses on the great Lombardi teams, as well as an outstanding leader. He’s remained actively involved with the Packers over the years and is beloved by our fans.”

Kramer is the 25th member of the Green Bay Packers organization to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Report: Packers hire Cignetti as quarterbacks coach

The Green Bay Packers have hired Frank Cignetti as  their new quarterbacks coach, according to a report by Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein.

Cignetti was the New York Giants quarterbacks coach last season and has over nine years of coaching experience in the NFL. He has also spent a number of years at the college ranks as a quarterbacks coach and an offensive coordinator.

Cignetti is just the latest hire the Packers organization has made over the past few days, joining  new GM Brian Gutekunst, offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, and  defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

Report: Eliot Wolf on the move to Cleveland

According to a report by Green Bay Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky, Eliot Wolf has picked the Browns over the Packers and Raiders, and will re-join GM John Dorsey in Cleveland.

Wolf, the son of Packers former GM Ron Wolf, is expected to join the Browns organization as the assistant GM.

He was one of three in-house candidates up for the open GM position with the Packers, but the team ultimately chose Brain Gutekunst for the position.

This to some could be considered a lateral move, since there was some speculation that the Packers wanted to use Wolf as part of a three-person tandem between Russ Ball, Gutekunst, and himself.

Wolf was the Director of Football Operations for the Packers and was with the organization since 2004.

Report: Packers hire new defensive coordinator

The Green Bay Packers are set to hire former Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine as the team’s new defensive coordinator, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Pettine’s most recent coaching job in the NFL was as head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2014-15. Prior to that he was the defensive coordinator in Buffalo in 2013 and for the New York Jets from 2009-12. His stops in Buffalo and New York were both with Rex Ryan as head coach.

His time as a defensive coordinator has been impressive. In the five seasons he has spent has a defensive coordinator his units have finished no worse than 10th in total defense in the NFL. That 10th ranked defense was his lone season in Buffalo. While in New York his defenses were no worse than eighth, including a first ranked defense in 2009.

As head coach in Cleveland, Pettine finished with an overall record of 10-22 in two seasons. He did go 7-9 in his first year on the job, however the Browns fell to 3-13 in season two. After a 7-4 start as a head coach, Pettine went 3-18 over his last 21 games.

Pettine spent the 2017 season as a defensive consultant with the Seattle Seahawks.

Last Hits: Lions 35, Packers 11

DETROIT – The Green Bay Packers finished their season with a 7-9 record after falling to the Detroit Lions 35-11 on Sunday afternoon at Ford Field.

Seventeen last hits for the 17-yard touchdown catch by wide receiver Randall Cobb in the final quarter of the season’s final game.

1. .This season didn’t go as planned for the Packers. When one of the NFL’s most important players goes down with an injury missing seven games in the middle of the season, things typically don’t go as previously expected.

2. The absence of quarterback Aaron Rodgers did just that for Green Bay. The Packers went from a team that was a Super Bowl contender to one that finished with a 7-9 record on the outside looking in at the playoffs.

3. When Rodgers left the field with his broken right collarbone on October 15th against the Vikings the reins were handed over to Brett Hundley at quarterback. Hundley went 3-4 in the stretch of games Rodgers originally missed. Those three wins came against opponents that will finish the season with a combined record of either 9-39 or 10-38 on the season (as of this writing, Tampa Bay has yet to complete their Week 17 game against the New Orleans Saints). The wins against the Buccaneers and Browns came in overtime.

4. To pin missing the season entirely on Hundley would be silly. While his play is certainly spotlighted because of the stark difference between he and Rodgers, the blame isn’t all his. Rodgers missing time this year showed that Green Bay’s roster has many holes that have been masked by the skill of Rodgers.

5. Those holes primarily fall on the defensive side of the ball. That was on display again as the Packers allowed 35 points to a Detroit Lions squad that finishes the year at 9-7 as rumors fly about whether or not they will fire their head coach, Jim Caldwell. This isn’t a piece being written to try and show how the Packers need to be fixed, but rather show that it does need to happen.

6. Hundley finished the day with 172 yards passing, a pair of interceptions, and a touchdown. One of the picks seemed to be a miscommunication with Geronimo Allison, and the other one was a pass intended for Jamaal Williams thrown behind him. The pass bounced off the hands of Williams into the waiting arms of Detroit linebacker Jarrad Davis.

7. Hundley did not finish the game, as Joe Callahan saw his first NFL regular season action for the final drive of the game. He completed 5-of-7 passes attempted for 11 yards in mop-up duty. Callahan’s appearance was one that doesn’t teach the world much about him. Allowing him to play extended action in a meaningless game may have been wise.

8. The reasoning for playing Callahan over Hundley would have been to see if he has what it takes to be the backup quarterback of this team. Over the past few months, if the Packers have learned one thing, it should be that if something were to happen to Rodgers again next season, they’re not in a position to be competitive with Hundley.

9. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford finished the day 20/29 passing for 323 yards and three touchdowns. He had receivers open down the field all day, and missed out on plenty more yards with errant throws. Green Bay’s defensive backfield had no answer for him.

10. Three Detroit wide receivers, Golden Tate, Marvin Jones Jr., and Kenny Golladay had 80 or more receiving yards on the day. All three of them found the end zone and had a catch of 50 yards or more, as well.

11. Offensively, the Lions only rushed for 51 yards on 23 carries, but with a defensive backfield as weak as the one the Packers boasted, a successful ground attack isn’t necessary.

12. There’s a different feeling around the team as they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Many of the men in that locker room have never seen the season end before the calendar changes over to a new year.

13. “A lot of us have never experienced this feeling of not making the playoffs,” Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels said. “We’ve experienced the feeling of not making the Super Bowl but it’s a little different because you end on a high note, okay, you’ve got the Divisional Round, Wild Card, NFC Championship, but when you don’t make the playoffs it stings a little bit longer. It stings harder. It’s definitely a tougher feeling that you have to learn from.”

14. “Obviously, I’m disappointed on the way it went,” said linebacker Clay Matthews on the season. “I don’t think anyone anticipates, at least in this locker room and this organization, not making the playoffs and not playing for the Super Bowl. It’s just the standard we’ve set.”

15. Questions surround the Packers moving forward into the offseason. There was a report out late Saturday night that the Packers would be parting ways with defensive coordinator Dom Capers. A season like this raises questions like that one, including whether or not Ted Thompson should still be the man in charge in Green Bay.

16. Time will tell on all of the questions surrounding the Packers. They have plenty of time to answer them with their next meaningful game not until September of 2018. Until then, 2017 will be looked back at as a wasted year in the middle of the career of one of the greatest quarterbacks in the game of football.

17. If the Packers answer all of their offseason questions correctly, there’s very little doubt that they’ll be contenders for the Super Bowl next season. Even if they don’t, a healthy Rodgers at quarterback has proven to be a magic elixir before, and it may be once again.

Report: Packers to part ways with Capers

There are a pair of moves expected to be made among the coaching staff of the Green Bay Packers, according to reports.

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers is not expected to return to the team following Sunday’s season finale against the Lions in Detroit, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Capers has been with the Packers since the 2009 season. The 67-year-old was in charge of the Green Bay defense for their last Super Bowl victory in 2010, but since then has not operated a defense to finish in the top 10. The year the Packers won the Super Bowl the defensed finished fifth overall.

Capers has held jobs in the NFL since 1986 and has had two head coaching stops in his career. His first was as the first head coach in Carolina Panthers history from 1995-98. After that he was the head coach of the Houston Texans from 2001-05 before being fired.

ESPN’s Schefter also reports that Green Bay wide receivers coach Luke Getsy is leaving his current role to become the offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach at Mississippi State.

Getsy was hired by Green bay in 2014 before being promoted to the wide receiver coach prior to last season.

Mississippi State just hired Joe Moorhead as their head coach to replace Dan Mullen. Moorhead formerly was an assistant coach at Akron, where Getsy played under him in 2005-06.

Packers sign WR Davante Adams to contract extension

Davante Adams isn’t going anywhere.

The Green Bay Packers announced Friday they had signed the wide receiver to a contract extension. Adams was due to become a free agent in March.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it is a 4-year deal worth $58.75 million with an $18 million signing bonus. His $14.7 million per year average makes him among the top-5 highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL.

Since being a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the 25-year-old Adams has caught 237 passes for 2,811 yards and 26 touchdowns. But it’s really been the last 25 games where he’s turned it on, scoring 19 of his touchdowns during that time and putting together four 100-yard games.

“He’s making a lot of money this year. Hopefully we pay him sooner rather than later,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on Dec. 15. “He’s a talented a guy who has just proven it week after week. He’s tough to guard.”

The only concern about handing Adams the big deal is his history of concussions. He’s suffered three over the last 14 months, including two on illegal hits this year, the latest coming against Carolina on Dec. 17. That proved to be the end of his season as he was inactive last week and coach Mike McCarthy has ruled him out for Sunday’s finale against Detroit.

According to Spotrac.com, Adams was among 11 Packers set to be unrestricted free agents this offseason. His signing likely moves the focus to center Corey Linsley and safety Morgan Burnett.

A number of NFL players, including current and former teammates of Adams, took to social media to congratulate him.

Packers eliminated from playoff contention

For the first time since 2008, the Green Bay Packers will not be participating in the playoffs.

On Monday night the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-21 in Tampa Bay, mathematically eliminating the Packers from playoff contention. Tampa Bay kicker Patrick Murray missed a 54-yard field goal as time expired that would have sent the game to overtime.

The Packers lost to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday 31-24, making it possible for the Falcons to eliminate them with any victory the remainder of the season. The loss to Carolina was the first game for quarterback Aaron Rodgers since injuring his collarbone against the Vikings on October 15.

Atlanta can now finish no worse than 9-7 on the season, which would tie them with the Packers if Green Bay wins their remaining two games. Atlanta defeated the Packers 34-23 in the second week of the season, giving them the head-to-head tiebreaker for playoff purposes.

Green Bay hosts the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in week 16 before traveling to Detroit for the season finale in week 17.

Packers fall to Panthers 31-24

The Green Bay Packers saw their playoff hopes all but die on Sunday afternoon against Carolina. The Packers, with Aaron Rodgers back on the field for the first time since October, saw their comeback hopes dashed when wide receiver Geronimo Allison’s fumble was recovered by the Panthers with 1:50 left in regulation.

The Packers trailed by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter before Aaron Rodgers found Richard Rodgers for a 24-yard touchdown with 2:43 left in regulation. Green Bay then recovered the subsequent onside kick off the foot of kicker Mason Crosby.

Rodgers was able to collect two first downs before finding Allison on a slant pattern on first-and-15. Allison caught the pass, took two steps and turned up field before he was stripped by Carolina defensive back James Bradberry and the ball was recovered by Mike Adams.

In his return from injured reserve Rodgers was unable to do enough to lead the Packers to a vital victory. He threw for 290 yards, finding the end zone three times on the day, but turned the ball over three times as well.

Wide receivers Davante Adams and Randall Cobb each found the end zone once on the day to go along with the touchdown catch by Rodgers. Adams did have to leave the game with a concussion after he was the victim of a blindside block from Panthers’ linebacker Thomas Davis following an interception by Rodgers.

The Packers fall to 7-7 on the season and can be eliminated from playoff contention if Atlanta defeats Tampa Bay on Monday night.

Packers beat Tampa Bay in overtime

The Green Bay Packers snapped their two-game losing skid Sunday with a 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field.

The win pushes the Packers to 6-6 on the season and keeps their playoff hopes alive for the time being.

Green Bay led 17-10 at the half, but gave up 10 straight points in the second half before rallying to tie the game on a 22-yard field goal by kicker Mason Crosby with 2:01 remaining in regulation. The Packers then forced Tampa Bay to punt before going three-and-out at the end of regulation.

The Packers won the coin toss to start overtime and received the ball. They proceeded to go on a 72-yard touchdown drive, culminating on a 20-yard touchdown run from running back Aaron Jones on his only carry of the day.

Quarterback Brett Hundley threw for only 84 yards on the day, the fewest in a Packers win since the 1994 season. Green Bay did rush for 199 yards on 29 carries. Hundley had 66 yards on the ground, Jones had 20, and rookie Jamaal Williams had 113 yards.

Green Bay’s defense was able to reach Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston seven times on the day, one sack shy of the team record for a single game.

The Packers return to action next weekend in Cleveland against the Browns.