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Cheese Curds, 7/5: Don Barclay is the new John Kuhn; how do other teams view McCarthy?

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The two don’t play the same position, but their football intelligence connects them despite Kuhn’s departure.

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Happy Wednesday, Green Bay Packers fans, and welcome back for an abbreviated work week. We at APC hope that everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July, and for those of you getting moving slowly after a late night of fireworks, here’s your morning Packers news recap.

Today, we examine a handful of news items related to the Packers. One involves the assessment by non-Packers writers of head coach Mike McCarthy; let’s just say that when the Packers sat at 4-6 last season, most individuals outside of Green Bay would not have joined in the chorus asking for McCarthy to be fired. In fact, a few of the writers in the piece linked below give very positive reviews of his coaching acumen and accomplishments.

Meanwhile, the Packers may have found their replacement for fullback John Kuhn — certainly they have done so at his football position with fullback Aaron Ripkowski, but it seems that his locker room and film room strengths are filled by a different player. That guy very well might be offensive lineman Don Barclay, whose greatest value to the team likely comes in the form of his deep understanding of the offensive playbook. Barclay’s going to be tough to unseat this year, something that may be reflected in our 53-man roster prediction series (which begins next week).

Don Barclay has learned the game from all angles | Packers.com
Barclay has been a whipping boy for Packers fans over the past few years, but part of the reason for some poor performances was his continued recovery from a torn ACL. When reading articles like this, it's tough to imagine him being left off the 53-man roster this year, especially considering that he is now the primary backup at center.

Where does Mike McCarthy rank among NFL coaches? - ESPN
ESPN writers who cover the three other NFC North teams all rank McCarthy as one of the top five head coaches in the league. That's high praise, and it's worthy of note that if the Packers ever parted ways with him, he probably wouldn't be out of a job for very long.

No receiver was better than Packers’ Jordy Nelson to end 2016 | Packers Wire
Over the final six games of last season, no receiver in the NFL had more receiving yards than Nelson, and the only player with more touchdowns was his teammate. In addition, Aaron Rodgers' passer rating was nearly perfect over that span when targeting number 87.

Analyzing 2016's best QBs at every PFF Signature Stat | PFF
Aaron Rodgers was the NFL's best quarterback under pressure last season, with a passer rating over 90. Part of that probably comes from the fact that he threw a whopping 28 touchdowns when holding the ball for longer than 2.5 seconds, nine more than the second-place QB.

Von Miller, Khalil Mack and other NFL sack artists met for a ‘pass-rushing summit’ - SBNation.com
A host of top pass-rushers from around the league met up on Stanford's campus to swap techniques and work on their games. No Packers were in attendance, however,

Earplugs essential for Packers’ trip to Falcons’ new nest | Packersnews.com
This is the second straight year that the Packers will be the first regular-season opponents for a team opening their new stadium in week two, as the NFC Championship rematch lands them in Atlanta and the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons have changed quite a bit since the last meeting though, with two new coordinators — including new DC Marquand Manuel, a former Packers safety.