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Tuesday Cheese Curds: Packers’ next coach would be wise to retain Mike Pettine

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Despite a ton of injuries, the Packers defense has improved in 2018

NFL: Green Bay Packers-Training Camp Jim Matthews-USA TODAY Sports

With the Green Bay Packers officially eliminated from playoff contention, the offseason starts now despite two games remaining on the schedule.

Priority one for the Packers will be finding a new head coach. The widely held assumption is that the team is in the market for an offensive-minded head coach to help Aaron Rodgers and company get out of the doldrums.

If this is indeed the path Green Bay goes down, the next coach should almost immediately offer to retain defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

Despite suffering a ton of injuries including the two best defensive lineman in Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark, Pettine’s unit has remained respectable despite the team’s poor record. The fact Pettine has kept the defense playing well despite all the adversity speaks volumes about his coaching acumen and how much players enjoy playing for him.

Could you see the same situation unfolding under Dom Capers’ leadership? Highly doubtful.

There’s more on why keeping Pettine would be the smart move plus a Packers legend visits with two current stars of his alma mater in today’s cheese curds.

Mike Pettine making strong case to keep leading Packers’ defense—PackersNews.com

Go figure that the Packers finally fix the defense and then the offense falls apart.

Success on the road remains elusive for Packers—Packers.com

That the Packers are 0-7 on the road is perhaps the most shocking statistic in a lost season.

Dissecting what went wrong with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in 2018—Packers Wire

Rodgers hasn’t played his best this season and while he hasn’t been truly awful, the next head coach will face a challenge in getting Rodgers to look like Rodgers again.

Packers legend Bart Starr meets with Alabama players—WBAY-TV

Starr visited his alma mater and their two star quarterbacks and gave them both a signed a jersey. The best part about this is how much healthier Starr looks compared to recent years

Parrot uses owner’s Alexa to order ice cream, raisins—UPI

Be careful what you say to your birds or you could be a Prime candidate for a surprise on your doorstep.