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Cheese Curds, 12/28: Packers’ coaches have high hopes for players’ futures

In perhaps the final media availability for several coaches, they heaped praise on some of the team’s young players.

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One thing is clear: the Green Bay Packers’ coaches believe there is talent on this team, even if it hasn’t shown it this year and even if they aren’t around to help develop it. Several of the assistant coaches spoke to the media on Thursday and a few players in particular were called out by name.

Specifically, the coach calling out players in a positive light was Joe Whitt, the defensive pass game coordinator. He singled out a trio of young cornerbacks as being players to watch moving forward. Unfortunately, only one — Tony Brown — has been healthy all season long, but Whitt complimented him on his passion and tenacity as he has taken on a big role with key players sitting out late in the season.

Meanwhile, the team’s top draft picks in each of the past two drafts have seemingly alternated playing time with injuries all year, robbing fans and coaches alike from seeing them together. While Kevin King’s issues seem more concerning long-term than Jaire Alexander’s, it sure would be nice to see the two healthy for a full season together to see what they can do on opposite sides of the field.

The coaches themselves face an uncertain future, however. Whether they will remain in Green Bay is highly dependent on the desires of the next head coach, and there’s no guarantee that Whitt, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, or any of the other assistants will remain with the franchise next season. With that in mind, they are trying to enjoy their last week in Green Bay for this season, knowing it could be their last.

We’ve got all that and more in today’s curds.

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