If you’re looking for a single common thread running through Cheese Curds on this Thursday morning, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed.
With a few days to go before Super Bowl LII, the Green Bay Packers are well into their 2018 offseason. Likewise is coverage of the Packers, which is somewhat scattershot at this point in time. We’ve got a few weeks to go until the NFL Scouting Combine, at which time the media will finally start to sync up again to begin focusing on player acquisition, followed shortly by the start of free agency.
But for now, it’s pretty quiet around the team facilities and for the beat writers, so we’re left to look back at interesting statistics, rankings of Super Bowl MVPs, profiles on new assistant coaches, and news about the one Packers player who is getting a raise in 2018.
One month as a coach sold Patrick Graham for life | Packers.com
Graham says he wasn't a hard enough worker when he played college football at Yale, which led to him riding the bench. Instead, a wake-up call came when Graham spent a month as a graduate assistant coach while working toward an MBA; he fell in love with coaching, and has been doing it ever since.
Jake Ryan earns 'proven performance' raise but still has plenty to prove - ESPN
Ryan was the big beneficiary of the performance escalator, which kicks up base salaries for players drafted in rounds three through seven for the final year of their rookie contracts. Ryan played more than 35% of snaps in two of his first three years, making him the only player from the 2015 class who is eligible.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ranked No. 14 among Super Bowl MVPs | Packers Wire
Rodgers and Starr (19th place for Super Bowl I) make the top 20, while Starr's Super Bowl II performance and Desmond Howard's rank in the 40s.
Aggressiveness Index 2017 | Football Outsiders
Mike McCarthy was ranked as the fifth-most aggressive coach in the NFL based on a handful of metrics related to 4th down attempts.
NFL catch rule: Roger Goodell talks about possible changes | Packersnews.com
This writer thinks that the detail and slow-motion nature of replay reviews is a big reason why the catch rule is so much more complicated now than it used to be. Now, Goodell says the NFL has some ideas to submit to the competition committee, but that they should start from scratch in defining what constitutes a catch.
Super Bowl 2018: It’s Bill Belichick’s revenge game vs. Doug Pederson - SBNation.com
Sure, Belichick's Patriots lost to the Browns -- with Pederson starting at quarterback -- in 2000. But the bigger revenge, in our opinion, was when the Packers beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI.