If a new report is to be believed, all 32 teams in the National Football League will be saying “talk data to me” to each other.
In what would amount to a monumental and potentially revolutionary project, the league will apparently start sharing player-tracking data from games during the 2016 and 2017 season. This will result in a massive amount of information being thrown at teams and it will likely take quite some time to process, but this could radically alter how teams evaluate talent.
As for how this will benefit the Green Bay Packers, this should be music to new general manager Brian Gutekunst’s ears. A scout at heart, having all this information has his fingertips should allow much more efficient player evaluation. It will also benefit head coach Mike McCarthy since coaches will now know how fast other players are and what the breaking point is for offensive lineman.
However, the true impact of this data dump is still years away from being felt but the possibilities are fascinating to ponder.
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The Packers have apparently been ahead of the curve on this for years, so we will see how much of an advantage they gain or if too much information will be a bad thing.
With Davante Adams and Corey Linsley already locked up, Gutekunst can focus on reloading the defense as well as Aaron Rodgers’ likely mammoth extension.
The disastrous Green Bay career of Bennett was the most embarrassing free agent signing in years for the Packers. Now, in a year without a ton of tight end talent in the draft, Green Bay is again forced to look at veteran talent to rebuild the position.
With team president/CEO Mark Murphy shuffling the front office structure, McCarthy will finally have some pull on the players he is expected to coach. He made it clear during his season-ending press conference that the team needed to be more assertive when bringing in outside talent and now he finally has his chance to help make that happen.
Adam Schein lists the Packers as the fourth-most desirable location for free agents to land this offseason, citing McCarthy’s uncertain long-term status as the only reason Green Bay wasn’t at the top of the list. He adds having Rodgers around plus the departure of Ted Thompson still make Titletown an attractive destination.