“Buy-in” is one of the many quasi-mythical factors that affect the success and failure of a football team. We like to talk and think about the idea of players being “bought in” to what a coach is trying to accomplish. And while it’s probably a little much to get excited about players being interested in their coach’s goals — it is their job to do what the coach says, after all — we’ve seen the effects of a tuned-out football team in Green Bay.
Establishing that culture is a crucial part of Matt LaFleur’s first offseason workouts, and it’s been encouraging to see the signs of early buy-in from players speaking on social media and elsewhere. David Bakhtiari even voiced support for LaFleur’s offseason workout strategy before stepping foot in Green Bay.
Reading into anything that happens in April is probably foolish. So many things can change between now and the games that matter. But at the very least, things are off to an encouraging start.
“How will anyone manage Aaron Rodgers?” asked many a take-haver in the wake of Mike McCarthy’s firing. It turns out the early answer is “just by asking him to do some stuff.”
While I’d disagree with Dougherty’s assessment that an interior defensive lineman is a “luxury” for the Packers this year with Mike Daniels and Dean Lowry both entering contract years, I think he’s got a strong overall point.
Andy Benoit and Gary Gramling identify a few key needs for the Packers, despite arguing that the team doesn’t actually have that many holes.
What Cole Madison can actually contribute is still a huge mystery, but the fact that he’s around at all is a significant development for the Packers.
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