Although players and coaches alike remain marooned in their homes for the time being and the foreseeable future, the Green Bay Packers’ offseason program is officially underway. Everyone responsible for the on-field success of the team is now synced up and starting their hard work of installing the playbooks, with the team using a variety of different teaching methods to adjust to the new normal in 2020.
Of course, the Packers’ rookies may be in the toughest position, learning entirely new schemes and techniques from their new team, one that they have been a part of for as little as three or four days by now. Surely the Packers had tablets and devices ready to go with study materials as soon as the players were selected in the draft or signed their contracts, so the logistics of delivering those materials should not be an issue.
The team’s first-round pick, Jordan Love, is one of those individuals who will be facing a steep learning curve to acclimate to Matt LaFleur’s offense. However, this week we have word from one scout with first-hand knowledge of Love’s abilities suggesting that he should be a quick study. Ironing out some bad habits from his 2019 season will be a critical piece for LaFleur and company, but this individual believes that it is entirely feasible, and that he made good adjustments quickly to a more pro-style approach at the Senior Bowl.
If that is indeed the case, perhaps fans will look back at 2020 fondly, as they do at the 2005 NFL Draft.
Matt LaFleur excited to get Packers’ offseason program online | Packers.com
Monday marked the official start of the Packers' offseason, as the team got underway with virtual teaching sessions to go over the playbook and scheme. The Packers' coaches are recording classroom sessions and sending the videos to players' tablets, then holding brief live and interactive follow-up meetings and quizzes over videoconferences.
Scout: Love Will Keep Packers ‘Competitive for 20 Years’ | SI.com
Jim Nagy, the director of the Senior Bowl, loved (no pun intended) the Packers' first-round pick. That is both because he's a big fan of the player -- he complimented Love's quick study and said he could be ready to start in the NFL in just one year -- and in the team's willingness to look to the future and potentially solidify the quarterback position once again.
David Bakhtiari hits the bubble bath to offer Jordan Love a 'Packers starter kit | Green Bay Press-Gazette
Bakh showed off his trademark sense of humor by welcoming the Packers' new quarterback to the team over Instagram while chilling in his bathtub.
Deguara could unlock Sternberger’s full receiving potential | Packers Wire
Last year, it was Jace Sternberger who played the H-back role late in the season. This year, that will be Josiah Deguara's spot to occupy, while Sternberger plays more of a traditional tight end role, both in-line and in the slot.
Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland faces multiple charges in South Carolina | ESPN
Breeland, a former Packer, was arrested this week in a traffic stop and charged with having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, possession of marijuana, driving without a license, and resisting arrest.
North Fond du Lac man accused of using stolen underwear to set fires | WBAY.com
Meanwhile, in Wisconsin law enforcement news, a suspicious string of house fires have been tracked to a 43-year-old man who is now charged with 27 criminal counts. He apparently was stealing underwear from laundromats and using them to start fires at random homes around the area.