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Thursday Cheese Curds: 2020 is a pivotal season for the Packers

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Should the season happen, how the Packers perform this year will ultimately determine the direction of the franchise for years to come

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The 2020 NFL season, should it happen, will be a season that will determine the direction of the Green Bay Packers for the next few years.

No pressure, Matt LaFleur.

Several key free agency decisions await at the end of the season. Aaron Jones, Kenny Clark and David Bakhtiari are the big three names that are entering contract seasons and there’s a better than decent chance they won’t all be back. Choosing which one or ones to sign will have a lasting impact on the direction of the team.

Then there’s the quarterback scenario. Green Bay drafted Jordan Love to succeed Aaron Rodgers for certain, but how soon could that transition happen? Rodgers’ performance in 2020 could start to set that timeline. While it’s highly unlikely Rodgers is traded after this season, it will be interesting to see how he performs now that the team is pushing him for the first time.

The team is a unique position. They undoubtedly overachieved last year but they’re also returning most of their starters. That would imply the window is open, but for how long? 2020 will go a long way in determining that.

Now for today’s cheese curds.

Why 2020 is such a vital season for the Packers—Packers Wire

Big decisions loom for LaFleur and general manager Brian Gutekunst. A quick return to contention has made transitioning the roster a much more delicate task and with three big name players set to hit free agency next year, the margin of error is even smaller.

Matt LaFleur embraced the challenge of Packers’ virtual offseason—Packers.com

On top of those big decisions, LaFleur has also had his hands full with the most unique off-season in NFL history. Thankfully it looks like coach was up to the challenge.

Two men who packed guns while at Christmas pageant on behalf of former Packer Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila sentenced to year of probation—PackersNews.com

If you haven’t looked already, KGB has gone off the deep end since he left the NFL and these two are just further proof.

NFL to limit fans; will affect Lambeau Leap—WBAY

Add the Lambeau Leap to the list of casualties of COVID-19.

Humans battle to reclaim Thai town from sex-mad monkeys starving during lockdown who rule the streets and attack anyone who enters cinema ‘cemetery’ where they leave their dead—Daily Mail

There is a lot to unpack here so we will just say this: 2020, man.