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Cheese Curds, 7/28: Training camp is just a chemistry lab for the 2023 Packers

We’re imagining Matt LaFleur as a mad scientist to get us through a Friday without a Packers practice.

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Question, research, hypothesize, experiment, analyze, conclude, and communicate. Those are the steps in the scientific method, and the Green Bay Packers are very much in the midst of a scientific approach of their own as training camp begins.

Matt LaFleur, Brian Gutekunst, and their respective staffs have been taking those first three steps in the process over the last several months — evaluating their players and proposing ideas that they need to test through experimentation before utilizing them during the regular season. That means the next three phases — experimenting, analyzing, and concluding — are all underway, starting with Wednesday’s first practice.

The team will spend the next few weeks trying out all sorts of hypotheses, doing so with player combinations, with new plays in the playbook, and in plenty of other areas. Practices and preseason games are the testing phase, followed by the the analyzing and concluding phases taking place off the field and in meetings. Then the team will finally communicate the results of those preseason tests to the world when taking the field for the regular season opener on September 10.

The concept of “chemistry” as it relates to players working together makes this metaphor fit nicely. So let’s start there as we look back at the first few days of practices.

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