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  1. Will Marc Trestman, Phil Emery survive?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Chicago Bears' Thursday press conference was great cinema verite, as coach Marc Trestman answered myriad questions about benching Jay Cutler, who followed up Trestman with his own session with reporters. It gave us a chance to read between the li...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  2. Shotgun usage slowing Eddie Lacy?

    Tom Carpenter

    It wasn't too surprising that Eddie Lacy failed to explode out of the gate statistically this year, since the Green Bay Packers faced three of the NFL's top six rush defenses (SEA, NYJ, DET). However, Lacy couldn't get it going (17 rushes for 48 yard...

    Blog | October 02, 2014
  3. Will Bears blitz more in Week 5?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Chicago Bears couldn't figure out how to slow down Aaron Rodgers Sunday, as the quarterback threw four touchdowns, leading his Green Bay Packers to a 38-17 win in Chicago. They failed to generate any pressure on Rodgers, as they worked in zone co...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  4. Fit Nick Fairley settling in?

    Tom Carpenter

    As he tried to establish a new mentality with the Detroit Lions, coach Jim Caldwell benched former first-round pick Nick Fairley during the preseason for being out of shape. Fairley responded by hiring a personal chef, eating better and dropping weig...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  5. Will Rex risk blitzing Rodgers?

    Tom Carpenter

    Since Aaron Rodgers arguably is the best quarterback in the NFL, opposing defenses aren't prone to test him by blitzing over and over during a game. He's too good to not get the ball out of his hands in time to hit his streaking receivers. However...

    Blog | September 14, 2014
  6. How will Rodgers handle noise in SEA?

    Tom Carpenter

    The 2014 NFL campaign finally kicks off Thursday evening, when the Green Bay Packers visit the Seattle Seahawks, which have the best home-field advantage in the league. How have they been preparing to deal with the deafening environment at CenturyLin...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  7. Who will back up Aaron Rodgers?

    Tom Carpenter

    Prior to last season, when Aaron Rodgers missed seven games, the backup QB job for the Green Bay Packers required little more than holding a clipboard. Rodgers is fine now and likely won't miss a game in 2014 -- but you never know. That's why people ...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  8. Do vet QBs succeed into 30s?

    Tom Carpenter

    Because football is such a violent game, most careers last only a handful of years. Even those who manage to avoid major injuries see their skills diminish by the time they turn 30 years old. Quarterbacks can be an exception to that generality, thoug...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  9. When will Odell Beckham be drafted?

    Tom Carpenter

    While discussing the New Orleans Saints' draft plans during his Monday Mailbag, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter said he likes the idea of the team drafting LSU's Odell Beckham Jr., though the wideout likely won't be available that late in the first ro...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  10. Eddie Lacy's Week 17 outlook

    Tom Carpenter

    RB Eddie Lacy has been battling through an ankle injury in recent weeks, but he didn't return in Week 16 after aggravating the joint during the third quarter. Still, things sounds promising for his availability in the Green Bay Packers' regular-seaso...

    Blog | December 27, 2013
  11. Updates on Rodgers, Cobb for Week 17

    Tom Carpenter

    In recent weeks, as Aaron Rodgers seemingly has gotten closer to returning from his shoulder injury, the Green Bay Packers have held off any announcement on whether he would return until Friday. Coach Mike McCarthy said he intends to meet with GM Ted...

    Blog | December 24, 2013
  12. Latest buzz on Schwartz's job security

    Tom Carpenter

    We know that Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz is firmly on the hot seat, as his team has crumbled lately. Per ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder, Schwartz was nearly fired last season, too. "Then, there's the fact that Schwartz was nearly fired last year,...

    Blog | December 22, 2013
  13. Coaching hot seats

    Tom Carpenter

    During our weekly look at the hottest coaching seats in the NFL last week, I had Gary Kubiak atop the list. After the Houston Texans lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday for the second time in three weeks, they finally pulled the plug on Kubiak'...

    Blog | December 10, 2013
  14. Is Jim Schwartz's job on the line?

    Tom Carpenter

    I have yet to place Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz on my weekly coaching hot list this season. There was little reason to do so, since the team started off 6-3 and pushed their way to the top of the NFC North. However, they have lost three of their...

    Blog | December 09, 2013
  15. Lacy's success sans Rodgers

    Tom Carpenter

    The Green Bay Packers have ruled Aaron Rodgers out for Sunday's tilt with the Atlanta Falcons. That obviously isn't great news for Packers RB Eddie Lacy, but is it actually bad news? It's been boom or bust for the running back since Rodgers sustained...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  16. Aaron Rodgers done for 2013?

    Tom Carpenter

    The primary reason given for why Aaron Rodgers has not returned to game action yet is that there remains a legitimate chance that another hit to his injured shoulder could result in serious and long-term damage. Considering that the Packers' playoff ...

    Blog | December 01, 2013