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Blue 58 - A Packers Podcast

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175 - The Packers Don’t Need a Wide Receiver (But Should Think About Drafting One)
Apr 17 • 27 min
Much like their situation at running back, the Packers don’t necessarily need a wide receiver. But when has not needing something every stopped anybody from shopping? Let’s see what’s on the market this year.
174 - Will the Packers Draft a Running Back?
Apr 12 • 26 min
The Packers don’t need a running back, but they also don’t not need a running back. How do you find value at one of the NFL’s least valuable positions? That’s the challenge the Packers face in this year’s draft.
173 - Should the Packers Strengthen a Strength on the Defensive Line?
Apr 10 • 31 min
The Packers have a strong defensive line, which means that this year’s NFL draft is a great opportunity to make that strength even stronger. Let’s explore a few guys who could help them do just that. Then, what do you do with a guy who’s done bad things?
172 - The Packers Have an Obvious but Ambiguous Need for Defensive Backs
Apr 5 • 27 min
Defensive back is the sneaky yet obvious yet nebulous need on the 2019 Green Bay Packers. So how do you begin to nail down what the Packers should do? We take a crack at it, then dive into that article everyone is talking about. You know the one.
171 - The Packers Can Finally Fix Their Tight End Problem
Apr 3 • 31 min
The Packers have a chance to fix a position that’s been a problem since 2012: tight end, where they’ve tried something new every year since Jermichael Finley’s injury. But how do they fix it? Do they dare take a tight end 12th overall? And if so, who?
170 - How Should the Packers Approach the Offensive Line in the Draft?
Mar 29 • 27 min
We approach a position group that’s tougher to evaluate than any other: offensive line. How do you make sense of this year’s group of lineman? Should you even try? Let’s figure it out together.
169 - 5 Edge Rushing Prospects the Packers Should Consider
Mar 27 • 31 min
The Draft is closing in and it’s time to start taking a look at the kind of players the Packers might be interested in selecting at this time next month. But we’re doing things a bit differently this year. I’ll explain in a second. Then, the NFL lost a…
168 - We Can Predict the 2019 Packers Roster
Mar 22 • 30 min
Another notable name is on his way out the door in Green Bay. This time, we say goodbye to Clay Matthews. Then, we address a listener question about why NFL salary data is so hard to figure out. I think there’s a good reason, but it may surprise you.…
167 - What You Should Know About the Salary Cap
Mar 20 • 34 min
The Packers said goodbye to two players this week, one of whom you probably have a lot more feelings about than the other. Let’s break down the departure of both Bashaud Breeland and Randall Cobb. Then, a beat writer stepped in it with his description of…
166 - Five Things the Packers Still Need This Offseason
Mar 15 • 28 min
The Packers still have some holes on the roster, even after a flurry of free agent signings. But what are their biggest areas of need? And did the Packers overpay to fill the roster holes they have already? We’ll discuss that, plus why it’s a bad idea to…
165 - Free Agents in Bunches
Mar 13 • 32 min
It’s a free agent spending spree in Green Bay. When’s the last time you could say something like that? Let’s recap the free agency story so far before diving into exactly what the Packers did and where they go from here.
164 - The One Attribute the Packers Should Pursue
Mar 8 • 23 min
The Packers made a big splash in free-agency! Okay, maybe not a big splash. Maybe not a splash at all. Look, they re-signed Fadol Brown and I think that’s a good indicator of things to come. I’ll explain why along with giving some examples of other…
163 - What’s the Worst Offseason the Packers Could Have?
Mar 6 • 33 min
The Combine is over and the takes are pouring in. Let’s take a look at one player in particular that’s showing why the Combine is such a fraught proposition to begin with. Then, a dive into the particulars of trading for Dee Ford before rounding out the…
162 - How the Combine Affects the Packers
Mar 1 • 28 min
The NFL Combine is in the process of shaping NFL careers at this very moment, potentially as you’re hearing these words. Let’s take a look back at a few notable cases at how this has played out with the Packers.
161 - How to Sign a Free Agent
Feb 27 • 29 min
The Combine is underway in Indianapolis, which means the offseason is about to get really silly. Let’s sort through the silliness and talk about the secret storyline of Combine weekend: how it affects free agency.
160 - The Bitter End of the 2018 Packers
Feb 22 • 30 min
We’ve reached the end of the Packers’ 2018 season. What did we learn from taking a second look at every game? Well, it’s not good! But maybe there’s hope for the future.
159 - The Dead Cat Bounce
Feb 20 • 29 min
Matt LaFleur is doing actual head coach things, and we got a chance this week to get to know his staff a little bit. What do the first impressions show? Then, why I think two linebackers are a great explainer for why the Packers roster was the way it was…
158 - When Mike McCarthy Knew it Was Over
Feb 15 • 34 min
Let’s have a little offseason speculation, shall we? What if the Packers made a big splash at wide receiver? It might cut down on Aaron Rodgers’ throwaways, which we’re a big problem in 2018. We’ll take a look back at what happened there before diving…
157 - What Happened to Cole Madison?
Feb 13 • 31 min
We’ve finally got a quasi-answer to one of the enduring mysteries of the 2018 season. Let’s talk about what happened to Cole Madison. Then, the Packers got a win versus the Dolphins but then had to head to Seattle on short rest. How did that turn out?…
156 - When the Super Bowl Champs Ended the Packers
Feb 8 • 35 min
The Packers are just about done adding coaches, but one of their last hires is interesting, if only because of his name. Let’s take a second to look at their latest hires before diving into some interesting comments about the Packers leadership structure.…
155 - The Last Bright Spot of 2018
Feb 6 • 31 min
We’re officially on to 2019, to borrow a quote from Bill Belichick. Let’s take that opportunity to talk about what could be the very last true bright spot of the 2018 Packers season.
154 - When 2018 Started to Unravel
Feb 1 • 27 min
The Packers coaching staff is edging closer to completion. What do we make of the newest names added to the mix? Then we take a trip back to when the Packers’ 2018 season really started to unravel.
153 - Jimmy Graham is Back?
Jan 30 • 30 min
One of the biggest names from the 2018 offseason is apparently going to be back in 2019, but is it a good thing that we’re having another go-round with Jimmy Graham? Let’s discuss. Then, we dive into our game-by-game review of the 2018 season. Spoiler…
152 - Reviewing the 2018 Packers Rookies
Jan 25 • 39 min
The Packers keep bringing new names into the building, but this time one is on the personnel side. We’ll catch up on the latest moves and discuss whether a colleague of Matt LaFleur’s is making a big mistake. Then, let’s start our season review process by…
151 - Our 2018 Predictions Were Not Great
Jan 23 • 31 min
Matt LaFleur is making moves on the Packers coaching staff, but the Packers still have fewer coaches than it feels like they should. Is that bad? Let’s find out, then dive into our predictions from last season. Plus: the NFL’s overtime rules are fine.
150 - What Did We Learn About the Packers in 2018?
Jan 18 • 35 min
The Packers are still slowly filling out their coaching staff, but now two very intriguing names are in the mix. Then, Joe Whitt is off to Cleveland, but it’s possible that may not be a bad thing. We’ll explain why. Finally, as we start to review the 2018…
149 - Matt LaFleur Hires an Offensive Coordinator
Jan 15 • 24 min
The Packers are shuffling their coaching staff, and the tide appears to be turning from departures to arrivals. What do we make of the Packers’ new offensive coordinator, and do the Packers have a Mark Murphy problem? Plus…who cares if Matt LaFleur is a…
148 - The LaFleur Era Begins
Jan 10 • 40 min
Matt LaFleur has made his first moves as the Packers head coach, answering a bunch of questions from local media while getting interrupted a bunch by Mark Murphy. Now that we’ve had some time to sort all this out, what do we think of Matt LaFleur? And…
147 - Hello Head Coach Matt LaFleur
Jan 7 • 23 min
The Packers have hired a head coach…and it’s Matt LaFleur. What do we make of this hire? Are the Packers bringing in one of the hottest young offensive minds or just reaching for a name associated with some other big names? Let’s try to talk ourselves…
146 - What’s a Head Coach Interview Actually Like?
Jan 4 • 30 min
It’s going to be a busy weekend for the Packers as they conduct their first head coaching interviews since 2006. What is the process actually like? We go behind the scenes to find out. Plus, the coaching search powerhouse you may not know much about.
145 - The Coaching Carousel Begins to Spin
Jan 2 • 32 min
The 2018 season already feels like a distant memory as the Packers dive headlong into their coaching search. With two interviews already done and more on the way, let’s try to separate the contenders from the pretenders all while wondering if the Packers…
144 - Lions Give Packers an Embarrassing End to 2018
Dec 31, 2018 • 27 min
Weeks after the Packers season actually ended, the 2018 schedule has come to a merciful close. Let’s take a quick look at what happened in the Packers’ disappointing season-ending shutout before refocusing on what happens next.
143 - Week 17 Preview: Forget About the Lions
Dec 28, 2018 • 35 min
The wheels of the coaching carousel are beginning to turn. We’ve got our first concrete news about the Packers plunging into the field of available coaches! What does this mean, and are either of the coaches interviewed today serious contenders? Plus,…
142 - Packers Win Exciting, Meaningless Game in New York
Dec 24, 2018 • 27 min
The Packers picked up a win on a quality comeback, but it’s not like it means anything. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to learn. Let’s take a second to see if there’s anything about this game that helps us dive deeper going forward.
141 - Week 16 Preview: Packers Battling Details
Dec 21, 2018 • 13 min
The Packers don’t have any meaningful games left, but they can spend some time working on an issue that has plagued their 2018 season: details.
140 - Who’s the Favorite to Coach the Packers?
Dec 19, 2018 • 33 min
The Packers are setting themselves up for the stretch run, and by that I mean they’re adding guys to the roster so they have enough healthy bodies to play two meaningless games. But that means we get to focus on other stuff! Namely, figuring out who these…
139 - Bears End the 2018 Packers’ Season
Dec 17, 2018 • 23 min
The Bears played exactly as we’ve come to expect them to play and the Packers couldn’t respond.
138 - Week 15 Preview: Bear Hunting
Dec 14, 2018 • 11 min
The Packers can’t catch the Bears in the standings, but they have a chance to take the season series on Sunday.
137 - Joe Philbin is a Serious Candidate
Dec 12, 2018 • 29 min
A former member of the Packers’ front office has some crucial insight on how the Packers might hire their next coach. What does Andrew Brandt tell us about the Packers’ coaching search? And where will Mike McCarthy land? Plus: why the Packers have a hard…
136 - The Packers Are Undefeated (In the Joe Philbin Era)
Dec 10, 2018 • 32 min
The Packers won a game! That’s good, right? I think so. At any rate, it gives us something a little bit more to talk about than a loss. But what can we really take away from this one?Support Blue 58Donate to our Patreon - $1 per month offsets our podcast…
135 - Week 14 Preview: Packers Embrace Meaningless Football
Dec 7, 2018 • 11 min
The Packers have a (technically) meaningless month of football ahead. But that’s okay. Let’s explore why meaningless football can actually be great.Support Blue 58Donate to our Patreon - $1 per month offsets our podcast hosting costs.Buy a T-Shirt or…
134 - Should the Packers Tank?
Dec 5, 2018 • 35 min
Welcome to the Packers coaching search extravaganza! Are you ready for a grueling month and a half of exhausting speculation? I hope so, because we’re not getting out of this any time soon. To kick things off, we’re taking some time to answer your…
133 - The Mike McCarthy Era is Over
Dec 3, 2018 • 24 min
Mike McCarthy is now the former head coach of the Green Bay Packers. Where do the Packers go from here? Who is going to be the next head coach? We take on those questions and more as we break down this unexpected news.
132 - Week 13 Preview: What Does a Win Even Mean for the Packers?
Nov 30, 2018 • 12 min
Heading into a Week 13 game against an overmatched opponent, it’s not clear what a win would even really mean for the Packers.
131 - Finding the Positive in the Packers’ Dismal Season
Nov 28, 2018 • 21 min
The 2018 season hasn’t gone as expected for the Packers, but that doesn’t mean we have to be negative all the time. Let’s take a second to appreciate the members of this year’s team who are going above and beyond.
130 - It’s All Over for the 2018 Packers
Nov 26, 2018 • 24 min
The 2017 season (unofficially) came to an end in Minnesota. After Sunday, the 2018 season shares the same distinction.
129 - Week 12 Preview: Salvaging the Season in Minnesota
Nov 24, 2018 • 9 min
The Packers have one chance to save their season: they must win out to have any chance at making the playoffs. To start that process, they have to return to where everything began to unravel more than a year ago.
128 - What Happens if the Packers Make a Coaching Change?
Nov 21, 2018 • 29 min
Coaching has been one of the root issues for this season’s struggles. So what’s different about this year? We explore that question as well as what happens if the Packers make a change. Plus, what Mike Daniels’ injury means going forward and why a broken…
127 - Packers Lose War of Attrition in Seattle
Nov 16, 2018 • 24 min
The Packers fell apart - literally and figuratively - in a crushing loss in Seattle. Even if this was somewhat expected, the Packers have zero margin for error the rest of the way. How did they lose such a winnable game?
126 - Week 11 Preview: Packers Face a Tough Road in Seattle
Nov 14, 2018 • 21 min
Are there too many cooks in the kitchen on the Packers offense? Could be, and it may be the reason the Packers offense is sluggish so far this year. Plus, why Aaron Rodgers is bored and why you should keep an eye on what Russell Wilson is wearing on his…
125 - Packers Beat Dolphins, But Big Questions Remain
Nov 12, 2018 • 26 min
The Packers took care of business against a team they were supposed to beat. What can we take away from this game, if anything? Will Ron Zook be packing his bags by Monday afternoon?
124 - Week 10 Preview: Packers Need a Win in the Worst Way
Nov 9, 2018 • 10 min
If the Packers are going to put together anything resembling a running of the table, they’d better get back to their winning ways and quick. Are the Dolphins what they need to pull out of their tailspin?
123 - What’s the Deal With Aaron Rodgers?
Nov 7, 2018 • 28 min
Brian Gutekunst is busy again. The Packers have made five roster moves already this week and they’ve still got an open roster spot. Let’s break down them all before we try to figure out what’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers. Plus, why Ted Thompson is absolutely…
122 - Patriots Handle Packers in Foxboro
Nov 5, 2018 • 22 min
The Packers are below .500 after a dispiriting loss in Foxboro. How did it happen this time? Well, stop me if you’ve heard this one…but a running back fumbled at an inopportune time.
121 - Week 9 Preview: A GOAT Fight in Foxboro?
Nov 2, 2018 • 11 min
The Packers/Patriots game on Sunday will feature two of the best quarterbacks to ever play. Will the winner be the true greatest ever?
120 - Do the Packers’ Trades Make Sense?
Oct 31, 2018 • 32 min
The Packers made a trade and liked it so much they decided to turn right back around and make another. Did they get a good value? Was the timing right? And what do they mean about this year? We take on those questions and more. It’s just a shame there’s…
119 - Two Plays Doom Packers in LA
Oct 29, 2018 • 18 min
Losing a game you’re supposed to lose still doesn’t feel good. The Packers proved that this weekend. Why did it happen? Let’s dive in.
118 - Week 8 Preview: Packers Face a Superior Opponent in Rams
Oct 26, 2018 • 9 min
The Packers head to Los Angeles to face a team that’s certifiably better than they are. Do they have a chance?
117 - Are the Packers In the Trade Market?
Oct 24, 2018 • 31 min
The Packers are back from the bye and we’re a week away from the trade deadline. Do the Packers make a deal to bring in some help? Is this a new era of trades in the NFL? Do rhetorical questions make podcast introductions more interesting? Let’s get some…
116 - Checking in on the Packers’ Power Brokers
Oct 19, 2018 • 30 min
We’re suddenly more than a week away from a Packers football game. What is this, the offseason? Let’s take a second and take stock of how people are feeling about the most important people in the organization.
115 - Aaron Rodgers Does It Again, Beats 49ers
Oct 16, 2018 • 26 min
The Packers got their feel-good win going into the bye, and boy did it feel good. Should it have needed to be this way….eh…maybe not. But let’s break it down anyway.
114 - Week 6 Preview: A Must Win?
Oct 12, 2018 • 13 min
If this isn’t a must win game, it’s as close as it gets.
113 - How Not to Criticize Mike McCarthy
Oct 10, 2018 • 31 min
The Packers sleep walked through Sunday’s game and now the national criticism is starting to come for Mike McCarthy. We’ll examine one high profile piece to see if it holds any water. Plus, a quick look at the new names on the Packers roster and why being…
112 - Packers Give It Away in Detroit
Oct 8, 2018 • 28 min
The Packers couldn’t get out of their own way against the Lions, repeatedly falling flat on their faces on their way to a 31-23 loss. In a game featuring missed field goals, penalties galore, and occasional rookie-level play from a Hall of Fame caliber…
111 - Week 5 Preview: Packers Look to Build Momentum in Detroit
Oct 5, 2018 • 11 min
The Packers have some interesting roster issues going into their third divisional game of the season. How will young receivers affect the passing game?
110 - Checking in on 16 Packers Offseason Additions
Oct 3, 2018 • 27 min
After four games it’s time to check on how the Packers’ biggest offseason additions are performing. Let’s take a look at their free agents and draft picks! Then, some thoughts on the “rift” between Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers.
109 - Packers Take Care of Business Against Buffalo
Oct 1, 2018 • 26 min
Despite a lackluster day at the office from Aaron Rodgers, the Packers handled the Buffalo Bills, posting their first shutout in almost a decade. Let’s hear it for defense!
108 - Week 4 Preview: Packers Searching for Identity Against Bills
Sep 28, 2018 • 11 min
We’re headed for the fourth game of the 2018 season and the Packers still aren’t quite sure what they are.
107 - Reacting to CB Bashaud Breeland Signing with Packers
Sep 26, 2018 • 25 min
It’s a midseason free agent bonanza in Green Bay! The Packers signed two, count ‘em, TWO players on the same day. We’ll break down what the moves mean for the team and how they reflect on the league as a whole. Then, why Jon thinks you should pay special…
106 - Redskins Embarrass Packers in Washington
Sep 24, 2018 • 26 min
The Redskins and Packers worked together to embarrass the Packers in Washington. What…happened? We’ll dive deep and try to figure out what, if anything, is worth taking away from this one.
105 - Week 3 Preview: Packers and Redskins Going in Different Directions
Sep 21, 2018 • 9 min
Though their records are similar, the Packers and Redskins seem like teams headed in very different directions. That could work to the Packers’ advantage in a big way on Sunday.
104 - Can the Packers Fix their Pass Rush? (And Other Questions)
Sep 19, 2018 • 38 min
We have a boatload of listener questions to get to on this episode. We’ll dive deep on edge rushers, running backs, and how to keep opposing fans out of Lambeau Field. Then, Mike McCarthy may not be your favorite coach, but you may want to hold up on…
103 - Week 3 Recap: Vikings Tie a Disappointing Surprise
Sep 17, 2018 • 22 min
A tie. Ok. Well. That’s not what anybody was hoping for or expecting, but here we are. How did this happen? And how could things have gone differently?
102 - Week 2 Preview: Packers and Vikings at a Turning Point?
Sep 14, 2018 • 9 min
The Vikings have had the Packers’ number for some time. Could that be about to change?
101 - Stats That Could Teach You Something
Sep 12, 2018 • 27 min
The Packers are making moves in the wake of their Week 1 win over the Chicago Bears. We’ll tell you what we think of the new additions. Then, after a truly mind-boggling revelation from Pro Football Focus, we’ll give the details on our own advanced stats.
100 - Week 1 Recap: What Do You Even Say?
Sep 10, 2018 • 26 min
How do you describe what happened in Week 1? Let’s give it a shot.
99 - Week 1 Preview - Did the Bears Close the Gap?
Sep 7, 2018 • 11 min
It’s time to take a look at an actual football game. Let’s dig in.
98 - Did the Packers Really Miss Out on Khalil Mack?
Sep 5, 2018 • 27 min
We’ve got a 53 man roster, now it’s on to Chicago and the start of the regular season. Let’s recap the weekend that was and see what we learned about Brian Gutekunst in the process. Plus, did the Packers really miss out on Khalil Mack?
97 - 37 Tough Decisions for Brian Gutekunst
Aug 29, 2018 • 24 min
It’s time for Brian Gutekunst to make some tough calls. He’s got one preseason game left and then it’s time for the big cutdown. Who stays? Who goes? Will anybody come in from another team. Soon all that will be answered, but first the new Packers GM has…
96 - Breaking Down the Packers’ Latest Trade
Aug 27, 2018 • 23 min
Brian Gutekunst is continuing his quest to improve the Packers roster. Let’s break down his latest trade. Then, we’ll take a look at the Packers’ third preseason game before previewing who needs to step up in the final exhibition contest.
95 - It’s Time for DeShone Kizer to Win the QB Battle
Aug 22, 2018 • 32 min
We’re back from a trip to Lambeau Field. What did we see? A lot of stuff, and we’ll tell you about it. Then, the Packers are shuffling their running backs again. What’s it all mean? Plus, what to watch for in the third preseason game and why the helmet…
94 - The Two Position Groups With the Most Questions
Aug 15, 2018 • 34 min
With one preseason game in the books and another on the horizon, two position groups are facing the biggest questions. We’ll explore wide receiver and the offensive line in depth before taking on questions about Cole Madison, Quinten Rollins, the backup…
93 - Here is the 2018 Packers Roster
Aug 8, 2018 • 38 min
The Packers made four roster moves this week and could be ready to make more, at least if you believe the internet hype machine. We’ll break down each move and predict whether a big name pass rusher will be coming to Green Bay in a trade. Then, explore…
92 - The 8 Biggest Stories of Training Camp (So Far)
Aug 1, 2018 • 33 min
Training camp is nearly a week old. What’s for real and what’s a mirage? What do we make of the biggest stories, developments, injuries and more? Will Aaron Rodgers ever actually sign a contract? Probably, but that’s about all we know right now. Plus, why…
91 - 11 Predictions About the 2018 Packers Season
Jul 25, 2018 • 35 min
Football season is finally starting and it’s time to make some predictions. We’ll tell you how many quarterbacks are going to make the team, why an unpopular outside linebacker is going to stick around, and what the Packers’ final record is going to be.…
90 - What Are Our Expectations for the Packers’ Defense?
Jul 19, 2018 • 37 min
We all need to take a deep breath on Aaron Rodgers’ contract. It’s going to get done. Jon Meerdink tells you why patience is a virtue worth remembering in this situation. Then, a quick look at the Packers’ revenue situation and why it’s good for the…
89 - What Are Our Expectations for the Packers’ Offense?
Jul 12, 2018 • 32 min
We’re a day late, but officially starting to look forward to the upcoming season. Who are we expecting a lot out of this year and why? Plus, big life updates that affect The Power Sweep and why I still have a special place in my heart for Madden…even…
88 - Why the Aaron Jones Suspension Matters
Jul 4, 2018 • 32 min
The Packers are down a starter for two key early season games. How will this affect position battles and the early portion of the season? We’ll dive in. Then, we’ve got a new stat to talk about, we’ll take a weird trip down memory lane, including the time…
87 - What Randall Cobb’s Injury Says About the Offseason
Jun 27, 2018 • 26 min
Training camp hasn’t even started and a key member of the Packers is already hurt. Our Jon Meerdink thinks that says a lot about how the Packers handled this offseason. Then, why the NFL 100 is worth ignoring, part 2 and which Packers record would be the…
86 - This is the End of Clay Matthews
Jun 20, 2018 • 29 min
There is good reason to think we’re seeing the end of Clay Matthews in Green Bay. At least, from a certain point of view. Plus, why it’s dumb to get mad about coaches talking (or not talking) to the media, and why it’s best to take a wait and see approach…
85 - All of Our 2017 Predictions Were Bad
Jun 13, 2018 • 35 min
Our 2017 predictions show yet another way the Minnesota Vikings make life on this planet worse. Plus, a little talk about OTAs and the Packers’ latest free agent addition. Then, do you think Aaron Rodgers should change how he plays?
84 - The 15 Most Important Moves of the Brian Gutekunst Era
Jun 6, 2018 • 35 min
Brian Gutekunst has been the general manager of the Packers for six months. There have been cuts, signings, trades, a draft, and more. What do we make of what he’s done so far? Let’s take a look.
83 - Five Key Members of the Packers Middle Class
May 30, 2018 • 25 min
We need to take some time to talk about the guys who aren’t stars. Why should you care about the guys who aren’t making headlines? We’ll tell you. We’ll also take a look at Adrian Peterson’s request to come to Green Bay, why he’s different than Dez…
82 - Which Rookie Will Have the Biggest Impact?
May 23, 2018 • 34 min
OTAs are finally here, and with them come takes from all corners. Aaron Rodgers weighs in on Dez Bryant, we tell you which rookies are going to make an impact, and we dive into some moral philosophy. Yes, really. Finally…please read before you comment.
81 - Why the Packers Didn’t Really Revamp Their Defense
May 16, 2018 • 35 min
The Packers revamped their defense this offseason…or did they? Let’s take a second and break down where the defense stands after free agency, the draft, undrafted free agency, and a month of speculation. Let’s speculate some more, shall we?
80 - Why the Packers Offense is Done Changing
May 9, 2018 • 28 min
We’re in the age of the minicamp, so who’s lining up on offense for the Packers? You may be surprised how many positions we can already nail down. Beyond the starting lineup, though, things get pretty iffy. Let’s take a top to bottom look at the Packers’…
79 - 6 Things We Liked About the Packers Draft (And 3 We Didn’t)
May 2, 2018 • 31 min
After months of anticipation and build-up, the draft is done. Now, we’re left to sort through the pieces. We’ll tell you why you should be excited about the top end of this year’s draft, why it’s okay to draft a punter and a long snapper, and how one…
78 - We’ve Cracked the Code on the Packers Draft
Apr 25, 2018 • 35 min
We think we can predict who the Packers will pick in the NFL Draft, which is only hours away. Let’s do this!
77 - Aaron Rodgers is Playing the Packers
Apr 18, 2018 • 26 min
Aaron Rodgers is speaking his mind…or is he? We’ll take on his contentious secret comments and the subsequent walk back. Then, why Jon thinks the Packers might want to seriously consider Dez Bryant and why Aaron Rodgers will be getting a new helmet in the…
76 - Grab Bag
Apr 11, 2018 • 31 min
As we find ourselves in a waiting period in the NFL offseason, there’s a bunch of little things going on, so let’s talk about a bunch of things. We’ll touch on exciting young players, free agency, the Packers’ uniforms, Aaron Rodgers getting paid,…
75 - When The Packers Traded for Mike Holmgren
Apr 4, 2018 • 32 min
It’s Trade Week! We dive into the weird and wild history of trades in Green Bay. Plus, Jeff Janis is gone, Mike McCarthy is finally speaking his mind, and the narrative is destroying us all.
74 - The One About Trades
Mar 28, 2018 • 34 min
Mike McCarthy says the Packers had it wrong on Damarious Randall, the Jordy Nelson tour of sadness continues, and we wrap up a big series. Then, we break down the possibilities around the Packers making a big trade.
73 - Free Agency So Far
Mar 21, 2018 • 32 min
We’re officially a week into free agency and everything looks different in Green Bay. Jordy Nelson, Damarious Randall, and Morgan Burnett are gone. Jimmy Graham, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Deshone Kizer have arrived. Are the Packers any better? And what do…
72 - It’s Gutekunst Time
Mar 7, 2018 • 35 min
The Packers are already making waves in free agency, and free agency hasn’t even officially begun. Is Muhammad Wilkerson worth considering, and why? And if it comes down to it, should the Packers take an edge rusher or cornerback? Then, we’ll take stock…
71 - Offseason Questions
Feb 28, 2018 • 35 min
This week on Blue 58, as the offseason really gets cooking, the Packers could be ready to part ways with a long-time member of the secondary. We’ll talk about how they got to that point and how the Packers’ decision-making process affects their results in…
70 - Mike McCarthy Is Coaching for His Job
Feb 21, 2018 • 29 min
We’re almost to peak offseason. You can feel it in the temperature of the takes. Let’s dive into a few and create some of our own. Here’s one: Mike McCarthy is coaching for his job in 2018.
69 - Money Talks
Feb 14, 2018 • 31 min
It’s time to talk money. We’re taking on the biggest contract questions on the Packers. Should Aaron Rodgers take less? Who’s worth keeping around? Is restructuring ever a good idea?
68 - Let’s Go Free Agent Shopping
Feb 7, 2018 • 33 min
We’ve got Super Bowl. We’ve got Hall of Fame. We’ve got Packers front office. And we’ve got a free agent shopping spree. Then, why we all just need to sit back and let athletes be interesting.
67 - Super Bowl Memories
Jan 31, 2018 • 33 min
A high profile cornerback is available for trade. Should the Packers do a deal? Then, a franchise legend might be going up the river. How does that change how we think about him, if at all. Plus, let’s take a second to remember some highlights from Super…
66 - How to Think About the NFL Draft
Jan 24, 2018 • 34 min
This week on Blue 58, the Packers head deeper into their offseason and so do we. What former Packers could make their way back to Green Bay? We’ll touch on that and how Aaron Rodgers’ injury affected the Packers in a way that may not immediately be…
65 - Seven Questions on Quarterbacks
Jan 19, 2018 • 34 min
The Packers say hello to a new defensive coordinator and say goodbye to a long time personnel man while we get started on a big project. Then, how do we answer the biggest question of the 2017 season? By asking a bunch more questions, of course!
64 - What Does a DC Bring?
Jan 10, 2018 • 34 min
Things look different in Green Bay, and that’s not a bad thing, but now it’s time to get down to work, and Brian Gutekunst has his work cut out for him. We’ll talk about what that means for one notable player. Then, the Packers still need a defensive…
63 - Mark Murphy’s Time to Shine
Jan 3, 2018 • 31 min
Mark Murphy is leading the Packers into a pivotal offseason, and all eyes will be on the president and CEO as he makes his first ever big hire. Now can everybody slow down for a second and let us catch up?
62 - Goodbye 2017 (And Good Riddance)
Dec 27, 2017 • 19 min
​​​​​​As we say farewell to 2017, we take a moment to reflect on the silver linings of the Packers’ second shutout of the season (there aren’t many), wonder why the Packers haven’t run the ball more (we don’t really know), and reminisce about the start of…
61 - Fixing the Packers
Dec 20, 2017 • 35 min
The playoffs are out of reach, Aaron Rodgers is done for the year, and the Vikings have locked up the NFC North. Merry Christmas!Seriously though, how do we fix this?
60 - The Panthers
Dec 13, 2017 • 33 min
The Packers are ready to fight for their playoff lives. Will Aaron Rodgers be there with them? We’ll discuss exactly what the Packers will have to do to beat the Panthers with or without their two-time MVP quarterback. But will he come back? Plus,…
59 - Can the Packers Make It?
Dec 6, 2017 • 35 min
The Packers are clinging to playoff hope. Is there any reason that we should too? We’ll take a look at the road ahead and examine why one particular position group might be making it more difficult for the Packers to succeed. Also, Greg Jennings was in…
58 - Acceptance
Nov 29, 2017 • 33 min
After a loss in Pittsburgh, the end may finally, officially be here. We discuss what, if anything, we can take away from this game. After that, injuries have affected this season, but you may not have realized exactly how much. And finally, Jamaal…
57 - Quarterback Questions
Nov 22, 2017 • 33 min
The Packers are back to losing. We take up the question of who, if anyone, is to blame, for the team’s struggles. Then, a promising rookie is arrested and a former player passes away. We wrap up with big discussion on all things quarterback
56 - The Case for Tanking
Nov 15, 2017 • 33 min
The Packers beat the Bears. Does that change anything? With Aaron Jones out for up to six weeks, how does the offense change? And is there a case for tanking the season?
55 - Fire Dom Capers
Nov 8, 2017 • 37 min
We’re making our case: it’s time for Dom Capers to go.
54 - Mailbag!
Nov 1, 2017 • 30 min
The bye week is over. Is there any reason to think we’ll see an improved Packers team in the second half? Who should be blamed for the defense’s struggles, if anyone? Plus, we take your questions on the Packers heading into the second half
53 - Decisions, Decisions
Oct 25, 2017 • 40 min
The Packers are on their bye week, licking their wounds after two straight losses. Are there any reasons for hope? Will Mike McCarthy take the training wheels off Brett Hundley? And what personnel decisions led to this point? Plus, checking in on the…
52 - Welcome to the Brett Hundley Show
Oct 18, 2017 • 35 min
We’re living in a post-Aaron Rodgers world. How will the Packers handle it? Is a free agent quarterback the answer? Probably not, but we’ll dive in anyway. Then, let’s take a look at the very weird history between the Packers and Saints.
51 - The Packers Versus the NFC North
Oct 11, 2017 • 32 min
Aaron Rodgers takes out the Cowboys again! We’ll break down how he’s doing it and how a few key decisions are paying big dividends for the Packers. Then, we preview the Packers’ upcoming run against the NFC North and put the final nail in the coffin of…
50 - What Do The Packers Do With Damarious Randall?
Oct 4, 2017 • 38 min
What do the Packers do with Damarious Randall? Is he a bust, a bad fit, or something else? We’ll take up that question on top of taking a look at the Packers’ offensive line and telling you why a few people need to be getting some more credit. Then we’ll…
49 - Breaking Down Color Rush With The Dapper Packer
Sep 27, 2017 • 28 min
Things are going from bad to worse on the offensive line. Is there any reason for hope? After that, an issue that’s been going on for years is making life difficult for the defense. And why is Aaron Rodgers off to a weird start this year? Plus all the…
48 - Time For Kevin King and Josh Jones to Step Up
Sep 20, 2017 • 27 min
We’re putting the Atlanta loss in the review mirror, exploring Randall Cobb’s expanded role on offense, and explaining why the Packers need to beat the Bengals for Aaron Rodgers’ sake. Then, we dive deep on new opportunities for Kevin King and Josh Jones.…
47 - What’s New and What’s the Same?
Sep 13, 2017 • 29 min
The Packers are making cuts, winning games, and getting ready for Atlanta. Is there any difference between this year’s Packers and Falcons game and what we saw in the NFC Championship game? There is, but you’re going to have to listen to the show to hear…
46 - A Free Agent Spree and 2017 Predictions
Sep 6, 2017 • 27 min
The roster was set, but not for long! Ted Thompson has signed another free agent. What does that mean to the Packers? Then, join us for a look at some predictions about this season.
45 - Ahmad Brooks, Former Packers, and Brian Carriveau
Aug 30, 2017 • 27 min
This week on Blue 58, is Ahmad Brooks joining the Packers? Probably, but he hasn’t yet. How are former members of the Packers faring this preseason, and will another offensive tackle step up in Green Bay? Plus we’re joined by Brian Carriveau of the…
44 - Mini Episode With Owen Riese
Aug 22, 2017 • 15 min
An abbreviated episode in advance of the Packers’ third preseason game. Acme Packing Company’s Owen Riese gives us a more in-depth look at the Packers’ offensive line. We’re back to full strength on Wednesday!
43 - Packers Projects
Aug 17, 2017 • 32 min
We make an announcement, Jon gets something off his chest, and talk about how there’s nothing to talk about. Then, we dive into the discussion on a few Packers players who could take a bit longer to develop.
42 - Here Come the Eagles
Aug 9, 2017 • 32 min
This week on Blue 58, Letroy Guion is gone for good, Aaron Rodgers doesn’t start slow, and the Packers are going to be good…but how good? Then we preview this week’s VERY FIRST preseason game.
41 - Who’s Impressing So Far?
Aug 2, 2017 • 28 min
The Packers are already down a draft pick, Ty Montgomery looks primed to contribute at running back, and we’ve got t-shirts for you to vote on. On top of that, training camp is actually underway, so who’s doing well?
40 - Starting a New Story
Jul 26, 2017 • 38 min
This week on Blue 58, training camp hasn’t even started yet and one player is already off the board for Week 1. How will that affect position battles? We’ll also take a look at some of the major storylines as we head into 2017. Plus, who would try to rank…
39 - Who’s Facing High Expectations on Defense?
Jul 19, 2017 • 24 min
We celebrate a birthday, take a look at our latest specialty stat, and kick off a new series. Plus, what are our expectations for the defense?
38 - High Expectations On Offense
Jul 5, 2017 • 27 min
This week on Blue 58, what’s wrong with NFL media? We take on that question and dig into the history books for a look at James Lofton. Then we talk about the players for whom our expectations are the highest this season.
37 - Blue 58 Book Club
Jun 28, 2017 • 31 min
This week on Blue 58, John Dorsey is done in Kansas City and his departure could have a ripple effect in Green Bay. We take our first crack at advanced stats and reminisce about Don Hutson, the Packers’ first all-time great offensive weapon. Then we take…
36 - Over/Unders on the 2017 Packers
Jun 21, 2017 • 29 min
This week on Blue 58, third down defense was a big problem for the Packers last season, but you may not have realized how big. We try our hand at advanced stats, and take a look at the over/unders for the Packers this season. On top of all that, we’ll…
35 - What Do We Do With Clay Matthews?
Jun 13, 2017 • 24 min
This week on Blue 58, OTAs are over, but minicamp is just beginning. We take a look at this year’s crop of wide receivers and wonder how one notable name could fare this year with some promising rookies around. Plus, what does Clay Matthews bring to the…
34 - Top Ten Packers
Jun 6, 2017 • 32 min
This week on Blue 58, we catastrophize about injuries on the offensive line, take a quick look ahead to next year’s potential free agents, and try to figure out if it matters who punts for the Packers. Finally, we rank our top ten most valuable Packers on…
33 - No Good, Very Bad 2016 Predictions
May 30, 2017 • 32 min
This week on Blue 58 the Packers hit the practice field for OTAs, we name our favorite undrafted free agents, and remember some miserable predictions we made before the 2016 season.
32 - A Packers Edition of “Would You Rather?”
May 23, 2017 • 34 min
This week on Blue 58, a member of Denver’s talented defense is connected to the Packers, we sort out our expectations on rookie cornerback Kevin King, and discuss why offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett hasn’t gotten any interest as a head coach. Also,…
31 - Will Aaron Rodgers Decline?
May 16, 2017 • 26 min
Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy talk about a possible late free agent signing by the Packers and why we’ll be seeing more two tight end sets in 2017. Plus, the guys take up one big question: will Aaron Rodgers decline with age?
30 - No Dumb Questions
May 9, 2017 • 27 min
This week on Blue 58, a front office star is staying in Green Bay, the rookies are finally at work, and we’re putting to bed some nagging questions from our time as football fans.
29 - Draft Picks, Contract Options, and Tex Western
May 2, 2017 • 41 min
This week on Blue 58, the Packers lock up a former first round pick, try to trade a former fifth round pick, and get a third round pick for a guy who’s not around any more. Then, we talk with Tex Western of Acme Packing Company and check in on all of this…
28 - Welcome to Draft Week
Apr 25, 2017 • 36 min
This week on Blue 58, we talk about Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Bob McGinn’s thoughts on Ted Thompson, the Packers 2017 schedule, and the biggest draft bust in Packers history. Plus, we talk with Doug Russell of 620 WTMJ.
27 - Draft Needs, Wants, and Dreams
Apr 18, 2017 • 33 min
This week on Blue 58, we look back on the career of A.J. Hawk, discuss a player who helped the Packers without even playing a single down, and talk about our needs, wants, and dreams for the Packers draft. Plus, we’re joined by Brian Carriveau of the…
26 - Predicting the Packers Draft
Apr 11, 2017 • 30 min
This week on Blue 58, we skate to one song, and one song only: predicting what the Packers will do in the NFL Draft.
25 - The Most Important Draft Pick Ever
Apr 4, 2017 • 30 min
This week on Blue 58, the Packers are somehow still making moves in free agency, a controversial running back visits Green Bay, and we check in on some multi-sport stars from the dark ages of Packers football. Plus, Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy explain…
24 - These Are My Confessions
Mar 28, 2017 • 28 min
This week on Blue 58, Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy speculate on who could be starting at right guard for the Packers next season, figure out if the wave of free agents signed this offseason signal a new direction for the team, and get a look at the final…
23 - The Final Chapter of the 2016 Packers
Mar 21, 2017 • 32 min
A playoff hero leaves Green Bay for Oakland and two of the most productive running backs in league history are on the Packers’ radar. Neither are named Adrian Peterson. Plus, we finish up our season recap series with a look at the playoffs.
22 - Free Agency Frenzy
Mar 14, 2017 • 34 min
Hosts Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy analyze the latest Packers free agent signings and departures, including two athletic tight ends and a cornerback who started his career in Green Bay. Plus, what’s next for Ted Thompson and the front office in the…
21 - Martellus Bennett?!
Mar 10, 2017 • 16 min
Crazy things are happening in the world of free agency, and Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy are on top of it. In a special bonus episode, the guys break down the signing of Martellus Bennett, Nick Perry’s new deal, and what to make of the departure of JC…
20 - All In On Free Agents
Mar 8, 2017 • 37 min
Hosts Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy discuss an offhand comment by Aaron Rodgers about his contract, and whether the time is right to renegotiate. Cornerback Davon House is on the free agent market, is he a fit for the defense? Finally, we reach the…
19 - Darkest Before the Dawn
Feb 28, 2017 • 46 min
On this week’s episode of Blue 58, Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy venture deep into the darkest portion of the Packers’ 2016 season. Plus, the guys talk about the Packers running back situation, visit with draft expert Tony Pauline, and get to the bottom of…
18 - No Silver Linings
Feb 21, 2017 • 30 min
Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy continue their journey through the 2015 season with a look at games five through eight. Is there any upsides to the Packers midseason stumbles? Plus, the guys dive into the franchise and transition tags, the Packers’ low…
17 - Revisiting The Packers Slow Start
Feb 14, 2017 • 30 min
One of the Packers best players is released, another is a free agent that hasn’t heard a lick from the Packers and a third is going to get less money than they originally thought. Hosts Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy unpack the headlines and take a quick…
16 - Are The Packers Wasting Aaron Rodgers’ Prime?
Feb 7, 2017 • 41 min
After eight straight postseason appearances and only one Super Bowl appearance, hosts Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy unpack whether the Packers are wasting Aaron Rodgers’ prime. We cover the release of James Starks, celebrate Jordy Nelson’s Comeback Player…
15 - Step Up, Ship Out, or Not His Fault
Jan 31, 2017 • 35 min
There are some hard decisions ahead for the Packers this offseason. Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy start by breathing a sigh of relief that Eliot Wolf remained in Green Bay and wade through both sides of the “draft and develop” and “#FireDomCapers” debates.…
14 - Where Do We Go From Here?
Jan 24, 2017 • 34 min
The Packers season is at an end, so what happens now? Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy break down the Packers’ untimely demise in Atlanta, Jordy Nelson’s gutsy performance, and the future of Green Bay’s eleven pending free agents. Plus, was A.J. Hawk actually…
13 - Did You Ever Expect This?
Jan 17, 2017 • 38 min
The Packers are off to Atlanta, and Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy are here to tell you all about it. But first, the guys break down the biggest play in Sunday’s win over the Cowboys, discuss the possible return of Jordy Nelson, and take time to remember…
12 - Can The Pack Stop Dallas?
Jan 10, 2017 • 37 min
Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy celebrate the Packers win over the Giants, and talk about the potential loss of Jordy Nelson to a rib injury. Green Bay parts with DL Mike Pennel after two suspensions this season – will his loss impact the Packers chances?…
11 - Breakin’ The Giants Playoff Curse
Jan 4, 2017 • 36 min
Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy discuss Packers personnel executives Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst’s interviews with the 49ers for their open GM post [0:30]. Aaron Ripkowski had a big game against the Lions, and he probably has Ty Montgomery to thank…
10 - What’s The Best Soundbite in Packers History?
Dec 29, 2016 • 32 min
Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy discuss Jordy Nelson’s performance against the Vikings last week and whether the defense truly went against coach Mike Zimmer’s wishes [00:45]. We reflect back on just how dominant Bart Starr was during his legendary career…
9 - How Clutch Is Aaron Rodgers Now?
Dec 21, 2016 • 33 min
Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy celebrate Aaron Rodgers’ clutch heroics against the Bears [00:24] and dish on the Packers’ representatives in the Pro Bowl [04:06]. There’s a crazy scenario involving seven different NFL games that ends with the Packers…
8 - Is Aaron Rodgers the MVP?
Dec 16, 2016 • 33 min
Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy dig deep on this year’s MVP race and talk about what Aaron Rodgers has to do to collect his third award. Jon thinks there’s five legitimate candidates, Rodgers included. Does Gary agree? Plus, the guys touch on how Mike…
7 - Can The Packers Run the Table?
Dec 6, 2016 • 37 min
Jon Meerdink and Gary Zilavy discuss Jordy Nelson’s monster game against the Texans. Is he a favorite to win Comeback Player of the Year [00:40]? With Green Bay’s season in the balance, the rival Seahawks come to town without All Pro safety Earl Thomas…
6 - Right Up the Middle
Sep 14, 2016 • 28 min
Defensive mastermind Mike Zimmer will try to contain Aaron Rodgers, and we’ll talk about how he’s done it in the past on this week’s episode of Blue 58. Plus, an examination of David Bakhtiari’s contact, what happens to the Packers’ secondary if Sam…
5 - Roster Guesses 2.0
Aug 31, 2016 • 31 min
Who’s going to be on the Packers’ final roster? Who knows?! This week on Blue 58, we take our best shot. Sit back, relax, and let’s talk through the final 53.
4 - On Quarterbacks
Aug 24, 2016 • 27 min
This week on Blue 58, a look at the Packers’ quarterback situation, could Carl Bradford actually make the roster, and how much Aaron Rodgers will actually play against the 49ers.
3 - Mythbusting Brett Favre
Aug 9, 2016 • 30 min
This week on Blue 58, busting myths about Brett Favre and a word of caution about the world of Packers media. The times, they are a changin’!
2 - What’s Going On With Wide Receivers?
Aug 2, 2016 • 38 min
Could the Packers actually keep seven wide receivers? That’s the topic of this week’s podcast discussion with host Jon Meerdink. Plus, who’s gaining weight, who’s losing weight, and could Morgan Burnett actually be a dime linebacker?
1 - Jared Cook, Training Camp, and Mike Sherman
Jul 26, 2016 • 41 min
Welcome to the very first episode of Blue 58! This week we’re taking injuries, the start of training camp, and the weirdness of the Mike Sherman GM era. Settle back, listen in, and let us take you on an audio journey.
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