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aware of his team's shortcomings.And he knows how crucial it is to fix them in advance of the most challenging portion of the schedule."It was important to win the game on so many different fronts Josh Jones Jersey ," McCarthy said on Tuesday, a day after his team's 33-30 win over San Francisco. "Let's be honest, you have to win your home games."At 3-2-1, all three of the Packers' victories have come at home, along with a Week 2 tie with NFC North rival Minnesota. Their two losses were on the road at Washington and at Detroit.And they're about to be on the road a lot in the next month, with four of their next five games away from Lambeau Field.With post-bye games at the Los Angeles Rams (6-0) and New England Patriots (4-2) looming 鈥?then two more road games at Seattle (3-3) and at Minnesota (3-2-1) after a Nov. 11 home game against Miami (4-2) 鈥?the Packers' next five opponents are a combined 20-9-1."Obviously, I understand what the next four games look like. But they don't mean anything outside of the Rams because that's the next game," McCarthy said."We get a chance to work this week, get a head start on those guys, but we've got a lot of work to do on ourselves 鈥?and that's really where the energy will go."McCarthy said players had a weightlifting session Tuesday morning before getting the rest of the week off. Players will travel back to Green Bay on Sunday and get back to work on Monday.The coaches, meanwhile, will do their traditional self-scouting, which includes what McCarthy calls "across-the-hall" evaluations, where the defensive coaches break down what they see from the Packers' offense and vice versa.What they'll find are inconsistencies on both sides of the ball.Green Bay's offense is fourth in total offense (421 yards per game), but a middling 15th in scoring (24.7 points per game), 16th in third down conversion rate (40.2 percent) and 22nd in red zone offense (50 percent touchdown rate).The defense is seventh in total defense (328.3 yards per game), but 15th in scoring defense (24 points per game) and gave up several big plays to the 49ers on Monday night.Even as important as Monday night's win was Montravius Adams Jersey , it epitomized the Packers' inconsistency. The defense allowed the 49ers just 3 yards on their final three possessions, with Kevin King's interception squelching San Francisco's final chance to win in regulation and setting up the Packers' winning field-goal drive.Quarterback Aaron Rodgers led a pair of successful two-minute drives at the end of the game 鈥?the first for the game-tying touchdown and the second for kicker Mason Crosby's 27-yard walk-off field goal 鈥?but the offense continues to struggle outside of the two-minute drill."We're going to enjoy this one for sure, but correct it at some point," Rodgers said. "Thankfully, we're going to get into our bye week pretty quickly, but I'm sure next Monday we'll take a good, hard look at this and take a look at what we did well our first six weeks."We're a couple plays away from being 4-2 or 5-1, and definitely a couple plays from being the other way. So we're thankful to be 3-2-1 right now and realize what's in front of us, and how this type of play might not get it done against the next opponents. We've got to play better."Rodgers, who led the Packers to a 24-23 comeback win over Chicago in the season opener despite suffering a left knee injury during the first half of that game, has attempted at least 40 passes in the past five games, and McCarthy admitted he'd like the offense to be more balanced.But McCarthy also feels those two fourth-quarter comebacks will benefit the team during the upcoming challenging stretch."The adversity component as far as the number of times we've been in these situations so far this year, I'm hopeful," McCarthy said. "And going off of past experience, I think this will pay dividends for us as a football team." With uncertainty around DeShone Kizer, the 2019 NFL Draft might be a prime time for Green Bay to re-employ the Ron Wolf strategy of the 1990s in developing quarterbacks."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football Advicereturning to a yearly QB draft strategy in 2019New,30commentsWith uncertainty around DeShone Kizer Jamaal Williams Jersey , the 2019 NFL Draft might be a prime time for Green Bay to re-employ the Ron Wolf strategy of the 1990s in developing quarterbacks.CDTShareTweetShareShareThe Packers stand to benefit from returning to a yearly QB draft strategy in 2019In his first offseason as General Manager of the Green Bay Packers, Brian Gutekunst shared at least one similarity with former GM Ron Wolf: he traded for a quarterback castoff. DeShone Kizer, acquired from the Cleveland Browns after just one season with the team, was a once-regarded first round talent that dropped to the second. Green Bay was reportedly interested in Kizer during that 2017 NFL Draft and made the surprising move to trade for the Notre Dame product once he became available. Likewise, Wolf shocked many Packers fans when he dealt for Brett Favre, another player that slipped to the second round of the draft and had worn out his welcome in Atlanta. But while Kizer has not come close to displaying Favre-like ability in the pros, Gutekunst’s decision did represent a return to prioritizing the backup quarterback position, even with an established starter at the helm.The Packers selected a quarterback in seven of Wolf’s 10 years in charge of the roster, in addition to trading for Favre in the 1992 offseason. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Wolf described his reasoning for the strategy. But while Favre continued to be available on the field, the philosophy shifted a little when Mike Sherman took the driver’s seat with just one quarterback in three drafts, and continued even under Wolf disciple Ted Thompson. Thompson drafted the position sporadically, selecting five quarterbacks in 13 drafts. However, three of those occurrences came within his first four years as GM. The last time Green Bay drafted a signal caller was Brett Hundley in 2015.The benefits to an annual quarterback draftee are noted. Most important is the insurance of grooming a capable spot starter in case of injury. The Packers have really struggled with this in particular over the past five years outside of Matt Flynn’s heroic moments of 2010 and 2011. The low-cost talent acquired via undrafted and street free agency to back up Aaron Rodgers was a liability, especially as Hundley failed to show progress after two full years of prior seasoning.Meanwhile, trade collateral is an added advantage with drafting quarterbacks. While the hope is that there will be minimal chances for a backup to showcase his skills, a backup’s preseason action and opportunities when pressed into action can provide later trade value. For every Jay Barker of the Wolf era that fizzled in the pros Kenny Clark Jersey , there were players like Matt Hasselbeck, whose value appreciated over time. Identifying a franchise quarterback will never be an approach that goes out of style and, in fact, the cost of finding one is only rising.Although Wolf called drafting quarterbacks “blind luck,” he was almost 50-50 in finding a future starting quarterback in the later rounds and selling them later. With Favre stabilizing the starting spot, here is a look at the return value of Wolf’s quarterback selections.Packers quarterbacks drafted under Ron WolfDraft YearRoundPlayerValue to Green BayDraft YearRoundPlayerValue to Green BayWith Kizer failing to impress in 2018 and undrafted Tim Boyle sliding into the third quarterback role as a rookie, the Packers are in position to re-initiate an annual third-day, quarterback-drafting strategy this year. Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson, Washington State’s Gardner Minshew, and Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur, the son of New York Giants head coach Pat, make up three of a number of potential prospects available in the fourth round and beyond. Even if Green Bay does not find a diamond in the rough, a late-round pick could provide valuable training camp competition to Green Bay’s current depth. But if the Packers do, they could bolster their roster in both the short and long terms.As Gutekunst continues to add competition and increase the talent level at a variety of positions on the Packers’ roster in 2019, quarterback is not one that should be neglected with 10 April selections. And while drafting quarterbacks may indeed be blind luck, the value derived from the Packers’ strategy of the 1990s was far from it.



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