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, but they’re admitting it now.The Packers had grown satisfied, and it was time to rid the team of that feeling.During Wednesday’s press conference introducing new coach Matt LaFleur, CEO Mark Murphy explained that he gathered information from nine players (one from each position group) regarding what the players hoped to achieve under a new coach.“They wanted someone who would hold the players accountable,” Murphy explained. “They felt a complacency had set in among some players and coaches. . . . Is there something we could do to shake people up so they don鈥檛 have the complacency?”That’s the key word: Complacency. As in getting rid of it. Which means, obviously, that McCarthy was ultimately responsible for creating it.It’s no surprise, especially in light of the absence of a traditional owner. Indeed, PFT has pointed out the signs and symptoms of complacency, and the friction it created, over the past several years. During the 2016 season Reggie White Jersey
, quarterback Aaron Rodgers complained openly about a lack of energy on the sidelines. Not long after that, he bemoaned the absence of a healthy fear of getting fired if players weren’t doing their jobs.Both gripes trace to the head coach, and Rodgers’ willingness to openly comment on those dynamics were interpreted by some (us) as a passive-aggressive tug-of-war between Rodgers and McCarthy.Aaron didn’t appreciate that very much. He didn’t appreciate it perhaps because the arrow hit the bull’s-eye. And Murphy has now admitted it.It’s a bit stunning that Murphy was so candid, and it’s not a good sign for McCarthy, if as he claims he intends to return to coaching in 2020. Beyond concerns about an overly simplistic (and obsessively rigid) offensive philosophy, McCarthy will (or at least should) have to answer tough questions about how and why complacency descended onto the Packers under his watch.Packers-Raiders Fantasy Reaction: Defense moving up, MVS slows down In a late-Friday night preseason game, the Packers took on the Oakland Raiders and former fan-favorite, Jordy Nelson. He was quiet, though Jaire Alexander Jersey
, and this article is about what Packer players are trending upwards for fantasy purposes. Some of these players won’t be worth the draft pick in redraft leagues, but if you’re taking part in your first dynasty league or looking to add some free agents, there’s some value in these players. Trending UpGeronimo Allison, WRGeronimo only recorded two catches during the first half of play, but turned them into 40 yards. Allison has been relatively quiet with plenty of attention being paid to the three rookie wide receivers and preseason darling Jake Kumerow, but on Friday night, Allison reminded people he should be the WR3 — if not for his veteran standing, then for his crisp routes. He should also have the trust of Aaron Rodgers to be in the right place at the right time. Allison’s ADP is currently hovering around the late 13th round.Packers DefenseWHAT?! You’re darn right. The Packers defense has looked spotty at times this preseason, but during the first half of the Raiders game—where a lot of starters played—they looked good! Reggie Gilbert continues to be a menace in the backfield. Josh Jackson continues to display his uncanny ability to force turnovers and Jaire Alexander got his first pick of the preseason. Depth doesn’t appear to be too strong, but they’re heading in the right direction.J’Mon Moore Josh Jackson Jersey
, WRIt looks like that time spent in front of the jugs machine is starting to pay off. He brought in four catches for 62 yards and looked a lot more polished in running his routes, even managing to hang on to a ball where he got crunched by a safety in the fourth. The play subsequently drew a “defenseless receiver” penalty. Eight targets went Moore’s way, so it was evident that both Hundley and Kizer were gaining trust in the rookie as the game progressed.Trending DownTy Montgomery, RBI keep knocking Montgomery after these preseason games, but this time I have a legitimate reason. He injured his foot during the first quarter after getting the start. He finished with four carries for 12 yards. No other running back did much better as the offensive line played like they had never learned to run block before.Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WRI’m still fairly excited about MVS, but he hasn’t continued to trend upwards in the preseason games. Posting one catch for 15 yards against the Titans and zero catches on three targets against the Raiders is less than ideal when you couple that with a special teams fumble on Friday night. Luckily, it sounds like MVS is still putting together really good practices during the week.