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A Packers podcast committed helping you become a smarter fan. Former WTMJ newscaster Jon Meerdink goes beyond the headlines in Blue 58, bringing you a unique, upbeat perspective on everything Green Bay Packers. Get bonus content on Patreon Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/blue-58. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Aaron Rodgers only needed about 37 seconds to break the 49ers’ hearts, but it took a complete game before that to make the final field goal even a possibility. Let’s break down every bit of the Packers’ dramatic Sunday Night Football win. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and …
 
After regrouping from a disappointing Week 1 loss, the Packers welcome a team of kneecap biters to Lambeau Field for Monday Night Football. What should we expect from Dan Campbell and the Lions? SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. ht…
 
The Packers came out in about the flattest fashion imaginable and were deservedly beaten by the Saints. What happened, why did it happen, and can it be fixed? Let’s try to answer that. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. https://www.…
 
Enough offseason, let’s have a real season. The Packers are set to travel to New Orleans to take on Drew Brees and the Saints. Wait, no. The Packers are set to travel to Jacksonville to take on Jameis Winston and the Saints. None of that sounds right. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only…
 
We’re going to learn something about the Packers’ offense. And our guest should know a little bit about that, because he literally wrote the book on it. Settle in for the most in-depth look at the Packers’ offense that you’re going to find anywhere. Today I’m happy to welcome Bobby Peters to the program. Bobby is an absolute madman, and I mean that…
 
Week 1 is upon us. That means it’s time to stop speculating wildly about who’s going to make the final roster and start speculating wildly about how the Packers will do each and every week. Let’s get to it! Predictions and Expectations (2:19) Now that we’re officially into Week 1, it’s time to offer some predictions on the 2021 season. How far will…
 
The Packers have completed their roster and are already shuffling their practice squad. Let’s hear from the man who made the moves before diving into some listener questions, including a good one about Packers’ defensive coordinator Joe Barry. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content…
 
Today on Blue 58, we’re lucky to be joined by Mark Beech. Mark Beech is the managing editor of The Player’s Tribune and has previously worked for Sports Illustrated and other sports-focused publications. He released his book “The People’s Team” in 2019, and it’s as close to a comprehensive look at Packers history as we’ve got. He dives deep on the …
 
The Packers have made the cuts necessary to trim their roster to 53. At least, for now. What do we make of the initial roster? And what’s all this about trading for a punter? Cut day recap (00:34) The Packers aren’t done shaping their roster, but we do have the initial 53-man squad to peruse. Trading for a punter (14:47) The Packers traded for punt…
 
Except for a preseason game, training camp is all but over. So as we wait for kickoff, let’s make one last prediction as to who’s going to be on the Packers’ 53-man roster. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. https://www.patreon.com/…
 
The Packers are through their second roster cutdown. Who’s in, who’s out, and what’s it mean? Let’s talk about it. Then, a couple of key position battles will shape the last week of training camp. Let’s check in on how things are going on the defensive and offensive line. Cut Day #2 (00:38) The Packers have completed their second round of cuts. Who…
 
The Packers have unveiled new uniforms and I like them, but they’re driving me crazy. I’ll explain why. Then, we’ll get caught up on what’s going on in training camp, including some high praise for Eric Stokes. The Packers have new throwbacks (00:22) A small detail about the Packers’ new throwback uniforms has consumed your friendly neighborhood po…
 
Josh Jackson has reached the end of the road. What did the Packers get in return for their former second-round pick? We’ll talk about that, in addition to catching up on what happened in the Packers’ first preseason game. Cut day catchup (00:47) From Josh Jackson’s exit to the return of Jake Dolegala, we run down what the Packers did on their first…
 
You’ve seen that famous Sports Illustrated cover featuring Aaron Rodgers and all his talented pass catchers. That group powered the Packers to a 15-1 record and helped Rodgers win his first MVP. What if this year’s offense is even better? Training camp roundup (00:40) A bunch of guys returned to the field for the Packers this week, including Za'Dar…
 
Becoming a smarter football fan involves talking to smart people, and we’ve got a good one on today’s episode. Settle in, put on your thinking caps, and get ready to learn some great stuff about the state of modern defense. Buy Cody’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Cody-Alexander/e/B073TT9SDN?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1628627112&sr=8-3 Subscribe to …
 
With the Packers’ first preseason game just days, it’s time to start speculating as to who’s going to be on the final 53-man roster. Who’s in, who’s out, and who’s on the bubble. We’ve got it all for you right here. Recapping recent storylines (1:24) From Devin Funchess to Jordan Love, let’s catch up on the Packers’ big storylines from training cam…
 
The Packers are about a week away from their first preseason game. What should we be watching for? I’ll tell you what’s at the top of my list. News and notes from training camp (00:49) Josiah Deguara is back and the Packers have a couple of new players. Let’s catch up on what’s happened in camp. Link to Patreon piece about Packers fullbacks: https:…
 
Training camp is underway and already interesting storylines are beginning to emerge. But the pads have barely been on, and we haven’t even seen a preseason game. How do we decide what stories are worth following and what’s summertime fluff? Catching up on training camp storylines (00:25) Who’s turning heads in camp? Who’s already calling it quits?…
 
Packers training camp is officially underway and there is no shortage of storylines to track. But the biggest one is Aaron Rodgers. He shared everything that was on his mind and then some. What should we make of it? Aaron Rodgers recap (1:09) Aaron Rodgers was going to make headlines no matter what he did at the start of training camp, but he made …
 
Aaron Rodgers has ended his summer standoff with the Packers and will apparently be the team’s starting quarterback this season. What should we make of the situation and what should we think about what’s coming next? Aaron Rodgers is back (00:43) The summer of our discontent is over. What did we learn? Randall Cobb is coming, too (maybe?) (21:09) T…
 
We’re wrapping up our tour of the Packers with a look at their defensive backs, and there are some similarities between corner and safety. Both positions have some high-end talent, but some big questions about depth. Cornerbacks (00:31) The Packers have some promising bodies and some big question marks at corner. Does potential win out over inconsi…
 
The Packers are in a bit of an odd situation: they have a bunch of pretty viable linebackers on the roster. Are any of them good? Well...that’s a different question. Adam Schefter offers no new details on Aaron Rodgers (1:04) ESPN’s preeminent NFL reporter dropped a noteworthy tweet on the Packers’ quarterback Tuesday, but he had very little to say…
 
The Packers have some noteworthy big bodies on the defensive line and some noteworthy names at edge rusher. What should we expect from these guys this season? Previewing the defensive line (00:40) The Packers have had question marks on the defensive line for years now, and they don’t appear to be letting up now. Previewing the Packers EDGE rushers …
 
The Packers have a strong offensive line in general, but there are more than a few question marks, too. Will it end up being an asset to the team, or will they have to keep dumping resources into fixing it? Setting expectations for the offensive line (00:22) The Packers have a very good offensive line, but there are some question marks out there to…
 
No matter who the Packers’ quarterback is, the Packers will have an abundance of pass catchers on the field pretty much at all times. But having a lot of guys who can catch the ball is one thing. Having good ones? That’s something else entirely. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only conte…
 
Our 2021 season preview continues with a look at the Packers’ running backs, which might be the most topheavy position group on the roster right now. Setting expectations for running backs (2:17) The Packers return two high-profile running backs, but there are more opportunities to be had. Who will step up and take them? And will Dexter Williams so…
 
The Packers have one thing going for them at quarterback right now: they’ve got a lot of them. How do we sort through what to expect from these guys? That’s exactly what we’re going to talk through today. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord …
 
If you don’t set expectations for your team, how do you know if they’re doing a good job or not? Answering that question is our goal for the next few episodes, and today we’re starting with the front office and the head coach. Setting expectations for the front office (3:14) The front office got the Packers into a strange situation the last couple …
 
If you had one chance to get someone to love the Packers as much as you do, what would you tell them? SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. https://www.patreon.com/thepowersweep Buy a T-Shirt or Sweatshirt - Look good while supporting …
 
Conflict with their quarterback notwithstanding, the Packers have a solid football team. But uncertainty in one position group could be their undoing...or their greatest strength. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. https://www.patre…
 
Everybody loves a good game of would you rather, and in a weird way that’s exactly what the Packers are facing this offseason. Thanks to a listener question, we get to put ourselves in the Packers’ shoes. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord …
 
The Packers have wrapped up their mandatory minicamp and now head into the deadest period of the NFL calendar. Let’s take one last look at the team before their summer break, then dive into our first book discussion. Final minicamp nuggets (00:32) The Packers are done with their minicamp. What did we learn? How will linebackers be used this year? (…
 
The Packers are on the field in Green Bay. Let’s break down the biggest storylines then talk about two guys turning heads already, one of whom is a new addition. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. https://www.patreon.com/thepowerswe…
 
The Packers have a lot of great players and we expect great performances from those players. But it’s just as important to get solid performances from your non-stars, and that’s who we’re going to talk about today. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our privat…
 
We have crossed the June 1 threshold. Does that mean an Aaron Rodgers trade is imminent? No, probably not. The real date you need to watch is a few days away, or maybe longer. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. https://www.patreon.c…
 
Organized team activities are underway, which means something approximating real football is going on in Green Bay. We’ll talk about the OTAs in general, plus that one big notable absence which just so happens to coincide with some public comments from the man in question. Five thoughts about OTAs (2:23) The Packers are on the field for organized t…
 
Training camp is still two months away, but it’s never too early to start speculating as to who’s going to be on the final 53. Why? In reality, most of the roster is already set. Where does Devin Funchess fit in the Packers’ wide receiver picture? (00:35) After a year away, can Devin Funchess make an impact in Green Bay? Further reading: https://th…
 
What if we could re-do an entire draft? That’s our goal now that the 2021 Draft is fading in the rearview mirror. Let’s rewind the clock to the spring of 2018, when Brian Gutekunst was getting ready to take the Packers through his first draft. Vote for the 2021 Blue 58 Book Club selection! https://thepowersweep.com/blog/what-book-should-we-read-for…
 
The Packers have resolved their quarterback conundrum. Well, one part of it. Thanks to signing Blake Bortles, they at least have enough quarterbacks to have practice now. But does this say anything about the overall quarterback picture? SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and ge…
 
While the Aaron Rodgers story chugs along, there are almost 90 other players on the roster trying to get ready for the 2021 season. How’s the whole team shaping up? We take a few listener questions to try and find out. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our pr…
 
A week ago, a breaking news report about Aaron Rodgers’ future in Green Bay threw the Packers’ fan base into a tailspin. Can this situation be fixed? I remain pretty optimistic. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. https://www.patreon…
 
The Packers always seem to do pretty well with their undrafted free agents. So what do we make of this crop? It’s a pretty small group, but I think at least one guy has a real shot to be a contributor this year. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private D…
 
The 2021 NFL Draft is a wrap. Let’s sort through Days 2 and 3 before we deal with the onslaught of undrafted free agents. How’d the Packers do? SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. https://www.patreon.com/thepowersweep Buy a T-Shirt o…
 
The Packers added a defensive back in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but day one of the draft was, somehow, not any less controversial or weird than last year. How is that even possible? SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. ht…
 
This is it, the last pre-draft podcast. What are the Packers actually going to do? We’ll get to that, but first we need to take a quick detour to the defensive line. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. https://www.patreon.com/thepowe…
 
The Packers probably don’t need to spend a high pick on either a safety or a tight end, but if they took one at some point this weekend it wouldn’t be a huge surprise either. What’s out there? Let’s find out together. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our pri…
 
The Packers need help on the offensive line. That much is certain. But there are many paths they can take to get that help, and Ted Thompson gave us a road map to get them there. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. https://www.patreo…
 
The Packers could use some help at both linebacker and running back, but they’re not likely to spend a high pick on either one. But even if that’s true, talking about what they might be looking for is a great exercise. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our pr…
 
The Packers need help at corner again, but how will they address finding a running mate for Jaire Alexander? Will they look for size and traits or college productivity? Or will they somehow find both? SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord serv…
 
People have been begging the Packers to draft a wide receiver for years. Will this finally be the year? If they choose to do so, there are plenty of good options. SUPPORT BLUE 58 Donate to our Patreon - For as little as $1 per month, you can access Patreon-only content and get access to our private Discord server. https://www.patreon.com/thepowersw…
 
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