The rookie coach is getting key support from veteran Packers"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareShareCheese Curds Nick Perry Jersey , 4/10: Early buy-in key for Matt LaFleurTrevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports“Buy-in” is one of the many quasi-mythical factors that affect the success and failure of a football team. We like to talk and think about the idea of players being “bought in” to what a coach is trying to accomplish. And while it’s probably a little much to get excited about players being interested in their coach’s goals — it is their job to do what the coach says, after all — we’ve seen the effects of a tuned-out football team in Green Bay. Establishing that culture is a crucial part of Matt LaFleur’s first offseason workouts, and it’s been encouraging to see the signs of early buy-in from players speaking on social media and elsewhere. David Bakhtiari even voiced support for LaFleur’s offseason workout strategy before stepping foot in Green Bay. Reading into anything that happens in April is probably foolish. So many things can change between now and the games that matter. But at the very least, things are off to an encouraging start.Who’s the boss? Aaron Rodgers says it’s Packers coach Matt LaFleur | ESPN“How will anyone manage Aaron Rodgers?” asked many a take-haver in the wake of Mike McCarthy’s firing. It turns out the early answer is “just by asking him to do some stuff.”Top interior pass rusher a first-pick luxury Packers can afford | Packers NewsWhile I’d disagree with Dougherty’s assessment that an interior defensive lineman is a “luxury” for the Packers this year with Mike Daniels and Dean Lowry both entering contract years, I think he’s got a strong overall point.2019 Draft Needs: Green Bay Packer | MMQBAndy Benoit and Gary Gramling identify a few key needs for the Packers, despite arguing that the team doesn’t actually have that many holes.Importance of Cole Madison’s return to the OL | Dairyland ExpressWhat Cole Madison can actually contribute is still a huge mystery Jaire Alexander Jersey , but the fact that he’s around at all is a significant development for the Packers.See a black hole for the first time in a historic image from the Event Horizon Telescope | Washington PostSome truly remarkable science news this morning. Check out something you’ve never seen before! With a new head coach in their employ, the Green Bay Packers will be able to get a head start on the 2019 NFL season relative to most other teams in the league. The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement stipulates that teams with new head coaches get to begin their offseason workout programs on April 1st, two weeks earlier than other teams.In those two weeks, the team will be able to begin teaching and installing a new scheme on offense, which will be the first time that quarterback Aaron Rodgers has to start fresh since the team hired Mike McCarthy in 2006, his second season as a pro. The Packers are also eligible to hold a non-mandatory veteran minicamp sometime in April Womens Davon House Jersey , which should give Rodgers and his receivers an early chance to start learning the offense on the field instead of just in the classroom.With all this in mind, it appears to be a good thing that Rodgers’ injured knee did not need surgery. He spoke to the media about it and says he feels good, and on his current rehab schedule he should not have to miss any portion of the program. That’s good news for Rodgers and great news for the Packers overall.Packers QB Aaron Rodgers avoids surgery on left knee | ESPNRodgers' first meeting with the media following the season came in conjunction with the NFL Honors, thanks to his concussion in week 17. This is great news with a new offense being installed under Matt LaFleur.Jake Kumerow just kept believing | Packers.comAfter playing in scout teams for three years, Kumerow felt he could play against starting NFL corners, and he should have another solid chance to earn legitimate playing time in 2019.Packers must improve in close games in 2019 | Packers WireThe Packers' 3-6-1 record in games decided by eight points or less isn't necessarily a big enough span to suggest that they will have a huge rebound this fall Brett Favre Jersey White , but it does point to some bad luck at the end of games and that the team was at least a bit better than their final record showed.13 way-too-early predictions about the 2019 NFL season - SBNation.comThere are no Packers predictions on this list - they weren't good enough to be considered as a Super Bowl contender in 2019, but not bad enough to be considered a surprising rebound candidate.Falcons releasing Robert Alford after six seasons - NFL.comSalary cap casualties are finally here, and the Falcons are getting started by releasing Alford, a six-year veteran. They'll save almost $8 million in cap space with this move, while Alford gets a chance to find a new home.30 parents 'brawl' at kids hockey game in Simcoe: OPP | CBC NewsThis is probably the most Canadian headline you'll see this week.