Packers News: Jermichael Finley’s agent criticizes Rodgers

Jermichael Finley and Aaron Rodgers

Jermichael Finley and Aaron Rodgers

During the Packers’ demolition of the Chicago Bears last Thursday, both Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler were caught on camera screaming at their teammates.

Cutler was seen lashing out at left tackle J’Marcus Webb after repeatedly getting beat by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. And for the much-maligned quarterback, it was just another link on a long chain of events in which he’s displayed questionable behavior.

Rodgers, on the other hand, yelled at wide receiver James James after a fourth quarter interception. For the Packers quarterback, the on-field verbal abuse of a teammate was a rarity.

National media outlets have since put both situations under the microscope over the past few days.

ESPN’s Tedy Bruschi chimed in on the so-called “controversy” earlier this week. Bruschi suggested that Cutler’s outburst towards a physical mistake was unnecessary:

“Clay Matthews has beaten many offensive tackles who are a lot better than J’Marcus Webb. So when you get on somebody and embarrass somebody on national TV for getting beat physically, it’s almost like you’re kicking a man when he’s down … It was one man against another, and you lose. You kick him when he’s down, it’s not the right thing to do.”

On the other hand, Bruschi had no problem with Rodgers lashing out at Jones following a miscommunication:

“James Jones made a mental error … That’s when you can get in their grill because they made a poor decision. That justifies any type of criticism you can give them on national TV or not.”

The Rodgers-Jones controversy took an unexpected turn when Blake Baratz, the agent for Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, took to Twitter and criticized Rodgers’s leadership.

After mentioning Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as being great leaders, one of Baratz’s followers asked him why he didn’t mention Rodgers. Baratz replied, “He isn’t a great leader.”

The comments from Baratz were surprising, given that Rodgers’s leadership abilities haven’t been called into question much since taking over as the Packers’ starting quarterback. Despite Baratz insisting that his comments had nothing to do with Finley, his opinion immediately raised questions about the relationship between the outspoken tight end and his quarterback.

Surprisingly, Finley has refrained from  commenting on the situation but did take to Twitter to display his support for Rodgers. Finley tweeted, “”@AaronRodgers12 is our leader, period. … Family can disagree it makes us all stronger.”



More explosive 49ers offense will test Packers defense

49ers WR Randy Moss

49ers WR Randy Moss

The San Francisco 49ers are a popular preseason Super Bowl pick headed into the 2012 season.

Led by dominant defensive end Justin Smith, and the All-World linebacking duo of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, the 49ers plan to be in contention for a Championship so long as their key players stay healthy. And while San Francisco’s fierce front seven will surely be a thorn in the side of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense, the 49ers improved offense will provide a difficult test to the Packers heavily scrutinized defense.

In last year’s 13-win season, the 49ers ranked eighth in the league in rushing averaging 127.8 yards per game. However, the passing game was a far different story, as San Francisco ranked 29th in the NFL last season in passing offense, averaging just 183.1 yards per game through the air. Although quarterback Alex Smith did a terrific job taking care of the football, his 17 passing touchdowns ranked just 17th in the NFL.

San Francisco’s deficiencies in the passing game were so glaring that they opted to use only three wide receivers throughout the course of last year’s NFC Championship Game. With Ted Ginn out of the lineup due to injury, the 49ers used a run-oriented approach with at least two tight ends on the field for 81.9 percent of the game.

The stingy 49ers defense was able to hold the Giants to just 20 points on a sloppy playing field in San Francisco, allowing their ground-and-pound approach to put them in position to win the game. But in the end, after a Kyle Williams fumble in overtime, the Giants made one more play than the 49ers and advanced to Super Bowl XLVI.

But after reinforcing their offense with several new weapons, the 49ers plan on lighting up the scoreboard in 2012.

In hopes of taking the lid off of opposing defenses, San Francisco signed future Hall of Famer Randy Moss. The 35-year-old wideout sat out the 2011 season but reportedly ran a sub-4.4 forty-yard dash while working out for New Orleans in March. Moss certainly isn’t the game-breaker he once was, but at 6’4″ he remains a dangerous threat in the red-zone.

Less than a week after adding Moss, the 49ers announced they signed the hero of Super Bowl XLVI–former Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham. Both Moss and Manningham saw time with the starting offense this preseason, and Moss is currently listed as the starter opposite Crabtree on San Francisco’s depth chart.



Open Invitation to the AllGBP.COM Fantasy Football League

Will this guy be the 1st overall pick in AllGBP's Fantasy Football Draft?

Will this guy be the 1st overall pick in AllGBP’s Fantasy Football Draft?

Attention loyal AllGBP.com readers!

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If so, you may be interested in joining AllGBP’s Official Fantasy Football League this year. The AllGBP.com staff is starting a 12-team league for the upcoming season, and since there are only six of us writers, we’re opening the final six spots to readers who express interest in the comments on this post.

Here is your chance to match your skills with the staff at AllGreenBayPackers.com!

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Green Bay Packers 2012 Season Schedule Released

The Official 2012 Schedule of the Green Bay Packers:

(all times are Central Time)

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Thu., Aug. 9 @ San Diego Chargers 7:00 PM ESPN
Fri., Aug. Cleveland Browns (Gold Pkg.) 7:00 PM State/WGBA
Thu., Aug @ Cincinnati Bengals 7:00 PM State/WGBA
Thu., Sep. Kansas City Chiefs (Bishop’s Charities game) 7:00 PM State/WGBA
Sun., Sept. 9 San Francisco 49ers 3:15 PM FOX
Thu., Sept. 13 Chicago Bears 7:20 PM NFLN
Mon., Sept. 24 @Seattle Seahawks 7:30 PM ESPN
Sun., Sept. 30 New Orleans Saints
3:15 PM
Sun., Oct. 7 @ Indianapolis Colts 12:00 PM FOX
Sun., Oct. 14 @ Houston Texans 7:20PM NBC
Sun., Oct. 21 @ St. Louis Rams 12:00PM FOX
Sun., Oct. 28 Jacksonville Jaguars 12:00 PM CBS
Sun., Nov. 4 Arizona Cardinals 12:00 PM FOX
Mon, Nov. 11  BYE
Sun., Nov. 18 @ Detroit Lions 12:00 PM FOX
Sun., Nov. 25 @ N.Y. Giants 7:20 PM NBC
Sun., Dec. 2 Minnesota Vikings 12:00 PM FOX
Sun., Dec. 9 Detroit Lions 7:20 PM NBC
Sun., Dec. 16 @ Chicago Bears 12:00 PM FOX
Sun., Dec. 23 Tennessee Titans 12:00 PM CBS
Sun., Dec. 30 @ Minnesota Vikings 12:00 PM FOX

For updates, changes and results, check our Schedule page.

Click here to  download a full printable schedule here.


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Green Bay Packers 2012 Opponents Set in Stone

The Packers' 2012 opponents are now set in stone.

The 2011 Green Bay Packers are 15-1 and two weeks away from hosting a Divisional round playoff game.

But for the sake of getting the information out, let’s take a quick second to look ahead to the 2012 NFL season. When the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, the Packers’ opponents for next season became set in stone.

In addition to annual home games against the Detroit Lions (10-6), Chicago Bears (8-8) and Minnesota Vikings (3-13) in the NFC North, the Packers will host the San Francisco 49ers (13-3), Arizona Cardinals (8-8), New Orleans Saints (13-3), Tennessee Titans (9-7) and Jacksonsville Jaguars (5-11) next season.

The winning percentage this season of the eight teams the Packers play in 2012 at lands at .539 (69-59).

The Packers will then have road games against the three NFC North teams, the Houston Texans (10-6), Indianapolis Colts (2-14), St. Louis Rams (2-14), Seattle Seahawks (7-9) and New York Giants (9-7).

The winning percentage of the eight road games, including the three NFC North teams, is just .398 (51-77).

The official NFL schedule is typically released sometime in late March or early April.

A couple of interesting tidbits from the Packers’ 2012 opponents:

  • The Packers haven’t lost a regular season game to the 49ers since 1990, and have won eight straight in the series at Lambeau Field.
  • If you eliminate the preseason, the Packers have yet to play a game against the Cardinals since Arizona beat Green Bay in the Wildcard round of the 2009 playoffs.
  • The last time the Packers and Titans met, Tennessee beat Green Bay in overtime in 2008 to stay undefeated.
  • The potential exists for the Packers to play a Colts’ team led by current Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. He’s the consensus No. 1 pick in April’s 2012 NFL draft, which the Colts currently hold. If you remember, the Packers lost in a big upset on the road in 1997 the year before the Colts drafted another quarterback No. 1. That soon-to-be draft pick was Peyton Manning.
  • The Packers will play four of the league’s seven worst teams records-wise in 2012.

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