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CheeseheadRadio News 08-22-12: Plus,Interview With Bill Johnson

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and C.D. Angeli (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 08/22/12 ). Special Guest was Bill Johnson from the Green & Gold show on ESPNMilwaukee.com

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Packers News:

Al:  Well, it’s been almost a week since the Packers were spanked by the Browns and the grumbling among some fans is still going strong. As the title of this episode says, “This is just preseason people, right?” Well, to some, it doesn’t seem to matter. The chicken littles are clucking and even some Ted Thompson critics have crawled out of the cave they’ve been hiding in since the Super Bowl. The end result? Just a lot of noise.

CD:  A good amount of that noise was directed at one Graham Harrell, who did not have a good outing. Although he didn’t get much help from his teammates, Harrell made plenty of unforced bad throws on his own and had Packers fans clamoring for a trade for Colt McCoy or pretty much anyone. In a bit of an unusual move, Mike McCarthy acknowledged the public criticism and claimed Harrell graded out much higher than we might expect.

Al:  Don’t know if I’m buying that, but let’s talk about something you can buy. Seems that Lambeau Field has a new food service provider, Delaware North, and they’ve come up with some Wisconsin-themed food items you’ll be able to buy at Lambeau.. There’s the  Pac and cheese: four flavors of mac and cheese,  Wisconsin Nachos, which are waffle fries smothered in cheese, sour cream, bacon and green onions. The Big Brat, which is a foot long brat with sauerkraut and the Lambeau Heap, which is a one-pound barbeque bacon, cheese curd burger.

CD:  Things are finally improving on the injury front for the Packers. Greg Jennings returned to practice this week after sitting out two long weeks with a concussion. Joining him back on the practice field was Jermichael Finley, returning from a quadriceps injury. Their return and a few others meant that not counting players on PUP, the Packers injury list was in the single digits for the first time in quite awhile.

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From the Mouth of Jermichael Finley: Packers Should Score Every Time

NFL general managers, coaches and the majority of players give the most boring interviews in all of sports. Because football is run by multi-billionaires and is the most mainstream sport in America, the league and its teams spend a lot of money trying to control their message and ruffle as few feathers as possible when communicating through the media.

That’s why I love Jermichael Finley. Green Bay’s fourth-year TE apparently was absent when Packers PR staff provided media training to players and covered such topics as Cliches 101 and How to Say the Same Boring Stuff Over and Over Again.

Finley just says whatever is on his mind, and it’s great. For some reason, certain fans get upset when players are honest. I get that there’s a fine line between being honest and being dumb, but I don’t understand why some fans would prefer a player to just shut up instead of actually telling us what’s on his mind (even if whatever is on his mind might be dumb).

Actually, it probably has nothing to do with being honest or dumb. It’s more about being genuine. I think Finley is genuine, and that’s a good thing.

Here are some of Finely’s best quotes from the last couple of weeks along with my thoughts on each one:

Finley spoke to Ricardo Arguello of the Appleton Post Crescent on July 23 about returning after the lockout:

“”The longer the lockout, the better conditioning and shape I’ll come back in. My thing is to come back and show the Packers I’m ready to go….(The lockout) has actually helped me, to tell you the truth.”

I like that Finley feels he still has to show the Packers he’s ready to go. We all know Finley is talented (and Finley knows he’s talented), but he’s never played a full 16 games in his career. It’s good to know he’s not expecting to come back and be featured in the offense without proving he’s healthy and can play at a high level.

Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee spoke to Finley about numerous topics on July 15, one of which concerned Finley lining up as a receiver:

“Standing up, I think that’s the best position for me,” he said. Asked if the coaches are comfortable with that, Finley replied, “They’re going to be comfortable with it.”