Al: It was a quiet week for Packers news, but some Packers players are slowly making their way back into Green Bay this week, as the team’s offseason conditioning program is set to begin on Monday. There will be two weeks of strictly conditioning work followed by 3 weeks of conditioning and individual instruction with position coaches. One of the players already in Green Bay is M.D. Jennings, the Packers backup safety who said he spoke with Nick Collins last week.
Jayme: With regards to Collins, Jennings echoed what others have said, that Collins says he feels great and really wants to resume his playing career. Assuming his doctors give him the OK, he’ll still have to convince the Packers medical staff and coaches to let him back on the field.
Al: Another guy itching to get on the field is Packers’ practice squad receiver Tori Gurley. Gurley is also back in Green Bay and recently made at appearance at the Sisters Bay Lions Club Youth Night. Gurley spoke on the virtues of hard work and told the kids he will be going all out to make the team and have a long career with the Packers. Read more...(697 words + 3 images, estimated 2:47 mins reading time)
Al: Well, it looks like someone bought Ted Thompson a new alarm clock. While Ted normally spends this time of year sleeping through the free agency alarm, this year he has been wide awake and paying attention. As a result, there are three new Packers in town. Center Jeff Saturday was the first to sign on the dotted line, as Ted brought him in to replace Scott Wells while at the same time, saving almost $2million per year.
Jayme: Next up was defensive lineman Dan Muir. The former Packers undrafted free agent was with the Colts the last four years and signed a 1 year deal with Green Bay for $700,000. Then in perhaps the most surprising move, The Packers signed defensive lineman Tony Hargrove, who was brought in at $825,000 for the year. Considering Pat Lee got $680,000 from the Raiders, Ted did very well here.
Al: Nick Collins met with his doctors on Monday to discuss the results of a barrage of tests he underwent the week before. Nothing has been discussed publicly except to say that Collins will be meeting with the Packers next week and that according to his agent, Collins “looks and feels great.” Read more...(748 words + 3 images, estimated 3:0 mins reading time)
Al: The party’s over, folks. This magical carpet ride to the Super Bowl we all thought we were on came crashing down to earth last Sunday night. The near-flawless Packers offense looked human and out-of-sync for the first time and the defense, well it looked like the Packers defense.
Jayme: Yes, it was not an easy game to watch if you were a Packers fan. Both Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers said after the game that the four turnovers was a big reason for the loss. McCarthy summed it up by saying, “We didn’t play to our identity, “ meaning they lost the quarterback and turnover differential for the game. Rodgers simply said, “We got beat by a better team tonight.”
Al: Many Packers were left to ponder their futures with the team, but there’s one Packer who doesn’t know if he will ever play again – Nick Collins. Collins was optimistic when interviewed after the game. He will be examined again in March and said the decision is in the doctor’s hands. If they say he can play, Collins said he will definitely play. Conversely, if they tell him no, he will listen and retire. Read more...(799 words + 3 images, estimated 3:12 mins reading time)
Al: The lead story of the week has to be Matt Flynn. No matter how much of a Matt Flynn fan you were, you never could have anticipated the game that Flynn had. Flynn set two Packers all-time franchise records, passing for 480 yards and throwing an amazing six touchdown passes. For his effort, Flynn was named the Air NFL Player of the week, an honor won six times this year by Aaron Rodgers and three times by Drew Brees. Not bad company for a backup quarterback.
John: Not at all, and as you might expect, it unleashed a firestorm of speculation and pondering among fans as to what the Packers will do with Flynn, who is an unrestricted free agent after this season. Will or should the Packers get max value for Flynn by franchising him and then trading him? Would they risk losing Jermichael Finley or Scott Wells by doing that? Or do they let Flynn walk and take the compensatory draft pick for him, which would probably be a third-rounder at best? If you find yourself flummoxed, don’t worry, we’ll hash it all out right here a little bit later in the show. Read more...(1017 words + 3 images, estimated 4:04 mins reading time)
Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 12/21/11 ). Interview with Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee at the 75 minute mark.
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Al : Well, there’s no doubt what the lead story is tonight. The Green Bay Packers no longer have a donut at the end of their record. The Packers suffered their first loss at the hands of the KC Chiefs after an ugly performance by the Packers while the Chiefs did everything right. The Packers finally met their trap team, ironically, just as C.D. stopped calling every game a trap game.
Jayme: As if losing wasn’t bad enough, the Packers offensive line was decimated during the game, adding injury to insult, so to speak. Bryan Bulaga left the game with a knee injury and then his replacement Derrick Sherrod, suffered a double leg fracture. The Packers quickly put Sherrod on Injured Reserve and signed street free agent Herb Taylor, a former backup with the Chiefs who hasn’t made a roster in 2 years. Bulaga will not be ready for the Bears, but Chad Clifton did some limited practicing today, so perhaps he may be available in the near future. Read more...(852 words + 3 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
Al: Well, there are few things Packers fans enjoy more than a thorough drubbing of an NFC North rival like the Minnesota Vikings. As such, it’s been a rather joyous week in Packer Nation. The Packers offense was it’s usual self, the defense returned from the cave it had been hiding in and the special teams didn’t suck. Did I miss anything?
Jayme: I don’t think so Al, and the great thing about a blowout win is that it allows you to rest some players and give others some snaps. C.J. Wilson’s snap count increased, allowing heavily-used BJ Raji to take a few breathers. Matt Flynn got 13 snaps behind center, while Vic So ‘oto and M.D. Jennings both saw their first significant action of the season, with 10 snaps each.
Al: Switching over to some sad news, Packers legend Forest Gregg announced this week that he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Gregg, nicknamed “ironman” in his playing days, believes the numerous concussions he suffered in his playing career may be responsible for his condition. He hopes that going public with this information will raise awareness and help stimulate continued research. This is not Gregg’s first serious battle, as he has previously beaten melanoma in 1976 and colon cancer in 2001. CheeseheadRadio wishes Gregg and his family the best of luck in this new battle. Read more...(812 words + 3 images, estimated 3:15 mins reading time)
Al:The Packers found themselves in an AFL-Style shootout last week, fittingly against an AFL original – the San Diego Chargers. While Phillip Rivers is no Dan Fouts, it sure looked like the Packers were playing against Air Coryell in the fourth quarter. Fortunately, the Packers defense once again came up with a big play when it was needed the most.Jayme:Speaking from his locker after the game, Charles Woodson was certainly not happy about how the Packers defense played, glumly calling it “bad football.” I’ll always be happy about a win, said Woodson, “but the way we went out there and played defense today was disappointing from a lot of different aspects. A lot of bad football.”Al: Seems like everyone has a suggestion for Dom Capers on how to fix the Packers defensive problems. Woodson expressed the need to be more creative in getting Clay Matthews to the quarterback, and now Nick Collins is offering to pitch in. Collins says he hope to attend secondary meetings this week to offer his input and help get the defensive backs on the same page. and eliminate the communication problems.
Jayme: Pro Football Weekly this week named their Mid-Season NFL All-Pro team, selecting one player at each position. The Packer had two players on the team, with Aaron Rodgers being the obvious choice for best quarterback in the league this season. The second player picked was not as obvious, and was not named Matthews, Woodson, Jennings or Finley. No it was CROSBY!, as in Mason Crosby, the Packers kicker who hasn’t missed a field goal all year.
Al: It was just a week or two ago we were talking about Jermichael Finley’s comments about wanting to stay in Green Bay and his willingness to accept the franchise tag. Well, it seems Finley might have been playing a slick bait and switch game with us. A source close to Finley told ProFootballTalk.Com that Finley is angling to me franchised as a wide receiver, based on the number of times he is split wide. What’s the difference, you ask? Oh about $4 million dollars for the year. Read more...(722 words + 3 images, estimated 2:53 mins reading time)