Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived

Surviving Sundays With No Packers Football

Surviving Sundays With No Packers Football

I’m filling in today for Adam Czech, who is away enjoying the great outdoors in the wilds of Minnesota. Adam’s got a pretty good arm, so hopefully he’s not kidnapped by desperate Vikings fans looking for a real quarterback. We’ll keep you posted.

This is one of only a few more Surviving Sundays you’ll see this year, as the Packers open their training camp next Friday. What I thought was going to be a long hiatus seems to have flown by. I suppose being incredibly busy with work, a kitchen remodel project and running multiple blogs and a podcast network  will make the time pass quicker.

But here we are, the NFL 2013-2014 season is upon us. If by no other means, I can tell that by the string of excellent training camp battle and positional groups articles I’ve been reading all week on ALLGBP.com and PackersTalk.com. (That sentence was brought to you courtesy of the “Shameless Self-Promotion Department.”)

Of course, there are plenty of other fine sources of information about our Green Bay Packers, and some will be featured in the links below. But first, I want to give a plug to a publication that is near and dear to my heart, and brings back many fond memories, The Packer Report.

Back in the pre-internet days, it wasn’t easy being a Packers fan in NJ. Local newspapers covered, yes, the Giants and Jets, two teams I couldn’t care less about. There wasn’t even a national paper like USA today, where you might hope to see a little snippet about your team. But there was, as it was called back then, Ray Nitschke’s Packer Report.

Once a week during the season and less frequently during the off-season, the Green and Gold covered newspaper would arrive in my mail, usually on a Tuesday. That would have been fantastic if it was covering the game that just happened, but alas, by the time I got it, it was talking about the game that happened two Sundays ago. Still, it didn’t matter. It was information about my Packers I could get nowhere else.



CheeseheadRadio News 10-25-12: Packers Mojo Edition with Wes Hodkiewicz

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 10/25/12 ). Special Guest was Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette and together we talked about the state of the Packers.

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Packers News 10/25/12

Jayme: Order has seemingly been restored in the Packers universe, having managed to string  together two victories in a row for the first time this season. Aaron Rodgers has also returned to form with his fourth straight game with a quarterback rating over 100.

Al: Not retuning to form quickly enough has been Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings. Still sidelined by a groin injury he re-aggravated in the Saints game, Jennings sought out a second opinion from a specialist this week. The result was a change of course in treating the injury from rest to surgery. Jennings will undergo surgery next Tuesday and the prognosis is that he will  return within a month.

Jayme: Packers injuries dominated the news this week, with Jordy Nelson tweaking a hamstring in practice and the announcement that Charles Woodson has a broken collarbone – the same injury he suffered in the Super Bowl. Woodson will be out for six weeks, while Nelson was held out of practice the last two days and will give the hamstring a test tomorrow.

Al: There’s been a bit of friendly pranking going on among the Packers receiver corps. A while back James Jones decorated Greg Jennings car on his birthday, and filled it up with packing peanuts. This week, Jennings got his revenge. Jones came out to his car after practice and discovered similar decorations with one major difference: his wheels were gone and the car was up on blocks. Jones later jokingly proclaimed, “This means war”

Jayme: In the wake of this week’s tragic shootings at the Azana Spa in Brookfield Wisconsin, Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun have promised to hold some type of benefit event for the families of the victims. Rodgers and Braun are partners in a restaurant in Brookfield and expressed a desire to do something to help. Details should be forthcoming soon.



CheeseheadRadio News 09-12-12: Come off the Ledge Edition with Matt Bowen

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 09/12/12 ). Special Guest was Matt Bowen of National Football Post and together we analyzed the Packers performance against the 49ers.

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Al: Well, Packers fans, I’m afraid the quest for a perfect season in 2012 is over before it even got started.  Green Bay had the misfortune of having to open up against in what my opinion is the the best overall team in the NFC. The Packers confirmed my fears that they just weren’t ready yet for this type of contest. But there’s still plenty of season for this team to grow and they now know the level of performance they’ll have to raise their game to.

Jayme:  Talking about the game to the media, Mike McCarthy was typically understated in commenting on two recurring issues, the lack of a running game and miscommunication in the secondary. McCarthy said he’d like to see the team have, as he called it, “some semblance of a running game.” McCarthy then promised the secondary coaches would spend 10 to 15 minutes discussing the issues in the 49ers game.

Al:  10-15 minutes doesn’t seem like enough to me, but… perhaps there’s little time to reflect on Sunday as the Packers have the Bears coming up tomorrow night. And as they prepare for Chicago, it’s possible the Packers may be without Their All-Pro wide receiver Greg Jennings. Jennings suffered  a groin injury towards the very end of the 49ers game, which resulted in Donald Driver getting his only 3 snaps of the game.

Jayme: Speaking of pains in the groin, Bears QB Jay Cutler was shooting his mouth off this week. Evidently, Cutler is as giddy as a toddler at Chuckie Cheese over his new partners in the pass-completion business. Cutler wished the Packers defensive backs “Good Luck” in trying to cover his new receivers. I guess you can’t blame him now that he has some guys that can bail him out  on all those bad passes he throws.



CheeseheadRadio News 08-28-12: Final 53-man Roster Edition, With Bill Huber

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 08/28/12 ). Special Guest was Bill Huber of Packer Report and together we analyzed the Packers roster and predicted the final 53.

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Al: It’s that nerve-wracking time time of year in the NFL. The time when marginal NFL players are holed up in their rooms praying there isn’t a knock at the door. With each NFL team having to pare rosters from 90 players to 53 over the course of five days, that means almost 1200 players will lose their jobs on Friday.

Jayme: Coach Mike McCarthy spoke about the rigors of this week from the coaches’ perspectives. Having to evaluate so many players and choose a roster that covers all the team needs is painstaking from a workload perspective and painful from a personal perspective. McCarthy called this week the worst part of the job, specifically having to tell young men their NFL dreams are over, at least for now.

Al: For those fringe players whose dreams are still alive this week, they have one more chance to convince the coaches they are worth keeping. The Packers will face the Kansas City Chiefs this Thursday night at Lambeau Field, with starters being used for one series at most. Once the game is over, the Packers will have less than 24 hrs to make their final roster moves and get the roster down to 53.

Jayme:  One new player that is assured a spot on the Packers roster is recently signed running back Cedric Benson. Benson got his first playing time in last week’s game against Cincinnati and looked sharp, averaging over six yards per carry in 10 attempts. With Benson as a legitimate running threat in the Packers’ backfield, opposing defensive coordinators will have some tough choices to make.

Al: As will the Packers when it comes to running back James Starks, who was injured in the first preseason game and hasn’t seen the field since. Mike McCarthy bemoaned the fact that Starks’ recovery from turf toe has been slow, saying, “He hasn’t made a whole lot of progress here of late.” At the same time, the Packers are removing snap count limits from Alex Green and McCarthy said he’s looking for some real production out of Green.