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April

Character Still Matters for the Green Bay Packers

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Johnny Jolly is proof that Green Bay is a very special place to play.

Another week, another story about an NFL player (allegedly) engaging in shady off-field activities.

This time it’s former Philadelphia Eagles and now-current Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson and his supposed affiliation with a gang. Jackson denies such activity, but the fact the accusation has even been made stains his reputation.

This is just the most recent in a string of stories over the past several seasons involving NFL players and criminal activities. Aaron Hernandez, currently awaiting trial on miser charges, is probably the most severe but there have been so many other instances this entire article would just be a list if all were to be mentioned.

Drunk driving, drugs, domestic violence, assault and the aforementioned murder are just some of the charges levied against NFL players the past several seasons. The league has an image problem and commissioner Roger Goodell has his hands full trying to fix it.

This is why NFL fans, regardless of what team colors they wear on Sundays, should be thankful for a team like the Green Bay Packers.

Since general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy arrived in 2005 and 2006, respectively, the Packers have been able to avoid the off field issues so many other teams have had to deal with over and over again.

The one potential exception to this for the Packers, the past drug arrests of defensive lineman Johnny Jolly, was turned into a positive this past year when Jolly was reinstated by the NFL and was named the team’s Ed Block Courage Award recipient for how he has turned his life around and became a locker room leader (per Aaron Rodgers himself) in the process.

How has Green Bay been fortunate to avoid the distractions a good chunk of the rest of the league often encounters?

Well, for one, character sometimes has to trump talent in the eyes of Thompson and McCarthy and it should. This is why the Packers have passed on players such as Randy Moss and Terrell Owens in the past, despite lobbying by fans and a certain former MVP quarterback.

They might be uber-talented on the football field, but if they cause distractions off the field or disharmony in the locker room, what’s the point? McCarthy and Thompson value a united locker room above all else and they won’t introduce any element that risks upsetting this.

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September

Where They’ve Landed: Cut Packers Signed by Other Teams

Former Packers making a safe landing

Former Packers making a safe landing

This isn’t an easy weekend for anyone, not the players nor team personnel (See Andrew Brandt’s story on that).

Some players get to ride the roller coaster of emotions by being cut one day and then signed by another team the next. To these Ex-Packers, we simply say, Good Luck (unless you’re playing the Packers).

Here are the guys who have come in for a safe landing (at least for now):

Graham Harrell: NY Jets (signed after the Packers’ cut to 75 and still on the Jets roster)

Gilbert Pena: New England Patriots (signed after the Packers’ cut to 75 and just cut by the Patriots)

Alex Green: NY Jets

D.J. Williams: Jacksonville Jaguars

Patrick Lewis: Cleveland Browns

Terrell Manning: San Diego Chargers

Dezman Moses: Kansas City Chiefs

Matthew Mulligan: New England Patriots

Tyrone Walker: Seattle Practice Squad

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November

A Fan’s Perspective: Packers Bye Week Review

Packers 2012 Season Bye Week Review

Packers 2012 Season Bye Week Review

The Packers 2012 season started off like none before it. I will not dig up too many ugly memories, but the Packers record at this point should not be 6-3.

Be that as it may, the team and some of it’s key players have gotten flak that’s just not deserved. Not that everything is perfect; far from it, for many in my opinion it is fans being unrealistic. But we see it every year no matter what the record; fans calling for players to be traded, coaches fired, this player or that player is nothing, has not impressed me and you hear things like I KNOW what is going to be called. It goes with the game and being a fan for many.

Right now I think that the team is in a very good position, even better when most of the currently injured player do come back. The depth of the team has been shown to us all these last 3 weeks. With a full roster this coaching staff, one I think is the best in the NFL, is going to have options they did not have at the start of the season simply because of the younger players and players changing positions gaining experience.

Lets start with the CB’s and Safeties. One of the players getting flak is Woodson. Now hurt, but him not being on the field hurts the defense. There is just so much he can do that is lost on many fans. No other DB can play CB, Safety, LB like he can.

His coming back to the defense will be a big thing down the stretch. With that I have been impressed with the young DB’s.

The only DB with time that can fill that Woodson role is House. None of the other DB’s have his combination of size, speed and controlled aggression. Hayward does not have the physical ability of some of the others but he has the thing that can make a player great, instincts. Some have said that Shields will not get his job back, what a great position to be in. To have your starting CB returning and having had the younger players step up and play as well as they have. But I have little doubt that Shields will return as the starter.

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August

Packers Players On the Move: Three Up and Three Down

Packers Linebacker Jamari Lattimore

Packers Linebacker Jamari Lattimore

After the Packers’ best preseason performance against the Cincinnati Bengals, they now turn to Monday’s 4pm EDT deadline to reduce their roster by 10 players followed by an August 31st (one week from now) deadline to reduce to 53.  It’s typically at this point that most teams will base many of these cuts on player health.  There are quite a few names currently on the roster whose chances of cracking the final 53 are and were slim-to-none coming into training camp.  The team released 5 players Friday, most  notably Anthony Hargrove, who was signed during the offseason and is set to serve an 8 game suspension to start the year.  While I don’t expect any surprises or big names to get a pink slip on Monday, let’s examine 3 guys who have either boosted or lowered their chances of sticking on the 2012 squad.

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Jamari Lattimore – Lattimore was on last year’s team and played primarily on special teams.   He added some weight during the offseason and has moved to ILB.  He has seen increased time due to the injury to Desmond Bishop during preseason game 1.  He has made the most of those reps, especially this last game against the Bengals.  Playing like a man possessed, Lattimore was seen around the ball all night long.  His most impressive play came near the end of the game when he very calmly stepped in front of a Jordan Palmer offering and took the rock in for a score.  He was seemingly waving “goodbye” to the fans as he ran the ball in which, to some, may seem cocky.  But to a guy who needed to solidify himself with so much competition at the LB position, it was a welcome sight to see him step up.  The Packers have led the NFL in takeaway’s the past 2 seasons and the coaching staff is hoping to continue that trend in this season.  With the team’s LB’s having struggled in pass coverage the past few years, it was good to see them staying with the Bengal pass catchers.  It was only one play, but that one play was likely enough for Lattimore to order his locker name plate.

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July

Packers Video: Huge Packers Fan with Cerebral Palsy Hoping to Meet Some Players

Rocky is a young man with Cerebral Palsy who is a big sports fan, participates in wheelchair sports but most of all, is a HUGE Packers fan. His has a “Packers Wheelchair” and seems to epitomize our slogan here of “All Packers All the Time.

Rocky will be attending the Packers’ preseason game against the Browns on August 16th and his DREAM is to get some time on the field to meet some of the players. If anyone can help to make this happen or knows who to contact at the Packers’ Organization, please let us know. You can email me at:  jersey al gbp @ gmail.com (no spaces) or email them directly at  packers 4 rocky @gmail.com (no spaces).

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