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Frazier to Jennings: No more shots at Rodgers

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier wants his team to focus on football, and asked wide receiver Greg Jennings to stop his public criticism of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers . Jennings was the Vikings’ prized free agent pickup over the offseason after spending seven seasons with the Packers. He has taken several verbal shots at Rodgers since signing with the Vikings, including saying he preferred playing with Brett Favre over Rodgers. The latest dig came in an interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in which he said: A lot of times when you have a guy who creates that spotlight for himself and establishes that and takes a lot of that, it becomes so-and-so and the team. It should always be the team. Frazier agrees, and wants Jennings to focus on his current team. We’re the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what we’re trying to get done, Frazier said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. That’s where our focus has to be. There’s so much work to be done, and we don’t want to be looking at what’s happening with other teams, other teams’ players. We’ve got to focus on us.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier tells Greg Jennings to knock off Aaron Rodgers barbs

I need to go back to my college days where the quarterback wasnt just viewed as oh-so-great and still prove that I can be successful, Jennings said, according to The Star Tribune. Jennings also felt like theirthere was too much of a lovefest for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, and it started getting to the quarterbacks head. A lot of times when you have a guy who creates that spotlight for himself and establishes that and takes a lot of that, it becomes so-and-so and the team, he said. It should always be the team. On Friday, Rodgers was asked about Jennings comments. You know what, to me, Im concerned about the opinions of the guys in this locker room and the guys we have here, Rodgers said. We have 90 guys right now and its exciting to be one of the leaders of this team and Im very confident in my style. I think the guys respond well to it. Its fun being the longest-tenured guy on the team and Ive seen a lot and been around a lot and learned a lot of lessons. One of the lessons you learn is you cant control everything and you shouldnt worry too much about the things that are said outside the building. You worry about the opinions of your teammates and how they feel about you. Rodgers teammate Jordy Nelson was disappointed Jennings had to create a controversy.

Greg Jennings Criticizes Aaron Rodgers for Not Always Putting Team First

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He has strong feelings regarding his former team, and that’s good. But there is a way to get that communicated, and we’ve got to sit down and he and I have got to talk a little bit.” —End of Update— —Original Text— A lot of times when you have a guy who creates that spotlight for himself and establishes that and takes a lot of that, it becomes so-and-so and the team, Jennings said, according to Dan Wiederer of theStar Tribune ). It should always be the team. While Jennings has always been known for his tongue-in-cheek candor with the media, his claims that Rodgers cannot handle criticism seemed to be said without jest: Dont get me wrong, “12” is a great person. But when you hear all positives, all positives, all positives all the time, its hard for you to sit down when one of your teammates says, “Man, come on, youve got to hold yourself accountable for this.” Its hard for someone to see that now because all theyve heard is Im doing it the right way, Im perfect. In actuality, we all have flaws. Jennings spent his first seven seasons in Green Bay. In that time, Jennings amassed 425 receptions for6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl Clay Matthews Jersey in 2010 and 2011, scorching defenses down the field to the tune of1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns three seasons ago. While Jennings, a second-round pick in 2006, has always been considered a talented deep threat, he never truly thrived until Rodgers became the full-time starter in 2008. The duo became known as one of the best quarterback-receiver tandems in the league, corresponding with their rise to national prominence.

Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings: I only care about my teammates opinions

But if RG3 thinks he has a difficult task ahead, he should spend a week in Green Bay, or even just a day. Starting with his falling to the 24th pick in the 2005 draft and continuing through his tumultuous ascension in 2008, Rodgers has followed a unique path to become the face of the Packers. Namely, the path down a street called Brett Favre Pass, to a massive bronze statue of Lambeau (one of the innovators of the forward pass) and under a huge banner of Hall of Fame QB Bart Starr, a five-time NFL champ. “The greats are revered here,” says Rodgers. “But as much as you remember the Vince Lombardi quotes about how ‘winning isn’t everything,’ it’s the character of those greats that sticks with fans just as much as the championships they won.” What tells you everything you need to know about Rodgers, and how perfectly he fits in Green Bay, is that when asked about his own journey to join that pantheon of Packers greats, he never mentions the Super Bowl triumph or the MVP award. Instead, during a lengthy conversation inside the team’s practice facility, Rodgers nestles in a deep, square dark-leather chair in an alcove around the corner from the Packers locker room and talks about his disastrous beginning in Green Bay. “That was an important year for me,” he says. “A healing process was completed by the end of 2008. And there needed to be one.” Despite Rodgers’ performance on Packers Family Night, Favre was traded to the Jets three days later.

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The Pioneer Press Ben Goessling reported on Saturday that Frazier met privately with Jennings earlier in the day to deliver his instructions. Since signing with the Vikings in March, Jennings has frequently criticized Rodgers, a teammate for seven seasons with the Packers. Were the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what were trying to get done, Frazier said. Thats where our focus has to be. Theres so much work to be done, and we dont want to be looking at whats happening with other teams, other teams players. Weve got to focus on us. Hes good with that. Jennings has not shied from making his feelings about Rodgers public after his split from Green Bay. He has, at points, refused to refer to Rodgers by name, calling him No. 12 or the guy they have now. He has said he prefers Brett Favre to Rodgers. And he has said Rodgers shouldnt get as much credit for the Packers success as he claims. For his part, Rodgers has refused to take the bait.

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NFL Rumors: Greg Jennings Told To Shut Up By Vikings Coach

Frazier to Jennings: No more shots at Rodgers

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Jennings told the show that he favors Brett Favre over Rodgers because “you get respect when you give respect.” Now, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has reportedly told his new receiver to shut up and focus on the team he’s currently playing for. “We’re the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what we’re trying to get done,” Frazier said, according to The Pioneer Press. “That’s where our focus has to be. There’s so much work to be done, and we don’t want to be looking at what’s happening with other teams, other teams’ players. We’ve got to focus on us. He’s good with that.” Follow Us : When asked to comment on Jennings’ comments, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy initially laughed it off. However, Rodgers didn’t leave it alone as quietly as his coach. “To me, I’m concerned with the opinions of the guys in this locker room and the guys we have here,” Rodgers said.”It’s exciting to be able to be one of the leaders of this football team, and I’m very confident in my style.” Jennings may have been the first former teammate to say bad things about Rodgers’ personality, but he’s certainly not the only person in the world. Certain members of the mainstream sports media have said for years that Rodgers doesn’t have the respect from his teammates that Favre had as a member of the Packers. Regardless if you think Rodgers is better or just as good as Favre was in his prime with Green Bay, there is no denying that Rodgers is currently one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Jennings should probably focus less on his former team and more on staying healthy with the Vikings.

Frazier: ‘We’ve got to focus on us’

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More From ESPN.com After being talked to by coach Leslie Frazier it’s doubtful Greg Jennings will continue talking about the Packers, Kevin Seifert writes. Blog “We’re the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what we’re trying to get done,” Frazier said, according to The Pioneer Press. “That’s where our focus has to be. There’s so much work to be done, and we don’t want to be looking at what’s happening with other teams, other teams’ players. We’ve got to focus on us. He’s good with that.” Jennings’ sentiments built throughout the offseason after he left the Packers to sign with the Vikings in free agency, starting innocently when he refused to call Rodgers by his name and continuing on ESPN’s “First Take,” when he said he favors Brett Favre over Rodgers because “you get respect when you give respect.” Most recently, he had this to say about Rodgers while speaking to the Star Tribune: “A lot of times when you have a guy who creates that spotlight for himself and establishes that and takes a lot of that, it becomes so-and-so and the team. It should always be the team.” Packers coach Mike McCarthy laughed off Jennings’ comments Thursday and on Friday, Rodgers said he wasn’t worried about Jennings’ comments. “To me, I’m concerned with the opinions of the guys in this locker room and the guys we have here,” Rodgers said. “It’s exciting to be able to be one of the leaders of this football team, and I’m very confident in my style.” Frazier on Saturday said he doesn’t expect to hear any further comments from Jennings regarding his former quarterback.

(Carlos Gonzalez / MCT / July 27, 2013) Sports XChange 11:42 a.m. CDT, July 28, 2013 Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier wants his team to focus on football, and asked wide receiver Greg Jennings to stop his public criticism of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Jennings was the Vikings’ prized free agent pickup over the offseason after spending seven seasons with the Packers. He has taken several verbal shots at Rodgers since signing with the Vikings, including saying he preferred playing with Brett Favre over Rodgers. The latest dig came in an interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in which he said: A lot of times when you have a guy who creates that spotlight for himself and establishes that and takes a lot of that, it becomes so-and-so and the team. It should always be the team. Frazier agrees, and wants Jennings to focus on his current team. We’re the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what we’re trying to get done, Frazier said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. That’s where our focus has to be. There’s so much work to be done, and we don’t want to be looking at what’s happening with other teams, other teams’ players.

Ben Roethlisberger not jealous of QBs with big contracts

“Five Super Bowl titles, that was always my goal.” Saturday marked his 10th training camp since the Steelers selected Roethlisberger No. 11 overall from the University of Miami in the 2004 draft. After some draft-day wheeling and dealing, Eli Manning, selected first, went to the New York Giants and Philip Rivers, selected fourth, went to San Diego. “I’ve always been an under-the-radar guy, it’s the story of what I am right now, but that’s all right,” he said. Roethlisberger characterized his relationship with second-year offensive coordinator Todd Haley as a healthier one after enduring stormy moments last season when the quarterback and coordinator butted heads. Roethlisberger chafed at one point early in 2012, slamming it as a dink-and-dunk offense. Haley’s charge was to preserve Roethlisberger for the long haul by designing a scheme to get the ball out of his hands quicker so Roethlisberger could avoid taking punishing hits. “Any time there’s one new guy who comes in and everybody else is the same and he’s your boss, there’s going to be some butting of heads,” Roethlisberger said. “But it was blown way out of proportion. We get along great, even moreso now.

Aaron Rodgers on Ryan Braun: ‘It doesn’t feel good to be lied to’

Sports Fantasy Football is open for business ] “I was shocked, I really was, just like many of you were,” Rodgers told the media assembled. “I was backing up a friend. He looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations and said they were not true. So, it is disappointing, not only for myself as a friend, but for obviously Wisconsin sports fans, Brewer fans, really baseball fans.” Rodgers had gone all-in on supporting Braun , even “betting” a fan on Twitter a year’s paycheck that Braun was clean. “MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man. Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free,” he wrote. Indeed. Braun and Rodgers remain business partners in the 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill in Milwaukee.

Rodgers: Braun lied to me

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It doesn’t feel great being lied to like that and I’m disappointed in the way it all went down. Rodgers said he has talked to Braun since the suspension was handed down, and the quarterback said he wasnt sure whether he could continue a business partnership with Braun. The two own a restaurant together. That’s yet to be determined, Rodgers said. I don’t regret backing a friend up. Obviously in hindsight a more measured approach would obviously be a better course of action. I definitely believe in forgiveness and moving forward. He has a tough task in front of him moving forward with his career, on and off the field. As far as the business goes, right now I’m focused on football and I have people who can help me with those issues, he said. Asked if he still considered Braun a friend, Rodgers said: I was disappointed in the way it went down.

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BBAO: Long PUP list for Packers

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The Minnesota Vikings plan to place receiver Greg Childs (knees) on the PUP list, notes Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com . Vikings coach Leslie Frazier checked into training camp with his usual “unbridled optimism,” writes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune . At the same time, writes Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press , Frazier reminded reporters that only four teams have reached the playoffs in each of the past three season: New England, Baltimore, Green Bay and Atlanta. The Detroit Lions had once hoped that Bill Nagy could replace center Dominic Raiola, but on Thursday, they waved Nagy because his injured ankle never healed. More from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press . The “inheritance tax” on Lions coach Jim Schwartz has expired, writes Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News, and “its completely fair to demand more now.” The Lions are looking for another receiver to step up as a playmaker during training camp, according to Justin Rogers of Mlive.com . Schwartz made a surprising admission Thursday, notes Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press. He said he was humbled by last season’s 4-12 record. The Chicago Bears signed veteran defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson to take the roster spot left by the retired Sedrick Ellis, notes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.

Dawn of another Packers season begins with training camp

The Packers were a team in transition. They were the beloved Cardiac Pack that would eke out dramatic victories as time would elapse. Players like Sharpe, Cecil and the sack master himself Tim Harris put the team back on the map and represented the Packers in the Pro Bowl.Back then, fans were thrilled that the Packers merely made it to a wildcard playoff game. You could almost taste the victories that were yet to come during the Holmgren era.It was an arms reach away, and it would only be a matter of time before Brett Favre and Reggie White joined the team and fulfilled a destiny that was thirty years in the making.Years later, I made a conscious effort to make a note of the last Packer to depart the team that had attended camp during the time I had worked there. It took a decade for it to happen.By then I had finished with my schooling and had finally settled into a family and career.In 2001 LeRoy Butler retired from football, and the last vestiges from my time at training camp had receded into history.The crickets now sing for a new generation of players, and the kids staffing camp now are young enough to be my children. With them, the cycle of the hopeful unknown will be rekindled once again.I have no doubt there Aaron Rodgers Wear Niners Jersey will be crickets singing in the courtyard of the Packers summer residence at Victor McCormick Hall just as there is likely a fat gray spider weaving a web along one of its open-air stairwells.The players will walk past them every day as they return to their rooms, exhausted from a day of practice drills. I wonder if they hold the same meaning for Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews or John Kuhn. Summer is drawing to a close, and those bugs still remind me that they welcome the dawn of a new season with all of the hope and promise that a 0-0 season entails. Therell be no season-ending injuries.

But the expectations don’t change, not for a franchise that’s won four Super Bowl titles and 13 NFL championships overall. There’s a reason they call this place Titletown, after all, and not just for the two straight NFC North crowns. So it’s up bright and early Friday for a first day of practice that starts at 8:20 a.m. The earlier start is typical for the regular season but not as much for camp. “One of the strengths, I’ve always felt, particularly when you’re dealing with group dynamics, is get ’em up early. Get your heavy lifting done in the morning. And so we were always doing that in-season,” McCarthy said. “We go to the night schedule in training camp for other reasons. The (morning) practice schedule is definitely one of those topics … that I feel will help us as a football team as far as battling potential fatigue injuries, what every team is threatened by in a training camp schedule.” The Packers last year finished 11-5 after overcoming a 2-3 start. They beat the Vikings in the playoffs before falling to the 49ers.

McCarthy Eager to Get Early Start on Packers Camp

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Okay, its only seven. The Packers put defensive end Mike Neal, running back DuJuan Harris, tackle Derek Sherrod, defensive end Jerel Worthy, guard J.C. Tretter and safeties Sean Richardson and Chaz Powell on the physically unable to perform list for the opening of camp. Some of these moves come as a surprise. Neal participated in all of the teams offseason activities and minicamps. The Packers were experimenting with him at outside linebacker. Harris, meanwhile, had a cyst removed from his lung, but said earlier this summer he expected to be ready for training camp. Sherrod, somehow, is still recovering from a broken leg he suffered late in 2011. He missed all of last season. Richardson is recovering from a neck injury he suffered last season.

Packers Already Have a Bunch of Guys on the PUP List

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— I get through the east side doors on my second try; the first time, I forgot my ticket in the car and had to walk all the way back. I get the feeling Jerry Jones doesn’t get turned away when he forgets his ticket into Cowboys Stadium. As I walk into the Lambeau Field Atrium — a five-story structure connected to the stadium that includes the Packers Pro Shop, the Packers Hall of Fame and Curly’s Pub — thousands of people move in different directions. Some slap nametags on their shirts and jerseys, while others stand in line for raffles. I find Nick and Elia, and we proceed through a large set of doors to Lambeau. 10:21 a.m. — We take our seats in Section 115 for the 11 a.m. meeting as the stadium serenades us with Matchbox 20 songs and a 2012 highlight reel titled “Unfinished Business,” a reference to the Packers’ playoff loss in San Francisco last January. The owners boo lustily as the “Fail Mary” play against the Seahawks flashes up on the board. 11 a.m. — The unrest does not last long.

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Packers News: Morgan Burnett signs contract extension

Kaepernick says he heard the Packers turning on each other

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A survivor of hurricane Katrina, he and his family lost their home and that always stays in the front of his mind. The quiet Lacy enjoys the simple things in life, and he says… Via isportsweb.com | 7 days ago Clay Matthews (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Two years ago, the Green Bay Packers finished 15-1 and had the number three ranked overall offense in the NFL. Their defense, on the other hand, was ranked dead last among 32 teams. Since the offense was so high powered and would score at a fast and steady rate, it gave the other teams many more possessions. With more possessions comes… Jermichael Finley leads solid core of Packers tight ends Via Fox Sports Wisconsin | 8 days ago TODAY’S POSITION: TIGHT ENDS Rating (1-to-10 scale): 8 Projected starter: Jermichael Finley(6th season) Backups (asterisks indicate players expected to make the roster): Andrew Quarless, D.J. Williams, Matthew Mulligan, Ryan Taylor, Brandon Bostick, Jake Stoneburner The breakdown: This could be the last year of Jermichael Finley playing for the Green Bay Packers. With one year… Via Packers Talk Radio Network | 9 days ago When Vince Lombardi was hired by the Packers, it marked the most important turning point in the history of the Packers. A former NFL powerhouse, the Packershad been reduced to a laughing stock of the league by the end of the 1950s. Gone were the glory days of the 1930s and 1940s.

LBs: 2013 Packers by position

Ive got some great guys, inside linebackers coach and assistant head coach Winston Moss said of the depth inside. Weve worked together for a long time. We have Robert, we have Jamari, we have Brad, we have some guys that have some great length and great potential. You have Robert, who has that big body and likes to play the run. You have Brad, who is so versatile. You have Jamari, who has the big upside. You have Manning, whos that really young player who wants to learn and wants to be impactful. Same thing with Sam. Its a really good group and theyre working their asses off to try to make this thing the best that they can make it. The key word in that 110-word answer, of course, is potential.

Green Bay Packers Training Camp opens July 26th

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27. With an economic impact estimated at $10 million, training camp is a financial boost to many area businesses. Nitschke Field will open 90 minutes prior to the scheduled practice time and will close 30 minutes after the completion of practice. Concessions will be available for purchase. Carry-ins are permitted, but should take up no more space than below a persons feet. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited. More Nitschke Field policies are available online at packers.com/trainingcamp. The Packers Experience presented by Kemps, a popular interactive games area that annually draws thousands, returns for a 10th summer in the Tundra Tailgate Zone, located on the stadiums east side. Free to the public, it opens July 26 and runs through Aug. 3.

We own you and will continue to own you this year. Youre our bitch. You had to play a perfect game in week 17 to beat the packers. Good luck playing perfect again this year. sweetoj says: Jul 23, 2013 3:48 PM Wait what? The guy is some kind of loser or baby b/c he partially answers a question about losing the SB on a controversial (if youre generous realistically it was a bad) call? You honestly think youd be able to just get over feeling like you got screwed out of the biggest professional accomplishment you could possibly have? Not a niner or Kaep fan, but I do understand that this still hurts, and it should. Of course he could have lied to answer the question in a more PC way, and I agree that would have been the more fan approved way to answer the question.

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Projected Green Bay Packers Final 53-Man Roster, Training Camp Edition

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Williams, Jake Stoneburner (practice squad) Analysis: Finley returns as the unquestioned starter, and Ryan Taylor should stick given his contributions on special teams. From there, a number of different scenarios could unfold. Quarless is still the great unknown, as he’s returning from a year-and-a-half absence following knee surgery. If he’s 100 percent healthy, he could resume his role as the team’s go-to inline blocker. Mulligan can fill the hole left by Tom Crabtree as the gritty, dirty-work tight end. With his basketball and receiver background, Bostick might be ready to surprise in his second year. He’s worth a look. Releasing Williams will be the shocker here, but he’s had ample opportunity to prove he brings something tangible to the table. Offensive Tackles Keep: Bryan Bulaga, Don Barclay, Marshall Newhouse, Derek Sherrod, David Bakhtiari (Five) Cut: Andrew Datko Analysis: For whatever reason, I remain optimistic that Sherrod (broken leg) will be healthy at some point in 2013. The Packers might give up on him if he isn’t, but we’ll stick with a recovery for Sherrod in this scenario.

Packers enjoy record earnings

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The Packers said that, after operations, the team made $54.3 million in profit on $308 million in total revenue. NFC North blog NFL Nation blog “Winning two straight NFC North championships helps in a lot of ways, including finances,” said team president and CEO Mark Murphy. While local revenues dropped by almost two percent from last year to $128.1 million, national revenue, which is equally split among the league’s teams, was up nearly five percent to $179.9 million. Murphy attributed the rise of greater revenue to the NFL’s new apparel contract with Nike and an increase in fees generated from additional carriage of the NFL Network. He also said that while player costs dropped — to $136 million as compared to the $155 million the previous Authentic Clay Matthews Jersey year — the numbers don’t necessarily reflect the reality. This is because the reporting period was concluded before prorated signing bonuses from the deals of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews went on the books. The Packers are required to release limited fiscal information since the team is technically publicly owned by the fans, even though the shares have no actual value and cannot be sold or traded. The Packers said there are now 364,114 shareholders after more than 250,000 people purchased more than 269,000 shares from December 2011 to February 2012 in the team’s fifth stock offering in its history. The team had projected it would raise $20 million from the sale of what is essentially proof of ownership in the form of a stock certificate, but coming off a Super Bowl title, fans couldn’t get enough. The team says the total raised was $63 million by selling shares at $250 apiece. Murphy said the team is using that money to make recent renovations to Lambeau Field and supplemented that amount with a $116 million loan from the NFL’s G4 stadium loan project.

Green Bay Packers 2013 Breakout Candidate: Casey Hayward

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With the addition of not one, but two top backs in the draft – Eddie Lacy, a second-round selection from Alabama, and Johnathan Franklin, a fourth-round choice out of UCLA – McCarthy has the ingredients to replace mincemeat with ground beef on the play-calling menu. “I like the young running backs,” Rodgers said. “I think they’re different players. Eddie is a bigger back, he can bring some power in the run game. And, Johnathan is a very shifty guy, he’s got a lot of moves in the open field. He’s a potential three-down back, which gives us an interesting backfield look.” McCarthy went so far as to make a declaration in June about his renewed approach for employing the run. The Packers averaged just 106.4 rushing yards per game and didn’t have a back get to even 500 yards last season. “We’ll be better. I can promise you that,” McCarthy said. “You can write that down – in big letters.” Still stung by the abomination of allowing young quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers offense rip off 579 total yards in a 45-31 rout in the divisional round of the playoffs, the Packers’ defense is a unit in flux.

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Can Hayward find success in his second season as a full-time starter in the Packers secondary? Even though he wasnt full-time per say a year ago, Hayward still played 63 percent of all defensive plays for the Pack which was surpassed by only five other players on the defense. His role in 2012 was facilitated more by injury than by merit, but once he hit his stride, clearly the Packers didnt want to take him off of the field. Six interceptions as a rookie is tough to top, but Hayward will be taking over the role of the departed Woodson this season as the hybrid defensive back. Tramon Williams and Sam Shields are the projected starters on the edge so his role as the slot corner in most cases will be the perfect fit. And thats good because his position coach in Green Bay, Joe Whitt Jr. spoke highly of him earlier this offseason as he told the teams website: This guy has a skill set that is very similar to Woodson, and thats rare. He can smell routes, see things, and do things that not many people can do. Now, what he has to learn how to do is catch the flash of the ball. Thats one thing Wood can do better than anybody, and Casey needs to continue to improve on that. Wowser.

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Packers To Retire Brett Favre’s Number Before 2016

(AP Photo/Morry Gash) Get Sports Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers will definitely retire Brett Favre’s No. 4. It just won’t happen during the upcoming 2013 season. Speaking Tuesday after his annual meeting with reporters to discuss the team’s finances, Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy made it clear that retiring Favre’s number and reconciling with the future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback is important to the franchise. But when asked if Favre could have his number retired this season, Murphy replied, “I don’t anticipate that, no.” Murphy did not rule out the quarterback making an appearance at Lambeau Field in another capacity, however, perhaps as an honorary captain or as part of the alumni weekend festivities “We’ll see,” Murphy said. A cornerstone of the Packers renaissance in the 1990s, Favre was revered in the state after he led Green Bay to the Super Bowl title following the 1996 season. But he tested the patience of fans and franchise alike with his annual retirement watch late in his career, and his decision to retire and then unretire in 2008 prompted perhaps the messiest divorce in state history. The Packers had already made Aaron Rodgers the starter, and wound up trading Favre to the Jets during training camp. After a year with the Jets, Favre infuriated fans further by signing with NFC North rival Minnesota.

RBs: 2013 Packers by position

Related Stories New Orleans? New York is already getting ready for thenext Super Bowl, which will be in the Meadowlands GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers have locked up another defensive starter, signing safety Morgan Burnett to a long-term extension. Burnetts extension, reported by NFL.com to be worth $24.75 million over four years, follows earlier offseason deals with linebackers Clay Matthews and Brad Jones. Burnett had been due to be a free agent following the 2013 season. With Charles Woodson missing most of last season with a broken collarbone, Burnett took charge of the Packers secondary. He led the team with 123 tackles, and was one of only two defensive players in the NFL to play every snap. Burnett also had two sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions both against the Minnesota Vikings. In three seasons with the Packers, Burnett has 244 tackles and six interceptions.

Green Bay Packers sign safety Morgan Burnett to long-term extension

During his 2011 NFL MVP season, Rodgers had 40 completions of 25 yards or more while starting 15 games. (He sat out the regular-season finale when there was nothing to play for.) Last year, in 16 starts, Rodgers had 33 such plays. If teams want to play us a 2-shell defense, were going to have to be able to run them out of it, offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. If were able to do that, get them into some 1-high looks, thats to our advantage. So were going to try to be efficient in each aspect. (The lack of a running threat) had an effect. In previous years, our action passing game was very productive. We hit some big shots down the field. And we didnt get the type of reaction on the run-fakes that we had gotten previously, when we were able to run the ball better.

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Even though he was a very emotional individual, he somehow was able to control what none of the other coaches could. (For other coaches), if you won, everything was A-OK, and if you lost, theyd be very critical. Coach Lombardi was able to reverse that. He was able to chew butt when you won big. Fuzzy (Thurston) was quoted one time as saying he went into the locker room after a game and thought hed gone into the wrong locker room with all the yelling and screaming going on. Somehow, he was able to do that and I think that was one of his great attributes. Robinson, too, has numerous fond memories of Lombardi. Hell have to keep them to a minimum for his Hall of Fame induction speech. The Hall wants the speeches kept to 10 to 15 minutes; Robinsons first draft ran about 45, he said. I lost my father at an early age my freshman year of high school and I was looking for somebody who reminded me of my dad, Robinson said.

A Glimpse at the Packers Roster

I won’t say that it’s always been the case. Certainly, the Packers-Bears rivalry has had its share of antipathy, with historic bloodbaths from the 1920’s on – particularly the Charles Martin season-ending sack of Jim McMahon in 1986 (which I didn’t condone). The Packers-Lions tussles have also had their share of anger, with Lions tackle Alex Karras reportedly callingVince Lombardi anti-Italian names, Jerry Kramer once calling Karras a “nearsighted hippopotamus” among the more G-rated of the phraseology they probably exchanged in the trenches, and the “SuhStomp”of 2011. But both rivalries have become a bit more tame in the hatred category. Certainly not dispassionate, but not hate-ful. Packers-Bears now embodies more of what rivalries should The Packers-Bears series has, in recent years, engendered more of the best of what rivalries ought to be:filled with history and tradition. Filled with meaning. Filled with excellence. That especially happened in 2010, when the NFL’s oldest rivalry involved the most important of their 200-plus preseason, regular season and postseason contests, the NFC Championship Game. Of course, thePackers won 21-14, which could understandably engender dislike-filled feelings among Bears fans. What it hasn’t engendered in recent years:dirty play. Both Mike McCarthy’s Packers and, until this season, Lovie Smith’s Bears have had mainly good eggs on their team, not-so-loathsome characters who play the game hard and clean.

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The Jets’ plan should be to keep Ivory intact through August and then unleash him for 17-20 carries per game once the season starts. He’s their best weapon. Trestman squashed Cutler’s extension talks? Sources tell the Chicago Tribune that the Bears discussed giving Jay Cutler a new contract before Marc Trestman was hired. The number being bandied about was a $15 million annual rate. But it appears that Trestman came http://www.parkwolfpackfootball.com/nfl/aaronrodgersjersey.html in and said he wants to see Cutler execute his offense for a season before making a long-term commitment. To Cutler’s credit, he has not issued a single complaint as he enters the final year of his deal. “You’ve got to win games to earn those contracts. … So we’ll play it out and see how it goes,” he said earlier this offseason. Cutler is 34-22 during four seasons with the Bears, but has just one playoff appearance.