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This actually escaped Ryan Grant's lips yesterday:

I’m not playing for the money.

Right.

What was all that about at the start of training camp again?

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Donald's Designated Driver's picture

Ahhhh, I give the guy the benefit of the doubt. A lot of players would be pissed if they were close to performance bonuses and the coaches sat them on the bench.

I'll give him a pass on last summer. He was without a contract and business is business. He was right to get the best contract that he could get. I'm not gonna hold that against him.

Franklin Hillside's picture

Classic? Hardly.

A fib? Obviously.

We gave him a good deal full of escalators, of course he's playing to earn that money.

Is he playing strictly for that? No, otherwise he would have been furious at the carriers Wynn got.

Franklin Hillside's picture

Well, said, DDD.

packeraaron's picture

Wow - you guys must really buy into this whole 'spirit of forgiveness' thing during the holidays. ;)

I'm sorry, but the guy had an offer and refused to sign it. He sat out for *gasp* more money and when he did show up - surprise! - he was promptly injured. For him to say now, with a straight face, that he doesn't play for the money, is hilarious.

Ron La Canne's picture

Grant played hard all year. He didn't seem to be able to break the long one as often as he shoiuld have. Still, I remember a quote from Joe Philbin about Ryans's YPC. "He was stopped 33 times for loss this year vs. 22 last year. Something is terribly wrong when someone is 5 yards deep into your backfield." As was apparent in the pre-season, there was something wrong with the GB line early on. Mothing was done to fix it all year long.

Grant, Jackson, Wynn, and Lumpkin should be a good starting point for RB's in 2009. Once again, FIX THE DAMN LINE.

brat1475's picture

I agree Ron, our offensive and defensive line are our problem areas. That is the biggest thing that needs to ba addressed in the offseason, well that and fire Bob Sanders :-).

Andrew in Atlanta's picture

I don't have a major problem with what he said. He didn't initiate the comment but was rather asked about it in relation to performance incentives. RBs have short lives in the NFL so he got his money. I'm over it. I also was pretty pissed about the hamstring at the time, but looking at the numerous hamstrings this year, I think it would be hard to say that ALL those players were out of shape. Maybe it is the conditioning program. I don't know. Anyway, this just isn't something that struck me

Ron La Canne's picture

Andrew, I think the "hamstring" theory is worth investigating. It sure did seem like we had an inordinate share of the "hammie" problem this year. Just who is the conditioning guru? Throw him out with Sanders, Stock, and Campman. All season long we heard about problems that needed to be fixed, pad levels that needed to be adjusted, good pratices (that were never carried over to the game) and MM taking responsibility. OK take it MM and do something. The sooner the better.

Franklin Hillside's picture

Forgiveness? Nah, just a non-issue. He certainly didn't break the bank.

Of course he wanted to get that money, who wouldn't? Doesn't mean he's a greedy, selfish whiner about it.

Donald's Designated Driver's picture

Injuries tend to be cyclical. The Packers had almost no injuries last year and a ton this year. Did they dramatically change their conditioning program last offseason resulting in all these injuries? I doubt it. It's just one of those things.

packeraaron's picture

DDD - completely agree. I've never bought the 'fire the trainer' mentality when it comes to a rash of injuries. It's just the wheel coming round...

Andrew in Atlanta's picture

Well then you made my point Aaron. I'm not so sure he was out of shape when he came in and you just said as much re how injuries just come around sometimes. So that only leaves him wanting his money, which he got, but certainly didn't break the bank. So I don't get why Grant's quote fired you up so much. He might not be as good as many thought, but he's a decent back and a decent guy

packeraaron's picture

It fired me up for the same reasons that players doing TV and marketing fire you up. (Remember that forum post?) You go old school on your pet peeves, I'll go old school on mine. ;)

Andrew in Atlanta's picture

Yes, I remember it and was going to bring it up, and your response, in the post above. I didn't get why distractions during the season didn't bother you but a RB with an average life span of about 3 years wanting to get paid DID bother you. But, you said it quite well, so I am content that the hundreds of great points you make are not dimmed by the one that makes no sense to me. I also like brussel sprouts tho so each to his own :)

IPBprez's picture

I don't buy the "injuries are cyclical" comment. We did have some injury issues last season. Pickett was suspect for the whole 2nd half of 2007. Now, relate the comment while looking at the New England Patriots - how heavy are their injury issues, ever? Sure, they lost Brady, but hardly anyone else. And, they actually replaced him fairly well, just like we replaced BF, pretty well.

Right now, I think Grant is just giving us the PC commentary. I'm sure he's disappointed about being setup to NOT get the money. But then, Grant hasn't been the same fierce RB we had last year. So maybe MAC's getting even. Why play at the minimum, when you could have given us a few more wins (??)

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