The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already interviewed former Packers head coach Mike Sherman for their vacant position, and they’ll be interviewing quarterbacks coach Tom Clements as well. Now add Joe Philbin to that list. “The Bucs also have received permission to interview Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin,” writes Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Philbin could be a candidate for head coach the Oakland Raiders as well.
More on Joe Philbin comes from JSOnline.
Speaking of the Oakland Raiders, the attention on Winston Moss has only intensified now that the Packers have been eliminated from the playoffs. “The Green Bay Packers assistant head coach says he has not been contacted about the Raiders’ head coaching vacancy as of Monday afternoon but would welcome the chance to talk to them,” reports Chris Jenkins of the Associated Press. Even if he doesn’t get the gig, it’s all but a given he’ll at least interview for the job. Moss did express satisfaction about coaching in Green Bay in an interview.
Wide receiver Donald Driver met with reporters yesterday amid speculation about his future with the Packers organization. “The thing is, it’s not up to me,” Driver is quoted as saying by Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “If they decide to keep me, then I’ll come back. If not, I guess I’ve got to go somewhere else to play. But that’s always been my goal, to retire here, and it’s going to up to them to make that decision.” The question is if Driver would consider taking a pay cut from the approximately $5 million he’s scheduled to make next season. I think if Driver were willing to take a pay cut, the Packers would be willing to have him back. He’s established. Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel are not. And I could easily see a situation in which the Packers keep six wide receivers on their roster next season.
Another free agent after this season is defensive back Jarrett Bush, who also spoke about his future with the Packers on Monday. ”I love it here,” Bush told Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisocnsin. “I want to be back. I love Green Bay football. I have a house here. I’ve got my dog here. It’s a matter of a phone call.” The Packers will likely want Bush back, but how much are they willing to pay? It’s possible another team out there would be willing to pay Bush as much, if not more, than the Packers to be their special teams ace and nickel cornerback.
More on Jarret Bush comes from PackersNews.com.
Safety Nick Collins gave a timeframe for a decision on his future. “I want to be able to make my decision before the draft so this organization can make a decision on who they can bring in and who they want to draft,” Collins told Kareem Copeland at PackersNews.com. It really appears to be a toss up whether Collins will return or not. I do not have an inkling either way.
More on Nick Collins comes from ESPN.com.
Several media outlets took Monday to look at the deficiencies of the Packers and where they need to improve. Most of the attention of focused on the pass defense and needs at outside linebacker, defensive end and the defensive backfield. “They framed it in all different kinds of ways, but in dissecting the failure of the Green Bay Packers defense this season, its players and coaches kept coming back to the same thing,” writes Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. Pass rush. It’s likely to come through the draft.
Fullback John Kuhn‘s father spoke to a local newspaper in his hometown about his injury. “The good news for the Kuhn family is that Packers’ fullback John Kuhn doesn’t have a career-threatening injury,” writes John Walk of the York (Penn.) Dispatch. “The bad news, however, is that Kuhn won’t be playing in the NFL Pro Bowl in a couple weeks.”
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the NFL’s MVP by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America.
Kick returner Randall Cobb was named to Pro Football Weekly’s All-Rookie team.
Cornerback Charles Woodson is due a $4 million roster bonus in April, according to Tom Silverstein.
Defensive lineman Mike Neal hopes his knee will heal, according to PackersNews.com.
Quarterback Graham Harrell commented on Matt Flynn at the Packers’ future at the quarterback position.
Thoughts on upcoming Packers free agents come from former Packers front office man Andrew Brandt at the National Football Post.
The league commented on the Greg Jennings’ fumble/down by contact replay from Sunday.
The Hail Mary pass gets some press at the Press-Gazette.
Players remained in disbelief on Monday.
Miss America makes a pitch to Aaron Rodgers.
The Appleton Post-Crescent publishes several letters to the editor following Sunday’s loss.
Fans are coping with the Packers loss.
Video: Wide receiver James Jones meets with reporters…
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