Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler is growing tired from the recent Brett Favre coverage following two recent radio interviews in which Butler’s ex-teammate took responsibility for the events that led to his eventual trade back in the summer of 2008. “I’m just sick of hearing about it because every year it seems like everyone’s apologizing. Get over it. Either come back, retire the jersey, or be through with it. Or lock him out for 50 years. Whatever just do it,” Butler told WISN in Milwaukee. “You got players that would love to be a janitor in that building and they’re begging a guy to come back you doesn’t necessarily want to come back.” More than likely the Packers are moving toward retiring Favre’s number during the 2014, so expect at least another year of Favre drama. Hopefully it won’t be prolonged beyond that.
Packers head coachMike McCarthy gave Rob Reischel of Packer Report an exclusive and expansive interview published on Wednesday. Among the many topics he addressed was last year’s playoff loss to the 49ers. Said McCarthy, “The obvious is we have to take care of the football, and we didn’t do that. We had two turnovers and the one was very costly. The second thing is I didn’t like the way our team — top to bottom, myself and all the way through — handled the production of their offense. We never stopped them. We didn’t slow them down. We can talk about scheme, we can talk about preparation, but ultimately the performance of everybody involved was nowhere near where it needed to be. You look at that, you learn from it. But frankly, we’re past that. We’re more focused on developing our next team and that’s what you have to stay true to. Frankly, I don’t want to talk about it anymore.” It’s basically the same line McCarthy has repeated since the season ended. The reality is, the public expects better playoff performances than those the Packers have put forth the past two seasons. McCarthy isn’t on the hot seat, but there’s still things that need to be fixed.
A decrease inpadded practices at training camp is noted at Packer Report. “Of the 20 practices, including Family Night, 15 will be conducted in full pads,” writes reporter Bill Huber. “Last year, 17 of the 21 practices were in full pads. In 2011, it was 18 of 21 practices in full pads. In 2010 (back when two-a-days were allowed), it was 20 of 25 practices in full pads. In 2009, it was 19 of 26 in full pads.” It’s important to note that part of the decrease has been required as part of the NFL’s most recent collective bargaining agreement.