An article at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Packer Plus publication, brought to light a moment inside the Packers locker room on the final day of media availability for the recently-completed season, a day after the loss to the 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs. First quarterback Aaron Rodgers declined to be interviewed. Then, as Rob Reischel of Packer Plus writes, “Instead of preparing for the NFC Championship Game, Rodgers was now critiquing reporters.” Rodgers did it in a joking fashion, but to joke about the way the media handles its business after declining to be interviewed appeared to be in poor taste. Also in the article were several examples of individuals questioning Rodgers’ leadership this season. It’s important to note that none came from within the Packers’ locker room, however.
Aaron Rodgers also threw his support behind teammate Charles Woodson during his weekly radio show on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee, 540 AM WAUK. “I think it’s got to be one of the top priorities,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by host Jason Wilde. “I’m not sure what that’s going to look like, but I know he is under contract and that he is an important part of our football team, and I think he adds a lot. He is still playing at a really high level.” Woodson’s contract could make him cost-prohibitive next season with a contract in the neighborhood of $10 million in 2013. There’s little doubt in my mind that Woodson is a better option than M.D. Jennings at safety, but with such a big contract, there’s worry about the law of diminishing returns.
The Packers Hall of Fame class of 2013 was announced on Tuesday. “Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Chris Jacke have been announced as the headliners of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame 2013 class,” writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. Congrats to Gbaja-Biamila and Jacke, two members of the Packers renaissance of the 1990s. They’re joined by contributor Emil Fischer who served several roles within the organization during its early years and will be inducted posthumously.
A blog post on Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila appears at PackersNews.com.
New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo shared his thoughts on fellow defensive coordinator Dom Capers during an interview that took place at the Senior Bowl practices. “Let me tell you something, Dom Capers is one of the finest coaches in this league,” Spagnuolo is quoted as saying by Tyler Dunne of JSOnline. “I have a great deal of respect for him. I know how hard this business is. We didn’t do well this year defensively. But I’m going to tell you what, I think people who know football — if you talk to anybody down here about Dom Capers — they’ll tell you how great they feel about him.”
Packers broadcaster Wayne Larrivee shares some season-ending thoughts in a blog post at JSOnline.
Video: Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila talks to the media after it was announced he’d be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame…
Brian Carriveau is the author of “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email email@example.com.