First reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN and later commented upon by Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com, Packers director of college scouting, John Dorsey, has declined the opportunity to interview for the open general manager position with the Indianapolis Colts. “There’s no word on what Dorsey’s reasons were,” writes Smith. “With Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie a hot candidate for general manager positions around the league, Dorsey may want to see how things shake out in Green Bay before looking to go elsewhere. Dorsey has been with the Packers almost non-stop since they drafted him as a linebacker out of Connecticut in 1984, so he may prefer to stay in Green Bay.”
Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin interviewed for the head coaching gig with the Kansas City Chiefs and has another interviewed scheduled. Where that second interview is, is uncertain. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com cites Jay Glazer Fox Sports in reporting that Philbin is a candidate for the Miami Dolphins. Meanwhile Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel speculates that it’s with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Maybe they’re both right. Philbin is getting a lot of attention at the moment, but he doesn’t seem to be a shoo-in for any job.
In other non-player news, Reggie McKenzie has reportedly interviewed for the Oakland Raiders general manager job. “McKenzie comes with the seal of approval from former Raiders (and Packers) executive Ron Wolf,” writes Jerry McDonald of the Silicon Valley Mercury News. “Wolf told 95.7 The Game that he is not involved in the Raiders’ search for a general manager but was asked by owner Mark Davis about potential candidates and recommended McKenzie.” Rumors indicate McKenzie may want to bring Wolf’s son, Eliot, with him to Oakland.
Quarterback Matt Flynn was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Detroit Lions in Week 17. “In his fourth season from LSU, this is Flynn’s first career Player of the Week Award,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “Packers quarterbacks have won four Player of the Week Awards this season, with Rodgers having won three. That’s the most by any team.” Flynn was also named the NFL’s Air Player of the Week and got the Never Say Never Moment of the Week as well. A trifecta of sorts.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings spoke to the media about his injury and comeback from it yesterday. “Jennings could have played last week if the Green Bay Packers had needed their top receiver,” writes Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “But with the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC locked up, Jennings took an extra week to rehabilitate the torn MCL in his knee he suffered in Week 14 against the Oakland Raiders.” Jennings also said there’s no doubt he’ll play in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
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Linebacker Brad Jones got a fair share of attention yesterday for not only his tackle of a fan that ran onto the field in the last game but also because he practiced with the first-string defense. “During the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday, Jones was at right outside linebacker when the No. 1 defense came out on the field – a pretty good indication that he is in the driver’s seat,” writes Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. “Walden also worked at the position.” Jones is also getting a few chuckles for saying he tackled the fan in the Lions game because he was “just cold.”
Running back James Starks is on the comeback trail.
The Packers have taken notice of the overtime rules in the playoffs.
Head coach Mike McCarthy seemed to hedge a little bit on starting Chad Clifton.
Tackle Marshall Newhouse is preparing to play just in case.
Aaron Rodgers is called the NFL’s MVP by columnist Mike Vandermause.
The Insiders crew at the Press-Gazette take stock of the Packers.
The Red Cross is turning to Packers fans for blood donations.
The Packers warn of counterfeit tickets.
Video: WBAY-TV has a feature on counterfeit tickets…
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