On the Packers calendar today, the NFL’s Broadcast Boot Camp continues in New Jersey where former Packers Antonio Freemen, Rob Davis and Barrett Brooks are taking part…
Packers president Mark Murphy took part in yesterday’s owners meeting near Chicago where optimism ran high that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement could be struck soon. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was the only outlet to get a response from Murphy, who didn’t say much. “I’ll be a lot happier when we get it done,” said Murphy, noting that’s all the further he could comment. The good news is that while a new deal isn’t imminent, it’s looking highly likely and a framework is in place for many aspects of a new deal.
Mark Murphy wasn’t alone at yesterday’s proceedings. “Green Bay is sending its usual contingent of president Mark Murphy, vice president of administration/general counsel Jason Wied and vide president of football administration/player finance Russ Ball,” according to an article appearing at Packer Report. There was a said to be a high number of “football people” at the meetings in Chicago in order to deal with the logistics of football-related decisions as opposed to things like revenue, although apart from Murphy’s experience as a player, the Packers didn’t appear to send many football people.
Free agency was one of the topics discussed yesterday, and it could finally get underway soon. “The Washington Post’s Mark Maske reported that if talks continue down this road, free agency could open as soon as mid-July, with training camps slated to open at the end of the month,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that free agency rules would revert back to the 2009 rules, where players with three years of accrued NFL experience would be restricted free agents and players with four or more years of NFL experience would be unrestricted.” Wilde goes onto categorize each player on the Packers and his chances of returning.
Former Packers coach Mike Holmgren was in attendance yesterday. He told Michael Hunt of the Journal Sentinel, “Big money, big money. Pray for us.” Holmgren is currently the president of the Cleveland Browns.
Three Packers coaches were listed in a ranking of assistants on their rise, according to a poll taken from writers at ESPN.com. “The Green Bay Packers were the only team to place more than one name in the top 10, as would be expected from a championship team,” writes NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert. “Assistant head coach/inside linebackers Winston Moss is at No. 6, while safeties coach Darren Perry finished No. 10. I also voted for receivers coach Edgar Bennett, who has moved over from running backs coach and is clearly being groomed for bigger things.” By penetrating deep into the playoffs, it actually prevented Packers assistants from interviewing for other coaching positions around the league, but it’s becoming clear that they will not be able to keep their current staff intact for long.
Offensive lineman Josh Sitton and his new Super Bowl ring are featured in an article in his hometown newspaper back in Florida, the Pensacola News-Journal. “Couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present,” said Sitton, whose birthday actually fell on the day of the ring ceremony. “It was a bunch of grown men jumping around like it was Christmas Day. It was definitely emotional. All of those years of football, all those years I’ve dreamed about that — we love the game, and finally we get the ring.” For what it’s worth, a sidebar noted that the ring’s estimated value was $33,000.
Linebacker A.J. Hawk was interviewed about the Super Bowl rings for an article appearing at Fox Sports Wisconsin who was happy to see several older coaches finally get a ring. “Knowing that we won’t be able to see the coaches until whenever was kind of bittersweet,” Hawk told Bill Huber. “It was great to see those guys and see how excited they were. To see coaches like (Redding), I was really happy for him getting a ring, and seeing Dom Capers, who’s been in the league for 30 years or something like that, to see guys like that, I was really happy for them.” Strength and conditioning coach Dave Redding’s last season was 2010 and is now retired.
With the lockout still underway, coaches are doing more self-scouting than usual, finds out Len Pasquarelli for Packer Report. “We’ve had a lot of extra time to really evaluate what we’re doing and what some other people are doing. It’s actually been good,” Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum is quoted as saying in the article. Thankfully, the lockout looks to be over soon.
Former Packers wide receiver Sterling Sharpe has been added to the list of athletes competing in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament near Lake Tahoe in Nevada, an event that we reported yesterday also includes Aaron Rodgers, A.J. Hawk, Mason Crosby and Jim McMahon. The Journal Sentinel has the betting odds of winning the tournament, and the player with Packers ties that has the shortest odds is Sharpe at 15-1. Crosby is at 40-1 and Rodgers is at 75-1.
The best Packer ever to wear no. 88 is debated at the Packers official website.
Whether Jermichael Finley stole passes from Greg Jennings is examined by Chad Toporski at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
The Packers defense is analyzed by Thomas Hobbes at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
A Bleacher Report writer tries to predict the Packers offensive starting lineup in the lame slideshow format.
NFL Stadiums, including Lambeau Field, are a point of discussion for Vic Ketchman of Packers.com.
Picking up on a quote from Roddy White comparing the Falcons to the Packers is Monty McMahon of Total Packers.
A list of poor Packers comes via Michael Rodney at Packer Update.
Acme Packing Company says the new proposed CBA would clear up the free agent status of four Packers. It’s more than four, but who’s counting?
The same SBNation blog also asks if the Packers should re-sign all of their free agents. First of all, the chances of that are probably greater than one in a thousand. Second of all, they don’t seem to grasp the cash committed to players currently on the roster. I’m rarely disappointed with Acme Packing Company, but I kind of am today. They do a great job of generating discussion, but they kind of seem in over their head today. I love you guys. Come back strong.
A picture from Super Bowl I appears at Packerville, U.S.A.
Lombardi Ave. comments on ESPN the Magazine’s rankings of the top professional franchises in sports.
Video: Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com talks about the Packers assistant coaches on the rise…
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