On the Packers calendar today is the Korey Hall Football Camp in Glenns Ferry, Id. and this year’s edition of the Rookie Symposium––where all 10 Packers draft choices are reportedly in attendance––wraps up in Bradenton, Fla. …
Head coach Mike McCarthy, while attending the Jimmy Raye Foundation Scholarship Banquet on Monday in Fayetteville, N.C., spoke about his plans to get ready for the upcoming NFL season without the benefit of offseason workouts. “My focus is on having contingency plans,” McCarthy told the Fayetteville Observer. “Every week that goes by, we’re ready to go, whether it’s two weeks or four weeks of time before training camp. I’ve been preparing for every combination so I can best utilize our time, particularly focusing on the younger players.” The rookies, in particular, will really be behind the eight ball this season as they’ll be months behind where they typically are at this time of year. It will be interesting to see what McCarthy has in store for the younger players when a Collective Bargaining Agreement is done. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the younger players come to Green Bay in advance of the entire team before training camp begins.
Quarterbacks coach Tom Clements spoke to the Packers official website about his desire to become an offensive coordinator or even a head coach. “I’d still pursue it,” said Clements. “I’d like to be a coordinator again, but this is a tough place to leave. We have a chance to be good for a number of years. I still want that next step up the ladder, but it would have to be a good situation.” After reading about Clements talk about interviewing for the Notre Dame head coaching job, it seems like the college game would still be a suitable spot for him to become a head coach.
Wide receiver James Jones talked about his impending free agency with Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “To be honest, I just approach it as, I’m just truly blessed that after the lockout, I’m going to be on somebody’s team – whether it’s the Packers or any other team,” Jones said during an interview with on Green and Gold Today. “There’s a lot of people out there that when the lockout’s off, they don’t know if they’re going to be able to play football. I know when the lockout’s over, I’m going to be able to play football. And that’s all I can ask for.” I personally think Jones will get an offer he can’t refuse from another team in free agency. All it takes is one team to fall in love with him and offer him a contract the Packers can’t afford to match.
While acting as an instructor for the Colonial All-Pro Football Camp at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., quarterback Aaron Rodgers told the local press that the basking in the Super Bowl is over and the team is now focused on next season. “It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work,” Rodgers said of the Super Bowl in the Daily Press. “It’s a great accomplishment, but I think it kind of fades away at some point and you start thinking about next year. We’re creatures of habit and we put ourselves in position to think about the next obstacle, the next challenge. As much fun as it was to win the Super Bowl, we’re thinking about the next challenge.” The Daily Press has a nice picture of Rodgers high-fiving a kid at the football camp, which Nike would do well to publicize.
Another local paper wrote an article on Aaron Rodgers while he was in Virginia, though nothing newsworthy really came out of it. Rodgers did speak about life after football. “Football is a platform to do things bigger in life,” Rodgers told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “My career will be over at some point — hopefully, not in the near future — but I think being a good person lasts a lot longer than being a great football player.” The newspaper provided some video of Rodgers throwing passes to kids at the football camp, which I’ll embed below.
A Facebook page has been created requesting a Presidential pardon for former Packer Fuzzy Thurston whose Super Bowl memorabilia has been seized and will be auctioned to pay off a tax debt. “(Packers fan Tony) Fonder is asking fans to email President Barack Obama and request a pardon for Thurston to get his ring back,” writes Scott Venci of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “More than 225 people joined the page in the first three days, many of whom have already sent an email to the White House.” The idea of a presidential pardon for Thurston is so ludicrous, I can’t believe the Press-Gazette published an article on it. It’s certainly noteworthy and something I would send a 140-character tweet about, but to actually write an entire article about it is giving it way more attention than it deserves.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noticed cornerback Tramon Williams gets some attention from Football Outsiders when he was listed a player teams never should have given up on. “Inserted as the full-time starter opposite Charles Woodson in 2010, Williams had a breakout season, intercepting a career-high six passes and earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl,” Brian McIntyre is quoted as saying. “He also signed a four-year, $33 million contract extension before adding three more interceptions during the Packers’ run toward a fourth Lombardi trophy.” Former Packers Brett Favre and Kurt Warner also made the list. It was also noted that A.J. Hawk was listed among the top inside linebackers in the NFL by USA Today.
A list of potential free agents is listed by Andy Hayes of packergeeks, who thinks the Packers might pursue some of them. “Even though TT doesn’t often dive into the free agency frenzy, for some reason this year, I wonder if he might,” writes Hayes. Sorry, but the Packers can’t afford to dig into other teams’ free agents, even if they wanted to. Might the Packers sign a free agent? Sure, but it’s not going to be an elite or household name.
Running back Ryan Grant was out doing work in community again. “On Saturday, May 21, 2011, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held their annual walk with Green Bay Packer Ryan Grant as Honorary Chair,” according to his representation at Elite Sports and Public Relations. The event reportedly raised over $86,000.
Aaron Rodgers is featured in an article at Packer Report. “Rodgers has played some of the best games of his career in the biggest games,” writes Matt Tevsh. “Last season’s magical season-ending run was a shining example.”
Outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene leads of poll of defensive players with over 100 sacks that deserve to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
A few areas the Packers could improve are listed by Zach Kruse of AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Aaron Rodgers’ place on the NFL Network’s top 100 players list is discussed by Michael Rodney of Packer Update.
The Packers don’t use six offensive linemen very often, noticed Brandon Benson of Acme Packing Company.
Part of the 1960 Packers Yearbook is shared at Packerville, U.S.A.
Lombardi Ave. wonders if the Packers are the most improved team in the NFL.
Vic Ketchman answers his mailbag at Packers.com.
Video: Aaron Rodgers works with the children attending the Colonial All-Pro Football Camp…
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