Despite Aaron Rodgers being sacked more than any other quarterback in the NFL, it doesn’t appear the Green Bay Packers have any plans to make any changes to their offensive line. “As of now no, I don’t see that will happen,” offensive coordinator Tom Clements is quoted as saying by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Rodgers was sacked five times in Sunday night’s loss to the New York Giants and 37 times on the season. One option available to the Packers would be for Don Barclay to replace Evan Dietrich-Smith in the starting lineup, either at left guard or at right tackle with T.J. moving back to guard. For the time being, however, that doesn’t appear it’s going to happen.
On the defensive side of the football, defensive coordinator Dom Capers on Monday rationalized the decision to play Davon House at cornerback far more than sensational rookie Casey Hayward in the Packers’ recent loss to the Giants. “You go back to the Lions game, we played sub every down,” Capers is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “They were in a lot more two-back personnel, whether it be one tight end and two wide receivers or two tight ends and one wide receiver, so that put us into more of our Okie personnel. We kind of liked the matchup we had in terms of House on (the Giants’) bigger receivers. I don’t think there’s any question we’ve got to keep Casey involved.” Nothing against House, but the way Hayward has been playing, he’s got to be on the field full-time. House should be the nickel or subpackage cornerback.
More on Casey Hayward comes from the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
As the blog Deadspin has surmised, running back Cedric Benson is actually moonlighting as a disc jockey in a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction type of story. “Using the moniker DJ World Peace, Benson’s appeared at a few clubs around Austin (Tex.) in the past month,” writes Samer Kalaf. “According to DJ World Peace’s Facebook page, he last spun at The Madison on Nov. 11. Below is a flyer for a show he did on Nov. 6 at the Yellow Rose, a gentlemen’s club in the city.” Benson in the one player the Packers designated to return from their injured reserve list yet still may need surgery to repair his foot. It’s hard to believe Benson is taking his interest in DJing in the middle of the season so seriously but as long as he takes care of business on the football field, he can do whatever he wants.
The NFL announced that the Packers-Lions game on Sunday Dec. 9 will not be flexed out of its original 7 p.m. start time with television coverage on NBC. “The NFL had the option of moving the Packers-Lions out of the Sunday night slot in favor of a more interesting game, but either because Fox and CBS protected games it was interested in or it thought the scheduled match-up would have a decent viewership, NBC decided to stick with the schedule,” writes Tom Silverstein at JSOnline. With the Packers one game out of first place in the NFC North standings, the game certainly can have big-time implications on the division standings, at least from a Green Bay standpoint.
More on the NFL’s flexible scheduling comes from the Associated Press.
Comments from all the Packers coordinators appears at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
The playoff picture for the Packers is put into focus by the Associated Press.
Clay Matthews’ absence this past Sunday is mentioned at the Press-Gazette.
Packer Report analyzes a hypothetical re-match with the New York Giants.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson takes a Vikings-themed quiz on Inside the Huddle.
The play-calling of Mike McCarthy on Sunday is scrutinized at Acme Packing Company.
Former Packer Jim Temp passed away, notes the Packers official website.
A feature on a Packers fan who will be allowed to do the “Lambeau Leap” during an upcoming game appears in the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter.
Video: Randall Cobb joins Tom Crabtree on Monday’s episode of Clubhouse Live…
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.