Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin downplayed a report from ESPN saying he’s a candidate to become the next head coach at Tulane. “All I can tell you is I’ve got a great job here as the offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers,” Philbin is quoted as saying at Packer Report. “I would think that thousands of guys would trade places with me. Anything more than that, I really don’t have anything to say, other than that there is no substance to it. I’ve got a great job where I’m at, love what I’m doing. We’ve got a group of guys that has worked extremely hard and they’re doing some good things, and I’m looking forward to seeing this thing through.” Philbin received his master’s degree from Tulane, perhaps sparking the rumors.
Running back Alex Green will have surgery on Wednesday to repair the torn ACL he suffered in Week 7. “Green, a third-round pick out of Hawaii, posted on Twitter that his expected recovery time will take between 4-8 months,” writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. Mike McCarthy singled out Green’s replacement on the roster, Brandon Saine, saying he’d like to get the undrafted rookie some action.
Following a fine outing from the Packers defense on Monday, a lot of attention Tuesday was on defensive coordinator Dom Capers. “More importantly, though, Capers moved players around,” writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “(Charles) Woodson blitzed from the middle of the formation far more than he has all season. Normally, he blitzes off the edge. Safety Morgan Burnett got more chances, too. And when Bishop and A.J. Hawk came from the inside, it wasn’t always on the cross rush they’ve done most of the time.” Much has been made of Capers’ open-door policy and the meeting he and Woodson had in the week leading up to the Vikings game.
On the other side of the football, the offense is trying to find answers for a stopping an opposing pass rush that is getting to quarterback Aaron Rodgers more times than they’re comfortable with. “In the past three games, Rodgers has been sacked a total of 11 times,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “The last time Rodgers was sacked more times over a three-game span was midway through the 2009 season, when he was sacked a league-high 50 times.” Joe Philbin expressed his concern about stopping the pass rush as well.
More on the issues with the opponents getting to the quarterback comes from the Associated Press.
B.J. Raji had has workload cut down on Monday as C.J. Wilson got more snaps, according to Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette.
Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum reportedly vowed to stop Randall Cobb’s fumbles, according to Vic Ketchman of Packers.com.
Charles Woodson gets praise from Cliff Christl and Eric Baranczyk in their column for the Press-Gazette.
Bob McGinn has his weekly breakdown of the Packers game at the Journal Sentinel’s Packer Insider section (sub required).
Head coach Mike McCarthy answers some questions at the Packers official website.
The playoff picture is looked at over at the Packers official website.
The upcoming feature on suspended Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly get some attention at the Press-Gazette.
A report card from the Vikings game is up at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
The matchup between former Packers Mike Sherman and Turner Gill in college football this weekend is covered by the Kansas City Star.
A scouting report on the Buccaneers comes from the Press-Gazette.
Video: Charles Woodson was the guest on Inside the Huddle on Fox 11 in Green Bay…
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