On the Packers calendar today, quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be a guest instructor at the Colonial All-Pro Football Camp at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va….
Aaron Rodgers has been nominated for two awards on ESPN’s annual ESPYs awards show honoring the world of sports in the same way the Grammy’s honors music and the Oscar’s honors movies. “When ESPN announced the nominees for its various awards on Monday, the reigning Super Bowl MVP was atop the bill, headlining the official release because he’s up for two of the most coveted awards – as Best Male Athlete and Best NFL Player,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. Clay Matthews is also in the running for best male athlete while Mike McCarthy is nominated for the best coach/manager award.
Inside linebackers coach Winston Moss expressed his desire to become a head coach in the NFL during an interview with the Packers official website. “At 45, Moss is in the prime of his get-a-head-coaching-job years,” writes Vic Ketchman of Packers.com. “This is when it happens and he wants it to happen. He has a burning desire to be a head coach. It’s an appetite that’s been wetted by four years as Mike McCarthy’s assistant head coach.” It doesn’t hurt that the Packers won the Super Bowl this past season. That should open some doors for Moss and some other assistants on the Packers in the future.
Safety Charlie Peprah got noticed by ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert when Peprah was mentioned as the best safety in the entire NFL in a statistic called “Stop Rate,” which is a play that prevents a successful play by the offense as defined by Football Outsiders. “Packers safety Charlie Peprah had the best Stop Rate (44 percent) among safeties,” writes Seifert. “Vikings safety Madieu Williams had the ninth-worst (6 percent). Those of us who watched both teams closely last season shouldn’t be surprised.” I’m aware Peprah had a solid season in 2010, but this really caught me off guard. To be considered the best safety in the NFL, even if it is a little-known stat, is pretty impressive. Charles Woodson is also mentioned in the article has having a good Stop Rate.
Aaron Rodgers has helped at least one manufacturer of championship wrestling belts see a spike in their sales. “(Steve) Sandberg (CEO of Wrestling Super Store in Tampa, Fla.) said his company had an increase in sales after the Super Bowl and hopes to ride the wave that Rodgers provided,” writes Tony Walter of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “But he admits that interest will be somewhat limited.” Walter notes that wrestling belts will not be sold in the Packers Pro Shop, because they’re not currently licensed with the NFL. Somehow, I wouldn’t doubt if that changed.
The possibility of renegotiating Aaron Rodgers’ contract is broached by Brandon Benson of Acme Packing Company. “Rodgers isn’t going anywhere, but keep it in mind that when the Packers are looking at signing other free agents, they’ll likely have to renegotiate Rodgers’s contract above his scheduled base salary as it was set in 2008,” writes Benson. “His base salary will probably be too low compared to the elite quarterbacks, and they might give him a significant raise as soon as the new market is set for the best quarterbacks.” Rodgers will get a new contract in due time, but it’s likely not going to happen for at least another season, perhaps more. With his current deal not set to expire until after the 2014 season, Rodgers’ contract isn’t a priority right now. But it will be eventually.
Even though Aaron Rodgers was ranked no. 11 on NFL Network’s list of the top 100 players in the NFL, he’ll be ranked a lot higher among fantasy football players. “One thing is for sure, Rodgers has been the top QB in fantasy football the past two years and should be the first quarterback to come off the board in 2011 drafts,” writes Adam Rank of ESPN.com. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rodgers become the first player drafted overall, regardless of position, in many fantasy drafts.
The lockout will benefit fringe NFL veterans, according to Michael Rodney of Packer Update. “(Evan) Dietrich-Smith is a perfect example,” writes Rodney. “He had virtually no chance of sticking on the 53-man roster after Sherrod and Caleb Schlauderaff were drafted in April, but now things don’t look quite as bleak for the three-year veteran from Idaho State. With no offseason and a potentially truncated training camp, it’s safe to assume Sherrod won’t be taking any snaps inside. As for Schlauderaff, he has better size and more talent than Dietrich-Smith, but he’ll almost certainly need time to adjust to the speed of the pro game after spending his college career in the MWC.”
The running game is discussed by Mike Davidsen of Green Bay Packer Nation. “Forget any major construction to an offense that’s largely worked since McCarthy took over,” writes Davidsen. “Having a top-15 running game will probably make the passing game better before bringing any recognition to the Green Bay backfield. In the long run, you’d like to see strength on the offensive side of the ball become slightly more balanced.” The annual talk of improvement in the running game is pie-in-the-sky type of stuff. I tune it out. The Packers offense is what it is.
Left tackle Chad Clifton gets some attention at Packer Report (subscription required). “Chad Clifton, who just turned 35, was at his best during the Packers’ six-game run to the championship by shutting down a murderer’s row of the game’s pass-rushing elite,” writes Bill Huber. “The Packers need Clifton to turn back the clock one more time.”
A.J. Hawk’s golf game is the topic of a post on ESPN.com’s Page 2.
Aaron Rodgers appears on another ranking of NFL quarterbacks.
Where Super Bowl XLV ranks among the Packers’ other Super Bowl victories is examined at Total Packers.
Brandon Jackson has run himself out of Green Bay, according to a post at Lombardi Ave.
Menomonie won the Green Bay Packers 7-on-7 Regional Tournament this past weekend.
The Packer Ranter got some digits.
Video: Packers public address announcer Bill Jartz was recognized for his work in the community…
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