According to Aaron Rodgers on his weekly radio show on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee––540 AM WAUK––on Tuesday, the Packers quarterback said he was thanked by the referees before Sunday’s game against the Saints for his recent comments apologizing to the fans for the poor officiating of the replacement referees in the wake of the hugely controversial call in the end zone at Seattle. Rodgers went on to say about referee Jeff Triplette (who worked Sunday’s game), “I was obviously happy to see those guys back, and those guys have a job that they weren’t able to work, so it was fun to see them to get back on the field. I told Jeff, “Hey, It’s great to have you back. It’s been a long process,’” Rodgers said. “(But) I did say, ‘Hey just so that doesn’t mean we’re not going to yell at you, though.’ And they said, “Oh yeah, we know we know.’”
An interesting comment from offensive coordinator Tom Clements about running back Cedric Benson was shared by a couple media outlets on Tuesday. “He’s a workhorse and when he touches the ball, the more he touches it, the better he gets,” Clements is quoted as saying by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “We’d like to work those other guys in there if the opportunity presents itself, but you try to get (Benson) the ball to get him going.” Based on Clements’ comment, it wouldn’t appear there’s plans to get other running backs involved anytime soon. And you have to wonder what that means for a player like James Starks, a former feature back who can’t stay healthy.
More on Cedric Benson comes from JSOnline.
The Packers raised an estimated $20,000 for charity in their 13th annual golf invitational held Tuesday at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. “Several Packers celebrities participated, including current players Bryan Bulaga, Marshall Newhouse, Josh Sitton, Graham Harrell, Evan Dietrich-Smith and Erik Walden,” writes McLean Bennett of the Sheboygan Press. “Packers alumni such as Sheboygan native Bill Schroeder, Harry Sydney and Chris Jacke also played, as did team president and CEO Mark Murphy.” Fullback John Kuhn reportedly asked that half the money raised be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article by Lori Nickel about continuity on the offensive line, which made mention of the 2003 Packers and how all five lineman started all 16 games. When told about it, Bryan Bulaga had a humorous reaction. “Wow, really? “Even Cliffy?” Bulaga is quoted as saying. I don’t want to dismiss the article (which is good) and the importance of continuity (which is, indeed, important) as an ingredient for success, but it should be said that the most important reason any offensive line is good is because it’s comprised of good players. That comes above continuity. That begs the question, how good are the players on the current Packers offensive line? The jury is still out on that one.
Greg Jennings didn’t rule himself out of Sunday’s game in a recent interview on SiriusXM radio.
Mike McCarthy answered fan questions in a weekly feature at the Packers official website.
The Packers official website published items on Aaron Rodgers being nominated for the weekly NFL Never Say Never award, the upcoming Halloween community event at Lambeau Field and entries due Friday for a ticket giveaway contest.
An improved Packers defense is a bright spot, says Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Rookie Don Barclay talks about his role on special teams at PackersNews.com.
The weekly stock report is up at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Video: Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler goes through some Xs and Os with Tom Silverstein of JSOnline…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.