If you haven’t seen it already, head coach Mike McCarthy will reportedly sign a contract extension that will keep in Green Bay until 2015.
In other coaching news, the Packers have decided not to renew the contract of coaching aide Curtis Fuller.” Fuller, a former NFL safety who also played for the Packers in 2003 and 2004, was a coaching administrator last season,” writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “That followed a one-year stint as a special teams assistant.” One of Fuller’s duties last season was assisting with the secondary.
Curtis Fuller made news in another fashion yesterday as well. He was one of several current and former Packers urging the Wisconsin legislature to reject Governor Scott Walker’s proposal for union cutbacks. “Current linebacker Brady Poppinga and offensive lineman Jason Spitz joined 1990’s Super Bowl kicker Chris Jacke and ex-Packers Bob Long, Charles Jordan, Curtis Fuller, and Steve Okoniewski in signing a letter,” reports WTAQ Radio in Green Bay. For those living out of state, this is a hot-button issue in Wisconsin right now. WTAQ may have set a record for comments on an article.
No, Clay Matthews didn’t shave his head. Although it looks like he did. He shared a picture on Twitter yesterday that showed him with a shaved head. “Later in the day, Matthews fessed up. He tweeted: ‘Relax y’all… I could never cut my hair!! Filming a spot 4 Jimmy Kimmel Live,’” reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette. No word yet on when he’ll appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
What’s next for Clay Matthews? “He’s actually keepin’ it real in Oshkosh, Wisc. for an ice fishing tournament with his dad on Lake Winnebago,” writes Lisa Altobell of NFL.com. “It’s not the Grammy’s, but the tourney opens with the ‘largest fish fry on ice’ which in truth sounds pretty awesome — yet another perk to being a Super Bowl winner. At least he is bringing pops along.”
Lambeau Field was ranked as the fifth-best grass playing surface in the NFL by an NFLPA survey of more than 1,600 players. “There are 18 natural-grass playing surfaces in the league,” writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. “Lambeau Field trailed Arizona, Tampa Bay, San Diego and Carolina, all of which have one thing in common: Those stadiums are in southern climates. The Packers’ ranking was well ahead of the northern-climate homes of the Broncos (ninth), Chiefs (13th), Eagles (14th), Steelers (15th), Browns (16th) and Bears (17th).”
Charles Woodson, John Kuhn and Mark Murphy took in the “Lombardi” Play in New York last night. “The Packers’ party, expected to be accompanied by running back Ryan Grant who was on injured reserve since injuring an ankle in Week 1, is scheduled to ring the New York Stock Exchange’s closing bell on Wednesday,” writes Jim Corbett of USA Today.
Illinois high school football coach Tom Little was named to the Packers Fan Hall of Fame on Tuesday. “Packers officials said a plaque honoring Little will be placed in the Fan Hall of Fame in late March,” writes Charles Davis of the Press-Gazette. “His selection as the 13th member coincided with the Packers winning their 13th NFL championship in Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6 over the Pittsburgh Steelers.” Congrats, Tom.
A.J. Hawk’s contract situation is being used as an example by Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk to shed some light into the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. “It will be telling to see if the Packers try to address the issue before a potential work stoppage,” writes Rosenthal. “If they don’t, it’s a sign that teams are confident there will be some sort of buffer period after the next CBA is signed, whenever it is signed.”
Wondering whether Donald Driver will be back next season is Kevin Gibson of Lombardi Ave. “Green Bay’s elder statesman has indeed had one heckuva career, and he’s signed for two more years of a total $17.8 million contract,” writes Gibson. “However, at age 36, he’s clearly on the decline, having just completed what stands statistically as his worst season since 2001.” I don’t think it’s even a question. He signed a contract extension before the 2010 season. Yes, he’s closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but he was slowed by injuries this past season. As a player without a long injury history, there’s no reason to think they’ll linger into 2011.
Colorado offensive lineman Nate Solder is the predicted first-round draft choice of Alex Peterson of Bleacher Report.
Jayme Joers recaps her Super Bowl experience at the Packers Lounge.