The news with Packers defensive lineman Jerel Worthy might not be as bizarre as that of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o but is still a little puzzling nonetheless. On Sunday following the Packers’ loss to the 49ers in the playoffs, Worthy told reporters he had a bone bruise in his knee and would not need surgery. “Two days later, Worthy had undergone knee surgery, according to a league source,” writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. “Worthy’s recovery could last into spring, potentially keeping him off the field when organized team activities begin.” What exactly happened or changed in the course of two days is uncertain. It’s unfortunate that Worthy could miss a portion, if not all, of the team’s offseason program. He needs the work.
Speaking at the Red Smith Sports Awards Banquet in Appleton on Tuesday, Packers president Mark Murphy talked about the state of Packers organization. “Being able to win the division for the second year (in a row) with quite a few injuries and getting a win in the first round of the playoffs is an accomplishment, although we are disappointed we didn’t get to the championship game,” Murphy is quoted as saying by Dan Kohn of the Appleton Post-Crescent. “We all feel confident we have a chance to really compete for a Super Bowl championship for a number of years to come.” Nothing Murphy said really came as a surprise. Following a playoff loss, of course, many will be skeptical of the Packers’ ability to win championship.
More from Mark Murphy, including thoughts that the Packers won’t replace John Dorsey until after the NFL Draft, come from the Post-Crescent.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked about the use of the pistol offense and the read-option in the NFL during his weekly radio show on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee on Tuesday on 540 AM WAUK. “There are some new wrinkles,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by host Jason Wilde. “I think the Pistol is definitely a new item that’s here to stay. Anytime someone has success with something, everyone else is going to look at it. But to me it’s still football. … Whether you’re running an option route in the passing game, whether you’re running the option in the run game, those are good schemes. And when you have someone that has that experience versus a group that does not have as much experience against it, you’re in a threat of what happened to us on Saturday night.” Rodgers also indicated that he wouldn’t be running the read-option any time soon.
More on the Packers’ undoing in San Francisco in part due to the pistol offense comes from Packer Report.
First included in the Daily Links on Wednesday via the Journal Sentinel, a couple more outlets published the comments from Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt signaling that change might be in store at the position next season. Speaking about Tramon Williams, Sam Shield and Casey Hayward, Whitt is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde, “I wouldn’t say (Williams) is on the downside, I would say that Sam’s picked up his level of play, Casey probably played better than any of you all expected him to play and probably played better than I expected him to play. So the competition in the room has gotten better, and so that’s the case. I think Tramon, he graded out pretty well in most games. He covered pretty good. Just the competition in the room has improved.” All of Whitt’s comments and the entire article is suggested reading. He says some really interesting things. Fans should feel pretty good about the depth of the cornerback position.
More from Joe Whitt appears at the Press-Gazette.
As Marc Trestman was hired as head coach of the Chicago Bears, Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements says he “absolutely” expects to be back in Green Bay next season, according to Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel.
Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac says Ryan Pickett “definitely” has another good year left in him, reports the Press-Gazette.
The future of defensive back Charles Woodson is examined in an article by Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette.
The wide receiver position in Green Bay gets some attention from Tyler Dunne as it appears that Greg Jennings and Donald Driver may be on their way out.
The Dom Capers debate rages on with an another article from the Journal Sentinel.
The defense’s failures on third down are brought up in an article at Packer Report.
Five reasons for optimism are shared in a column at Bleacher Report.
Video: The crew at the Press-Gazette wraps up the season with the finale of The Insiders…
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.