Kampman still won’t talk.
First there was this Tweet from Bedard:
Aaron Kampman refused to talk again about his switch to OLB. Packers even urged him to talk. There’s a problem there. Big time.
Which was followed up by a lengthy blog post.
The Packers’ seven-year veteran again declined to speak to the media today about his move from defensive end to outside linebacker in the team’s new 3-4 scheme.
According to a team spokesman, Kampman had agreed to speak but later changed his mind.
At FanFest in March, Kampman was also scheduled to speak to the media, and the public. He later canceled his appearance.
Kampman has also declined numerous interview requests since Dom Capers was hired as defensive coordinator in January.
The latest episode came after Kampman was told it would be in his best interest to be heard on the subject.
Now there can be no doubt Kampman is uneasy about his transition to a new position after seven standout seasons.
I’m not so sure about that last bit. Sure, there’s some hesitancy there. There’s bound to be. But ‘uneasy’? I doubt it. The guy is a professional football player. I have no doubt he is focused on becoming the best outside backer he can be. I’m also reasonably sure he does not relish facing the guys in the media and answering the inevitably slanted questions over and over and over again.
That said, I have to admit I am more than a bit surprised that Kampman hasn’t spoken on the record even one time since the switch to linebacker was announced. I mean, McCarthy has basically said “Aaron Kampman is going to be the star of this defense”. What about guys like Barnett, who was a sideline to sideline play-maker who will now be asked to stand in and do a major amount of grunt work, or at least a hell of a lot more than he was in the previous scheme. And don’t even get me started on Cullen Jenkins. Here’s a guy who was on pace to have just a monster year in the old scheme, from both his defensive end position and inside at defensive tackle on passing downs. Now? He’ll be asked to slant from his end position and take on guys so that he can watch other guys (like Kampman) get the sacks and attention.
Kampman is being asked to be a star – Jenkins is being asked to be a grunt. And Kampman is the one not talking?