The future of safety Nick Collins was a topic of discussion for Packers head coach Mike McCarthy at the NFL owners meeting in Florida on Wednesday. Collins suffered a serious neck injury in 2011 that forced him to miss all but two games. McCarthy said it will be a group decision about whether Collins will return to playing football at all. "When Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins sits down with his head coach, his general manager, the team doctor and his two agents sometime next week, the consensus in the room will be that he should retire," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Not that it's already been decided Collins will retire. Rather, Silverstein intimates that all stakeholders are so concerned for Collins' long-term health that it may be wise to step away. Collins will visit a doctor this week, but his future may take a few weeks to decide thereafter.
The Packers voted against one rule change at the NFL owners meeting as reported yesterday. "The Packers voted in favor of all the rules that passed at today’s NFL annual meeting except the one that made the crack-back block a foul a on a defenseless player, which now makes it a 15-yard penalty," writes Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. The Packers offense uses crack-back blocks in their offense. And as Packers president Mark Murphy points out in the Press-Gazette article, they can still make that block, it just has to be from the knees on up.
Mike McCarthy, on Wednesday, stood by his decision to rest his best players in the last game of the regular season by which time the Packers had already gained home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. “I’ve done a lot of self-evaluating (of our approach) leading up to the two weeks for that game. I’ll share this with the team first, there is something I’ll change if we’re in that position again, from my perspective,” McCarthy told Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “But as far as sitting players, I wouldn’t change that at all. A fresh team is the best team because you can accomplish the things you need to accomplish leading up to that game if you go about it the right way." At the time, the move had gotten some second-guessing seeing as the Packers lost their first game in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs to the Giants.
The future of Chad Clifton and Donald Driver has been speculated for some time because of their age and impact on the salary cap. But as far as Mike McCarthy is concerned, it appears they'll return in 2012. "On Wednesday, coach Mike McCarthy gave every indication that Clifton and Driver were still in the team's plans despite their advancing age and high salaries and that only medical issues would prevent them from returning for another season," writes Silverstein. I personally believe Driver will be asked to restructure his contract, but I'm dubious about the return of Clifton. I'm not sure he's the best option for the Packers moving forward.
Jason Wilde made a veritable ton of blog posts from yesterday's NFL owners meeting touching on the training camp schedule, "Bountygate", Mike Neal, free agency, the defense, defensive personnel, the NFL kickoff game, and the status of several injured Packers.
The job of filling the vacancies in the Packers' front office created by the loss of Reggie McKenzie is covered by Silverstein.
Donald Driver talked about Dancing With The Stars with the Press-Gazette.
It appears as if one concert, or event of similar magnitude, is being planned for Lambeau Field per year, according to the Press-Gazette.
Aaron Rodgers advanced to the next round of the "Madden 13" cover vote.
New center Jeff Saturday spoke with the Packers official website.
Film study of Michigan State's Jerel Worthy is conducted by Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel.
The second Bob McGinn and Tyler Dunne podcast is posted at JSOnline.
Video: Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette checks in from Day 3 of the NFL owners meeting...
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