Packers tight end Jermichael Finley talked during the offseason about not having "chemistry" with Aaron Rodgers. After being hurt his past week in Indianapolis and his status still uncertain for the upcoming Texans game, Finley returned to the chemistry issue in an interview Wednesday with Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com and placed the burden on his quarterback. “Not good enough at all," Finley said about his chemistry with Rodgers. "Something to be worked on, and try to work on it as much as I can, try to talk to him as much as I can, but like I said it takes two people.” Perhaps it's a case of Finley not being aware of what he's saying, but ignorance isn't an excuse. Now into Finley's fifth year in the NFL, he's no longer worth the time and effort of developing any longer. Between his comments, his drops and now his injury, it's time to make D.J. Williams and the rest of the tight ends a much bigger part of the Packers offense.
First-round draft pick Nick Perry was reportedly fined $15,000 for his tackle on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck this past week when he was penalized for hitting with the crown of his helmet. "He seemed surprised by the amount of the fine, especially considering it wasn’t a helmet-to-helmet hit," writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "The fine was nearly twice what defensive lineman B.J. Raji received last week ($7,875) for throwing a punch against the New Orleans Saints." Perry said he plans to appeal the fine. I can't speak to the amount of the fine, but I agree with the penalty and don't mind that Perry was fined. He was basically unblocked and had all the time in the world to lower his aiming point and make a form tackle with his shoulder and place his helmet to the side of Luck. This is the new world of the NFL and players must conform.
After placing running back Cedric Benson on the injured reserve/designated for return list, the Packers are moving forward with their plans to replace Benson. "Coach Mike McCarthy said (Alex) Green will be the starter Sunday night at Houston because he’s the only one of the three with any snaps from scrimmage this season," writes Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. "But the job of primary runner will end up with whichever back is playing best in any given game." James Starks has not been active for a single game yet this season as he's nursed a turf toe injury, but he will be part of the Packers offense going forward, as will Brandon Saine to a limited extent. I think McCarthy will be a man of his word and go with the hot hand. If either Green or Starks rips off a run over 10 yards, they'll be in line to see more playing time.
The Packers offensive linemen talked about wanting to keep running the football in an article by Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel.
Linebacker Clay Matthews reiterated his stance on his perception that the NFL has a double standard of protecting offensive players while neglecting the safety of defensive players. Matthews spoke to Houston reporters on Wednesday in advance of the upcoming game against the Texans and spoke about the recent season-ending injury to his former college teammate, Brian Cushing at USC. "I think it’s anybody’s nightmare," Matthews is quoted as saying at JSOnline. "I think anytime you suffer a knee injury or the dreaded ACL that you’ll have to have surgery on is difficult because it’s a long recovery process and it is something that can be avoided. I know a lot of emphasis had been put on head protection and head trauma, but we can’t neglect other injuries that are major contributors of people falling out of games and missing the remainder of seasons.”
More on Clay Matthews comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Defensive lineman B.J. Raji talked about his ankle injury in an article at PackersNews.com but said little and said he's taking it day by day.
Former Penn State player Andrew Quarless reacted to news that Jerry Sandusky received his prison sentence.
Cheesehead TV's own Zach Kruse says the Packers offense needs to evolve in his weekly column at JSOnline.
Former Packers safety Matt Bowen breaks down over at the National Football Post what went wrong with the Packers defense in giving up the game-winning touchdown this past Sunday to Reggie Wayne.
The challenge of facing Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt is taken on by Pete Dougherty.
Hypothesizing that Bryan Bulaga's knee injury may have affected his play is Adam Czech of AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Video: The Press-Gazette crew previews the Texans game in their latest Insiders episode...