Head coach Mike McCarthy got choked up during his Wednesday press conference, holding back tears and needing to pause and compose himself while speaking about offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. "In reality, the pause lasted eight seconds, and it said everything about how McCarthy and his team are handling the death of 21-year-old Michael Philbin, the son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin who drowned early Sunday morning near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "Because for the normally unflappable McCarthy to break down like he did Wednesday afternoon, as the Packers returned to practice for the first time since Michael Philbin’s body was pulled from the Fox River Monday afternoon, it showed just how emotional the past few days have been." I would say McCarthy usually attempts to be even keeled, so yesterday was definitely a deviation from the norm in terms of the emotion he displayed.
Joe Philbin is on an indefinite leave of absence, and without him, the coaching staff has divided up his duties. "Normally, Philbin would have been the one standing in front of the offense in the meeting room to give the power-point presentation that highlights the themes for the week, and he normally would have been the one at practice running the offensive periods," reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Instead, McCarthy gave the main presentation at the meeting." The offensive assistant coaches agreed to split Philbin's responsibilities amongst themselves.
The results of an autopsy released yesterday revealed Joe Philbin's son drowned. "Police said the initial autopsy did not reveal any signs of foul play, adding it would be several weeks before toxicology and other test results were available," according to the Associated Press.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings said he felt no pain as he practiced on Wednesday. "Jennings scaled back the rehab over the weekend, but was already feeling pretty good," writes Kareem Copeland at PackersNews.com. "Last week, he said the final hurdle was the mental one – gaining a trust that he could run, jump, cut and maneuver even with a defender pushing and pulling." Jennings was listed as a full participant in yesterday's practice.
More on Greg Jennings comes from JSOnline.
The Packers don't seem bothered by the guarantees made by the New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul. "I heard it was bulletin-board material, but I don't know exactly what he said," linebacker Desmond Bishop is quoted as saying by Fox Sports Wisconsin. "Frankly, I don't care." I wouldn't have expected any other reaction from Packers players.
More on the Giants and guarantees come from JSOnline.
The Packers offensive line is the focus of an article by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "On a scale of 1 to 10, the challenge the Packers offensive line faces Sunday against the New York Giants is a six, which was the number of times Rodgers was introduced to the turf at MetLife Stadium in the Packers' 38-35 victory Dec. 4," writes Silverstein. The Giants defensive line is deep and effective, not to mention healthy, which makes them a formidable bunch.
More on facing the Giants defensive line comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Tight end Jermichael Finley speaks frankly about what he calls a mediocre season for himself in an article at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Packers have been tough at Lambeau Field, according to Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette.
The Giants' offensive balance is noted by Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette.
An interview with safety Morgan Burnett appears at Acme Packing Company.
Sports Illustrated has a take on Reggie McKenzie.
Taking a look at the Packers receiving personnel is Kevin Seifert at the NFC North blog on ESPN.com.
Bob McGinn looks at T.J. Lang vs. Chris Canty.
Aaron Rodgers answers questions at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Medical staff can use television monitors during the playoffs.
The Associated Press previews the Packers-Giants matchup.
The Giants talk about the Packers to the Associated Press.
Comments from T.J. Lang appear at WBAY.com.
Video: The Press-Gazette Insiders crew looks at the Giants-Packers game...
Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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