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Packers Daily Links: McCarthy Responds to Jab by Lions' Schwartz

In an appearance on a local Packers-themed sports talk radio show on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee, Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy responded to comments made by Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz critiquing McCarthy's choice to hold a team-building exercise back during minicamp in June. The Packers went clay-pigeon shooting, foregoing a day of practice. Schwartz said the Lions couldn't afford to "waste" such a practice. "It was really a neat day," McCarthy is quoted as saying in a blog post by Jason Wilde at ESPNMilwaukee.com. "We’ve tried some differnet things, and by far it was our best group dynamic/team building event that we had. I actually got a chuckle out of hearing someone else worried about us taking our team skeet shooting."

Mike McCarthy touched on several subjects during his interview on Green & Gold Today, including the leadership of Aaron Rodgers, the running backs, the depth at wide receiver and backup quarterback Graham Harrell.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers commented on the recent mega-money contract signed by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his own deal as well during an interview with Ian Rapaport of NFL.com. "That stuff takes care of itself," Rodgers is quoted as saying. "I still have a few years left on my deal, and we'll talk about that when we get there." Rodgers obviously wanted to deflect attention away from a discussion of himself and the attention it could generate. But until Rodgers ends up actually signing a new contract, which figures to approach that of Brees, it will be a topic of debate among fans and the media.

Aaron Rodgers, while attending the American Century Championship golf tournament, talked more to the NFL Network on Thursday, and also commented on the Packers' running game. "The run has to be good enough to keep them honest, but we're going to have to throw the football to win games. We're going to have to run it probably a little bit more than we did last year," Rodgers added. "It starts with the passing game with us, and with most teams as well." Rodgers spoke about several more topics as well in a video hosted by NFL.com that can be viewed by clicking the above link.

Former Packers running back Ahman Green talked about his curious appearance in an online video featuring baseball player Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics in an article by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. The video has gained notoriety for being bizzare, as it was filmed before Cespedes was signed by a Major League team as a way of showing off his athletic ability. "It was through a friend of a friend," Green explained of his appearance in the video. "I knew somebody working with him. That person invited me down to the Dominican Republic to help train (Cespedes) for a month over the summer of last year (2011)." It's another oddball adventure for Green who, since his playing days, has seemingly become a jack of all trades and master of none. He's had stints in teaching, broadcasting, acting and ownership of an indoor football team.

Comments from former Packers quarterback Brett Favre during an interview on the NFL Network appear in a blog post at ESPNMilwaukee.com.

Pre-training camp position previews focus on the running backs at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the tight ends at ESPNMilwaukee.com, the linebackers at the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the cornerbacks at Fox Sports Wisconsin, and the tight ends in general and in-depth articles at Packer Report.

The Packers teamed up with Green Bay Metro to announce gameday bus routes that will take fans to Lambeau Field. More from Fox 11, the Press-Gazette and the Packers official website.

Center Jeff Saturday is listed as the sixth most-important Packer of 2012 by Jason Wilde at ESPNMilwaukee.com.

Packerpedia wonders if Aaron Rodgers will become a vilified figure in the NFL.

The Packers hosted a leadership program for high school football players on Thursday led by former NFL player Troy Vincent.

Items on Clay Matthews, the defensive line and the NFL draft appear at Acme Packing Company.

Journal Sentinel columnist Michael Hunt writes about training camp.

Packer Report continues its training camp countdown series, has a Packers-Rams preview and wonders about life without Aaron Rodgers.

Five question marks about the Packers are pondered by John Rehor at Eat More Cheese.

Video: St. Norbert College in De Pere prepares for the Packers' arrival during training camp. From Fox 11...

Brian Carriveau is the editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Idiot Fan's picture

I am ready for some football.

Evan's picture

Rodgers strikes me as a guy who doesn't need to be the highest-paid QB in the league, especially if it hurts the team's ability to surround him with weapons.

Not that I really have much to base that on.

MarkinMadison's picture

I don't know why, but this story reminds me of another story I heard about 10 or 15 years ago. There was this other rising star of a quaterback. The story was that his coach had to calm him down and tell him that he would get paid. I just can't remember who was involved in that one.

ohenry78's picture

From the skeet shooting article:

"Then, after a pause, McCarthy added, “We have a lot of confidence in the way we run our program, and we’re always trying to make it better. And I think skeet shooting is going to be the difference in us getting back to the Super Bowl. So there.”"

I think I just saw Mike have a sense of humor. Holy cow.

On a more serious note though, where does Schwartz get off criticizing McCarthy's methods? Guess who has a better regular season record and more playoff/superbowl wins, man.

Evan's picture

To say nothing of the fact that half of Schwartz's team has been arrested this off-season.

dat der Packer-backer's picture

Ex-actly. His team is a bunch of thugs and I think they get it from him. I'm glad he's not our coach.

MarkinMadison's picture

I think he's always had a dry sense of humor.

dat der Packer-backer's picture

How about the comedy team of Mike McCarthy and Brian Bulaga? Solid gold.

aussiepacker's picture

Yeah maybe McCarthy could learn something from Schwartz. NOT!

Point Packer's picture

Jim Schwartz is an idiot. I wish that opening his stupid mouth wasn't news.

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