Several members of the Packers offensive line got together for group workout near Nashville, Tenn. near where Scott Wells and Chad Clifton live. “A couple of guys had called me and I think were stressed out over the offseason uncertainty and not seeing each other,” Wells is quoted as saying by Alex Marvez of Fox Sports. “They expressed that they wanted to get together, do some football drills and talk shop." The workout was conducted under the direction of Judd Granzow of M.A.D. Sports Training. From the looks of their Twitter accounts, it appears as if they're getting some golfing in too.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com was able to catch up with Bryan Bulaga, who couldn't go to Tennessee because of a cancelled flight. “I guess they’re having a good time,” said Bulaga. “Scott called everybody up and just said, ‘Hey, do you want to come down for three of four days to work out in the morning and then spend time together the rest of the day?’ I was waiting in O’Hare airport to fly down there. They were going to do some workouts and then do some O-line type workouts.” The podcasted version of Bulaga's interview is also available.
The Packers are ranked as the best organization in the NFL by Adam Schein of Fox Sports. "The Super Bowl was vindication for general manager Ted Thompson," writes Schein. "But truth be told, he never needed it. Thompson has the golden touch in assembling a young championship core with staying power. Mike McCarthy is a great coach. QB Aaron Rodgers took that major step up in class. CEO Mark Murphy is sharp and has the perfect demeanor and experience for this job. The Packers fans are amazing." Factors that went into determining the "best organization" were owner, quarterback, coach, front office, coaching staff and intangibles.
A reporter in Boise, Id. interviewed former Boise State football players including offensive lineman Daryn Colledge and fullback Korey Hall. What Hall didn't say was more interesting than what he did. “There’s a lot of different scenarios for me,” said Hall. “… If I’m restricted, they’ll probably let me come back to camp and I’ll have to earn a spot.” And if he's unrestricted...? You can kind of read between the lines and get the feeling that Hall feels like he's on his way out. Colledge also talks about how tough it would be to leave Green Bay.
Local officials in Green Bay took up the debate whether a street in their city should be named after head coach Mike McCarthy. "Some aldermen balked the idea as a needless expense and hassle," writes Scott Williams of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Mayor Jim Schmitt suggested the idea shortly after the Super Bowl.
The annual Packers Pro Shop tent sale takes place this Saturday. "The 'camping-out' approach may be a little extreme," writes Mike Spofford of Packers.com, "but fans have their reasons, and Packers Director of Retail Operations Kate Hogan has no doubt they’ll be back again this year, because the tent sale always has some features – whether it be players’ practice equipment, sideline gear or dynamite prices – unique to this sale." The event will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Packers and dairy company Kemps have partnered on a sponsorship. "The two partners will work together for the next three years to market Packers-themed ice cream flavors and novelties," writes Kelcie McCrae of the Press-Gazette. "Most of the flavors will feature familiar tastes like vanilla and ice cream sandwiches, however, Kemps created Touchdown Sundae exclusively for the world champs."
Former Packers safety Darren Sharper is mulling retirement.
Daryn Colledge's free agency options are explored by Bill Huber of Packer Report (subscription required).
Vic Carucci of NFL.com considers why the Packers haven't gotten together for many group workouts.
Amanda Lawson of Aerys Sports has issues with A.J. Hawk's defense of Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.
Keeping Matt Flynn around for 2011 is suggested by FootballNewsNow.
A Bleacher Report writer tackles the topic of being a fair-weather Packers fan.
Former Packers exec Andrew Brandt gets some attention at Lombardi Ave.
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