“The Green Bay Packers’ request for a league loan to help pay for the expansion of Lambeau Field is expected to be on the agenda for the NFL owners’ meeting that continues today in Chicago,” reports Richard Ryman of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. According to Ryman, the loan is for the current renovations to Lambeau and not the new proposal to make alterations to the atrium, including moving the Packers Pro Shop, Curly’s Pub and the Hall of Fame.
With news that linebacker D.J. Smith has been lost for the season, attention has turned to who will replace Smith in the Packers defense. “Third-year linebacker Brad Jones replaced Smith as the ‘buck’ linebacker next to A.J. Hawk for the remainder of the game, but neither coach Mike McCarthy nor defensive coordinator Dom Capers would commit to naming the outside-turned-inside linebacker as Smith’s replacement yet,” writes Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Indeed, it could be a situation where Smith is replaced by a committee of players in certain defensive packages including Jones, Rob Francois and perhaps Jamari Lattimore.
The role of A.J. Hawk is analyzed by Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel who writes, “Make that a bigger factor now because Hawk will likely assume Smith’s duties as the Packers’ dime linebacker. There are other options. Quite possibly, Robert Francois works his way onto the field in packages. The athletic linebacker did see action at inside linebacker last season. Certain players could fit into certain roles.” Hawk’s strength is definitely not dropping into coverage, something which the Packers have made a concerted effort to avoid this season. Now that Smith is injured, Hawk could be asked to play more often, and thus, play coverage more often.
In his Monday press conference, head coach Mike McCarthy gave an indication as to the role of running back Alex Green in the future. “McCarthy, who took some criticism for running an imbalanced offense in the first half of the team’s Sept. 24 loss at Seattle and in the second half of last week’s loss at Indianapolis, said Monday that Green will remain the team’s ‘lead running back’ this Sunday at St. Louis, ahead of former starter James Starks, who carried five times for 11 yards in garbage time with Graham Harrell at quarterback,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. Green had an admirable showing in his first start on Sunday, especially considering it was the first time he’s ever seen extended action in a regular season game.
The newest addition to the Green Bay Packers, running back Johnny White who has been claimed off waivers, gets some attention at PackersNews.com. “He appeared in 12 games for the Bills as a rookie last season, posting 38 yards on 12 carries (3.2 avg.) and five tackles on special teams,” writes Wes Hodkiewicz of PackersNews.com. “White played in three contests this season for Buffalo and rushed for 34 yards on eight carries (4.3 avg.). He will wear No. 34 for the Packers.” White rushed for 720 yards and seven touchdowns his senior year at North Carolina where he was a college teammate of tight end Ryan Taylor.
More on Johnny White comes from JSOnline.
Aaron Rodgers‘ “Shhhh” message is highlighted in an article by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Rookie cornerback Casey Hayward is featured in an article at Packer Report.
Former Packers linebacker Bryce Paup is featured in a column at the Press-Gazette regarding his job as a coach at Green Bay Southwest High School.
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