A handful of Green Bay Packers players and other team representatives have begun a Navy MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) trip to the Middle East to visit with members of the military. "Players on the trip include Jarrett Bush, Daryn Colledge, Derrick Martin, Nick McDonald, Frank Zombo and former player William Henderson," writes Duke Bobber at the Packers official website. "Assistant equipment manager Tom Bakken and head athletic trainer Pepper Burruss are also on the excursion." Their first stop was reportedly an Air Force base in Turkey.
Packers president Mark Murphy is currently focused on the league's labor negotiations. He answered some questions for the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty about pay cuts for the team's assistant coaches in the event of a lockout. "Murphy would not divulge the specifics of the Packers’ cuts but suggested they were more to help with the team’s cash flow during a lockout than to cut wages permanently for the year," writes Dougherty. "He said that if the lockout is long enough to trigger lost wages for the coaches, they would be able to make up most or all of the lost income once games resume." A sidebar also includes comments on the possibility of playing a game in London and expanded seating at Ray Nitschke Field during training camp.
Piggybacking on a column by Dan Pompei of the National Football Post who says quarterback Matt Flynn could net upwards of a second-round draft pick in a trade, the folks at SB Nation are discussing the possibility. Brandon Benson of Acme Packing Company wonders whether such a trade could actually happen. "This is a hard sell because you have to have a buyer willing to surrender a hypothetical second round pick," writes Benson. "There are certainly some examples of it happening, but this isn't the sort of thing that happens every year." My personal thoughts are that a second-round pick would be hard for the Packers to pass up. But anything short of that would make it difficult for the Packers to make such a trade, given the unproven players that would back up Aaron Rodgers.
Mocking the Draft wonders how a trade for Matt Flynn could impact the draft and where quarterbacks will come off the board. The Tennessee Titans are rumored to be one team that might have interest in Flynn. "Tennessee is also a popular landing spot for Blaine Gabbert in mock drafts," writes Matthew Fairburn. "If the Titans sure up the quarterback position, Blaine Gabbert could conceivably fall out of the top ten. Gabbert's stock has been slipping recently per ESPN's Mel Kiper."
Revisiting the Super Bowl, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com broaches the topic of opponents having success running to Clay Matthews' side of the field. Yet the Packers were able to minimize the Steelers' impact doing exactly that on Super Sunday. How? "First, their early 14-0 lead limited the Steelers' opportunities to run," writes Seifert. "Second, Matthews forced Mendenhall to fumble on the first play of the fourth quarter to end a Steelers' drive at the Packers' 33-yard line. Turnovers are the great equalizer, and this one recaptured momentum for the Packers. Instead of potentially giving up a 21-17 lead, their offense capitalized with an 8-yard touchdown pass to receiver Greg Jennings to give the Packers an 11-point lead." This is a trend that bears watching going forward.
In other Super Bowl second-guessing, Max Ginsberg comments on the Steelers' questionable playcall of throwing to Tramon Williams' side of the field on fourth-and-5, their final offensive play of the game. "I felt it fitting that the Packers’ unsung hero made the final play and sealed the victory for his team," writes Ginsberg. "Williams carried his team through the postseason — just ask Michael Vick or Matt Ryan — and the final pass breakup epitomized what Williams has meant to his defense all season long."
The Wearing of the Green (and Gold) has an interesting article on the power of Wikipedia how it relates to the Packers and how misinformation can spiral out of control.
In addition to it being Valentine's Day yesterday, it was also "Jordy Nelson Day" in Riley County, Kansas.
Rick Gosselin's special teams rankings at the Dallas Morning News are compared to those of Football Outsiders by Kevin Seifert.
Former Packers head coach Ray Rhodes joined the staff of the Cleveland Browns.
Positions of need are considered at Packers World Central.
Acme Packing Company analyzes the running back position.
Cullen Jenkins is evaluated by Thomas Hobbes of AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Reflecting upon the Packers' Super Bowl season is Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal.
"Jersey" Al Bracco recounts his trip to Dallas, Texas.
Mike Davidsen of Green Bay Packer Nation on the Super Bowl ring effect.
Listen to the Ol' Bag of Donuts podcast.
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