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Packers Daily Links: Raji Gives Unflattering Analysis of Giants Offensive Line

Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji called the New York Giants offensive line "not the toughest group" during an interview on Thursday. "Speaking to a handful of reporters – including several members of the visiting New York media – in the open locker room session Thursday, Raji delivered his unvarnished opinion about the Giants’ offensive line and about the team’s tight ends in the wake of former University of Wisconsin tight end Travis Beckum giving his scouting report on the Packers’ secondary one day earlier," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. Raji has become a bit more outspoken this year, after having previously dissed the Atlanta Falcons earlier in the season. With a 15-1 record, the Packers back up their talk, however.

More on B.J. Raji comes from Packer Report and NFL.com.

It appears as if defensive coordinator Dom Capers is on the Raiders' list of head coaching candidates, another connection between the Packers and new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie. "McKenzie, who was introduced by the Raiders on Tuesday, said he has a short list of candidates, but the offensive or defensive background of a coach will not influence the choice, and head-coaching experience isn't a prerequisite," reports Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. "He will give his head coach authority to hire his own staff." Packers assistant head coach Winston Moss is also thought to be a top candidate.

Tight end Jermichael Finley, a free agent at season's end, was asked by the media about his uncertain future, but showed more concern about the present. “Once I get on the field, everything else is on the backburner,” Finley told Tyler Dunne of JSOnline. “I could care less about the contract right now. I’m fortunate to be in the position that I’m in.” Finley's response perhaps showed a bit more maturity than he's displayed in the past.

More on Jermichael Finley comes from Packer Report (subscription required).

Because the Packers are a healthy team, there's going to be difficult decisions about who to place on the inactive list for Sunday's playoff game. "There's a number of competitions going on," head coach Mike McCarthy is quoted as saying in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. "This is the situation you're in when you are healthy. It's been unfortunately easy to pick 46 in the prior weeks because our injuries have answered those questions." A lot of the decisions about the 46-man gameday roster will come down to special teams.

More on the healthy state of the Packers comes from Fox Sports Wisconsin, ESPNMilwaukee.com and PackersNews.com.

Snow and high winds were part of the weather in Green Bay on Thursday. "Mike McCarthy didn’t take the Packers outside for any portions of practice Thursday because he thought he could better simulate the likely game-day conditions of Sunday’s playoff game in The Don Hutson Center," writes Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. The Packers turned on the exhaust fans in the Hutson Center to create some winds indoors and got the temperature to around 30 degrees.

More on the practice conditions comes from JSOnline.

Tackle Chad Clifton draws a tough matchup on Sunday for the playoff game against the Giants. "The 35-year-old Clifton played 25 snaps in the Packers’ regular-season finale against Detroit two weeks ago as his tuneup for the playoffs after missing 10 games because of hamstring and back injuries," writes Pete Dougherty. "Now the Packers are looking for him to go the full 60 minutes in Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Giants, and most of the time he’ll probably be matched against Pierre-Paul, who in his second NFL season has blossomed into one of the best defensive players in the NFL." Pierre-Paul had 16.5 sacks in the regular season.

More on Chad Clifton is at PackersNews.com and Packer Report (subscription required).

Packers wide receivers and running backs have done a magnificent job of taking care of the football this season. "The Packers have lost just six fumbles all season long and three of them belong to rookie Randall Cobb on returns," writes Tom Silverstein. "Another belongs to backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who failed to protect the ball on a sack against the Detroit Lions in Week 17." The only other fumbles belong to Ryan Grant and James Starks, the last one coming in Week 5.

The Packers are looking for workers to help shovel out Lambeau Field this morning. "Interested shovelers – as many as 450 – are asked to report to the Mills Fleet Farm Gate on Lambeau Field’s west side, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, and continuing through the day as needed," according to the Packers official website.

Return specialist Randall Cobb is featured in articles at ESPNMilwaukee.com and JSOnline.

The New York Post has articles on the Packers-Giants game mentioning how the Giants wide receivers won't wear sleeves, how the Giants secondary isn't afraid of the Packers receivers, the Giants receivers savoring a shootout, Jason Pierre-Paul not backing down and comparisons to Clay Matthews.

The Wall Street Journal investigates the fist bump Charles Woodson gave to Hakeem Nicks earlier this season and says the Giants wide receivers are on par with the Packers.

Some Xs and Os come from former Packer Matt Bowen at the National Football Post and Mike Tanier at NBC Sports.

Fox 11 in Green Bay has information on scouting reports, a bet between mayors and a travel advisory.

PackersNews.com has blog posts on Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Mike McCarthy.

JSOnline has blog posts on the Packers wide receivers and Mike McCarthy.

Aaron Rodgers gets featured treatment in articles by the Associated Press and the Journal Sentinel and in a column at the Journal Sentinel.

The Packers official website has information on the FanCam that will be at Lambeau Field Sunday and sound records at Lambeau.

Charles Woodson is profiled by Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette.

Expect the Packers to overcome the Philbin tragedy, writes an Appleton columnist.

The Packers pass rush is under pressure.

Greg Jennings gets some ink in the New York Times.

B.J. Raji vs. David Baas.

Turnovers are examined in an article at Packer Report (sub required).

Tom Oates considers Packers for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a column at the Wisconsin State Journal.

Video: Shovelers are needed at Lambeau Field...

Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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packsmack25's picture

Capers deserves a shot with a non-expansion team. Still, don't want to lose him.

lebowski's picture

What good does any of that talk coming from Raji do?? Shut the hell up and play better.

packeraaron's picture

Oh lord. "All that talk" is him answering a question about the Giants offensive line. He said it wasn't the toughest they've faced. This is what is known as "the truth."

lebowski's picture

Here's an idea... "they're a good group, they're running the ball well, and we're going to have to play sound football to win." Is that so hard?? I'm sure that's what McCarthy would have preferred, even if it isn't "the truth".

packeraaron's picture

You're right. The Giants will REALLY try to win now.

lebowski's picture

sorry packsmack, didn't mean to post this as a 'reply'.

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

Shut the hell up and post better Lebowski.

lebowski's picture

"ProFootballFocus.com ranked him as the worst defensive tackle in the NFC this season, noting that Raji made 10 tackles by their count." Shut the hell up Doug.

packeraaron's picture

And if Raji's top priority was making tackles, that PFF tidbit might actually matter. ;)

PackersRS's picture

They're right, though. Raji has been invisible the whole season. Inexcusably invisible. He has shown glimpses of dominance, but they're so few and inconsistent that the possibility of him being tired and saving himself for a handful of meaningful snaps isn't there.

And if he was indeed that tired, after IIRC playing the most snaps of any DLinemen in 10', would that really change in 2 weeks of rest?

Raji has played terribly for the most part, lack of help nonwithstanding, and I don't see it changing Sunday, unless there's a surge on the rest of the front 7's play.

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

I was actually just kidding. But I will still shut the hell up.

some guy's picture

The word of a site that makes its money convincing suckers it can successfully grade out all 22 guys on every play, even though they don't know their assignments and often can't even see what they're doing, should certainly be taken as gospel.

NoWayJose's picture

Cool it, McKenzie. Hands on the Dom.

NoWayJose's picture

Whoops, hands off, that is. I have no idea what "hands on" would imply, but not my meaning.

redlights's picture

I'm actually more concerned about the distraction of coaching changes in the coming games, than actually losing the coaches after the Super Bowl. MM has the whole offseason to replace coaches; the coaches only have a week to prepare for each game.

NoWayJose's picture

I don't think we should worry about the "distraction" factor too much. These guys are complete professionals and I don't think they would let their career advancement take away from their preparation for the most important games of the year.

Majik Man's picture

I just read that Wall Street Journal piece. This is why I love living in Wisconsin. Why I pride myself so much on being a Packer fan (and now co-owner). Sportsmanship is something that used to be taught above all else. It was the root of playing sports. There's obviously a huge disconnect in society in general, but especially in the bigger cities. To sit here and discuss why someone would give props to a great play is just ridiculous. Sad. Pathetic.

I play pickup soccer on Sundays in the summer. I'm a central defender. For not playing in school, I think I'm damn good at it. If I get scored on with a great goal, or a great move, I'll say nice job, dude. Thumbs up. Whatever. It's called compassion. Respect. I see it more up here. With this team. I'm glad to be a Packer fan, and glad Woodson came to Green Bay.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

What is this 'soccer' you speak of?

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