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Packers Daily Links: Sitton in the Pro Bowl, Matthews Out

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Packers Daily Links: Sitton in the Pro Bowl, Matthews Out

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As a result of the San Francisco 49ers qualifying for the Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers will have another representative in the Pro Bowl. "Packers G Josh Sitton has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster," writes Mike Spofford of Packers.com. "Sitton was a first alternate at guard, and he was named to the team on Sunday when the 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl. San Francisco G Mike Iupati — a Pro Bowl starter for the NFC — will not be participating in the all-star game." Sitton will join Jeff Saturday as the only Packers players in the game. Over the weekend, Clay Matthews pulled out of the Pro Bowl citing injury, joining Aaron Rodgers.

More on Josh Sitton and the Pro Bowl comes from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Green Bay Press-Gazette.

The Packers' restricted free agents are looked at by Bill Huber of Packer Report, and cornerback Sam Shields is identified as a top priority. "Let’s say the Packers give Shields the first-round tender," writes Huber. "If Shields isn’t offered a contract by another team, he’d play next season for $2.879 million. If Shields were to receive a contract offer from another team, the Packers could match that contract and Shields would play for Green Bay under the terms of that deal. If the Packers were to decide not to match that deal, they’d receive a first-round draft pick as compensation." The Packers' other restricted free agents are center Evan Dietrich-Smith, tight end Tom Crabtree and linebackers Rob Francois and Frank Zombo.

In his season-ending analysis of the Green Bay Packers, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel made some waves by calling the Packers a "soft" team. "The Packers showed their consistency in another area. They're a soft football team, and in a sport that forever favors the tough, soft is a very, very bad thing to be," writes McGinn. Also getting some attention was McGinn's comments on a fan base that has perhaps become "spoiled" and Lambeau Field not being an intimidating venue.

Report card grades are handed out by Bob McGinn for the team, offense, defense and special teams, and he discusses the season in the JSOnline podcast.

More report card grades are handed out by Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette for the offense, defense, special teams and coaches along with some end-of-year analysis.

The year in review comes from Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

The Packers are represented at the Senior Bowl this week, and the Scott Wright at DraftCountdown.com caught the following amusing exchange between general manager Ted Thompson and a player prospect on Sunday. "Massive Georgia NT John Jenkins is an easy guy to spot and I’ll be interested to see what he weighs in at tomorrow after being listed at 358 pounds on the official roster," writes Wright. "At one point Jenkins was joking around with Packers GM Ted Thompson and an unidentified Bears employee and the table of Krispy Kreme doughnuts were mentioned followed by a round of laughs." Whether the Packers are interested in adding another nose tackle-type body is a question worthy of debate. They could definitely use help on the defensive line, but might they need more of a pass rusher instead?

The running back position in Green Bay gets some attention with articles at Fox Sports Wisconsin and AllGreenBayPackers.com.

The use of the pistol offense and read-option in the NFL gets some analysis at the Press-Gazette and Wisconsin State Journal.

The futures of rookies Nick Perry and Casey Hayward are touched upon in pieces by Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel.

Blog posts at AllGreenBayPackers.com take a look at the Packers' use of "spies" on quarterbacks and the need for Greg Jennings to return.

The outside linebacker position is reviewed at Packer Report.

The future of running back Cedric Benson is discussed at Lombardi Ave.

Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Evan's picture

Resigning Shields can't be a bigger priority.

Chip Soup's picture

Evan, I really want to agree, because I like Shields' game and skillset. But what scares me is his apparent constant need for motivation from the coaching staff. More time spent trying to convince Sam to tackle = less instructional time with one of the others. No doubt he deserves a contract. Do you give him a 2 year deal similar to Finley or lock him up for 4-5 with guaranteed $$$? IMO this guy could be a long-term solution at corner, or he could be the next Joe Johnson.

Evan's picture

I don't know about "constant need for motivation."

Unless I'm missing something, he got demoted in the preseason and Week 1 due in large part to his unwillingness to tackle and then he came back a changed man.

I haven't seen or read anything about reoccurring lapses in his motivation since then.

Basically I see him as a raw kid with all the athletic ability in the world. He's been learning to play cornerback on the fly - from relying solely on his athleticism, to perfecting his technique to becoming a willing tackler/complete player.

I see him getting a 4 year deal (a la Jennings) which will allow him another crack at free agency before he hits 30. Tramon got 4/$33 mil (with $11 guaranteed). I think Shields gets something similar.

lebowski's picture

Reading Wilde's season review, along with McGinn's, was brutal. Not so much for what we didn't accomplish this year, but how all these damn injuries could affect next year's team and beyond. Bulaga might miss the whole offseason; Sherrod's still a huge unknown; Bishop, Perry, and DJ Smith all have uphill climbs; only one of those first six defensive picks did much of anything; we still have no backup qb or starting running back, and our kicker is an absolute mess. This will be a big offseason, methinks.

dawg's picture

McGinn - Packers a " soft " team.
I see where he's coming from, Kinda like Dallas, north.
Living on the past.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Our past is a lot more recent than lil d's.

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