Catching up with Packers general manager Ted Thompson was Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, both of whom were down in Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl on Monday. In an interview, Thompson looked back at the 2012 season and made mention of the team's bad luck in 2012 from a health standpoint. "I'm proud of our team. I'm proud of what they did," Thompson is quoted as saying. "We went through some tough spots in terms of injuries but hung in there. .?.?. We're not saying that as an excuse. I'm just saying that it was a tougher year and our guys persevered." Thompson also placed tacit faith in defensive coordinator Dom Capers by saying he had confidence in the entire coaching staff.
A connection was made by Tyler Dunne connecting Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. "In preparation for Senior Bowl week -- and eventually the NFL draft --- the Syracuse quarterback has been training with Paul Hackett," writes Dunne. "That's the same Paul Hackett who served as a mentor of sorts to the Packers' head coach at the University of Pittsburgh and then the Kansas City Chiefs. McCarthy was drawn to Hackett's extreme attention to detail, the unique way he broke down the quarterback position." You can just envision McCarthy picking Hackett's mind on Nassib at some point before the Draft, but the Packers may not have an opportunity to do so. Although it's not an opinion shared by everybody, Russ Lande of the National Football Post thinks Nassib could be the No. 1 overall Draft choice.
Among other prospects at the Senior Bowl, Michigan quarterback turned wide receiver Denard Robinson cited a couple current Packers players who played multiple positions in college and had success in the NFL. “I’m pretty sure you’ve seen it," Robinson told JSOnline about Randall Cobb. "You see it from a lot of guys. A lot of guys have it. Charles Woodson. He had the juice. He had that mojo. He could make a play from any position on the football field.” Robinson is looking to make the transition to some sort of role other than quarterback in the NFL.
More on Denard Robinson and Packers connections comes from Packer Report.
Offensive line coach James Campen talked to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette about tackle Derek Sherrod's future in Green Bay. “I expect him to be back and competing for a spot,” Campen is quoted as saying. “He was just on the cusp of doing some very good things when he got hurt. It was there and unfortunately we had the injury in Kansas City and it’s taken a little bit longer than we had thought to get ready, but we expect him to be back and ready to go.” As a former first-round draft choice, Sherrod's career has been disappointing thus far. But he deserves the chance to show he can come back from injury. The offseason will be a critical one for Sherrod.
The Aaron Rodgers video appears at ESPNMilwaukee.com too.
The Packers offseason is discussed by Bob McGinn in a video at JSOnline.
Needs of the Packers in the NFL Draft are brought up by Adam Czech at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
A few Packers Super Bowl connections are noted at Acme Packing Company.
The Chicago Cubs visited Lambeau Field as part of their research for renovations planned at Wrigley Field.
Video: Packers Hall of Fame Johnnie Gray appeared on Clubhouse Live on Monday...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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