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Packers Daily Links: Brandon Marshall, Jermichael Finley Add Heat to Packers-Bears Rivalry

It was a war of words between the Packers and the Bears on Wednesday. Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall kicked things off in Chicago during a press conference when he didn't hold back his displeasure for the Packers. "I don't like the Green Bay Packers," Marshall is quoted as saying by the Associated Press. "I'm not going to use the word hate, but I really dislike the Green Bay Packers and their players. But the talk, you have to back it up. We'll go out there and we'll do everything we need to do to get a win." Marshall, in particular, seemed to hold a grudge against some of the Packers defensive backs, Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson, claiming he didn't like some of the things they said about him in the media.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sent reporter Tyler Dunne to cover the Bears in Illinois, and his article on Marshall is highly suggested reading to get a better picture of what occurred in Lake Forest on Wednesday as the Bears wide receiver brought a Charlie Brown Christmas tree along with him to the press conference complete with entrance music and a picture of the Lombardi Trophy.

The response by Packers players to Marshall's comments is covered by Fox Sports Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Wisconsin State Journal and

Video of Marshall's press conference is provided at the NFL's website.

Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, meanwhile, had some not-so-flattering words regarding Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher who will miss Sunday's game due to injury. "Urlacher is at the end of his career right now; he's playing a little slow out there," Finley is quoted as saying by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. "I don't think they're losing too much if he's out. Putting another guy in might help them a little." This is just another case of Finley running his mouth. It's certainly no secret that Urlacher might be nearing the end of his career and he's probably not the same player he once was, but to suggest the Bears are better off without him is pretty foolish.

The Green Bay Fire Department responded to a small fire Wednesday in a Lambeau Field stairwell that caused an estimated $5,000 in damage. "Firefighters say it broke out near the fourth floor where construction is ongoing," according to Fox 11 news. "Workers were cutting a beam off when sparks flew into a wall. Some foam installation then started on fire." One firefighter reportedly sustained a minor back injury, but no one else was hurt. The stairwell was not in a high-traffic area of the stadium for a week day.

More on the fire at Lambeau Field comes from the Press-Gazette and Associated Press.

It appears as if Clay Matthews is set to return to game action for the Packers following a hamstring injury. "Matthews, who returned to practice Wednesday after a four-game absence due to a pulled hamstring, said he hoped his maturity would prevail should he experience any tightness or fatigue while playing on the mushy Soldier Field turf," writes Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. Matthews' pass rush and run defense will be a welcome reprieve for the Packers who clearly miss their best defender. They've been surviving without him, but not necessarily thriving. The Packers also saw the return of T.J. Lang and Mike Neal to practice on Wednesday, while Charles Woodson and Jordy Nelson remained out.

As T.J. Lang returned to practice, speculation now centers upon where he'll play. "When practice resumed on Wednesday, Lang took the majority of his snaps at left guard, a fairly good sign that the coaches were willing to stick with (Don) Barclay at right tackle," writes Silverstein at JSOnline. "Moving Lang back to his old position would mean sending Evan Dietrich-Smith to the bench after he played probably the best game of his career." Moving Lang back to left guard and leaving Barclay at right tackle seems to make the most sense, which would allow Dietrich-Smith to remain the top backup should anyone else get injured.

More on T.J. Lang comes from the Press-Gazette.

More on Clay Matthews and the injury situation comes from the Press-Gazette,, Journal Sentinel, JSOnline, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Packer Report, Associated Press, Packers official website and Packers blog.

Aaron Rodgers Day in Wisconsin was covered in depth by Fox 11 in Green Bay who took a look at how schools, local businesses and local government celebrated in honor of the Packers quarterback.

More on Aaron Rodgers Day comes from the Press-Gazette and Fox Sports Wisconsin.

More coverage of the Bears as they prepare for the Packers comes from Tyler Dunne in blog posts on the Packers' offensive balance and a notebook.

New running back DuJuan Harris is featured in an article by Lori Nickel of the Journal Sentinel.

Packer Report has a pair of articles, one on new defensive lineman Jordan Miller and another on the turnover margins of the Packers and the Bears.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Bears didn't practice on Wednesday, according to

Former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones visits Green Bay for the "In the Zone" feature at JSOnline.

Cheesehead TV's own Zach Kruse looks at the return of Clay Matthews in his weekly column at JSOnline.

The Packers-Bears rivalry is covered at the Packers official website.

JSOnline has a video on Charles Woodson and how he'll miss the Bears game.

Dave Robinson and Herb Adderley will do a book signing in Reedsburg, Wis. on Friday.

Video: Aaron Rodgers and the Packers react to the Packers quarterback being honored with his own day in the state of Wisconsin. From Fox 11...

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 [email protected].

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CSS's picture

"This is just another case of Finley running his mouth."


It's another brutally honest response from a personality that happens to lack a filter, which 80% of Packer nation will unnecessarily crucify him for. What's the harm in what he said? Does it contribute to the overrated 'bulletin board material' argument?

Rocky70's picture

"overrated BB material"

You have no idea what effect Finley's mouth has on the motivation of the Bears. The whole idea is this. Don't say anything & the risk of motivating the opponent becomes zero. Sounds like a good plan for any player.

CSS's picture

You have no idea either.

So, when Finley comes across the middle Nick Roach will now hit him with 100% effort, velocity and physical force as opposed to the 80% he originally intended? Finley responding to a question the interviewing reporter didn't even have the courtesy to include in the article will now give a divisional rival spanning 90 years that final, missing piece, critical to a win.


Rocky70's picture

I say again---
"Don’t say anything & the risk of motivating the opponent becomes zero."
It's really quite simple.

CSS's picture

When only the fantasy risk exceeds "0" there is no risk.

It's really even simpler....

Rocky70's picture

Look, we all know that conceptual frameworks can act like maps that give coherence to empirical inquiry. Because conceptual frameworks are potentially so close to empirical inquiry, they take different forms depending upon the research question or problem. ---- However, this is a football blog. Most people stick to football when commenting.

CSS's picture

Good thing it's a reference to a 'conceptual framework' tied to football question at hand.

Most people also reference plagiarized material when copying and pasting, even on a blog:

Rocky70's picture

You should probably investigate how Wiki functions before assuming anything.

FYI --- "Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit."

murphy's picture

The Bears are battered, have recently dropped important games, are at risk of delivering the divisional title to a hated rival on their own turf, AND falling into the pack in the wild card race - but my god, man, don't let Finley say anything; that might give them something to play for!

Chad Toporski's picture

Anyone can edit Wikipedia, but it still uses references, and that doesn't mean it shouldn't be referenced when quoting from it.

Besides, anyone might be able to edit entries, but there is a large system of quality control that goes on behind the scenes. Studies have even shown that information in Wikipedia is not significantly less erroneous than published encyclopedias.

Denver's picture

Conceptual framework? Empirical inquiry? What is this, the CheeseheadTV version of The Big Bang Theory?
Way over my head, fellas....

While I agree the media absolutely LOVES to take anything #88 says and run with it, I do still wish the kid will eventually stop giving them the chance.

dullgeek's picture

Dear Brandon Marshall & Jermichael Finley:

Shut up! What possible good does this do? For anyone? Play the game. Respect your opponents.

That is all.

CSS's picture

I followed the link on Finley's comment, they didn't publish the question that prompted his response. It feels shady to me when this always happens in the article of origin and then re-printed in a blog. Why not give it context by printing the question he was asked, too. You get only a soundbite from Finley and, as it frequently turns out, he's responding directly to a specific question asked by the media.

Marshall showed up at the podium with props and an agenda. It's not the same.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Awww, Bwandon doesn't wike the hierarchy of the NFC North... Good! Buck Frandon Marshall! He's too new to this division to have an opinion that matters, he just needs to learn his place, which would be... Second!


FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

As for 88's comments, not a lot to disagree with actually. Earlicker has slowed considerably and was just kinda lumbering around out there. I'm not sure Roach is an upgrade, but I doubt he's much of a drop off, he still has his legs.

woodson4president's picture

As much as I hate the bears and Urlacher.....Finley can start mouthing him when he has his kind of career. Until then he just comes off like a young moron. Urlacher is one of the best to ever play his position...unfortunately.....

Evan's picture

My Bear fan "friends" are claiming that the Packers shut down Marshall in the first match-up by covering him strictly with zone and that if they played him man to man he'd destroy the Packers.

BS, right?

Jamie's picture

Well, according to Cutler after the game...we played strictly two-man (man underneath and two safeties over the top), and that was the only reason he and Marshall struggled. Not because Cutler is borderline awful, and not because he has zero mental toughness...just wanting the game to be over ASAP when his team is not winning.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Idk, but I don't want to find out. Play him the same as week two. I can live with 2 for 24... IIRC.

ted, of bill and ted's picture

one link i saw today...todd mcshay dropped his first mock draft on the world and says the packers will take jonathan cooper (arguably the best guard in the draft, and an underclassmen) in the first round. anyone have thoughts on that? i'd be cool with it i'm thinking...

lebowski's picture

I would love for them to take a tough interior lineman, preferably a center though.

Derek's picture

yes, like Barrett Jones from Bama. He can play all 5 positions if needed. Was All American at OT and C.

ted, of bill and ted's picture

agreed. center is definitely a big need this year. but any interior lineman would be great for depth; and if a true first round center isn't available i would not be opposed to taking a talented guard who could make the switch to the middle

Bugeater's picture

So, to paraphrase the insults:

Marshall: Dom Capers came up with a good scheme and that's what beat us last time.

Finley: Brian Urlacher is getting older and I'll bet the guy replacing him is pretty good.

Scathing! I must avert mine eyes!!

buckyor's picture

". . . the Bears wide receiver brought a Charlie Brown Christmas tree along with him to the press conference complete with entrance music and a picture of the Lombardi Trophy."

Gotta hand it to Marshall; that's as close as he's gonna get to a Lombardi Trophy.

thedon5's picture

Nothing wrong with a little smack talk. Makes the game more interesting. I like seeing a guy like Brandon Marshal use props and everything. Adds some entertainment and another dimension to a great rivalry.

mark's picture

I have a feeling we see some vintage ARod on Sunday. Saw some stat that said he'd only thrown for 300+ yards in 1 of last 8 games vs Bears (or something like that). I feel like he's due.

Sunday is a chance to punch a playoff ticket, win a division, and step on the Bears necks in front of their hometown fans.

I feel like the Packers are going to be prepared and very, very fired up for this one.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Here's hoping!

cow42's picture

yeah - remember when Rodgers used to be able to throw for 300+?

aaaaaahhhhhh, the good ol' days.

they'll have to win with another 260,1,1 day.

just as long as they win, i guess.

Chad Toporski's picture

Stats can't be looked at in a vacuum.

If the defense gets a pick-6, we have two rushing TDs, and the Bears are held scoreless, then I don't care if Rodgers throws for less than 100 yards, fumbles twice, and gets 0 TDs. It's a team sport, and the score is the only thing that matters between winning and losing.

Rocky70's picture

"the score is the only thing that matters between winning and losing."

Hey, ya know, you're probably right. This is good to know. ---- LOL.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Hey, Slap-nuts... What's their record since his last 300 yard game?

woodson4president's picture


Brooklyn81's picture

As long as Finley backs up his statements with his play IM good with it. IM a firm believer in that if you talk it you better walk it!

woodson4president's picture

Heyyyyy its another cow statement that doesn't matter!

Ruppert's picture

Gotta hand it to Marshall--he managed to take the focus off of his banged up, underperforming mess of a team, his whiny, pouty, underbite-ridden QB, and his dead fish of a coach and put it squarely upon himself. Nice work, buddy.

And you gotta hand it to the Bears--they reunited Marshall and Cutler to duplicate the tremendous success and all those championships they won together in Denver, and it's working to perfection.


FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture


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