Packers Daily Links: McCarthy Wants To Keep Flynn

Head coach Mike McCarthy recently indicated he wants to keep Matt Flynn. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Head coach Mike McCarthy values a good backup quarterback like Matt Flynn, probably even more so than a high-round draft choice. "The Green Bay Packers have won one National Football League championship, will be gunning for others in the next few years and appear to want a player rated as possibly the National Football League's finest backup more than the high draft choice they could obtain in a trade," writes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. One reason that makes Flynn even more valuable is the possibility of even more restrictions on players who suffer concussions, and Aaron Rodgers is a player that had two last season. McGinn thinks anything short of a first-round draft choice wouldn't get the Packers to move him.

McCarthy has taken blame for not having a good return specialist, part of the reason being the refusal to draft shorter, smaller players who tend to be most effective. "That's something where I've probably got to be more creative," McCarthy told McGinn. "If a guy can be a good returner, we've got to have packages for him on offense, too." With very few gaping holes on the team, look for the Packers to somehow, someway add a kick returner this season. McGinn also tackles the future of guys like Daryn Colledge, Nick McDonald and Mark Tauscher in this article too.

A.J. Hawk continues to be a player the Packers must make a decision to do something about. Either they cut him, honor his contract or re-structure his deal. "Under normal circumstances, the Packers would need to resolve the issue before Friday," writes Kevin Seifert, the NFC North blogger for "But the expiring CBA could relax that deadline because the league year won't start Friday without an agreement. The Packers at some point must act on Hawk's contract to avoid guaranteeing him an eight-figure salary for 2011, be it a release or an agreement to extend the deal and spread out the cash payout." The guess here is that they eventually agree to re-structure the deal. Whether that's before Friday or not, I have no idea.

Players from at least one other team in the NFL are planning on gathering to conduct offseason workouts not under the direction of the coaches.  “We picked out a spot to work out at, and we’re trying to get guys back in town,” Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne told the Associated Press. “Normally our offseason program starts March 28, so we’re going to try to have everybody back March 28 ... and hopefully a lot of guys will come back and we can work out and we can build some bonding and camaraderie.” Packers safety Nick Collins said the Packers have no such plans. It will be interesting to see whether this encourages them to change their mind. One advantage the Dolphins have is being located in sunny Miami. Even if Packers players did decide to get together for workouts, they wouldn't want to do it outside in Green Bay in March.

It's official. Ahman Green is going to play for the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. "The CFL season begins in June, and Green said he’s hopeful an NFL team will give him another opportunity," according to the Associated Press. If the Packers didn't give Green another opportunity in 2010, it's probably not going happen going forward either.

An editorial was published at the Packers official website for the second time in two days by new editor/producer Vic Ketchman, who wrote about the NFL Combine. "It’s about turning the page forward, which Packers General Manager Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy did so strategically on Friday. They showed their smarts. You don’t dare carry last year’s laurels past the combine because the combine is the unofficial start of the new season." I didn't mind the first editorial. I found it very well written. But two in two days? Did I really need to be convinced of this? How about using the word "column" instead of "editorial"?

Aaron Rodgers was spotted flirting with Mila Kunis/Meg Griffin.

Casey Matthews, Clay's brother, injured his shoulder doing the bench press at the Combine and couldn't do drills as a result.

Mike Davidsen of Green Bay Packer Nation looks at cornerbacks and pass rushers in this year's draft class.

Scott Wells is given a post-season evaluation by Adam Czech of

Would Clinton Portis make sense for the Packers? No.

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Jay's picture

March 01, 2011 at 09:23 am

So Ahman Green=Evander Holyfield?

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March 01, 2011 at 09:44 am

MM in reference to drafting smaller players..."If a guy can be a good returner, we've got to have packages for him on offense, too."

Can you say Jerrel Jernigan!?!?

Here's my dream scenario that's also plausible: Packers 32 and 96 for Titans 39 and 77. We take Dontay Moch at 39. Then pckg. 64 and 77 to trade up to the 44-47 slot and take Jernigan. We get two playmakers at positions of need.
I then light a cigar and wait for the 4th round---our own pick and what I assume will be the Kampman comp pick.

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