Packers Daily Links: Quarless In, Lee Out?

Could rookie tight end Andrew Quarless replace veteran Donald Lee on the Packers game day roster this evening for tonight's Monday Night Football game?

There's a possibility of seeing rookie tight end Andrew Quarless active today instead of veteran tight end Donald Lee. Lee's comments to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about being replaced on several special teams units are very telling. "[Special teams coach Shawn Slocum] just told me he was going to try something new this week to see what other guys can do," said Lee. "I have no idea. Hey, whatever his decision is, that's fine with me. Only thing I can guarantee, if I'm out there I'm going to give 110% effort." The more I think about this, the more it makes sense. Lee isn't that fast and could be replaced on special teams. And as for offense, Lee becomes more valuable if Finley isn't available. So if Finley ever gets hurt, then the Packers can then come back to Lee.

Is Clay Matthews really redefining the outside linebacker position? It's possible says Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. According to Matthews, "Nowadays you have to be able to do everything. That was one of the things they asked me when they drafted me: 'We're going to need you to rush the passer, drop into coverage and hold the edge on the run.'" He's done all three well so far this season.

Jason Wilde pens a similar article on Matthews over at ESPNMilwaukee and make sure to check out the accompanying graphic over at the Journal Sentinel tracking Clay Matthews' six sacks this season.

The ascension of rookie cornerback Sam Shields is detailed by Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Coaches were impressed with the strides Shields made from Week 1 to Week 2," writes Copeland. "He played more aggressive, crushed a receiver on a crossing pattern and forced a fumble later in the game." We find out tonight how much he progressed from Week 2 to Week 3.

How the Packers are preparing for defensive end Julius Peppers is chronicled by Wilde. "Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said there’s no particular rhyme or reason to where Peppers lines up on any given play, so the Packers will have to be prepared for him to come from anywhere," writes Wilde. "That said, Clifton – or rookie Bryan Bulaga, if Clifton’s balky knee flares up like it did last week against Buffalo – figures to see the most of the the 6-foot-7, 283-pound Peppers." Right tackle Mark Tauscher could see his fair share of Peppers as well.

The change from a bad-blood rivalry to one of mutual admiration between the Packers and the Bears is touched upon by Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette. "Packers players and coaches spent most of the past week uttering superlatives about the Bears," writes Vandermause. "If you listened long enough, you might start believing that Cutler is the next Joe Montana, Julius Peppers is the next Reggie White and Brian Urlacher is God’s gift to linebacking." It's going to take more games like this with the two teams battling for the NFC North lead for this rivalry to re-gain a little steam.

Even though Dom Capers and Mike Martz has never faced each other as NFL as full-duty coordinators, they've met several times as assistant and head coaches at both the college and pro level. A sampling is given by Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal. "Capers was an assistant at Ohio State in 1982 when Martz was at Minnesota and the teams met in Big Ten Conference play," writes Polzin. "The two faced off in 1993 when Capers was the Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive coordinator and Martz the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams. They met six times from 1995 to '98 when Capers was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers and Martz was with the St. Louis Rams (1995-96) and Washington Redskins (1997-98)." Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette also writes about the two opposing coordinators.

Ol' Bag of Donuts breaks down the game in a two-part series: Part I and Part II.

Bears beat writer Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune answers some questions from Greg Bedard of the Journal Sentinel.

John Rehor of Green Bay Packer Nation writes about growing up a Packers fan in Bears country.

Railbird endorsed video: Getting to know Jermichael Finley...

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RockinRodgers's picture

September 27, 2010 at 08:51 am

Donald Lee has been a great team player over the past two years.

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September 27, 2010 at 09:50 am

Vandermouse is clueless as usual with his "mutual admiration" article

"...All war is based on deception"

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PackerAaron's picture

September 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

You could have stopped after the third word... ;)

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dilligaff's picture

September 27, 2010 at 11:14 am

Its a good problem to have, to play Lee or Quarless, our offense is fine and will perform well.

The players to be talking about and have to be solid this game are Brady P., Zombo, Wilson, and Wynn.

The sucess of our rookies in our secondary are directly related to the pressure we have been getting on the QB.

I am concerned about the Bears as this is the first team we have played against with a QB with an arm.

At best Pickett and Jones will not be 100%.

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