Tag:Green Bay Packers
Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 2:43 pm

NFL looking into Collins incident

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

N. Collins got into a dispute with a Chicago fan after the fan allegedly used a racial slur against Collins.

Credit: Fox6Now.com

In a rather disgusting incident, Packers S Nick Collins, in the moments after Green Bay took a disappointing loss to the Bears on Monday Night Football, got into a confrontation with a Chicago fan.

Will got into it in this post, and as seen in this video on SPORTSbyBROOKS.com, Collins can be seen yelling and chucking his mouth guard into the stands.

He might have had a good reason to be upset.

Apparently, a Bears fan hurled the N-word slur at Collins and spit at him, hitting Collins in the face as he tried to give away his gloves to a Packers fan. Predictably – and understandably – that pissed off Collins. Now, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, the NFL is looking into the incident.

"I was made aware of it by our security department," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "I have not seen the video. I know the NFL is looking into the matter. I understand Nick's story as far as what happened and what our security people that were there, and I support Nick 100 percent.”

These kinds of fans strike me as cowards of the highest order. Yeah, he could spit at Collins and use a racial epithet against him, because he was in the stands, about 10 feet above Collins.

But do you think if the fan met Collins on Lakeshore Drive, he’d have anything but nice things to say to Collins? It’d be something like, “Wow, Mr. Collins, it sure is great to meet you. I’m a big fan.”

There’d be no N-word, because the fan wouldn’t have a barrier protecting him from what I assume would be an angry, angry NFL player. A coward, I tell you.

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:56 am
Edited on: September 28, 2010 11:58 am

Report: Collins had altercation with Bears fan

Posted by Will Brinson

Credit: Fox6Now.com

Bears-Packers games are always a little bit heated, but according to Fox 6 Sports in Milwaukee , things got especially spicy during Monday night's Bears victory -- Packers safety Nick Collins and a Bears fan at Soldier Field supposedly got into some sort of "altercation" ensued.

Reportedly, a Bears fan called Collins the "N-word" while Collins was in the tunnel towards the locker room following the Bears' victory.

According to Fox 6 Sports, Collins claims that he "stopped, yelled at the fan and threw his mouthpiece at [the fan]" following the alleged racial slur.

About 11:45 PM EST Monday night, the news station tweeted that they were "being told Packers Nick Collins was provoked by a Bears fan (spitting). Collins threw tape (I think) at fan & was corralled by [Donald] Driver."

They also sensationalized the incident saying that "Nick Collins goes 'crazy' on a Bears fan while leaving the field & we have it all on camera !! Only station with it recorded !!"

The above tweet is odd, too, because it comes after the news station claimed that "off camera" Collins mentioned the racial slur and "apologizes to all fans for his actions."

Assuming that the incident happened (they haven't aired the video of it yet, but as you can see from the screen shot above, via the station's website, there is something happening) as reported, there's a good chance that the NFL will investigate it.

There also seems to be a good chance, if the video can prove that Collins was provoked by a racial slur from a fan, that he'll get off lightly from this incident.

Absent that proof, though, expect him to get leveled with a pretty hefty fine -- he's already apologized for (read: admitted) his actions and since player-fan interactions at games are a serious deal for any sports league, it's hard to imagine that the NFL would just let this one slide.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:19 am

Packers-Bears reaction

Chicago pulled out a victory to get to 3-0 on the season. Chicago WR R. Davis celebrates after the game (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Before the season began, I was pretty sure Chicago was overrated. I had never been impressed with the consistency of QB Jay Cutler. I didn’t think RB Matt Forte could be effective. I was weary about offensive coordinator Mike Martz. The defense would be fine – actually, I expected it to be very good – but I didn’t think the offense could keep the team in games.

Through three games – all Bears victories, including a less-than-impressive win in the season-opener against Detroit – there are still plenty of questions for the offense. But then again, the defense has been very good, and Cutler has done well enough to lead Chicago to the top of the NFC North division.

“It’s fun,” Cutler told ESPN’s Suzy Kolber after the game. “That’s all you can ask for. The defense did a great job. We still felt the whole game we were killing ourselves. But we came up big at the end of the night.”

OK, let’s talk about the real reason Chicago won or – more appropriately – how the Packers lost this game.

Green Bay outgained Chicago 379-298, but the Packers blew it for themselves. They tied a club record that had stood since 1945 with 17 penalties for 152 yards. Many of them, especially late in the game, were undisciplined and, frankly, stupid. Frank Zombo had a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cutler that wiped out an interception. There was the bad personal foul penalty by Nick Collins, and there was a horrendous pass interference by Morgan Burnett to give Bears possession deep in Packers territory.

If Burnett’s pass interference was horrendous, the play of Green Bay’s special teams was atrocious. Bears returner Devin Hester ran back a punt return for a touchdown and should have had another (speaking of which, why in the hell are you kicking to him in the first place?). Bears DE Julius Peppers blocked a Mason Crosby FG attempt. Green Bay got nothing with their return game. And let’s not even get into that last-second kickoff return of desperation that featured about 15 forward passes (the flags were gone, and after the officials would finish throwing their hats, they were going to have to start throwing their whistles).

“You can’t play football like that,” Mike McCarthy said in the postgame presser when asked about the penalties.

That’s true, Mike. But let’s not let the coaching staff off the hook here. After James Jones’ fumble with a little more than 2 minutes to play gave the Bears possession near mid-field, for some reason – even though it should have been abundantly clear to whoever was speaking in McCarthy’s ear that the call was good – McCarthy threw the challenge flag.

It was pretty obvious after looking at one replay that the fumble recovery was legit. Yet McCarthy challenged and lost a timeout. It helped his squad lose the game (hey, at least the Packers would have had more time after Robbie Gould's field goal).

This was a game Green Bay should have won. This was a game the Bears should have lost.

And you know what? I still think Chicago is overrated.

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:20 pm

Three things about CHI-GB first half

Green Bay has been pressuring J. Cutler in the first half (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Three things I noticed from the first half of the Green Bay-Chicago game:

1. No running game means no problem for Packers: John Kuhn has rushed four times for 11 yards; Brandon Jackson has rushed three times for minus-three yards. But when Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is on his game, it doesn’t seem to make a big difference. Besides, Kuhn and Jackson have been relatively effective in the pass game, and Green Bay is doing a pretty decent job of moving the ball. Would Ryan Grant make this team better? Almost assuredly. But without him, the team might be OK, too.

2.The Bears OL can’t stop the Packers pass rush: Even though Green Bay, at times, was rushing one defensive lineman, the Packers still managed to sack Chicago QB Jay Cutler three times. But it’s not only the sacks. It seems the Bears are barely managing to give their QB any time to throw on any snap.

3.Bears still in it after looking bad: As mediocre as the Bears have looked this game – they’ve been outgained 180-159 in total offense (I actually thought it was much worse than that) – they’re still right in it. A bad line drive punt by Tim Masthay to Devin Hester, who made a nice return, and a long pass from Cutler to Johnny Knox set up a nine-yard TD pass from Cutler to Greg Olsen late in the second quarter. That makes it 10-7 heading into the halftime, though it should be much worse for Bears.

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 5:03 pm

Bears v. Packers: MNF Podcast Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

Are you ready for some fooooootball?

How about some poooooooodcast?

If your answer to both of the above questions is "yes" well, boy, are you in luck, because Andy and I are here to talk about our favorite storylines from Week 3 and get you ready for Monday night's Packers/Bears matchup.

Did kickers give themselves a bad name this week? How did so many quarterbacks manage to throw up monster numbers while still managing to lose games? Did Dallas "justify their hype" by finally winning a game? And are the Falcons the new cream of the crop in the NFC South?

All that plus a discussion of whether or not the Bears can hang on against the Packers tonight when the two teams face off, just by clicking play below. And be a friend and go ahead and subscribe via iTunes .

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:22 pm

Week 3 injuries & analysis III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Raiders @ Cardinals

Both teams are missing wide receivers – Chaz Schilens (knee) for the Raiders and Early Doucet (hernia) for the Cardinals. The only other major injury of note is guard Robert Gallery, who is still dealing with a bad hamstring. Cardinals guard Alan Faneca is also listed on the injury report (questionable with a back).

Michael Bush is probable after missing the first two games with a fractured thumb (you wonder if Darren McFadden’s early success hasn’t somehow inspired Bush to get healthy).

Raiders corner Chris Johnson is fighting to keep his starting job. His neck injury (questionable) won’t help that caR. Mathews (US Presswire)use. What could help that cause, however, is Steve Breaston’s sore knee. The speedster is listed as questionable.

Chargers @Seahawks

Ryan Mathews is doubtful with a high ankle sprain. It’s 99 percent certain that the rookie running back won’t play Sunday. Three Chargers linebackers are listed as questionable – run-stopping thumper Stephen Cooper (knee) and backup pass-rushers Jyles Tucker (missed practice, undisclosed reasons) and Larry English (foot). Cooper will play (just like last week when he battled the knee); English sounds iffier.

The Seahawks will be without LB Leroy Hill (calf/Achilles), but they probably didn’t figure to have him in 2010 anyway. Seattle’s offensive line is getting healthier. Russell Okung is not back from a high ankle sprain, but Ben Hamilton, Sean Locklear and Chester Pitts are all expected to be available Sunday.

Jets @ Dolphins

No Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and no Calvin Pace (foot) for the Jets. No Jared Odrick (ankle) for the Dolphins. None of this is breaking news.

Miami ILB Channing Crowder is expected to make his season debut after nursing a groin injury. Dolphins starting guard John Jerry has an illness and is doubtful.

Most interesting is whether a Jets receiver will conveniently get injured early on. Rex Ryan would probably never do this, but wouldn’t it be clever to tell David Clowney to fake a hamstring pull (or something) so that the Jets can pretend they have no choice but to play Braylon Edwards?

Packers @ Bears

Packers guard Daryn Colledge hurt his knee in practice, but the injury does not appear to be serious. His status for Monday night is up in the air. Charles Woodson was limited in practice with a toe injury, but that’s par for the course with him.

The Bears will be without rookie safety Major Wright (hamstring) for at least a few weeks. Wright missed a lot of preseason action, too, with a finger injury. OT Chris Williams (hamstring) was the only other Bear to not practice. He is a no-go for Monday.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 1:36 pm

Gailey says Marshawn Lynch will 'play a lot'

Posted by Will Brinson

Oh, Chan Gailey. You fickle son of a gun, you.

Before the season started, Gailey named rookie C.J. Spiller his starter. Hence, he got most of the carries early. But then the Packers got really interested in acquiring a running back Spiller didn't play so well and suddenly Marshawn Lynch was the Week 2 starter who got most of the carries for the Bills.

And he did so well that Gailey wants to keep showcasing him for a trade making sure he gets his best back the most carries, so surprise, it's Beast Mode time again this week .

"He started last week and he’ll play a lot this week," Gailey said. "He ran the ball pretty good. You could tell he was rusty from last year not having played a ton and getting back into it this year. He didn’t play in the preseason as well, so he’s just now getting back into it and as most everybody knows you can never have enough quality running backs in this league."

Gailey also discussed Spiller's status, saying that it was "probably unfair to throw him in there" as the starter that early into his career.

He added that Spiller is "still going to be a dynamic player and he's going to make a lot of big plays for us in the future."

Just not until, you know, he can get Marshawn's value cranked up to about that of a second-rounder and ship him out of town for something worthwhile in the future.

And yeah, I realize that he keeps saying he's not going to trade Lynch and that it makes sense to hold onto a talented player who doesn't cost a ton of money, but when NFL coaches get really loud about really denying something, that's a classic case of smoke/fire.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 10:32 am

Hot Routes 9.24.10: Where Randy Moss is perfect

Posted by Will Brinson

Hot Route time, people. Got a link you want submitted? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .
  • So, you probably remember Randy Moss' one-handed catch from last week against the Jets. Well, it was so good that the folks at EA Sports decided to bump his "spectacular catch" rating on Madden up from a 99 to a 100. This is the first time anyone's had a 100-rating in two years and previously Reggie Bush (agility), Tom Brady (awareness), Peyton Manning (awareness), Sebastian Janikowski (kick power) and Braylon Edwards (spectacular catch) also received the "honor, according to Kotaku . I have a little beef with the Braylon thing, especially since he apparently had a 99 rating for the same thing this year, meaning there's a 100 percent chance that Donny Moore, ratings czar, is a Michigan grad. No other way to explain it.
  • Poor Lee Evans. He's "loyal to the Buffalo Bills, almost to a fault ." If you're gonna be that loyal to something, make it be something good that doesn't hurt you so much. Like coffee, or heroin or something. 
  • Pretty good stat here from Blogging the Boys : the Cowboys are 22-1 since leading at half over the last three seasons. The logic behind them stinking when they're behind is that Jason Garrett turns into someone with an Xbox controller who can't remember to balance the run and the pass when he's losing.
  • Our buddy Joel Thorman predicts that Jamaal Charles will come out of the San Fran game with more carriest than Thomas Jones. The logic here is that against a weaker Browns defense, it makes sense to pound the ball straight in their freaking faces with Jones. Against the Niners though, Charles might be the better play.
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