Tag:Green Bay Packers
Posted on: September 24, 2010 1:36 pm
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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.
Posted on: September 20, 2010 2:52 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.20.10 Some box score tidbits

Posted by Andy Benoit

In this week’s 10 Stories That Deserve Your Attention, we focused on how LaDainian Tomlinson appears to be handling a much heavier load than expected for the Jets. This is supposed to be Shonn Greene’s backfield. Well, the man Tomlinson essentially replaced, Thomas Jones, is doing the same thing in Kansas City. Jones carried the ball 22 times against the Browns Sunday (83 yards). Jamaal Charles, who is coming off the bench, had 11 carries (49 yards).

Third-round rookie tight end Tony Moeaki led the Chiefs with five catches for 58 yards.

Ndamukong Sun flashed dominance for the second week in a row. Suh recorded a sack against Michael Vick (he may have gotten away with a facemask on the play) and consistently pushed the interior pocket.

How about these rushing statistics for the Cowboys: Marion Barber 11 carries for 31 yards; Felix Jones 7 carries for 7 yards; Tashard Choice 1 carry for -1 yard. Somehow, you can’t help but think this is Tony Romo’s fault.

Trent Edwards was 11/18 for 102 yards and two picks against the Packers. When Marshawn Lynch ran for 14 yards to end the first quarter, that brought Buffalo’s net yardage on the day back to zero. C. Matthews (US Presswire)

Jermichael Finley has his second career 100-yard game. Expect at least five more this season for the best tight end in the NFC.

Should we just go ahead and vote for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award now? Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had three sacks for the second week in a row. This for a guy who sat out virtually the entire preseason with a hamstring injury.

Actually, we’d better not crown Matthews yet. Mario Williams followed his stellar Week 1 performance with a shimmering outing against the Redskins. Williams recorded three sacks, two tackles for a loss and two pass deflections. It’s safe to say the Texans probably don’t win that game without him.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 145 yards on 28 carries against a fairly-staunch Dolphins D. There wasn’t a cheap yard in the bunch. Peterson put on an absolute show late in the second half, showing his familiar powerful burst and uncanny change-of-direction prowess. However, his show came to an abrupt end on the second to last drive, when the Dolphins kept him out of the end zone on four-straight plays from inside the 10.

Chris Johnson had his streak of 100-yard games snapped at 12 by a Steelers D that has given up just one 100-yard rushing performance in its last 36 outings. Johnson managed just 34 yards on 16 carries. He had an 85-yard touchdown called back because of a Eugene Amano holding penalty (even with nose tackle Casey Hampton out, the Titans center had a rough afternoon).

A week after his impressive return to the NFL, Seahawks wideout Mike Williams had just one catch for seven yards against the Broncos.

Wes Welker and Randy Moss were both held to 38 yards receiving.

The Chargers held Maurice Jones-Drew to 31 yards on 12 carries. Rashad Jennings actually got nine carries, producing 38 yards.

Philip Rivers 334 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and an unofficial 3 screams at his offensive linemen against the Jaguars.

Shawne Merriman got on the field for the first time all season and recorded three tackles.

Tim Hightower was the lone bright spot for the Cardinals. With Beanie Wells still out with a knee injury, the third-year running back carried the entire load Sunday. Hightower rushed for 115 yards on 11 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown scamper in which he showed newfound quickness and acceleration.

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 9:41 am
 

Packers could be making a change at LT

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Packers are paying left tackle Chad Clifton $7.5 million this season. However, that may not deter them from bringing the veteran off the bench.

Clifton was replaced by first-round rookie Bryan Bulaga during the second quarter against the Bills Sunday. The plan all along has been for the young Iowa product to learn the ropes as Clifton’s backup. But Clifton allowed 1.5 sacks against Philadelphia in Week 1 and struggled mightily against Buffalo.

"He has an issue with his knee," Mike McCarthy said, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I felt that he just didn't look like he was fully recovered, so I thought it was important to get Bryan in there.

"He didn't look good today. He didn't look healthy. We'll assess it in the morning and set our plan for next week."

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin believe Bulaga is capable of starting if need be. The Packers travel to Chicago next week in a battle of 2-0 NFC North foes.


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Posted on: September 18, 2010 1:15 pm
 

Who has the NFL's best fans?

Posted by Andy Benoit



This week, Tom Brady’s criticized Patriot fans for leaving the Week 1 game early. Brady went so far as to say he didn’t think Jets fans would leave early (ouch). This got us thinking…which NFL team has the best fans? And which has the worst?

We posed the question on Facebook and Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) . Here are the best responses we received:

Matt Kelly: "The answer is obviously Green Bay Packer fans. What other sports team has had its home games sold out consecutively since the 1950's??? And a season ticket waiting list that is decades long??? GO PACK GO!!"

Keith Merriweather: "Detroit has the best and most loyal fan base. Can you say 0-16 and 2-14 and still Ford Field is packed every home game. Man the Lions been losing for so long we cheer for them to keep from cryin. P.S. This is our year, Let's Go Lions!"

(Andy’s Note: You have to admire Keith’s optimism, but Ford Field is not “packed” for every home game; the Lions had blackouts last season and they just narrowly avoided a blackout for their home opener this week.)

Sean McCullen: "I do give props to Chiefs fans. Give that team, with its 5-36 run going into this year, to Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans ... -- Blackout City, baby!

Also, I find it funny many of you think ...we're the worst here in Philly. Not saying we're the most, but you'll find no fan base in the entire league more passionate than us. None. We're there through thick or thin. You call us the worst. Why? Be/c ESPN reports every little thing that happens here. (Stuff) happens everywhere. Get over it!"

Sean followed his response with a P.S.: “Eagles fans rule! Cowboys fans who've never flown over Texas let alone been there are the worst, by far.hing that happens here. Shit happens everywhere. Get over it!”

Cody Thomas Browns fans, of course! I give credit to any fan who adores their beloved, yet never improving, team. Gotta love 'em tho

Michael Williams: "I'm answering this a different way: best female fans! That title has to go to the Steelers, followed closely by the Browns. Female Steelers fans rock more black and gold, in jerseys, than any other female fanbase ever. It must be something about Midwest women, but all the Steelers and Browns female fans seem to really know their football." Kareem Cornelius: "If you think the Raiders have the worst fans you most be going be length of rap sheets, not anything having to do with fandom. Any fanbase that dresses like it's Halloween and fills the Black Hole for games when the team sucks and the stadium blows, with as much as there is to do in Oakland, is an excellent fan base? Raiders fans are knowledgeable too. At the Dolphins-Raiders game in Miami in 2007, Oakland had the game in hand and tried running up the score once running the clock out was a possibility. Dozens of Raiders fan stood and booed their head coach's shortsighted decision, knowing that it risked injury and a potential turnover. Raiders fans are smarter than Wade Phillips and damn fine fans!"

Christopher Haines: "Packers fans, on the other hand, are by far the best. Who else has sold out an int...er-squad scrimmage?"

Michael O'Connor: "Hey....You will never have an experience anywhere in the league like Game Day at Arrowhead stadium! From tailgating for 5 hours before the game w/BBQ to die for.... to the experience of our new revamped stadium ....To the 12th man factor of the best fans in the NFL.... The Kansas City Chiefs and Arrowhead have the loudest.... smartest....and most die hard fans in the NFL Hands Down.... Now You can all stop commenting.... THERE IS NO COMPARISON!"

William Pirozzi: "Steeler fans by far were all over the world just ask snoop he is a big steelers fan."

Matthew Vince: "What is the criteria? Are the best fans the ones with the greatest knowledge or the sheer number of fans is what makes them great? If it is number, then Washington will have to be mentioned, if it is knowledge, Philly fans are probably the way to go...and it kills me saying it 'cause I love the 9ers.
Posted on: September 18, 2010 12:01 am
 

Morgan Burnett gets off to rough start

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It was not a great first day at work for Packers safety Morgan Burnett. He didn’t look good tackling against the Eagles, he didn’t look aggressive and he dropped a potential interception. Overall, while taking the place of Atari Bigby (on PUP after offseason ankle surgery), he looked less than impressive.

Burnett Still, Green Bay’s coaches don’t seem concerned.

"I'm not worried about his physical play right now," safeties coach Darren Perry told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I don't think anybody on our defense is worried about his physical play."

Perhaps not, but his first game provided more questions than answers.

From Greg Bedard’s story:

Perry said he was "completely aware" of why questions would be asked. The Eagles' two longest completions, both 27 yards, were successful largely because Burnett didn't attack the man with the ball, and a 12-yard touchdown run straight up the middle exposed Burnett's inability to make what should have been a routine tackle.

"I want him to be more aggressive," said Perry. "I'd like to see him play with a little bit more recklessness, and we can get that."

But Perry didn't think Burnett was timid against the Eagles.

"No, I wouldn't say that," he said. "I think probably more cautious than anything else."

Perry admitted that when Bigby returns to health, he would have a chance to win back his job, but Green Bay has liked Burnett for a while. He keeps himself around the ball, has good range and makes interceptions. But scouts also wondered about his physicality, and so far, they’ve been proven right (though with a tiny sample size).

"The main thing for him is to keep growing as a player," said Perry. "Understand his role in the defense. We don't want him to be tentative back there. First time out of the gate, I think there was a little tentativeness in terms of reacting."

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:44 am
Edited on: September 17, 2010 11:02 am
 

Podcast: Week 2 early game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

It's Friday, which means we're one good night's worth of sleep from getting about 48 straight hours of glorious football.

Saturday is fun, of course, but Sunday is where the real action happens -- Andy Benoit and I hopped on the old podcast machine this week to preview the games that will be played. This particular segment previews the early games on Sunday, and we discuss whether Marshawn Lynch to Green Bay makes sense (and whether Buffalo can beat Green Bay), what the mess is wrong with the Jets offense (and whether they can hang with the Pats), if Jimmy Clausen's time has come in Carolina, whether Chad Henne needs to just go ahead and retire and give his starting job over to Chad Pennington, and whether or not teams like Kansas City and Arizona can magically go to 2-0.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:38 pm
 

Kolb, Bradley pass tests, to practice Friday

Posted by Will Brinson

Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley, two of the approximately 97* concussed Eagles players from Sunday failed the second phase of their concussion tests on Wednesday, but Thursday was a different story -- both players passed the full tests and are cleared for practice.

The only problem is that they cannot practice, due to rules, until Friday. That means that Michael Vick will continue practicing with the first team in Philadelphia and remains the favorite to start for the Eagles on Sunday due to a lack of time for Kolb to practice and the potential risk for re-injury.

However, if Kolb is cleared and ready to return to the field by Sunday, don't discount Andy Reid rolling the dice and giving his new franchise quarterback a shot at starting (or at the very least, playing) -- the Eagles get the Lions this week, and given the numbers Jay Cutler put up against them last week, we can assume that Reid would rather nip the quarterback controversy in the bud and let Kolb play -- provided he plays well -- than have Vick put up monster numbers against the Lions and give the Philly fan base something to really chunk batteries at.

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*May be a slight exaggeration.
 
 
 
 
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