Tag:Green Bay Packers
Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:02 pm
 

Packers remind fans not to smoke

Posted by Andy Benoit

This, admittedly, isn’t very newsworthy, but the firm tone of this Green Bay Post Gazette article may amuse a few of you…

Headline: Green Bay Packers remind fans: No smoking at Lambeau Field

If you’re going to Lambeau Field for the Green Bay Packers’ preseason opener on Saturday night, remember there’s no smoking inside the stadium.

The stadium bowl, concourses, atrium and Curly’s Pub all have gone smoke-free as required by state law. Smokeless and electronic cigarettes are banned from the stadium.

Anyone caught smoking inside the stadium may be fined or ejected. Anyone who leaves the stadium to smoke will not be allowed to re-enter.

Fans also should carry their tickets with them at all times, the Packers said, citing their security guidelines.


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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 13, 2010 7:37 pm
 

Packers serious about using Jenkins at OLB

Posted by Andy Benoit

During the offseason, the Packers flirted with the idea of playing defensive tackle/end Cullen Jenkins at outside linebacker in passing situations. Jenkins has always been one of the most nimble defensive linemen in the game -- particularly in his lateral movement. But you rarely see 304-pound 3-4 defensive linemen move to the two-point stance. C.Jenkins (US Presswire)

Now, the flirtation has turned into what amount to serious dating. Not only is Jenkins getting legitimate reps as a pass-rushing outside linebacker, but defensive coordinator Dom Capers actually moved the front seven’s best athlete, Pro Bowler Clay Matthews, from right outside ‘backer to left outside ‘backer to accommodate Jenkins.

“If you have Clay and Cullen lined up together, there’s no question where protection is going to go,” Capers said in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, written by Tom Silverstein. “Clay and Cullen are two of our top rushers so you have to keep them rushing as much as you can, from various spots.”

Silverstein goes on to explain:

Matthews finished the regular season last year with 10 sacks, by far the most on the team. Jenkins was next with 4½, a total the Packers would like to see increase, along with their season total of 37 and No. 11 ranking.

Typically on passing downs, Jenkins would line up over the guard in a 2-4-5 formation with Matthews to his right on the outside shoulder of the tackle. The center and guard would double-team Jenkins enough to slow his progress and then the guard would release and help the tackle block Matthews.

In other words, it was a 2-on-3 situation, 2-on-4 if the back stayed in to help block.

Capers’ plan is to free Jenkins and/or Matthews from those kinds of mismatches. In addition, he would like to create some indecision on the other side of the line and make opponents try to figure out when and from where Jenkins is going to rush.

Some of that will involve Jenkins standing up like a linebacker, something he did early in college at Central Michigan. There may be times when he actually drops into coverage rather than rush.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 3:30 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 11:09 pm
 

NFC North Preview, Podcast Style

It's that time again, folks -- yes, Friday afternoon. And what else would make the last few hours of work go by faster than checking out an NFC North Preview Podcast? Nothing, that's what.

(Well, maybe getting fired, but that won't work well for anyone.)

Andy Benoit joins me to discuss whether the Packers should be the runaway favorites in the division, why the Bears are so consistently mediocre (and whether Julius Peppers can change that), what the Vikings can do if Brett Favre decides to hang the old cleats up, and whether the Lions are a dangerous sleeper team. (OH THEY ARE, JUST YOU TRUST ME. Sigh.)

So, go ahead. Click the play button. Got a question you want answered on the show? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) or email will.brinson [at] cbs [dot] com

We'll be running out a few of these a week, so there's plenty of time. Oh, and also, be a friend and subscribe either by RSS or iTunes below.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
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Posted on: August 10, 2010 7:23 pm
 

Details of Donald Driver's contract extension

Posted by Andy Benoit

Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Post Gazette has the details of Donald Driver’s new contract. Driver signed an extension last week that will keep him with the Packers through 2012. He’ll be 38 when the deal expires.

Driver’s two-year extension left his 2010 pay – roughly $7 million – untouched and gave him $9.6 million plus incentives in 2011 and 2012. If you want to boggle your mind with all the minute details, click here.

In other Packers news, outside linebacker Clay Matthews is out two weeks with a hamstring injury.

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 7:49 pm
 

Packers to try 1st rounder Bulaga at left guard

Posted by Andy Benoit

Originally, the Packers’ plan was for first-round rookie tackle Bryan Bulaga to spend the 2010 season as Chad Clifton’s understudy at left tackle. They didn’t want to burden Bulaga with having to learn multiple positions. B. Bulaga (US Presswire)

It appears, however, that the plan is being abandoned. The Green Bay Post Gazette reports that Bulaga is getting a crack at the left guard job. He could see time there for the next three or four weeks.

Incumbent left guard Daryn Colledge has seemingly been in a competition for his starting job all five years of his career. Every time, Colledge has found a way to hold onto his job. Heading into training camp, it was assumed that Colledge’s friend and fellow fifth-year pro, Jason Spitz, would provide the competition at guard. But Spitz has been getting reps at both guard spots and center, which suggests he’s in line for a utility backup role.

Now Bulaga has entered the picture. The loquacious Colledge spoke about his new competitor at left guard:

When asked if the job still is his to lose, Colledge said: “I’m still going to stand up (and say) that. I have to go into every day believing I’m the best player on this offensive line, believing I’m the best left guard. If I stray away from that then a guy like Bulaga will step up and take the job away from me. So I’m going to continue to compete, continue to get better. I don’t want to be a good lineman, I want to be a great lineman. So I’m taking as many reps as I can, and I’m going to use this as even more motivation, more competition.
 
Bulaga is a great young player and he’s going to continue to push me. But he’s got a lot to learn too, and I’m going to help him out as best I can. If Bulaga’s a better answer than me, then we’re going to get the best five guys out there and we’re going to find a way to win.”

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:54 pm
 

Things look iffy for Atari Bigby

Posted by Andy Benoit
A. Bigby (US Presswire)
Packers safety Atari Bigby underwent a cleanup procedure on his bothersome ankle today. Bigby had passed the team’s running test, and the pain he’s experienced has been only sporadic. But it was decided that surgery gave the hard-hitting safety the best chance at being effective in 2010.

Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Post Gazette writes:

We’re starting to learn more about how Bigby’s latest ankle problems popped up. He said he felt some pain after last season ended but figured it was the usual post-season soreness. After taking some time off, he said he resumed workouts during which the ankle game him little or no trouble.

But because he refused to sign his restricted free agent tender — he was seeking a long-term deal that he never got — he was never at Packers headquarters, therefore the team couldn’t monitor his health.


Bigby’s health issues certainly don’t help his already-tenuous job status. He’ll need roughly four weeks to recover from his operation. The Packers used third-round rookie Morgan Burnett in Bigby’s strong safety slot all offseason. Burnett is touted as a natural playmaker.

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 7:23 pm
 

Donald Driver signs contract extension

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Packers wide receiver Donald Driver has signed a contract extension through 2012. Driver was slated to become a free agent after this season. Terms of the deal are not yet known.

Driver is 35 but has shown no signs of slowing down. He has gone over 1,000 yards receiving each of the last six seasons. 

"Since last year we talked about it, and they agreed to try to get a deal done," Driver said. "We got it done and now I’m going to reitre as a Packer. That’s something I dreamed of for a long time. Now it’s here and my wife and kids love it.

"I went upstairs with the family and signed our extension so we know we’re going to retire here. When it’s all said and done I’ll be in green and gold."


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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 5, 2010 6:09 pm
 

Morgan Burnett poised to start at SS for Packers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A. Bigby's starting SS job is in jeopardy. He'll undergo surgery Friday (AP). It’s looking more and more like rookie Morgan Burnett could start the season at strong safety for the Packers.

As the Green Bay Press-Gazette points out, Atari Bigby will undergo ankle surgery Friday in hopes of playing this season. He had ankle surgery in 2008, but that was a much more complicated procedure. This one, Bigby said, is just to clean out some scar tissue.

You remember how it took Bigby a while to sign his restricted free agent tender and how he missed the team’s offseason workouts? Well, that decision might have contributed to Bigby’s ankle soreness.

From the article:

(Bigby) said he felt some pain after last season ended but figured it was the usual post-season soreness. After taking some time off, he said he resumed workouts during which the ankle game him little or no trouble.

But because he refused to sign his restricted free agent tender — he was seeking a long-term deal that he never got — he was never at Packers headquarters, therefore the team couldn’t monitor his health.

Safeties coach Darren Perry said today that Bigby actually passed the running test that every player must go through the day before camp starts. It was only after the test that Bigby complained of soreness in his ankle. The Packers then failed him on his physical and placed him on the active physically unable to perform list.


While Burnett has performed relatively well while running with the first team – which he’s done all offseason – it’s tough to expect him to make a huge impact if he starts in his NFL debut. Even Burnett knows that.

"I can't really say (I'm ready) because we're just in the first week of training camp," Burnett told ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert . "By the end of camp, I'll have everything that I need down. As of right now, I'm still in the learning process of just getting done with the first week of camp.”

If Morgan does take the starting role, he’ll have some help. Free safety Nick Collins is one of the better defensive backs in the league and can help guide him through what promises to be some rough waters.

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