Green Bay Packers News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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4/17/14: At the end of the 2011-12 season, the Packers let Matt Flynn have his day in the sun and start the final regular season game. He set a Packers record by throwing for six touchdown. He was immediately signed by the Seahawks after the season to a massive contract. Then Russell Wilson came in and took the job. Flynn bounced around in 2013, finally ending up with the Packers, again, after the team could not find a suitable backup. Now Green Bay may lose him again as the Giants are interested in Flynn. Hopefully these guys will learn their lesson and get Flynn back on the team for the betterment of both sides.
4/10/14: Packers' head coach joked with the media that the Packers were really active in free agency this year after they signed defensive lineman Julius Peppers. It was funny because the Pack is famous for not signing free agents from other teams, preferring to develop through the draft and keep their own players. They were back to their text book model last week by re-signing fan favorite full pack John Kuhn. The team and player agreed to a one year deal worth just over $1 million. Kuhn is not going to score 10 touchdowns, and may only get 10 carries on the season. But he is part of the Packers culture and is tremendously popular with the Cheeseheads.
4/3/14: The Green Bay Packers are among the best run organizations in all of sports. Perhaps it is that they are a public company so they do not have a meddling owner, or perhaps it is that they play in the NFL's smallest market so they have to be smarter than their rivals. In any case, it has worked, and in no position is it more apparent than at wide receiver. The Packers seem to be able to plug new guys in who produce. Now that James Jones is gone, it is time for the next man up to take the role. That could easily fall to Jarrett Boykin or Myles White this coming season.
3/27/14: The 2014 NFL draft is expected to be among the deepest in recent memory. While there are very few clear cut stars, and no 'can't miss' QBs like Andrew Luck, there is talent across the board, and a lot of it. So that means that teams are looking to move down in the draft and collect more picks. The Packers currently have the standard allotment of one pick in each round, but figure to get at least two more in compensatory picks. Those picks are given out by the NFL based on net losses in free agency. That may include a third and sixth rounder for losing Greg Jennings and Erik Walden.
3/20/14: The Green Bay Packers have never been terribly active in free agency. Historically speaking, they only have made two big free agency signings - Reggie White (some 20 years ago) and Charles Woodson, almost a decade ago. It was more of the same this year, as they re-signed cornerback Sam Shields and B.J.Raji. They did make one interesting move in signing veteran defensive lineman Julius Peppers. Peppers may be 34 and on the downside of his career, but what makes this signing sweet is that he spent the last three years with the rival Chicago Bears.
3/13/14: The Packers would like to keep defensive lineman B.J. Raji, but understand that will be difficult. The team reportedly offered Raji one and two year deals, which were rejected. Raji seems intent on determining his value on the open market before signing anything. Raji is a former first round pick and notched 6.5 sacks when the Packers won the Super Bowl three years ago. He has not been the same player since, so it will be interesting to see if any team is willing to take a long term gamble on him. Of course, he may not find anything he likes and simply return to Green Bay.
3/6/14: There seems to be a general consensus that the Green Bay Packers offense is terrific (and can basically sub in and out receiving pieces at will and still be successful), but that the defense is lacking so that is where the focus should be. It looked like they would be able to keep cornerback Sam Shields, whom they had been negotiating a new contract with. Now Shields will become a free agent and see what the market will pay. That does not mean that he is certainly gone, but does indicate there is a difference in what the Packers will pay and what Shields thinks he is worth.
2/27/14: Like a lot of teams, the Green Bay Packers are facing some tough decisions in regards to who stays, who gets cut, and who to sign for the next season. The Pack has lost a few receivers in recent years, most notably Greg Jennings. Green Bay traditionally does not participate much in free agency and is hesitant to pay big money to outside players. One key piece is wide receiver Randall Cobb. Cobb has flourished in the Packers system and is benefitted by having a great QB in Aaron Rodgers. But Cobb may not be able to get the money he wants from Green Bay, and may find himself in another uniform next season.
2/20/13: Green Bay, famously, does not go after many free agents. They seem to have the philosophy that top tier free agents are very expensive, often underperform once they get the big contract, and that they are paying for past success. While they did sign defensive lineman Reggie White, that was over two decades ago. This year, they may want to keep cornerback Sam Shields, but he will probably be too expensive to apply the franchise tag on. The Packers can try to re-sign him to a long term deal, but Shields may opt to test free agency since he is young and coming off of the best season of his career.
2/13/14: One of the big questions with the Green Bay Packers this offseason is what to do with tight end Jermichael Finley. To be fair, Finley has been pretty much an afterthought for the past two year at least. Reportedly, he and QB Aaron Rodgers never got on the same page. That, according to Finley, is in the past. The two get along well now, according to him. However, he has not been cleared medically to play again. He had spinal fusion recently and he expects to be back soon. Since he has not been cleared by the medical guys, that may have an affect on his playing future - whether in Green Bay or elsewhere.
2/6/14: It is always tough for fans to lose a favorite, and they may have to lose JerMichael Finley to free agency this offseason. Finley has had a couple below par years, and is generally not considered one of the main cogs of the potent Green Bay offense. However, he has had some spectacular seasons, and (when healthy and used correctly) is a very good receiving tight end. Finley says he wants to stay in Green Bay, but also understands the business side of the NFL. There is a very good chance that he is not with the Packers next season and ends up elsewhere - possibly Seattle.
1/30/14: There is always a lot of fluff on sports talk radio, and a more recent topic is who would you want to start a team. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers would be a logical choice, though many 'experts' say they would go for Andrew Luck or some other young star. Agree to disagree, in this instance. But the Packers do have their issues as well, and they are real life problems. Green Bay has had great receiving for years and always does the 'next man up' routine. However, that may not be the case next season, so the Packers are going to have to decide who stays and who goes. And who gets drafted to be the 'next man up'.
1/23/14: The Packers will move forward in 2014 without the services of linebackers coach Kevin Greene. Greene is a hall-of-fame finalist (and should be in). He ranks third all time in sacks with 160, which is first among all linebackers (only trails Bruce Smith and Reggie White). Greene stepped down from his position to spend more time with his family. In his farewell letter, he thanked the Packers and called the opportunity completely positive. He also said he would like to return to coaching in the future after his kids go to college. Greene had been with the Packers for the past five years, working under his former coach from his playing days, Dom Capers
1/16/14: The big question in Green Bay has to be 'what's next?'. The Packers have 15 players eligible for free agency this offseason, which makes for a pretty big hole to fill. Of course, star QB Aaron Rodgers will be there for a while, and Eddie Lacy just finished up his rookie season - so he will be back. On the other hand, the defense has a lot of holes to fill. Chances are, the Packers will re-sign several free agents and let a few walk. But when it comes to the defense, would it make sense to trade up to select a premier defensive lineman like Jadaveon Clowney?
1/9/14: Green Bay made a valiant effort to advance past the 49ers and into the Divisional Round of the playoffs, but they simply could not stop San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick in the sub-zero temperatures. Kaepernick embarrassed the Packers last year in the playoffs and set a rushing record against the porous defense. It was not as bad this time around, but Kaep still got about 100 yards on the ground and over 220 yards in the air. The charge for the Packers heading into the offseason is clear - they need to improve the defense drastically before next season or they will not be able to advance in the playoffs.
1/2/14: The Packers played this perfectly. They let Detroit crumble on their own, then brought back QB Aaron Rodgers when the season was on the line. After shaking off some rust, Rodgers (and the Packers) beat the rival Chicago Bears in Week 17 to win the NFC North and secure a playoff spot. As part of being the division champion, they will host a playoff game. San Francisco comes to town this weekend in the Wild Card round, with the winner heading to Seattle in the Divisional round. If the Pack is healthy, do not be surprised if they make a playoff run.
12/26/13: One week left in the season and the Packers need a win over the rival Chicago Bears to get into the playoffs. Conveniently enough, they play each other this Sunday and the winner will capture the NFC North crown. The Packers have been without star QB Aaron Rodgers for almost half the season. Fortunately, backup QB Matt Flynn has found his way with the offense. There is a chance, however, that Rodgers comes back this week. Regardless, this is a premier matchup for Week 17, and they will battle it out on Sunday afternoon. Catch this game if you can.
12/19/13: The Packers/Cowboys game was easily the game of the week - with all apologies to the Dolphins upsetting the Patriots and the Vikings upsetting the Eagles. Dallas held a 23 point lead at halftime, but QB Matt Flynn led the Packers back in the second half for a dramatic 37-36 win in Dallas. Flynn did his best Aaron Rodgers impersonation and threw for 299 yards and four TDs on the day - mostly in the second half for the dramatic win. The Packers are still in the playoff chase but have steep hurdles ahead of them. First up, the Packers (7-6-1) host the Steelers (6-8) in Week 16.
12/12/13: The Packers have been in a free fall ever since QB Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. Matt Flynn got the call again, this time against the Atlanta Falcons, and was able to pull out a victory and keep the Packers' playoff hopes alive. Green Bay rallied from an 11 point halftime deficit in the win, which included a key turnover that led to the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Rodgers is waiting to be cleared to play and the Pack need him back. They are 6-6-1, but have a chance to catch up to the Lions over the last three weeks of the season. Green Bay faces the Cowboys this Sunday.
12/5/13: The Packers need QB Aaron Rodgers back in the worst way. Rodgers has missed the last four games due to a broken collarbone and the Packers have not won any of those games. Green Bay was utterly dominated by the Lions on Thanksgiving, losing 40-10 and dropping their record to 5-6-1. Green Bay is now in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs as they are third in the NFC North. Backup QB Matt Flynn was ineffective at best, as the Lions out-gained the Pack by 435 yards. The only bright spot of the game was an early strip and score from the defense early on.
11/28/13: With star QB Aaron Rodgers still out with a fractured collarbone, the Packers needed a big day out of replacement Scott Tolzien against the Minnesota Vikings. They did not get it and ended up pulling Tolzien in favor of recent re-signee Matt Flynn. Flynn rallied the Packers back in the third quarter for a 26-26 tie. The score was notched up at 23 apiece heading into overtime and both team managed fieldgoals. However, neither could score a touchdown so the game remained deadlocked. The tie hurts the Packers and it kept them from tying up the Lions in first place. They have a chance to take the lead back when they face the 6-5 Lions in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.
11/21/13: Aaron Rodgers may not win the MVP this year considering some of the gaudy numbers other QBs are putting up, but he should be considered. The Packers are completely lost without him, evidenced by their 27-13 loss to the New York Giants last Sunday. Third stringer Scott Tolzien got the call with Matt Flynn as the backup, but the Packers' offense was simply out of sync without their leader. The loss puts Green Bay at 5-5 and a game behind both the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. Hopefully they can get back on track this Sunday when they host the Vikings (2-8).
11/14/13: One thing is for certain in Green Bay - the games are not as fun when Aaron Rodgers is out. The Packers were forced to start journeyman Seneca Wallace at QB against the Eagles. Wallace suffered a groin injury and was replaced by Scott Tolzien. Going to a third string QB usually equals a loss, and that is exactly what happened as the Packers fell 27-13 last Sunday. The Pack has brought in former backup Matt Flynn for a workout and may give him a chance while Rodgers heals. Green Bay is now 5-4 and heads to New York to play the Giants this Sunday.
11/7/13: The Packers suffered a couple devastating losses to the rival Chicago Bears last Monday. It is bad enough to lose to the arch rival 27-20, but even worse to lose QB Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter to a broken collar bone. Rodgers will be out four to six weeks, reportedly. Backup QB Seneca Wallace subbed in for Rodgers, but it is not nearly the same offense. The loss snapped a six game winning streak over the Bears and put the Packers (5-3) in a three way tie for first place in the NFC North. Green Bay has a new challenge on their hands this Sunday, as they host the Philadelphia Eagles (4-5), who may have just discovered their offense.
10/31/13: The Green Bay Packers traveled to Minnesota for the Sunday Night Game this past weekend and coasted to another NFC North victory. QB Aaron Rodgers had another strong game with 285 yards passing and two touchdowns. The Packers showed off their running game with both Eddie Lacy and James Starks rushing for touchdowns and combining for 151 yards on the ground. The Packers are 5-2 and on top of the division. They get another primetime division game this weekend when they host longtime rival Chicago (4-3), who is without QB Jay Cutler, on Monday Night Football
10/24/13: Green Bay took sole possession of first place in the NFC North division by knocking off the Cleveland Browns 31-13. The Packers wore their throwback uniforms (without the Green Bay "G" emblem" and quickly got off to a 14-0 lead. It was just another day at the office for QB Aaron Rodgers. While he only had 260 yards passing, he did throw three touchdown passes. Eddy Lacy ran for 82 yards and a score, while the Packers' defense shut down the Cleveland passing game with ease. Green Bay is 4-2 on the season. They play the Vikings (1-4) on the road in the Sunday Night Game.
10/17/13: We have grown so accustomed to Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers throwing for 350 yards and three TDs that it is strange when it does not happen. That was the case last Sunday at Baltimore. Rodgers did have 315 yards, but only one touchdown as the Packers knocked off the Ravens 19-17. The packers lost WR Randall Cobb for a few months with a broken leg, so other receivers are going to have to step up. Green Bay sits at 3-2 on the season, behind both Detroit and Chicago who are 4-2. The Packers host the 3-3 Cleveland Browns this Sunday.
10/10/13: The Packers got back to .500 with a 22-9 dismantling of the Detroit Lions this past Sunday. The Lions have not won in Green Bay since the first George Bush was in office in 1991, and it will continue for at least another year. The Lions were without their star wide receiver Calvin Johnson and the Green Bay defense was able to shut down Reggie Bush and Matt Stafford on the day. Aaron Rodgers only had 274 yards passing and one touchdown. But the running game was effective as Eddie Lacy had 99 yards on the ground and Randal Cobb added 34 more. Green Bay travels to Baltimore to face the 3-2 Ravens this Sunday.
10/3/13: A week after losing to Cincinnati, the Packers enjoyed their bye in Week 4. The Packers are 1-2 on the season, with the other loss coming in the opening week to San Francisco. The NFC North is very good this year. Both the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are 3-1 through September. The Packers are too good not to rebound from the poor start and expect the team to come back ready in Week 5. This Sunday should be a great game with Reggie Bush and Lions coming to Green Bay for their first of two games this season. The Packers need the win to get back into the division race while the Lions need the win to get some separation.
9/26/13: The Packers have been a hard luck team this season, and the year is only three weeks old. The latest setback was in Cincinnati. Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin fumbled the ball near the goal line as the Packers were trying to run down the clock. Cincinnati scooped up the fumble and returned it for the winning touchdown. The Packers are now 1-2 on the season, and it can only get better from here. Aaron Rodgers was not his regular self, throwing for only 244 yards, one TD with two picks. Green Bay has a chance to get everything in order though. The team has their bye in Week 4.
9/19/13: The Packers evened their record to 1-1 by beating visiting Washington 38-20. This game proved that the Packers are still great on offense (QB Aaron Rodger threw for four touchdowns and James Starks ran for over 130 yards), as well as that Washington is not a very good team at this point. Green Bay took advantage of a hobbled Robert Griffin III and put the rest of the NFC North on notice that they are still the team to beat in the division. In another case of a great offense vs. a great defense in Week 3, the Packers travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals on Sunday.
9/12/13: The Packers lost a big opening game to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, but the season is still very young. The 49ers simply outlasted the Packers in a game that featured a lot of scoring and a lot of post-whistle altercations. The final score was 34-28, but the game was much closer than that. Green Bay now has a week to prepare for another young mobile QB in Robert Griffin III. The home opener will, as always, be sold out, as the Packers try to even up their record at 1-1 against Washington who lost their opener to the Philadelphia Eagles.
9/4/13: The Green Bay Packers made a surprise move in their final cuts by releasing backup quarterback Vince Young. The Packers signed Young during training camp and he played pretty well. The team previously cut Graham Harrell, so it was expected that Young would be the backup to Aaron Rodgers. However, the team decided to keep second year player B.J. Coleman instead. Coleman has a year in the system and knows the players, so that is a plus for him. Of course, the Packers hope the whole thing is a moot point and Rodgers will be in for the entire year.
8/29/13: Of course no one is going to doubt or challenge Aaron Rodgers' reign as the starting quarterback in Green Bay, at least not for several more years. But there is always the question of who is the backup. Graham Harrell had that job last year, but the team apparently was not convinced on him, so they brought in veteran and former first round pick Vince Young to compete. Young looked very good in preseason as opposed to Harrells. The decision was an easy one: the Packers are keeping Young and have released Harrell, who now must look for a new job.
8/22/13: The talk about the Packers has not been on their dynamic offense or their developing defense. It has been about former players taking verbal shots at QB Aaron Rodgers. Greg Jennings, now with the Vikings, questioned Rodgers leadership. Retired Packers' great Donald Driver tried to defend Rodgers, but that went the other way. However, former Packers' cornerback Darren Woodson defended Rodgers, and said it must be a 'wide receiver thing'. Rodgers, for his part, has stayed above the fray. He may not be the most likable guy on the team, but he is the Packers best player and the reason they are a consistent competitor.
8/8/13: The Packers have long known that they lack a running game to keep defenses honest. However, their passing game has been so good that it did not really matter. The front office wanted to change that this year and selected two running backs in the draft: Eddie Lacy from Alabama and Jonathan Franklin and hope at least one emerges. There has been a lot of talk about Lacy's weight - one radio host referred to him as "Bready Lacy". That should not discourage Packers fans though. Lacy is a great runner and can power through tackles.
8/1/13: The Packers are using one the best motivational techniques they have at their disposal - their tradition. Few teams can match the Packers' history, unwavering fan base, stadium, and long-term success. The team uses their tradition to bring new players into the mix and welcome them to the Packers family. New Packers instantly understand their place in the franchise and are motivated to achieve the same greatness as past heros such as Bart Star, Brett Favre, and Dorsey Levens. It also does not hurt that they play in the league's smallest market and are instantly adored by all in the town.
7/25/13: There could be an interesting quarterback battle in Packers camp this season. No, not with Aaron Rodgers. Why in the world would the team take the best player in the game off the field? But for his backup spot. Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman are competing for the right to carry the clipboard. Harrell, by all accounts has made great strides over the past two years. The team expects to even out the reps in training camp and preseason games between the two and have an open competition. They should get plenty of opportunity as the Packers will not put Rodgers in harm's way in the preseason.
7/18/13: Sorry Chicago, but this may sting a little bit. Former Bears tight end and Super Bowl winning coach and city icon Mike Ditka recently said that of all the QBs playing right now he would want to play with Aaron Rodgers. Moreover, he considers Rodgers the best in the game right now. It is one thing to say that the best in the game is on another team, but completely different when giving the honor to your oldest and most hated rival. Green Bay should enjoy this complement, even if it does come from Mike Ditka.
7/11/13: Green Bay Packers' president Mark Murphy says that the team will retire Brett Favre's number 4 jersey before 2016, the year that Favre is eligible for the Hall of Fame. After a very ugly and public divorce, the two sides are starting to open up and get a dialog going. Favre regrets the way he acted and is open to a reunion, the Packers understand the PR hit they would take if they completely shun the best QB they ever had (including Bart Starr). Time heals all wounds, and the team and their loyal fans should let bygones be bygones and do the right thing in the next couple of years.
7/4/13: Come August or September, the Packers will be near the top of teams considered contenders for the Super Bowl. They have the best QB in the game right now and a full complement of receivers. They may well have a running game for once, and hopefully their defense will be improved. Really, there is little standing in their way from another NFC North title except themselves. What will be interesting to watch is how the Vikings play the Packers this year. The Vikings have become a home for discarded Packers, and now have Greg Jennings and Desmond Bishop - allowing them to game plan effectively. This should be fun to watch.
6/27/13: Some fun out of Aaron Rodgers. During the NBA finals he sent out a Tweet comparing Magic Johnson's praising of every player and play to Jon Gruden. Gruden, when on Monday Night Football, is noted for his ongoing praise for every player, coach, towel boy and so on. Everyone is tremendous to Gruden when he is broadcasting, so this can only be a shot at Gruden. If we fast forward five years, wouldn't it be fun if Gruden became the next Packers' head coach? That could be an uncomfortable relationship which make great theater for the rest of us.
6/20/13: It looks like former Packer great Brett Favre is trying to play nice. He had nothing but complements for current QB Aaron Rodgers. He essentially said that if Rodgers stays healthy, then he will break all of Favre's records - except games started. Rodgers has always taken the high road when the Favre subject comes up, and Favre never really called out Rodgers. But it was the drafting of Rodgers and Favre's indecision that led to the messy Favre/Packers divorce. It is good to see that fences are starting to mend so Brett can get back to Green Bay before he goes into the Hall of Fame.
6/13/13: The story that everyone in Green Bay has been waiting for finally broke. It looks like Brett Favre and the club are about to make up. In an interview, Favre took responsibility for his part in the 'break up'. All Cheeseheads want to see the reunion and for Favre to have his famous number 4 retired by the team. While Favre may have wanted to make his former team pay, and he did by playing for the rival Vikings, sweeping the series with the Packers, and getting an untimely interception away from a Super Bowl birth - the Packers made out pretty well with Aaron Rodgers, and won their own Super Bowl two years ago.
6/6/13: Green Bay Packers camp has been pretty quiet thus far. It is well known that the Packers lost two top wide receivers in Donald Driver (retirement) and Greg Jennings (free agency), but this team seems to draft unknown WRs, give them a couple years to develop, and turn them into stars. So there is little cause for concern receiving-wise. The bigger question will be in the running game, or lack of running game. Green Bay got two top running backs in the draft, and they will be expected to step in quickly. If the Packers can get decent production out of the running game, then they should have no problem repeating as NFC North champs.
5/30/13: Green Bay looks like they are gearing up for a more balanced offense attack this season and for the future. The drafting of Eddie Lacy from Alabama and Williams from UCLA seems like the team understands that they cannot rely solely on QB Aaron Rodgers. Some speculate that the passing game will decline since the team lost both Donald Driver and Greg Jennings in the offseason. That is not likely to happen. Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jordy Nelson have all proven themselves, and the team always seems to have a stable of developing wide receivers ready to fill in when needed.
5/23/13: There is not much surprise in Packers camp. Everyone knows that they have a vicious passing offense and an average defense. The team simply has to get better on the defensive side of the ball if they want to advance past the second round of the playoffs. The NFC North is touted as an extremely competitive division, but in reality there is the Packers and everyone else. Who knows if their defense will be any better this coming season, but their running game should be. They nabbed two top rushers in the draft, and they may complement each other as they take pressure off of the passing game.
5/16/13: The knock on Green Bay for a long time has been the lack of running game. Last years leading rusher was Alex Green - who mustered only 464 yards on 135 carries. Of course, the Packers brought in Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin through the draft to help balance the offensive attack. While the Packers have not had a strong running game for years, they also have not stressed running the ball since Aaron Rodgers came into the fold. The fact is that the Packers like to throw the ball and do so as much as any team in the league. Installing better talent will help, but the Packers must also address their offensive line to give these guys some protection.
5/9/13: Packers fans are among the best in all of pro football. They know their team and players as well as the coaches (which makes sense because many own shares in the team). So Packer Nation certainly took notice when the team did not select a safety in the draft. Safety is a position of need for the team (remember Colin Kaepernick in the playoffs?), this draft was rich with safeties, and Green Bay had 11 picks. GM Ted Thompson says that he has confidence in Jerron McMillan and M. D. Jennings. That may be true. Or perhaps Thompson is looking to sign a cheap veteran safety before training camp.
5/2/13: Aaron Rodgers was a happy man over the weekend. He signed the richest deal in NFL history for $110 million extension through 2019. He is making the kind of money needed to buy his own franchise at this point. But the icing on the cake is that Packers selected two great running backs in the draft. They were the beneficiaries of Alabama's Eddie Lacy free fall (the consensus top running back in the draft) late in the second round. Then they lucked out and got Johnathan Franklin from UCLA late in the fourth round. If the Packers have a weakness, then it is the running game. These picks should balance the offense.
4/18/13: While their arch rivals, the Chicago Bears, have recently dismissed their franchise linebacker and hope to be able to find a replacement, the Green Bay Packers just locked their up for a long time. The Packers came to an agreement with Clay Matthews on a five year, $65 million extension, with $31 million guaranteed. With that type of contract, Matthews will be able to afford a lot of Fatheads. But considering the storied history of the franchise, it is interesting to note that Matthews is the only one to ever make the Pro-Bowl in each of his first four seasons.
4/11/13: The public relations department of any NFL team always has work to do. In the case of Green Bay, it is explaining why the team has been so silent this offseason. The Packers let wide receiver Greg Jennings walk and cut cornerback/safety Rod Woodson. But the team is busy trying to lock down some core players like Clay Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers to long term deals. The team cites abject failures like the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles as reasons they do not spend a lot of money in free agency. They also say the draft will address their areas of concern. They need to do so, because Colin Kaepernick just ran for another 25 yards and a score.
4/4/13: Green Bay and the Packers faithful are watching the Tony Romo contract extension in Dallas. Romo's extension will pay him $17 million per year on average, which includes $55 million in guaranteed money. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is among the elite at his position in the league - and no one would argue that Tony Romo is better or more accomplished. Rodgers currently gets about $10 million per year and the Packers know they need to extend him soon. The speculation now is that is will be in the neighborhood of four years for $100 million.
3/28/13: Green Bay is one of the most popular teams in the country for NFL fans. Supporters are found in all reaches of the U.S., and most cities have their own Packer Backer clubs. The team is not just popular with fans, but also with players. Tight end Jermichael Finley reworked his salary to remain with the Packers. Also, linebacker A.J. Hawk took a $2 million pay cut just to remain with the team. In an age where most pro athletes jump ship at the drop of a hat for an extra dollar, it is good to see loyalty from both the team and players to continue careers with a top end organization.
3/21/13: Green Bay lost Charles Woodson, and there is little chance of resigning him. There have been talks about bringing back WR Greg Jennings, but that will probably not happen. They had interest in former Rams star running back Steven Jackson, but he signed with Atlanta. But the team is trying to secure a long term deal with QB Aaron Rodgers. Most will agree that Rodgers is an elite QB, something that seems to be a prerequisite for winning a Super Bowl these days (and Rodgers has one). No terms have been announced, but it easily could be the richest in NFL history when all is said and done.
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3/7/13: To no one's surprise, the Green Bay Packers declined to use their annual franchise tag on wide receiver Greg Jennings. Jennings will now become a free agent on March 12th, unless the two sides can work out a new agreement. Jennings became expendable with the emergence of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and James Jones - a veritable riches of targets for QB Aaron Rodgers. At 29, Jennings has some good years left, but he has been hampered by injuries. He may end up in St. Louis or Miami, both of whom could use a number one receiver.
2/14/13: Donald Driver once promised Green Bay fans that he would never wear another uniform. He is a man of his word. He retired shortly after the Packers were eliminated from the playoffs in a 45-31 loss to eventual NFC champion San Francisco. The Packers threw him a retirement party with 1,500 fans getting free tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis. At 38, Driver did not have much left in the tank. The emergence of Jordy Nelson and James Jones and Randall Cobb left few balls for Driver, who only had eight catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns in the 2012 season. It will not be long before his number is retired by the team.
2/7/13: Acclaimed Packers wide receiver Donald Driver retired following the season, and the team hosted a farewell party in his honor. One thousand tickets were made available to fans, and that became the hottest ticket in town. The Packers selected Driver in the seventh round in the 1990's and became a local legend. He retires as the franchise leader in receptions (743) and receiving yards (10,137) - records that may never been broken, especially considering the glut of receiving talent to spread the wealth. Driver can also lay claim to playing with two of the best quarterbacks of their era: Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
1/31/13: The Packers were again on the doorstep of a long playoff run, but simply could not get past the eventual NFC champion San Francisco 49er's. As good as Aaron Rodgers has been, and he is a dark horse candidate for MVP, the team simply relies too much on him and the receiving corps to make a long playoff run. Green Bay needs a running game and the blocking to make that happen. It happened the in 2010-2011 when they won the Super Bowl and should be the blueprint for getting over the hump and back into the Super Bowl.
1/24/13: Hard to imagine, but that pillar of the community Cedric Benson is in trouble with the law. He is charges with allowing two dogs (rottweilers) to roam "at large" and attacking several calves - some of whom may not live. In the past, he has been charged with speeding and driving without a license. And there was that time in 2008 where he was charged with boating while intoxicated. Benson spent most of the 2012 injured, and it is unclear whether or not he will be back with the Packers after this latest run-in with law enforcement.
1/17/13: Green Bay's season came to a disappointing end on Saturday, losing 45-31 at San Francisco in the Divisional Round. Aaron Rodgers threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns, but the defense let the Packers down in Rodgers return to his hometown. Rodgers grew up a 49ers fan and was passed over in favor of Alex Smith in the 2005 draft. But it was Colin Kaepernick who stole the show. Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns, and added almost 200 yards rushing and two more TDs, setting the NFL playoff record for most rushing yards by a quarterback.
1/10/13: The Green Bay Packers advanced to the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs by easily handling the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of Week 17. In the final game of the regular season, QB Christian Ponder played one of his best games as a pro, throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions. But Ponder was too injured for the playoff game, leaving Joe Webb as the Vikings QB. Webb had not thrown a ball all season and it showed. The Packers had no trouble containing him and Adrian Peterson was simply not enough. Green Bay heads to San Francisco to play the 49ers this weekend.
1/3/13: In a very rare twist, the Chicago Bears and their fans were rooting for the Packers. Had Green Bay beaten Minnesota in the season finale, then the Bears would have been in the playoffs (and Lovie Smith would still have a job). However, the Vikings, fighting for their own playoff life, served the Packers a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson and pulled out a 37-34 victory on a last second field goal. The loss knocked Green Bay to the third seed in the NFC playoffs - and the Pack now return home to host the Vikings in the opening round.
12/27/12: While the Patriots issued just enough offense to pull out a win over the hapless Jaguars, the Packers decided to load it on to the Titans and show everyone that they are a serious contender in the playoffs. Green Bay poured on touchdown after touchdown on the way to a 55-7 win. Green Bay has not scored that much in a game since 1983, when they dropped 55 on Tampa. The Packers are now 11-4 and have the No.2 seed in the NFC. A win at Minnesota on Sunday would ensure Green Bay of a first round bye.
12/20/12: Green Bay continues to stymie their arch rivals, the Chicago Bears, especially when it means the most. Competing for the division championship, quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for almost 300 yards and three TD's, leading the Packers to a 21-13 win at Soldier Field. Green Bay ran for about 100 yards in total, and the defense limited Jay Cutler to only 135 yards in the air. The win gives the Packers the NFC North crown again, and a shot at a bye week with some help from San Francisco. The Packers are back home this Sunday to host the Titans.
12/13/12: Green Bay took a big step toward securing the NFC North crown again, defeating Detroit 27-20 at home. It was the 22nd straight home win over the Lions, the longest such streak in the NFL, dating back to 1992. Aaron Rodger showed his mobility by running in a 27 yard touchdown. The Packers were actually down 14-0 at one point, but rallied for the win. Green Bay's biggest test comes next week. The Packers travel to their arch rivals, the Chicago Bears, with the division on the line. Win in Soldier Field and claim the division. Lose, and they will have to fight it out with the Bears for the rest of the regular season.
12/6/12: There was a time on Sunday afternoon where the Green Bay Packers looked like they would fall two games behind the Bears in the NFC North. The Packers were losing at home to the Vikings while the Bears were having their way with the Seahawks. But things changed in a hurry. Green Bay scored 13 unanswered points in the second half while Chicago let the Seahawks win in overtime. Now, Green Bay and Chicago are tied in the standings (at 8-4) heading into the final stretch of the season. The Packers host the Lions in the Sunday Night game this week.
1/1/12: The much-maligned New Orleans Saints almost had their first win of the year. Late in the fourth quarter, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers made sure that would not happen. Rodgers threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns. The fourth touchdown pass was the game-winner, an 11 yard pass to Jordy Nelson. Nelson finished the game with 93 yards on 8 receptions and a touchdown and James Jones caught two touchdown passes. Green Bay had a 21-7 lead in the second quarter, but Drew Brees and the Saints were just getting started. Brees led the Saints to four straight scoring drives giving New Orleans a 27-21 lead early in the fourth quarter before Nelson?s touchdown. Brees gave the Packers defense all they could handle throwing for 446 yards and three touchdowns. The Saints had a chance to take the lead late in the game, but kicker Garrett Hartley missed a 48-yard field goal attempt with three minutes left in the game. The Packers improve to 2-2 on the year while the Saints suffer their fourth loss of the year.
4/12/12 The Packers had just about the best regular season a team could have in 2011 without being perfect. However, their 15-1 record could do nothing to prevent them from being ousted in the NFC Divisional playoff round by the red- hot New York Giants. The Packers will look to return with a vengeance in 2012 with MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the helm. Rodgers, who tossed an astounding 45 touchdown passes in 2011, put the Packers at third in the league in passing yards per game with just over 307 yards per week. With weapons Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley leading the Pack's high-powered offense, they will return with some unfinished business this September.
Green Bay Packers Tickets - The Beginning
We're talking major cheese and a hopeful for such a homely state as Wisconsin, namely the historic and remarkable Green Bay Packers, founded back in 1919 on August 11 by hopeful members of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. On August 27 of that year, J.E. Clair of the Acme Packing Company granted the club their enlistment into the NFL in 1922 with the name the 'Green Bay Packers.' Their very first series of games were launched in November 27 of that year against the Staleys, which were later renamed to the popular Chicago Bears. It was a dismal series with their first game a loss of 20-0; however, it was then to end a reign of terror in 1925 when the Packers won against the Bears for the very first time, 14-10, a godsend given the setbacks, such as the reprimand of the team illegally using college players under assumed names followed by constant bad weather in Wisconsin plaguing the team with low attendance. But the Packers bounced back.
Green Bay Packers Tickets - The Players
A long road to victory followed -- from Curly Lambeau, general manager and historic coach of the Packers, to the tremendous and indomitable Brett Favre.
Brett Favre is no longer the first name that pops into fans heads when they think of great Packers quarterback. Aaron Rodgers has won his first Super Bowl in his third year as a starter. The scary thing is how good the Packers could be again this year. Last year they were riddled with injuries and still won. This year everyone is healthy. Keep an eye out for Ryan Grant to make a huge comeback. Expect the same production from Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Jermichael Finley. Also watch for Clay Matthews, A. J. Hawk and Charles Woodson to have another big year on defense. These players could be the start of the best Packers team of all time.
Green Bay Packers Tickets - 2011 Offseason
The NFL lockout is finally over and its time for the free agency period and team camps to start. The Packers open the season on September 8th against the New Orleans Saints. This shootout between two of the best teams will be determine by who can find the missing pieces of the puzzle during the free agency period and who can find their timing and chemistry during training camp.
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With the triumph of Super Bowl XLV under their belt, there's definitely more to look forward with the team hailing from Green Bay.
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