NFL Network will feature the Packers on America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers, on Wednesday, Sept. 7, and NFL Films Senior Producer Dave Douglas promised Packers fans the show will reveal a new piece of information about the team’s Super Bowl run.
“McCarthy needed to find something to get them over the hump. He found a unique way, which you’ll see in the show, to get them over the hump. No team had ever done it before. It’s unique and it worked,” Douglas said, referring to Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
The show focuses on three personalities: McCarthy, defefnsive back Charles Woodson and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“Mike is the first interview we did. These are lengthy interviews. It’s not one of those 20-minute interviews in which we lob softballs at you. With Mike it was over two hours,” Douglas said. “His first job was to clean the bathroom at his dad’s bar and he said some of the older guys didn’t have the best aim.”
The show details McCarthy’s ascent from a volunteer assistant at Pitt, when he worked the graveyard shift at a toll booth on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. “Here’s a guy who was fired by the team he would later lead to the Super Bowl title,” Douglas said in tracing McCarthy’s career from his native Pittsburgh through Green Bay and back to Green Bay.
“Even the most veteran, loyal Packers season-ticket holder will learn something they didn’t know,” Douglas said.
“The most intriguing thing I found out about Charles Woodson was his honesty about his career in Oakland, and being on the outs in Oakland and not having many teams interested in him. He had a big fight with his (Packers) position coach on the field. He and Mike went toe to toe about it. They didn’t hit it off well in the beginning, but their respect for one another now is incredible.”
It’s revealed in the show that Woodson was born with severely clubbed feet and he had to be carried around the house.
“He doesn’t want to come to Green Bay, but he does, and he’s 2009 player of the year and now he’s the co-leader of the team. The guy that has the man-crush on Woodson is Aaron,” Douglas said.
Much of the interview with Rodgers, the MVP of Super Bowl XLV, focuses on the stormy years as Brett Favre’s backup.
“The thing I learned about Aaron Rodgers is how much I love the guy. He was very honest about the first year with Brett Favre and how difficult and stressful it was. I didn’t know there was that much turmoil there,” Douglas said.
This is the third America’s Game Douglas has produced. He had previously produced shows on the 1985 Bears and 2000 Ravens.
“The 1985 Bears are arguably the greatest cast of characters with character ever. When you look at the 2010 Packers, their back stories are amazing: Mike McCarthy’s Sharpee, Aaron Rodgers’ belt celebration. The Packers are unique in their own right,” Douglas said.
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Click here to read the transcript from Vic Ketchman’s Packers-Colts chat with fans.
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LINEBACKER CLAY MATTHEWS
(on how it felt to get some more extended action) “It felt good. Obviously we’re getting closer to the regular season, especially with me only playing four reps against Cleveland and not playing against Arizona. Coming out here and getting some more significant time in the first quarter, it felt good to get out there and make some plays and help this defense.”
(on how he played personally) “I thought I did some good things. There is always room for improvement, there is no doubt about that. We will just build on this, myself personally and as a defense and just keep continuing to progress for that Sept. 8 opener.”
(on the run defense in the first quarter after the long Addai run) “Like you said, we gave up a little too much at the beginning. I think it was some missed gaps here, some missed assignments, but for the most part I thought we were playing it well. We shored up a few things and now it looks like we are doing a good job against the run.”
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WR Shaky Smithson, WR Randall Cobb, S Anthony Levine, LB K.C. Asiodu, LB Frank Zombo, G Adrian Battles, T Chris Campbell, WR Greg Jennings, DE Lawrence Guy, DE Mike Neal, and DE C.J. Wilson
WR Anthony Gonzalez, WR Austin Collie, QB Peyton Manning, DB Antoine Bethea, TE Mike McNeill and LB Cody Glenn
Colts starting lineup changes:
72 Jeff Linkenbach for 71 Ryan Diem at RT
71 Ryan Diem for 78 Mike Pollak at RG
7 Curtis Painter for 18 Peyton Manning at QB
84 Jacob Tamme for 17 Austin Collie at H-Back
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Due to inclement weather, the Packers’ practice today at 11:15 a.m. has been moved indoors. The practice will be closed to the public due to space limitations inside the Don Hutson Center and players will not be riding bikes due to the incoming thunderstorm.
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QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS
(on the rhythm and tempo on the scoring drive) “I felt like we did better things on offense, but we had too many penalties and just a couple of conversions that we didn’t pick up. But the third drive felt good. We moved the ball well and guys made some plays and got in the end zone.”
(on shoring up the protection issues after the first two drives) “The no-huddle is a tempo series. Getting them moving around a lot and us kind of getting in a good play, it kind of slows some of that stuff down. You mix in a screen and a draw and it kind of slows things down, and the rush angles as well.”
(on having Finley back) “It was good to have him back. He is a difference-maker for us. He is a tough matchup problem. I wish I would have thrown a better one to him on the corner route that got knocked away by Porter. But it was nice to have him back out there. He’s going to have a big role for us this season.”
TIGHT END JERMICHAEL FINLEY
(on how it felt to get back on the field) “It felt great to get back out there with the offense and get things rolling, and that’s what we did.”
(on taking the first hit) “If you were looking, I had some butterflies when I caught the ball. I took the hit and just fell on down. That’s all I needed. Now I am rolling and ready to go.”
(on the three straight catches on the third drive) “That is big right there. If your quarterback has confidence to throw you a ball and you get 5 yards and then throw it again down the field for 15, that’s confidence in the player that you are.”
SAFETY NICK COLLINS
(on the overall play of the first-team defense) “We did pretty well. We still messed up on a couple of assignments, but overall I thought we did a pretty good job.”
(on increased snaps tonight) “It felt great. We were able to have our full corps out there, so that was a positive sign. Hopefully we can carry that over now.”
(on his near interception) “Yeah, I’ve got to come down with that. At the last second I think Larry stuck his hand in and knocked it down. Next time I’ve got to come up with it. The quarterback was just staring his guy down, and I was able to make a nice break and cut in front of it.”
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Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed in his post-practice press conference that defensive end Mike Neal did, in fact, sustain a left knee injury in the early stages of Tuesday’s training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field. Neal’s feet tangled while working against a blocking bag in a defensive line drill, causing him to fall awkwardly. He immediately began clutching his left knee.
“Tomorrow will tell more of the story,” McCarthy said, referring to further medical evaluation that will determine whether Neal undergoes an MRI scan.
Neal left the field under his own power but with limp. He did not return to the practice field.
“You worry any time any of your players go down and falls. It makes you nervous. As far as the defensive line, we have healthy competition. We were expecting big things from Mike as a contributor this year,” McCarthy said.
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Defensive end Mike Neal sustained a left leg injury early in Tuesday’s practice at Ray Nitschke Field. Neal was participating in a defensive line drill involving a blocking bag when he fell to the ground clutching his left knee. He remained on the ground for a few minutes, before returning to his feet. He left the field without assistance, though with a limp.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy and Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers came to Neal to observe the medical team’s examination of him. The specifics of Neal’s injury won’t likely be known until McCarthy offers details in his post-practice press conference.
Neal is a 2010 second-round draft pick who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury. He is considered to be an important player in Capers’ defensive plans and is thought to be the logical replacement for Cullen Jenkins, who left the Packers in free agency.
Packers.com will update this story following McCarthy’s press conference, or when more information is available.
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