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Packers coaching staff to coach NFC in Pro Bowl again

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 14, 2013 – 12:00 pm

Mike McCarthy, Pro Bowl coaches

For the second straight year, the Packers coaching staff will coach the NFC in the Pro Bowl.

This year’s game will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. Last year, the AFC beat the NFC, 59-41, after which Packers QB Aaron Rodgers criticized a lack of effort by players on both sides.

The Packers coaching staff got the assignment by virtue of being the highest-seeded NFC team to lose in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Packers were the No. 3 seed. The top two seeds, Atlanta and San Francisco, are playing next weekend for the NFC Championship. Last year, the Packers were the NFC’s top seed but also lost in the divisional round.

The Broncos were the AFC’s top seed this year but lost in double overtime last weekend, so Denver’s coaching staff, led by John Fox, will coach the AFC squad.

This will be Mike McCarthy’s third time as the head coach of the NFC. He also coached the squad following the 2007 season, after the Packers lost in the NFC Championship. Back then, the Pro Bowl was played one week after the Super Bowl, and the coaching staffs of the teams that lost in the conference title games coached the Pro Bowl. Now, the game is played the week before the Super Bowl.

The Packers have three players on this year’s NFC Pro Bowl roster — QB Aaron Rodgers, who is the starter, plus LB Clay Matthews and C Jeff Saturday. Other Packers still have a chance to make it as alternates because players from the teams participating in the Super Bowl do not go to the Pro Bowl, and others drop out for injuries and various additional reasons.

G Josh Sitton is a first alternate, and San Francisco G Mike Iupati is the NFC starter at the position. If the 49ers reach the Super Bowl, Sitton will be added to the NFC roster. Packers KR Randall Cobb is also a first alternate, though Seattle’s Leon Washington was the NFC selection at that position and the Seahawks were eliminated this past weekend.

Other Packers named alternates were FB John Kuhn, DL B.J. Raji, CB Tramon Williams and DB Charles Woodson.

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75 Responses to “Packers coaching staff to coach NFC in Pro Bowl again”

  1. By Gomez on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Boy, this should be a disaster for the NFC.

  2. By Lee on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    this is the last thing I want to see from GB. I hate pro bowl, it’s for losers.

  3. By Gomez on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    What will fix this team is calling Ted Thompson to account for his choice of players and lack of free agency moves (an ancient center from Indy); calling Mike McCarthy to account for his play calling; firing Dom Capers for being inept and under-qualified; fire the conditioning coach who is, apparantly, not qualified.

    I understand you are a newcomer around here and you don’t know squat about Lombardi or the Packers tradition. McCarthy needs to study up on Lombardi and learn what it means to be a man. He isn’t here to be head butt patter and the player’s best friend. He’s here to make men out of these players and teach them accountability. When there is no accountability at the top, there is no accountability down to the rookie level.

    That’s what the fans want, accountability from Mark Murphy to the newest rookie. Why do Harbaugh’s players love him? Because he is a man and he treats his players like men, not like needy children.

    Grow up Vic and act like a man. Stop talking down to Packer fans like an arrogant twit. You might want to read up and “study” Lee Remmel to work on bringing yourself up to a higher level.

  4. By Moochie on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    If Capers is coaching the defense, the AFC should score 90- 100 points.

  5. By Gomez on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Vic must be editing comments today. This site will only post half of my comment. What’s up with that?

  6. By James on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Given to “highest-seeded NFC team to lose in the divisional round of the playoffs?” That about sums up how everyone feels about the Pro Bowl.

  7. By Bart Starr fan on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Gomez, excellent post – very well said. I couldn’t agree more!

  8. By Joe on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Gomez, you are a douche bag. If you have nothing good to say, shut the @$!@ up!!

  9. By jb on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    pro bowl is for losers and yes Vic is quite busy today.

  10. By Vic on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Now we know why Capers thru the game. Free trip to Hawaii

  11. By jb on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I agree there needs to be accountability for what the Packers put out threre on the Divisinal weekend unacceptable.

  12. By jb on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    lets see the islands or a conference championship game

  13. By mr know itall on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    fire Rodgers and BRING BACK BRETT

  14. By Brett Favre on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Mr Know it All, you do know it all!! This team is learning how to CHOKE in the games that matter. Vikings will be NFC North champs next year and many years to come. Get in the back seat Pack!

  15. By Kyle on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Gomez, you probably also called for Ted Thompson’s head when he drafted Rodgers. We’ve won the Super Bowl and have 2 division wins in the last three years. I know plenty of fans around the country who wish they could have such an incompetent[sic] staff.

  16. By Sheboygan Mullet on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    The Pack should just throw the next two years to get amazing draft picks and begin their DOMINATION then!!

  17. By Gomez on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Kyle, quite the opposite. I called for Favre to be cut loose for all his girlish drama. When I go to work, I am accountable for what I produce. So, grow up and figure it out.

  18. By Gomez on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    If I were a Seahawks fan I’d be pretty upset after Sunday’s game. Atlanta intercepted Russell Wilson in the end zone as time expired. Seattle should have been awarded a touchdown.

  19. By David on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Not one Packer should set one foot on that Pro Bowl field! The coaches…..well, they need the practice!

  20. By Gomez on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply


    Your are proof positive that morons live.

  21. By Mike on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Well this should be fun! get to see Dom Capers, aka Wile E. Coyote coach defense one more time this season….

  22. By Gomez on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    So, accountability is looking at:

    Is it more important to draft additional wide recievers; is it more important to draft offensive linemen to replace the small immobile linemen you have; or is it more important to go after a high caliber running back.

    Common sense: we already had high caliber wide recievers. We needed O-linemen and a running back.What is the reason for bringing in additional wide recievers and not addressing the two most important needs on offense? The answer for that is called “accountability” for those who cannot understand.

  23. By Scott1956 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Now all the Pro-Bowl players can see how inept McCarthy and his staff are first hand!

  24. By Scott1956 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Gomez, Your post was spot on. And Joe, go be a suckup somewhere else. Maybe you can be president of Vic’s fanclub!

  25. By David Brown on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I agree 100% of what Gomez had to say. Management and coaches need to be held accountable. Mike McCarthy is very poor in calling games, and Dom Capers is no longer the coach we need for our defense. The Coaches need to better prepare this team for big games. If we don’t get to the Super Bowl the next few years, we may miss the opportunity when Rogers is still our quarterback. We need to resign Jennings and stop being so cheap. Remember what Reggie White did for this team.

  26. By Gomez on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Excellent article(s) at Packers News .com

    Playing it safe isn’t paying off
    This article explains how things really went down rather than the “excuse” articles on packers.com


  27. By Lee on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Pro bowl su-cks, it’s for losers.

  28. By Gomez on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    “One of the great things about playing the game of football is you have to adjust. When you fail to adjust in critical situations, you’re going to lose, and that’s what happened here.”

    Ron Wolff

  29. By Gomez on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    “We didn’t make any adjustments,” said Packers safety Charles Woodson. “I just think when the game is going the way it is, you’ve got to try something different. It’s just hard to continue to do the same thing over and over again, and continue to get burned.”

  30. By Gomez on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Perhaps Capers, like a lot of players he has coached, has lost a step. Something certainly isn’t right for in three of the last four years his defenses have failed spectacularly in the playoffs, and it’s imperative coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson determine quickly what needs to be done to change this disturbing trend.
    Woods writes for Post-Crescent Media of Appleton

  31. By Special K on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Is it just me or does anyone else think the Packers should look at dumping Dom Capers and getting a new defensive coordinator? I don’t see much improvement the last few years. Thompson gets him the players (and we have some great ones on defense) and he can’t do anything to stop the run. So, let him go, it can’t be much worse. What do ya’ll think?

  32. By northerner on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    The good coaches will be prepping for the super bowl game.

  33. By Andrew on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Look this is ridiculous- Capers took a defense that was ranked last and made them 11th. We were missing 2 key players on defense- Defensive Tackle, and LB. Gee aren’t those positions usually used to stop the run. We also had 2 other starting LBs that went down with injury. I have one complaint about Capers and that is he did not adjust his game plan.
    But show me a better Defensive Coordinator out there. Even now. McCarthy should be blamed for not getting his coach to change plans- and Capers should have. But all the really good DCs are already taken so are you going to take a step backward just to satisfy a few angry fans who no nothing about football.

  34. By Andrew on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Oh yeah, forgot to mention- Green Bay only gave up 4 100 yard rushers all season. And they were to Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson- check your facts before you start spouting off at the mouth people.

  35. By Polish Prophet on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I think that instead of having the Pro Bowl in Hawaii every year, why not rotate it around the various stadiums that could hold it. There’s no way I could afford a $5,000 trip to Hawaii just to watch a bunch of guys play flag football and relax for free.

  36. By Victor on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Wasn’t our D-line coach a coordinator before.

  37. By Don on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    There are a lot of teams who’d love to be in the Packers shoes. Not that I like the way the season ended, not that improvement isn’t needed, but let’s appriciate the jobs the players, coaches and staff did. We still had a competative year and made the playoffs. I think the players would rather have a Thank You from Packer fans then gloom and doom. So come on, give ‘em a cheer and a thanks.

  38. By N!G€RlAGU3$T on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I am of princely seed and of royal blood

  39. By pkrbkr4ever on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    After the first 2 minutes of the Pro Bowl last year……I agree with Aaron and I will NEVER waste my time again. I know that nobody wants to get hurt, but C’mon Man ! ! It’s also not fair that some of the VERY best players don’t get to play because they are in the Super Bowl. That is a nice week of Hawaii vacation for those guys. They all earn it !

  40. By pkrbkr4ever on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Don, very good post dude, I totally agree ! I’m very dis-appointed, but it was still a good year. Hey folks…….how’d like to live in Cleveland ?

  41. By billfromc'ville on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    This team has a hard time with balance on offense. It seems like coach McCarthy gives up on the run too soon or just plain doesn’t run. Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the game and the only one that does not have a running game to help him. Just look at the other good qbs, they also have a good running back.I sure hope we give Harris a chance next year and Benson. The rest can compete for the third spot.

  42. By cynder11 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Brett Favre…agree with you 100%,(not the Vikings comment..haha!) choosing wrong games to choke! All that talent, what a waste!! I told Ted I was looking for job….I have followed you since you started college, so how about if we team up and coach packers???!!! Make history, first female coach!! Hope all is well with you Brett!

  43. By bigDaddy on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Vince Lombardi called coaching the pro bowl a game for losers. He did it once and vowed never to repeat it.
    I wonder what MM thinks of coaching this game. He’s sure done it enough.

  44. By Scott1956 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    This way all the great players can see what a laughingstock the Packers coaching staff is!

  45. By Shawn on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Vic braggin up Capers is like a handsome man bragging up an ugly wife who cant cook! Say what ya want about Capers but FACT is that the Defense for the last couple years has ALWAYS kept the other teams within a winning score or two in the 4th quarter. If it werent for the offense this team would be bottom of NFC North! Get it together TT!

  46. By Rob on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    so, a probowl offense against Capers D ??? Dare we say 1000 yards offense??????

  47. By Rob on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    wow, you guys are total Packer haters!!!! I am a huge fan but unfortunately cant argue a single comment….well, except ‘bring back Favre’ that guuys on crack….but wow, absolutely dump Capers! 3 years of 5-600 yards a game is just nuts!! Bring back the 4-3, Bishop in the middle, Perry and Matthews outside….front 4 of Neal, Raji, Pickett, and Worthy/Daniels!! who knows….Daytona is a few weeks away and pitchers/catchers report in a month…..until the draft ~~~

  48. By Darrell on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    We players who can fire one another up and get them going…McCarthy just stands there on the sidelines with his play sheet and says nothing!!

  49. By Darrell on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I meant we NEED players…

  50. By DK on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    It is a good thing football decisions are not based off of rash judgements of fans. Look at how many injuries there were on defense during the year and yet somehow Dom Capers was still able to salvage together a #11 defense. I am pretty sure it matters when you have Erik Walden playing because Perry was injured, having Woodson out for a lot of games, and losing a starting LB and his backup. I guess some people think that you have to make it to the super bowl every other year to be a good team.

  51. By Sue on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Sure is easy to piss and moan about stuff from your comfy couches isn’t it? Oh wait, y’all have lots of actual experience coaching in the NFL…right?

  52. By TJ on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply


  53. By Ken on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    hate to say gomez, but your rant sounded pretty arrogant.

  54. By Jon on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Can’t say I found anything of substance in Gomez’ posts. I’m surprised he even has a job.

  55. By bryanbailey805 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Reblogged this on Football, basket, tennis and more!.

  56. By NIGHJEERIAQUEST on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    all F-art Worshippers unite!

  57. By Madhabit on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Gomez you’re an idiot. You had no problem with the coaching staff two yrs ago when we won the superbowl. Stop whining, you sound like a child throwing a temper tantrum

  58. By DaGrise on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Little Gomez crawled out from under his rock and doesn’t seem to want to go back.

  59. By David Schwalm on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Couldn`t have said it better myself, Gomez!!!

  60. By David Schwalm on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Andrew, you are living in a dream world! Staistics are for losers. Losing in the first or secon round of the play-oofs with a QB like Rodgers and in spite of finishing first is also for losers. You seem to be happy with making the play-offs and then wmbarrasing ourselves. I and many other Packer fans have more pride than that!

  61. By Gomez on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    I’ve been here since 1961, the first year I started following the Packers.

    To be called an “idiot” by a moron, is, well, owie.

    You are probably the same embiciles that bought into Dan Devine all the way through Forrest Gregg. They were all good men, but that did not make any of them good coaches.

    If you don’t like my post, don’t read it and just move on instead of showing your maturity level.

  62. By veteranviewer on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    The Packers’s are a bad joke waiting for a laugh.

  63. By Gomez on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t put Phil Bengston into that group because poor Phil inherrited a very aged team. There was no way he could possibly fill all the holes with players that were quickly closing in on retirment. Bless Phil, a man of incredible heart, that tried to keep the ship floating.

  64. By Don on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    The point was well spoken on ESPN. The spokesman said ” It’s a shame the Packers are wasting Aaron Rodgers talent. No running game, no defensive rush and lousy play calling. When is it ever going to change.

  65. By madhabit on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Gomez you ARE an idiot. Apparently an old idiot. lol I call it like I see it. You sound ignorant about the game of football. So no, I will not ignore you, I will confront you and tell you that you sound stupid. If you think you can do any better than them at their job, put a headset on and get on the sidelines and coach, old man. But if not, be quiet because you sound like an, well, an idiot.

  66. By madhabit on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Oh and btw Gomez since I apparently “lack maturity”, why don’t you teach me how to be mature, by not responding. Since no one really wants to read anymore of your ignorance anyway…

  67. By Shawn on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    The biggest losers game…cool!

  68. By Sixtus on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Yeh, with Lombardi Ross made a play like he did with Lombardi, Ross would have been cut after the game. Rookie or not Lombardi had a strick code. you can’t play with broken ribs your season was finished. He taught his players to play tough and play real football. But with modern mentalities it’s the era of pampering the players. Packers need that tough coach mentality again. Start putting the fear in the players that they will shape up or you will be shipped out it didn’t matter who you were!

  69. By Sixtus on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Keep Capers one more year! Super Bowl or Bust. M.M. Should evaluate the coaching staff. Offensive Coodinator Clemets,should be fired with the Ofensive line coach should be fired like of yesterday!

  70. By fireswimmer on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    mr know ittall if you think brett is still better than rodgers i think you ve gotta be an idiot there is no way brett could ever make up his mind who to throw to except to the opposite team

  71. By Harry Hodag on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    Mike McCarthy is in danger of becoming like Tony Dungy was in Tampa Bay: good enough to get into the playoffs, but not good enough to move forward. Everything came together for one Super Bowl year, but the window for this team is closing.
    Ted Thompson better pull a rabbit out of his hat this off season or the Vikes will be looking down at the rest of us.
    Take a look at Minnesota’s and San Francisco’s offensive line then decide if Green Bay’s measures up.
    Nick Perry instead of Harrison Smith?
    Enjoy Hawaii Mike, Dom, etc. another “close but no cigar” season might mean changes in the wind.

  72. By Darrell on Jan 24, 2013 | Reply

    I would take Nick Perry over Harrison Smith any day!

  73. By Lynn Scott on Jan 24, 2013 | Reply

    Sure to Choke with these jokers.

  74. By logicweasel on Jan 27, 2013 | Reply

    Well that’s odd, I don’t hear anymore of those people claiming Capers would fail at coaching in the Pro Bowl.

    Guess when the facts catch up to you fickle torch burners, you realize just how wrong you are about something. I saw a lot of solid play on the NFC defense side, “Players not plays” anyone?

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