Lions’ passing attack has changed without Megatron

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 29, 2016 – 10:56 am

161229-tate-950GREEN BAY — It was a given going into the season that Detroit’s passing game would be different without WR Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, who retired after 2015.

But the Lions have compensated for the absence of a future Hall of Famer about as well as any team could.

QB Matthew Stafford has completed at least 50 passes to five different pass-catchers in 2016, led by WR Golden Tate, whose production has been complemented by WRs Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin, TE Eric Ebron and RB Theo Riddick.

“Their passing game has definitely evolved,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said before Thursday’s practice. “They’ve gotten more people involved. They had a commitment to Calvin and rightly so. I find they’re tougher to prepare for when you play wide open and you throw the ball to the guy that gets open. I think it’s definitely helped their passing game and helped them schematically with how they challenge the defense.”

Regarding Thursday’s practice, which will be in full pads, McCarthy said RB Christine Michael would be back after being excused on Wednesday for a personal matter. LB Julius Peppers would probably rest for a second straight day, while RB James Starks (concussion) has been in meetings and is “making progress.”

As the Packers prepare to play in a dome stadium for the first time in two months, McCarthy said Detroit’s Ford Field holds plenty of noise even though it doesn’t have a reputation for being as loud as other indoor venues.

“It’s definitely a challenge when you go over there,” McCarthy said. “I think it would be a great place to watch a game. It’s a very unique setting. I’ve always felt it was a very difficult place to play.”

Packers.com will have more following practice and locker room interviews.

 


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McCarthy: ‘We feel our season is just getting started’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on December 28, 2016 – 2:06 pm

161228-rodgers-ford-field-950GREEN BAY — While all the outside talk is about playoff scenarios and positioning, the Packers are keeping their focus set on only one thing entering the final week of the regular season.

Beating the Detroit Lions.

A win over the Lions would mean a fifth NFC North championship in six years for Green Bay and the right to host a wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field.

As much hype is building around the Packers’ five-game winning streak, Head Coach Mike McCarthy is concentrated more on the getting the team’s 10th victory than the path Green Bay took to bounce back from a 4-6 start.

“I’m not really here to talk about season review. We feel our season is just getting started,” McCarthy said. “We understand what we needed to do to get to this point. This is about beating the Lions, beating them in that dome. It’s a tough place to play. … We’re about beating the Lions. That’s what we’re focused on.”

This will be the first time the Packers have played in a dome since traveling to Atlanta in Week 8, amplifying the importance of the team’s preparation inside the Don Hutson Center this week.

McCarthy said the team had a lot of excitement when it returned on Wednesday. The players will get a chance to unleash some of that energy when the Packers hit the practice field at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Packers-Lions game will be the 256th and final regular season game of the 2016 season after the NFL decided to flex it to Sunday Night Football earlier this week.

Although the rest of the NFL action will be wrapped up by the time the game kicks off, McCarthy said he doesn’t plan on doing anything different with his team during the day of the game.

“We’re going to do everything the way we normally do it,” McCarthy said. “I’ll be working on my call sheet at that time and doing everything I normally do. We haven’t played in a dome since Oct. 30. I’m getting ready to play in this environment.”

McCarthy didn’t have many updates to the injury report, but said he is expecting second-year cornerback LaDarius Gunter to play against the Lions after leaving with an elbow injury during the Packers’ 38-25 win over Minnesota on Saturday.

Receiver Randall Cobb, who missed the Vikings’ game with an ankle injury, will be a part of the rehab group during Wednesday’s practice.


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Jordy Nelson climbs the Packers record books

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 24, 2016 – 5:40 pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers & WR Jordy NelsonPACKERS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT WITH 38-25 VICTORY OVER VIKINGS
– The Packers (9-6) posted their fifth straight win with a 38-25 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay finishes the regular season with a 6-2 record at Lambeau Field, the 10th straight season (2007-16) that the Packers have been .500 or better at home.

– The Packers have scored 30-plus points in three straight games, their first time doing so since 2013 (Weeks 15-17).

– Green Bay improved to 21-3 (.875) at home in the month of December under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. That winning percentage ranks tied for No. 1 in the league since 2006 (New England).

– The Packers did not turn the ball over for the third straight game and the fourth time in the last five contests. Green Bay has posted a plus-12 turnover differential over the last three games.

– With two TDs on Saturday, QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson set the franchise record for the most productive TD combination (59) as the duo surpassed Brett Favre/Antonio Freeman (57).

– The Packers will go on the road next Sunday to face the Detroit Lions for the NFC North title. It will be the first time since 1993 that Green Bay has ended the regular season with a game in Detroit.

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Today’s paid attendance was 77,856, the 326th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 347 yards to bring his season total to 4,128, the sixth 4,000-yard passing season of his career. That sets the franchise record as he surpassed Brett Favre’s mark of five 4,000-yard seasons.

– Rodgers threw four TD passes on Saturday, giving him 36 for the year, his franchise-record fourth season (2011-12, 2014, 2016) with 35-plus TD passes (Favre, three, 1995-97).

– Rodgers now has three games this season with four-plus TD passes and zero INTs, tied for the most in a season franchise history with his own mark set in 2011 and Favre’s total in 1995.

– Rodgers now has five seasons with 4,000-plus passing yards and 30-plus passing TDs, further extending his team mark.

– With 28 completions, Rodgers set the single-season franchise record with 374 on the season, surpassing Favre’s mark of 372 in 2005.

– With 13 rushing yards on Saturday, Rodgers eclipsed the 2,500-yard rushing mark (2,502) for his career. He became just the fourth QB in NFL history to post 35,000-plus passing yards and 2,500-plus rushing yards in his career, joining Fran Tarkenton, John Elway and Donovan McNabb as the only players to accomplish that feat.

– Rodgers has not thrown an interception in the last six games, tying the franchise record (min. 15 att.). He had six-game streaks in 2014 and 2014-15 and QB Bart Starr had a six-game streak in 1964. Rodgers has not thrown an INT in his last 206 attempts, six shy of his career high (212) set in 2014 (second-best mark to Starr’s streak of 294).

– Rodgers has 10 zero-INT games this season (min. 15 att.), the third time in his career with 10-plus zero-INT games (13 in 2014, 12 in 2009). The only other QB in team history to have 10 in a season was Starr (10) in 1964.

– In 17 career starts at Lambeau Field in the month of December, Rodgers has completed 359 of 531 passes (67.6 percent) for 4,743 yards and 43 TDs with five INTs for a 118.7 passer rating. The Packers have won 16 straight games at Lambeau Field in December with Rodgers as the starter.

– WR Jordy Nelsons two TD catches on Saturday gave him 14 for the season, making him the first player in franchise history to register 13-plus TD catches in three different seasons (2011, 2014, 2016). He is the only player in the NFL with three seasons of 13-plus TD receptions since 2011.

– Nelson’s two TD grabs brought his career total to 63 as he moved past WR Donald Driver (61) for sole possession of the No. 3 spot in team annals.

– Nelson had nine catches on Saturday, giving him 491 for his career as he moved past Don Hutson (488) for No. 4 in team history.

– Nelson has 91 catches on the season, his third straight season with 85-plus receptions. He joined WR Sterling Sharpe (1992-94) as the only players in team history to do so.

– Nelson posted his 25th career 100-yard game (154 yards) as he moved past Hutson (24) for sole possession of the No. 3 spot in franchise history.

– WR Davante Adams20-yard TD catch in the first quarter was his 10th of the season, making him and Nelson just the second duo in team history to both record 10-plus TD catches in the same season (Nelson and WR Randall Cobb in 2014).

– LB Nick Perry posted two sacks on Saturday to bring his season total to 10. He became the 11th player in team history (since 1982) to register a double-digit sack total in a season.

– WR Geronimo Allison started as the third WR, the first start of his NFL career.


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Packers preparing for ‘knock-down, drag-out game’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on December 22, 2016 – 9:57 am

161222-vikings-950GREEN BAY — While all the outside conversation centers on playoff scenarios and tiebreakers, the Packers are concentrated on only one thing this week.

Beating the Minnesota Vikings.

The Packers have jumped back into the NFC North title hunt with a four-game winning streak, but Head Coach Mike McCarthy isn’t shifting into neutral after what the team has accomplished over the past month.

The focus is on what the team needs to do over the last two weeks of the regular season to ensure a spot in the playoffs.

“We knew when we were in the tough phase of the season that we needed to stay true to ourselves and our commitment to one another,” McCarthy said. “We pushed through that and now it’s time to do something with it. That’s really our focus. We have team coming in here we have a lot of respect for. This is going to be a knockdown, drag-out game.”

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) and LB Clay Matthews (shoulder) were both full participants during Wednesday’s non-padded practice inside the Don Hutson Center.

McCarthy said that is partially a byproduct of a lighter practice schedule, but it was good for both veterans to get the reps they did after being largely limited a week ago.

LB Nick Perry is expected to practice again during the team’s final run-through on Friday. He missed the past two games with a hand injury, but has been working this week with a club.

“It was good to have quality work from those guys,” McCarthy said. “It’s important for all of your players to practice, particularly for the veterans and really the timing with everybody else.”


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Joe Whitt Jr. on Micah Hyde: ‘I’m glad he made the play’

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 21, 2016 – 6:01 pm

161221-hyde-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators plus defensive assistant coaches met with the media late Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a sampling of some of their key comments:

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on Vikings’ returners Sherels and Patterson)

“Really good returners coming in here this week. It’s every week in the National Football League but these two guys are special. They can change a game. We’ve got to go down and cover. We’ve had a lot of practice the last few weeks with Philadelphia and Seattle.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on Clinton-Dix making the Pro Bowl)

“Ha’s just progressively gotten better. He’s a guy that practices every day, very attentive in meetings. He’s a physical player on the run. Because of his experience, he does a good job of disguising coverage. He understands when he needs to be close to the line of scrimmage, and when he can hang back and bait the quarterback. He made two big plays for us. He’s had an excellent year and it’s well-deserved. I can remember when we started him as a rookie in Seattle, and he’s come a long way since then.”

(on playing Matthews in such a limited capacity)

“Anytime we can get Clay on the field, he’s one of those guys can make one or two plays that might change a game. When Clay says he wants to try it, you’re going to look at him and limit what he does at certain times. I think he’s getting better. I certainly appreciate Clay going out there, understanding the importance of each and every one of these games.”

(on facing Peterson again)

“Anytime there’s a chance of Adrian Peterson being on the field, it’s going to catch your attention. The thing about Adrian Peterson, he can hit a home run at any time. If you make a mistake, with that speed, he can take it to the house. You’re always concerned about that. You want to try to get him before he gets started. That was the best thing we did in the game. That, and we got pretty good pressure on the quarterback.”

(on Bradford)

“He’s a quick rhythm passer. He hasn’t thrown a lot of interceptions. He gets the ball out quickly and he’s completing a high percentage.”

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on having Rodgers back at practice this week)

“It certainly helps. Obviously, some players can operate and play without taking the entire number of reps and still be ready to go play, but it certainly helps as far as the other guys. That’s what it’s about, the teammates and getting everybody on the same page.”

(on Lang making the Pro Bowl with his full body of work)

“It really is. Overall, the success that he’s had over the years, as well as this year, he’s a tremendous leader for us. He’s a role model and sets the example for our younger players. You love his play style.”

(on Montgomery’s transition)

“You knew he had the toughness. That’s the starting point, the attitude of it. He breaks tackles. He does all the little things. It doesn’t really surprise us.”

Associate head coach/outside linebackers Winston Moss
(on Perry, Matthews playing with one good arm)

“We don’t know if Nick is going to play. Clay has been playing with the shoulder and doing the best that he can. I think we’ve gotten his best, the best that he can do. Based upon Clay’s history and expectations and what he could do, you never know.”

(on Jones getting his first sack vs. Seattle)

“I love what Datone is doing. He just has to keep on going.”

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac
(on the success vs. Peterson the first time)

“One thing with Adrian, when you play against a guy of his skills, it’s everybody staying coordinated along the front, and I thought we did a good job with that. When you have guys on different levels, that’s where he thrives. It looks like he still can do what he needs to do. He’s got a ton of heart and a ton of fight in him.”

(on the stamina of rookies Clark, Lowry)

“Neither of those guys are starters, so they aren’t worn out. They come from programs that have been in bowl games. That’s always a plus because they’re playing into January. We have good vets that show them the way. I don’t really have a concern in that regard.”

Safeties coach Darren Perry
(on Clinton-Dix’s progression to the Pro Bowl)

“He just continues to lead and continues to grow as a player. He’s a young player that’s still learning, but at the same time he’s being a leader and a great influence on the young guys. The way he goes about his business and prepares, it sets a great example. Always been a hard worker. Just keep the same work ethic that he’s displayed since Day 1 when he got here.”

(on his leadership)

“He has a positive mentality throughout, and I think that’s contagious. The way he’s trying to be uplifting to all the guys out there, young or old, that’s just what he is, and I think the guys feed off of that.”

(on where he’s improved the most)

“His tackling. His first year, he was in double digits I think in missed tackles. The fundamentals and consistency part of it, that’s important. The interceptions will come.”

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr.
(on the fourth-quarter struggles in Chicago)

“We didn’t play great in the fourth quarter. You can’t hide from that. If we’re going to be a championship type team, we can’t have those things happen. The great thing is we won the game. We had a great third quarter. But to be the team we want to be, we have to shore that up, and we have the guys to do that. We understand the issues, and we’re going to take care of them.”

(on Hyde making the goal-line play and avoiding Guion running onto the field)

“I’m glad he made the play. Micah is the type of guy who’s never up or down. He’s level. He’s not going to panic. He’s always going to be the same way.”

Assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley
(on Joe Thomas)

“I like what he’s done. I like how he’s progressed. We’ve had different situations where he’s had to become the signal-caller, the decision-maker, to do those kinds of things. He’s had to take on both spots that we play in there. He’s really developed. He plays a tough, aggressive game that I respect a lot.”

(on the health of the inside group)

“Hopefully we haven’t had any setbacks and we’re back to where we can get all three of them rolling.”

 


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McCarthy on T.J. Lang’s Pro Bowl nod: ‘About time’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on December 21, 2016 – 10:09 am

161221-lang-950GREEN BAY — The Packers have felt for several years now that they had a Pro Bowl-caliber guard in T.J. Lang.

Now, the eighth-year veteran finally has the title to go along with the admiration of his teammates and coaches.

Lang and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix were voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time, the NFL announced on Tuesday night. They’re joined on the NFC team by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who was selected for the sixth time in his nine seasons as Green Bay’s starting quarterback.

The Packers also had two players – WR Jordy Nelson and T David Bakhtiari – named first alternates. DT Mike Daniels, WR Davante Adams and FB Aaron Ripkowski also were selected as alternates.

“About time,” said Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy of Lang’s selection. “I think we all felt that way for T.J. The general excitement for TJ and Ha Ha says a lot about those two men and our locker room. Aaron’s excitement for those two men. You like to see guys be rewarded and recognized for their seasons, but also the guys who were also alternates in Jordy, Bakhtiari and Mike Daniels. Bryan Bulaga is having a great year. There’s a lot of guys that we feel were worthy of the recognition.”

Clinton-Dix has enjoyed a breakthrough season in his third NFL campaign, currently tied for the league lead in interceptions by a safety this season with five. He was named NFC defensive player of the week on Wednesday following his two-interception performance in Sunday’s 30-27 win over the Chicago Bears.

The former first-round pick has played all but one defensive snap this season.

“If you watch Ha Ha work every day, you have a greater appreciation for him because he does all the little things,” McCarthy said. “He’s a fun guy to work with. I would think his teammates would definitely echo that he’s a lot more fun to compete with on Sundays. Ha, I was very happy for him.”

McCarthy added that linebacker Nick Perry is making progress with the hand injury that’s sidelined him for the Packers’ last two games. Perry, who leads the defense with eight sacks, has been working with the training staff to get comfortable with wearing a cast over his hand.

“We’re going to try to do some things today,” McCarthy said. “It’s a process. We’re working through it.”

The Packers will conduct their first practice of the week on Wednesday afternoon.


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Rematch with Vikings will be different game from Week 2

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 20, 2016 – 11:41 am

161220-peterson-950GREEN BAY — It’s been three full months since the Packers and Vikings first met this season, and the rematch isn’t likely to be all that similar on Saturday at Lambeau Field.

For starters, the Packers have a completely new offensive backfield while the Vikings have a new offensive coordinator, as Pat Shurmur replaced Norv Turner midseason.

“They’re different and we’re different. Every team in the league is different from Week 2,” McCarthy said on Tuesday. “Both teams have endured a lot of injuries and have different moving parts there. They’re still very good on defense. Offensively they made a shift there with the coordinators. They’ve established a different trend of how they’re going to play, and I think they’re still very good on special teams.”

Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson was injured in the third quarter of these teams’ first meeting, and he returned last week for the Vikings against Indianapolis.

“He didn’t play a whole lot,” McCarthy said of Peterson, who had six carries for 22 yards, with a fumble. “But he’s Adrian Peterson. That’s our approach with it.”

On the injury front for the Packers, McCarthy said LB Clay Matthews continues to get better while playing through his shoulder injury, and LB Nick Perry (hand) has a chance to get on the practice field on Wednesday, but it’s still wait and see with him.

The workout schedule is light this week due to the shortened time frame and the fact that the Packers had both their bye week and Thursday night game early this season. The team will practice in shells (not full pads) late on Wednesday, and then the final practice of the week will be on Friday.

“For the whole team, it’s a low workload,” McCarthy said, and that includes QB Aaron Rodgers with his calf injury. “We have to give these guys a chance to get their bodies back.”

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McCarthy feels good about Rodgers’ preparation

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on December 16, 2016 – 10:26 am

161216-rodgers-950GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers fully intends to play Sunday in Chicago, but exactly how much the Packers quarterback does in Saturday’s final practice remains uncertain.

Rodgers didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday after injuring his calf on the third offensive play in Sunday’s 38-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks, but should work on a limited basis Saturday.

“We’ll see. I would think he’ll take some reps,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “Actually just coming from quarterback meeting, we talked about some things that he needs to see in a limited fashion.”

McCarthy, then added: “I’m more worried about the snowstorm,” referring to the incoming 8-to-12 inches of snow that’s expected to fall on Green Bay between Friday and Saturday. McCarthy said the team hasn’t altered its travel plans to Chicago, though.

In lieu of practice, Rodgers has spent his week in the rehab program and dedicated more time to film study of the Bears. Based on Rodgers’ preparation, McCarthy said he doesn’t have any concern about his quarterback’s lack of on-field work.

“It’s been normal except for practice,” McCarthy said. “We still have the same structure in meetings. It’s been more pre-planning for the game than normal just because of the fact he’s not on the practice field, he’s in the treatment and able to watch more tape and more conversation going on Thursday and Friday than Friday and Saturday as how you feel the game is going to go.”

McCarthy said linebacker Nick Perry (hand) isn’t scheduled to practice on Saturday at this time, making it unlikely he’ll be ready to play Sunday in Chicago.

McCarthy added that running back James Starks remains in the concussion protocol. Linebacker Blake Martinez (knee) also is making progress after missing the team’s last two games.


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Jordy Nelson’s ‘unique instincts’ help create big plays

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on December 15, 2016 – 5:39 pm

161215-nelson-coor-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators and offensive assistant coaches spoke with the media on Thursday afternoon. Here’s a summary of their key comments:

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers

On Chicago’s offense:

They look much different. I think they’re a much improved offense. All you have to do is look at their last two games. A couple weeks ago against Tennessee, they really had a great comeback. They’ve had really good opportunities to win their last two football games. Barkley came into the game (at Lambeau Field) and he’s doing a nice job for them. The combination of the running game with Howard, Barkley is doing a good job with his play-action game. He’s only been sacked three times.

On former Packers guard Josh Sitton:

Josh looks like Josh always did. He’s a savvy veteran guy who knows all the tricks of the trade. He does an excellent job with his hands. He keeps people in front of him. He’s good at picking up stunts. He’s made them better on the offensive line. I think their offensive line is playing much better than when we were getting ready to play them the first time. We have a lot of respect for Josh.

Special-teams coordinator Ron Zook

On the conditions affecting the kicking game:

Strong wind. Obviously the conditions are what they are. The ball is cold. A lot of times it isn’t going to travel as far. It doesn’t bother Mason. He’s done it. Jake is from Buffalo so he’s kicked in the elements as well. Both teams are going to have to deal with it.

On how ILB Jordan Tripp could help on special teams:

Having played Seattle and watching them. I think he’s a guy who can help us. He has a lot of ability. He’s sudden. He can run. He has a great attitude. He was up in my office last night. He’s already on his iPad studying. He has to learn the terminology, but that won’t be an issue.

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett

On cold weather games:

It’s part of the preparation. I think the No. 1 thing is we have the opportunity to practice in those type of conditions. You go back to how you train. You want to be fundamentally sound. As far as the mental part of it, that’s part of football.

Associate head coach/offense Tom Clements

On Aaron Rodgers’ performance in face of injuries:

He prepares well. He knows what to expect going into a game. He plays the game all week mentally, so when the game comes he’s already thought through things. He plays through injury. That’s a testament to him getting through it during the week and then being able to fight through it physically.

On Chicago’s defense:

Their whole defense is coordinated very well. They’re very strong upfront. They get a good rush. The guys back there are playing well. They’re playing very well as a defense entirely.

Offensive line coach James Campen

On T.J. Lang playing through foot injury:

That’s T.J. He cares deeply about his team. He wants to win. He’ll do everything he can to play. He made it through fine. He was in some pain I’m sure. He’s played a lot of football and knows how to work around things. Having T.J. back for the game was a plus, obviously.

On whether he played with sleeves or no sleeves in cold weather:

I was a no-sleeve except for one time. Detroit, here, was a cold game. All the linemen ran out without sleeves and then went back into the locker room. There was only one guy who didn’t have sleeves on and that was Sterling Sharpe.

Tight ends coach Brian Angelichio

On Jared Cook’s injury:

I wouldn’t say scare but certainly we were hoping to get him out there in the second half. …He’s been good. In the reps we’ve given him, just trying to see how he feels. He’s been progressing. Certainly on Saturday we’ll make a decision on where he’s at.

On Richard Rodgers’ catch against Seattle:

Rich, in my opinion, really good hands. He did a good job on Wagner. He has strong hands. He wasn’t worried about where Wright was. It was the fundamentals that Coach McCarthy preaches.

Quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt

On getting Rodgers prepared without practice:

Mental reps. That’s the big part; watching every drill we did. Getting him in tune with the game plan and landmarks. Just going over those in the meetings and making sure he’s on top of it.

On Brett Hundley’s work this week:

He’s been sharp on everything we’ve asked him to do this week. … (If he played) you wouldn’t give him the full boat that you would give Aaron. As a young player, I’d always would want the base plays that I have the most reps on.

Receivers coach Luke Getsy

On Davante Adams’ game against Chicago:

Him sticking to his plan. Believing in himself and being aggressive. When he got the ball in his hand, he was relentless. We preach every day and you’ve seen that with him. … The last time we played the Bears, Porter traveled with Jordy. It’s going to be different every week.

On execution on Jeff Janis’ end-arounds:

It’s something we practiced through the offseason. The moment struck again. Mike say that and dialed it up against Seattle with Brett in the game. Jeff ran it better than he did against Houston, and Jordy and Davante had nice blocks.

On Jordy Nelson’s signaling for where Rodgers should throw ball on touchdown against Seahawks:

I did that when I was like 10. I told my buddy to throw it here. It was just an instinctual football player. Two guys who have done that a bunch of times. He put a hand and Aaron recognized it and put it in the spot. Jordy did a good job of being patient. I think that relationship with Jordy’s unique instincts that make it special.

Running backs coach Ben Sirmans

On James Starks’ health after accident:

I’ve talked to him. I talked to him yesterday and after the accident. For him, prior to that, he’s in a good place. His biggest thing is he wants to win. He was really disappointed that this has happened to him.

 On Ty Montgomery officially becoming a running back:

He’s made a good transition. The biggest thing he’s brought besides his athleticism is he has an understanding of the pass game that the other guys don’t. It helps make him more valuable. He’s very, very eager to learn and ask a lot of questions. He still asks the most questions.


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NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’ on Kevin Greene to debut Friday

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 15, 2016 – 1:31 pm

161215-kevin-greene-950GREEN BAY — NFL Network’s “A Football Life” series will air an episode devoted to 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Kevin Greene on Friday at 8 p.m. CT.

Third on the NFL’s all-time sacks list, Greene coached outside linebackers in Green Bay from 2009-13 and was a member of the Packers’ coaching staff for the Super Bowl XLV triumph.

His time in Green Bay, and his relationship with LB Clay Matthews, is included in the piece. Matthews, along with former Packers QB Brett Favre and current Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, who presented Greene at his Hall of Fame induction this past summer, were interviewed for the episode.

 


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