“I’ve said it, this is the best draft – I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and this is the deepest draft I’ve ever seen. We felt that way even before – I wouldn’t say the deepest draft before the underclassmen came in, but even during the fall our scouts were talking that the senior class was a pretty good class. You don’t know what the junior class will be, so you anticipate and try to predict what that will be until you know for sure. The juniors added into it make it a very talented group,” Colbert said during his media interview at the scouting combine on Thursday.
Colbert added one disclaimer.
“But the one thing that we talk about with these juniors, or any of the underclassmen, the redshirt sophomores, we are very cautiously optimistic about their emotional and physical readiness for this. This is a huge jump. Even though it’s a more talented group, or the most talented group that I have seen, I am also worried that it’s probably the most immature group. We have to be prepared for more player-development type of programs, or maybe enhancing your player development to get the most out of these younger players.
“You can look across the board. I can’t see a position where there isn’t more depth than there has ever been. It’s exciting when you are picking players out of this group,” Colbert added.
He also made interesting remarks about the Seahawks’ model for winning a championship. Is it something Colbert tries to model?
“I don’t. My hat is off to John Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll. They put together a great program. That’s a program that is unique to them. We have 32 teams. We are all different. We are made up differently. We all have different philosophies. Their philosophy was the one that won the Super Bowl this year. Again, congratulations to them. Their makeup is different than our makeup. It’s different than New England’s. It’s different than everybody’s,” Colbert said.
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INDIANAPOLIS–Miami Dolphins Head Coach and former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin defended his position but didn’t deny responsibility in the bullying controversy that is currently dogging Philbin and the Dolphins.
“I remember the first day I interviewed for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job with Steve Ross, we talked a lot about the type of program I wanted to run in Miami. One of the things I told Steve was it’s important to me that any player we have, or any staff member, I wanted to create an atmosphere where their experience as a (member of the) Miami Dolphins … was the best professional experience they ever had,” Philbin told reporters at the scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday.
“Any time that isn’t accomplished, anytime one of our players or staff members has an experience contrary to that, it requires my attention, it needs to be corrected, it needs to be looked at, it needs to be fixed.”
Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin claims to not have had a positive experience with the team; Martin claims to have been bullied by teammate Richie Incognito.
“I want everybody to know I’m the one responsible for the work place, the environment in the Miami Dolphins facility. I’m the one that sets the schedule, I decide when the practices are, I decide what time players eat, how they meet, how they lift, everything they do in the facility,” Philbin said.
“I think you can imagine that when I read the report you have, and I got the report at the same minute you got it, some of the facts, the behavior, the language that was outlined in the report was inappropriate and it’s unacceptable. I’m the one that’s in charge of the workplace.”
Philbin was referring to a recently released 144-page report prepared by independent investigator Ted Wells. His report detailed a pattern of harassment within the Dolphins.
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Packers WR Randall Cobb made an appearance this week on the Dave Dameshek podcast to talk about the state of the Green Bay Packers, catching the division-winning TD pass against the Bears in the regular season finale, and where he ranks Aaron Rodgers among the NFL’s best quarterbacks.
You can listen to the podcast here.
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Based on 2013 season standings, Green Bay has been slotted in the #21 overall position in the 2014 NFL Draft. The first round will start on Thursday, May 8 with the second and third rounds on Friday, May 9 followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, May 10. The 2014 Draft will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
1. Houston Texans
2. Washington Redskins
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Oakland Raiders
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Detroit Lions
11. Tennessee Titans
12. New York Giants
13. St. Louis Rams
14. Chicago Bears
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Dallas Cowboys #
17. Baltimore Ravens #
18. New York Jets
19. Miami Dolphins
20. Arizona Cardinals
21. Green Bay Packers
22. Philadelphia Eagles
23. Kansas City Chiefs
24. Cincinnati Bengals
25. San Diego Chargers
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Carolina Panthers
29. New England Patriots
30. San Francisco 49ers
31. Denver Broncos
32. Seattle Seahawks
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Here’s the scene from late Monday afternoon in Lambeau Field. A group of fans braved the weather and continued on the official stadium tour.
According to some forecasts, five to seven inches of snow are expected to accumulate throughout the day in the Green Bay area.
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Nielsen recently released its “State of the Media: 2013 in Sports Media” report, providing insights into how sports fans engaged with their favorite teams last year.
According to the rankings, the Packers finished first in the NFL in the “Local Fan Bases” category. Defined as the “percent of population that has watched, attended or listened to the team in the past 12 months,” Green Bay led the way with 88%, followed by the New Orleans Saints (81%) and Pittsburgh Steelers (78%).
Green Bay’s Wild Card Playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers was mentioned as a highlight of the NFL season, pulling in an average of 47.1M TV viewers. Super Bowl XLVIII led the charge with 108.7M viewers.
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Former Packers WR Johnny Quinn, who played four preseason games for Green Bay back in 2008, is a member of the U.S. Olympic men’s bobsled team competing in Sochi, Russia.
Quinn, now 30, first tried to latch on in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills in 2007 as an undrafted rookie out of North Texas. He was released by the Bills prior to training camp and then signed with the Packers following the 2007 season.
In the 2008 preseason, Quinn caught four passes for 32 yards and had one special teams tackle for the Packers. He was released in the final roster reduction prior to the regular season and went on to play in the Canadian Football League for Saskatchewan.
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A first blog post from new Packers team historian, Cliff Christl
As Packers fans from the Lombardi Era may well remember, Seattle’s Richard Sherman wasn’t the first cornerback to arrive at the Super Bowl with an outsized ego and a brash tongue. That distinction belonged to Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, one of Kansas City’s starting corners against the Packers in Super Bowl I.
“I haven’t seen anything in the films that offers much of a threat to me,” Williamson told reporters covering the Chiefs’ at their Super Bowl base in Long Beach, Calif., in January 1967. “I’ll be able to cover either Boyd Dowler or Carroll Dale. I didn’t see any Alworths, Hennigans or Dubenions (star receivers in the young American Football League) among the Green Bay receivers.” That wasn’t the end of Williamson’s harangue. “Did you notice the deep passes they were catching on Dallas? I guarantee they won’t beat me on a deep pattern,” he added. “Dale has moves like Art Graham of Boston and Dowler is like Glenn Bass of Buffalo. And Graham and Bass are not among the top receivers in our league.”
Williamson also promised to “drop the hammer” on the Packers. “The Hammer” was not only his nickname, but also his name for the forearm blow he’d deliver to the heads of opposing receivers.
As it turned out, it was “The Hammer” himself who was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter when he took a knee to the head as the Packers rolled to a 35-10 victory behind Bart Starr’s 250 passing yards. Dowler left the game after the third play with a shoulder injury that he suffered throwing a block. Max McGee, Dowler’s replacement, caught 7 passes for 138 yards and two TDs.
Sherman played as good a game as he talked in the Seahawks’ victory over Denver Sunday, but like Williamson was forced from the game when he suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ 48-yard TD pass to WR Randall Cobb on fourth-and-8 in the final minute of the Week 17 showdown at Soldier Field won the online voting for the NFL’s Never Say Never Moment of the Year.
The award was announced on Saturday night at the third annual “NFL Honors” show in New York City.
The touchdown, with 38 seconds left in the game, gave the Packers a 33-28 victory over the Bears for their third straight NFC North title. The division crown and an NFC playoff spot were on the line in the game.
The Packers trailed, 28-27, when they took possession on their own 13-yard line with 6:24 left. Converting a pair of fourth downs on a short run by FB John Kuhn and a pass to WR Jordy Nelson, the Packers faced another fourth down at the Chicago 48-yard line.
Rodgers, playing in his first game back from a broken collarbone that sidelined him for seven contests, and Cobb, also in his first game back from a leg injury that cost him 10 games, hooked up for the game-winner.
The Bears brought a blitz, Kuhn threw a key block on Chicago DE Julius Peppers that allowed Rodgers to get out of the pocket, and Cobb was running free down the field waving his hand. Rodgers’ pass settled into his arms at the 10-yard line and he dove over the goal line, setting off a wild celebration on the field and on the Packers sideline.
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Packers RB Eddie Lacy was named The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday.
The award was presented to Lacy at the third annual “NFL Honors” show in New York City.
Lacy received 35 of the 50 votes. Chargers WR Keenan Allen was second with 12 votes. The remaining three votes were split between Bengals RB Giovani Bernard, Lions T Larry Warford and Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson.
In a brief phone interview with packers.com after receiving his award, Lacy confessed he was plenty nervous heading up on stage in front of the NFL world and a national TV audience.
“That was the most nerve-racking thing I think I’ve ever had to do in my life,” Lacy said. “I like to think I have stagefright, and that’s something I would try to avoid at all costs, but this was one situation where you pretty much have to go up and face your fears. As happy as I was to be up there to receive the award, I was very nervous to speak in front of everybody.”
On stage, Lacy thanked his family, teammates and coaching staff for all their support and for “making me feel a part of their team.”
Lacy joins John Brockington (1971), also a running back with a powerful running style, as the only Packers to win this award. Lacy broke Brockington’s franchise rookie records for carries (284) and rushing yards (1,178) this past season.
Lacy said Brockington reached out to him by phone after his 42-year-old records were broken and was more than excited to see where Lacy’s career goes from here.
“He’s a great guy and a great man,” Lacy said. “To be able to break his record and have him talk to you about it, it’s a great feeling. I’m just happy to bring that running style back to Green Bay.
“He told me about how excited he was when I got picked, and the visions he saw for what I can do for the running game in Green Bay.”
Lacy also broke Samkon Gado’s franchise rookie record for rushing TDs with 11, nearly doubling Gado’s total of six in 2005.
Lacy added 35 receptions for 257 yards in the passing game, giving him over 1,400 yards from scrimmage on the season. Lacy also fumbled just once, in his NFL debut in Week 1 at San Francisco.
That was the beginning of a slow start, as Lacy then suffered a concussion on his first carry in Week 2 vs. Washington, which forced him to sit out the rest of that game and the next one, in Week 3 at Cincinnati.
Lacy said the only thing he changed about his approach thereafter was to not leave his feet, because he got the concussion by getting hit in the side of the head in midair. He was trying to avoid a teammate on the ground who had tried to throw a block in front of him but ended up paying the price.
“The last thing I wanted to do was jump and get another concussion,” he said. “I had to let the game come to me.”
He went on to rush for 1,127 yards over the final 13 regular-season games, an average of 87 yards per game.
The Packers’ lone Pro Bowl representative, Lacy posted four 100-plus-yard rushing games, along with two other games of 90-plus. His season high was 150 yards against Chicago in Week 9 at Lambeau Field, the second-most rushing yards in a single game by a Packers rookie, behind only Gado’s 171 yards against Detroit in Week 14 of 2005.
Lacy already had been named Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America and a second-team All-Pro by AP. He was the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month for October, joining Gado as the only other Packers rookie to win the monthly honor.
He was also named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week for his performance at Dallas in Week 15, when he rushed 21 times for 141 yards and a TD, including a 60-yard run on the opening play of the second half to spark Green Bay’s comeback from a 26-3 deficit for a 37-36 win.
As for whether his dynamite rookie season and this latest prestigious award put any added pressure on him for 2014, Lacy indicated he’ll be the same laid-back guy off the field and intense competitor on it as his career continues.
“I have great teammtes and a great coaching staff, and they’ll make sure I’m not putting extra pressure on myself,” he said. “I’ll go into the season with the same mindset as this past season, just don’t try to do too much and make the most of every opportunity that I get.”
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