Thompson defends Packers defense

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on July 30, 2012 – 2:26 pm

News and notes from Monday:

–General Manager Ted Thompson commented on the pre-camp release of safety Charlie Peprah: “Charlie’s a great guy. He’s one of us. He helped us win a Super Bowl. We just felt it was time to move on.”

–Thompson defended a Packers defense that came under a lot of fire last season: “Our offense was clicking every week last year. When you’re playing an offense like we had last year, you have to up the ante a little bit. I think we were a little better defensively than the numbers project.”

–Rookie quarterback B.J. Coleman is getting a full dose of coaching from the trio of Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements and Quarterbacks Coach Ben McAdoo, and Coleman is already showing signs of improvement.

“They’re unbelievable at developing the quarterback position. The other piece of it is Aaron (Rodgers), watching him and how he goes about his business, how he operates this offense. I feel very confident when the ball comes out of my hand. I’m just getting there. The biggest thing is making sure you’re like a sponge.”

–Packers wide receiver Tori Gurley was a teammate of O.J. Murdock’s at South Carolina. It was reported on Monday that Murdock, a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans, had died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“Coming out of high school, he was ‘The Man.’ He was one of (Steve) Spurrier’s first highly touted guys to come to South Carolina,” Gurley said of Murdock, who Gurley described as a “laid back guy.”



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