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February 1, 2015

Aaron Rodgers wins his second NFL MVP award

Aaron Rodgers wins 2nd NFL MVP Award

Aaron Rodgers wins 2nd NFL MVP Award

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t win a second Super Bowl this season, but he did win his second NFL MVP award.

Rodgers was presented the award by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

“It’s an honor to share this award with a man who has won this award more than anybody in history,” Rodgers said of Manning, who has been named NFL MVP five times.

Rodgers thanked Packers President Mark Murphy, general manager Ted Thompson, head coach Mike McCarthy, offensive coordinator Tom Clements and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt. [Read more…]

Former Packers GM headed to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ron Wolf

Ron Wolf

The man who brought the Green Bay Packers back from the dead, received the ultimate reward when he was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

It was Wolf that took over in 1991 in Green Bay, hired Mike Holmgren, then traded a first round draft pick to Atlanta for Brett Favre and eventually, helped lure Reggie White to Green Bay in free agency.  The cornerstone pieces were in place and the Packers eventually won the Super Bowl in 1996 and finished runner-up the following season.

“I’m complete overwhelmed,” Wolf told a group of reporters after the NFL Honors program on Saturday night.  “My induction is the result of a lot of people making it happen.  It’s more of a team thing.  There were a lot of great players and coaches that helped you get where you are.” [Read more…]

NFL Honors coming tonight! (VIDEO)

The NFL Honors program is set for this evening at Symphony Hall at the Phoenix Convention Center.

The Leagues MVP Award will be handed out tonight and the 2015 Hall of Fame Class will be unveiled.  Following is my preview of tonight’s event on the eve of Super Bowl 49.

Packers fire special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum (AUDIO)

Shawn Slocum

Shawn Slocum

Two days after his season ending press conference, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has fired his special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum.

Slocum became McCarthy’s assistant special teams coach from 2006-09 before taking over as special teams coordinator the next six years.

The Packers finished last in the Dallas Morning News’ annual special teams rankings this past season.  They had seven blocked kicks, including five over the final seven regular-season games.

The problems culminated with two critical plays the cost the Packers the NFC Championship game against Seattle.  The Packers gave up a fake field goal with a 16-0 second-half lead over Seattle.  Then came Brandon Bostick’s attempt to catch an onside kick.  The ball bounced off his helmet and was recovered by the Seahawks, who went on to win 28-22 in overtime. [Read more…]

McCarthy says the 2015 Packers won’t bear the burden of 2014

Mike McCarthy presserSome believe the Green Bay Packers NFC Championship game collapse and the hangover that goes with it, will be Mike McCarthy’s biggest challenge to overcome next season.

The Packers fell to the Seattle Seahawks 28-22 in overtime after dominating the game.  It was arguably the biggest collapse in franchise history.

Yet Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers will turn this defeat into a positive.

AUDIO: Mike McCarthy on moving on from 2014 season :18 [Read more…]