December 19, 2014

Cobb has his future on his mind

Randall Cobb - Photo:UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Randall Cobb – Photo:UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Randall Cobb still doesn’t have a new contract and according to the Green Bay Packers wide receiver, there’s no discussions about a deal at the moment.

Cobb told reporters after practice on Thursday that his contract situation isn’t a distraction, but he admitted that it is on his mind.

Cobb is in his fourth season and has a career-high 1,076 yards and 10 touchdowns.  his 76 receptions is four shy of a career high.

The Packers signed Jordy Nelson to a four-year, $39 million contract at the start of training camp.  Cobb becomes an unrestricted free agent in March if a deal doesn’t get done before then.

 

McCarthy cautions team about overconfidence

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy

Sunday’s game in Tampa between the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers shouldn’t be close.  The Bucs have won just two games all season, including just 1 in their last 10.  Tampa Bay is also 0-6 at home this season.

The Packers enter the game as 10-point favorites and the Bucs are without their best player, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who landed on injured reserve this week with a sprained knee.

There’s nothing that signals anything about this being a close game, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy is warning his team about overconfidence.  The coach says the Bucs will be a motivated team, a team that will give the Packers their best shot. [Read more…]

Former players heaping praise on UW’s Chryst (AUDIO)

Paul Chryst takes over in Madison

Paul Chryst takes over in Madison

Paul Chryst is returning home.  The University of Wisconsin and Athletic Director Barry Alvarez is hoping he won’t have to hire another head coach during his time in Madison.

Alvarez targeted the former Badger assistant coach as his number-one choice to replace Gary Andersen, who left to take the head coaching job at Oregon State.  When he contacted Chryst about the vacancy in Madison, it became pretty clear that Chryst would be returning to Madison.

Those that played for Chryst previously, know the Badgers are getting an excellent coach.

Quarterback Scott Tolzien, who is currently a backup in Green Bay with the Packers, said he doesn’t think he’d be in the NFL if not for Chryst’s work.  The two spent five seasons in Madison together with Tolzien starting his final two seasons in Madison. [Read more…]

Aaron Rodgers nominated for NFL Man of the Year

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Only one player has ever won both the NFL MVP and NFL Man of the Year awards in the same season.  It’s former Bears running back Walter Payton, who the award is named after, back in 1977.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is already a candidate for the NFL MVP award, now the league has chosen Rodgers as the Packers’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, given for philanthropy and impact on their community.

The winner will be announced on the day before the Super Bowl in Phoenix.

For being named a nominee, Rodgers will have a $1,000 donation go to the charity of his choice.  If he finishes in the top three, $5,000 will go to his charity of choice.  Should he win the award, his charity will receive $20,000.

 

Packers looking for changes on special teams (Audio)

Special Teams coach Shawn Slocum

Special Teams coach Shawn Slocum

Green Bay Packers Mike McCarthy wouldn’t go into detail, but he said changes are coming on the teams special teams unit this week.

McCarthy knows when you struggle on special teams, allowing a long punt return for touchdown and then have a 53-yard field goal attempt blocked, it sets off the radar of future teams on the schedule.

“Our special teams are going to be stressed down the stretch,” McCarthy said.  “We need to not only combat that but we need to go out and make plays ourselves.”

“I think anytime you get in these kinds of games, you get down to Week 15, your identity and your performance has been evaluated.  Everybody feels you’re strong in one area and not so strong in another and how they’re going to attack you.” [Read more…]