October 24, 2014

Wolf a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ron Wolf

Ron Wolf

Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf, is one of two “contributor” finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Wolf helped resurrect the Packers from years of dismal play to get them to the Super Bowl during the early 1990’s, winning one of the two.

The Hall’s contributor committee on Wednesday selected Wolf and former Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian as finalists for the 2015 class.

Wolf and Polian will join senior nominee Mick Tingelhoff and the 15 finalists for the modern era Class of ’15, which will be selected at a later date.  The Hall’s selection committee will meet the day before the Super Bowl to determine who gets in the Hall of Fame.

The Packers never had a losing season during Wolf’s 10 years in Green Bay.  The Packers won three straight NFC North titles and qualified for the Playoffs seven times.  The Packers went 126-66 during that time period.

Wolf also spent 25 years working under Al Davis in Oakland.  He also became the General Manager of the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976.  Before he came to Green Bay, Wolf ran the personnel department under New York Jets GM Dick Steinberg.


Rodgers named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Aaron Rodgers - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Aaron Rodgers – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who completed 19 of 22 for 255 yards and three touchdowns in last Sunday’s 38-17 win over the Carolina Panthers has been named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Rodgers finished the game with a 154.5 passer rating.  It marked the fourth consecutive game with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Rodgers now has gone without an interception (minimum 15 attempts) in six straight games, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr for the longest streak in franchise history.  Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception in 192 attempts, the second-longest streak in team history (Starr, 294).

This is Rodgers tenth career Player of the Week Award and second this season.  That’s second-most in franchise history, behind only Brett Favre who had 12 Player of the Week honors.  Since 2010, Rodgers ten Player of the Week Awards are the most in the NFL.


Packers not challenged in win over Carolina

Randall Cobb - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Randall Cobb – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Carolina Panthers won the coin toss and then deferred to the second half.  After that, the visitors didn’t know what hit them.

The Green Bay Packers scored the games first 28 points, 21 of those points in the first half, on the way to a 38-17 victory at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

In that first quarter, the Packers out-gained the Panthers 172-5 and piled up a dozen first downs to one for Carolina.  Jordy Nelson put up the first touchdown of the game, a 59-yard catch and run to put the Packers in front 7-0.  Eddie Lacy and James Starks added touchdown runs of 5 and 13 yards as the Packers went up 21-0 in the first quarter.

Randall Cobb added a three-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and finished with 6 catches for 121 yards.

AUDIO: Randall Cobb on his recent play after a slow start :14

Carolina didn’t put their first points on the board until Graham Gano booted a 33-yard field goal as time expired to end the first half.  The Packers took a 28-3 lead into the locker room at halftime. [Read more...]

Packers could be without starting corners on Sunday

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy

Both Tramon Williams (ankle) and Sam Shields (knee) didn’t practice for a second straight day on Thursday and their status for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers is in doubt.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Thursday that there was no change in the two players’ status from Wednesday.  Then, he said Williams was ahead of Shields in recovering from their injuries.

The Packers don’t practice today, but will work tomorrow before facing the Panthers on Sunday.

Defensive end Datone Jones (ankle) also didn’t practice on Thursday after trying to give his ankle a go on Wednesday.  Mike McCarthy said, “He made some progress at practice Saturday, but it’s not coming along.”

If Shields and Williams are unable to play Sunday, Davon House and Casey Hayward would take their place in the starting lineup. [Read more...]

Rodgers earns comeback win in 100th game for Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may be one the best quarterback in the NFL, maybe the best, but he celebrated Sunday’s come-from-behind 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins as if it were one of his first victories.

Rodgers led the Packers to a field goal and then a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with three-seconds left to complete the comeback.

In his career, Rodgers has only 10 game-winning drives, defined as games where the Packers trailed and he led them to the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, and they never gave up that lead.

The Packers had 2:04 left and no timeouts when they got the football for the last time.  They had to go 60-yards to score a touchdown and win.  Plenty of time for Rodgers right?

The Packers not only scored that touchdown, but they left just three-second on the clock.

Rodgers game-winning drive included a little of almost everything.  It had a fourth down conversion when Rodgers found Jordy Nelson.  But that play wouldn’t have even happened if it wasn’t for right guard T.J. Lang, who recovered an Aaron Rodgers fumble the play before. [Read more...]