The Packers made their share of off-field headlines this offseason, and coach Mike McCarthy has had his patience tried.
So far, the three players involved in run-ins with the law, suspensions or both remain on the roster, but McCarthy said Wednesday they all know their situations have changed.
“I think you have to look at every case individually, which we do,” McCarthy said, via Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Tolerance level — I would say in life and particularly in football it’s obviously a lot tougher today than it was five years ago, let alone 10, 15 years ago. The tolerance level isn’t very high. You look at every case. There’s two sides to every story. Obviously there are mistakes that have been made. You learn from them and try to move forward, whatever direction you decide to go.”
Letroy Guion was suspended three games after being arrested in Florida on gun and drug charges, and pleading down to lesser charges. Datone Jones was suspended one game for a possession of marijuana arrest.
Quarless was arrested in Miami in July on charges of firing a gun during a dispute outside a parking garage, and his case is still pending.
The suspensions of Guion and Jones could leave the Packers short on defensive linemen early in the season, and McCarthy said they’d have to adjust repetitions in camp as a result. He had fewer particulars in regards to Quarless, as the league hasn’t doled out any sanctions to the tight end.
“He has a personal situation he is with right now,” McCarthy said. “We had a long conversation after his incident down there in Florida. It’s in the legal process right now. He made a mistake. Frankly, I’m disappointed. He’s disappointed.
“But all of our players know that our program is about protecting the brand and the tradition of the Green Bay Packers. Those were the first things that came out of his mouth in the phone call. He made a mistake, so we’re working forward.”
Of course, if players expected to have lesser roles with the Packers had made some of those mistakes, they might already be gone.