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Packers practice scuffles spill over to coaching staff

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As we see at just about every training camp at one point or another, things got heated at Packers practice on Wednesday.

The offense and defense were competing in a full pads practice and things boiled over between linebacker Jamari Lattimore and guard Josh Sitton in what Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com calls the biggest fight of Packers practice. Nothing unusual there, but things took a different turn when offensive line coach James Campen and linebackers coach Winston Moss got into a shouting match on the field a short time later.

Guard T.J. Lang said he’s never seen anything like that happen before, but the two coaches defused any lingering rancor during their meetings with the media after practice.

“I was admiring Winston’s beard,” Campen said. “He’s got a new beard this year, does he not? Yeah, It’s an impressive beard. I wanted to get a closer look and took the opportunity to do that. Hey, it’s an intense practice. Everything is fine. It’s no big deal. I like his beard. It’s nice.”

“He talked about my beard; I talked about how small his T-shirt was,” Moss said. “It kind of escalated from there. I don’t know what happened. It was high energy, high spirit. It was fun more than anything. You don’t see too many coaches get after it. But to me, it was just fun. I hope he’s fine. I hope he didn’t take it personal.”

Coach Mike McCarthy went on to call it “the practice we needed” while giving the usual boilerplate about controlling emotions, so it doesn’t seem like the sniping between coaches or players raised too much concern in Green Bay.

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48 Responses to “Packers practice scuffles spill over to coaching staff”
  1. joetoronto says: Aug 14, 2014 7:43 AM

    Shades of Buddy Ryan and Kevin Gilbride.

  2. purplengold says: Aug 14, 2014 7:46 AM

    Yeah, well, you started it! What are you looking at?! Waaaah!

  3. snoop24 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:51 AM

    Control your coaches Barney Rubble. Probably a little on edge after seeing a few practices now and realizing they won’t be very good this year.

  4. luvmnsports2012 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:54 AM

    SKOL!!!

  5. pervyspankspackfans says: Aug 14, 2014 8:02 AM

    Fighting is very typical when people are facing the end as they know. The Zimmer Era has arrived in the North and they alk will be jobless and bottom feeders soon….

  6. packfntk says: Aug 14, 2014 8:08 AM

    Haha, this is good stuff. Love how they made light of it.

    Happens in the heat of training camp, nothing to see here folks!

    Go Pack!

  7. punkthepack says: Aug 14, 2014 8:14 AM

    Schism

  8. GenXJay says: Aug 14, 2014 8:15 AM

    what intensity?
    It was a slap fight turned into the coaches fashion policing.

  9. uncommon1 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:16 AM

    Grown men are able to get a little heated, have a disagreement, and then let it go. I doubt this will be a problem for the Packas, although I wish it would be.

  10. stellarperformance says: Aug 14, 2014 8:17 AM

    I’m certain all of the tension is due to keeping players uninjured and on the field. Unnecessary late hits or cheap shots exacerbate an already disturbing trend.

  11. cusoman says: Aug 14, 2014 8:25 AM

    Rift.

  12. truvikingfan says: Aug 14, 2014 8:26 AM

    Schism!

  13. lionsdraftguy says: Aug 14, 2014 8:27 AM

    Uh Oh. The Packers losing their cool? I know why, they got called for a penalty! They arent used to that so they go crazy.

  14. rl7911 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:37 AM

    Sounds like GB has some inner problems brewing.

  15. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 14, 2014 8:40 AM

    frustrated… all the way to a 8-8 record!

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 14, 2014 8:50 AM

    Getting chippy. Gonna be an awesome season!

    #cantwait
    #13xchamps
    #gopackgo

  17. drunkinsconnie says: Aug 14, 2014 8:50 AM

    The team and coaches are softer than pillows.

  18. skoldier612 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:51 AM

    Wow, what a bunch of directionless clowns.

  19. bassplucker says: Aug 14, 2014 8:53 AM

    Pretty sure this involved the Packers O-Linemen employing their usual holding and dirty cut-block tactics, and the LBs coach took umbrage.

  20. trollsetter says: Aug 14, 2014 8:53 AM

    All these guys are weak in the knees like SWV.

  21. dcviking says: Aug 14, 2014 8:56 AM

    You’d be angry too if you were in Wisconsin.

    Given his background from ‘The U’, I’m putting my money on Winston Moss.

  22. diveleft says: Aug 14, 2014 8:57 AM

    Clearly a sign of poor leadership within the organization when coaches are fighting.

  23. claymatthewscromagnonforehead says: Aug 14, 2014 8:59 AM

    Hapless. Tasteless.

  24. leatherface2012 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:00 AM

    ALL to lose in the first round of the playoffs

  25. tvguy22 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:08 AM

    Bullies! Bullies everywhere!

  26. youngs79 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:15 AM

    Unfocused and disorganized. The Packers sound like Bon Jovi’s bid for the Bills.

  27. clg82 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:16 AM

    Hopefully the Green Bay defense can take that emotion to the field this year! GO PACK GO!!

  28. jafo1265 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:17 AM

    They sure aren’t Buddy and Kevin throwing punches….

  29. ariani1985 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:20 AM

    Maybe they couldn’t hear the whistle over all of the clown music blasting over the loud speaker??? I am sure McLardy was going to break it up but his Jelly donut fell to the grass and then the mad scramble begun!!!

  30. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Aug 14, 2014 9:21 AM

    Schism in Cheeseland.

  31. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 14, 2014 9:26 AM

    Reports are that Capers lost his hair piece in the scuffle.

  32. purpleguy says: Aug 14, 2014 9:35 AM

    I thought Sitton was pretty level-headed? Isn’t he the guy that was stomped that time or kicked in the package — and not even that got him all that riled up?

    And where else but Green Bay would guys get in a fight over beard quality and T-shirt size? Here in MN we have good modern after-hours bar gang warfare shootings.

  33. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 14, 2014 9:37 AM

    I like that they are fiesty this year! Need to get meaner, looks like we’re on track! GO PACK!

    >

  34. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 14, 2014 9:52 AM

    It was Dietrich-Smith who was stomped on by Suh.

  35. packsoldier says: Aug 14, 2014 11:55 AM

    Love the intensity and attitude. Packer opponents are in for a rude awakening.

  36. codythao35 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:24 PM

    Fighting is a little kids thing. But they know it’s going to be a torturing year 7-10 at best bc Zimmer is the new boss in the NFC North. I’d be pissed off too if I were the players. I mean the whole busted Packers roster.

  37. surfinbird1 says: Aug 14, 2014 1:57 PM

    Everybody was involved except for Peppers who was nowhere to be found.

  38. packersgreenbay says: Aug 14, 2014 4:30 PM

    Passion for the game is at its highest in Green Bay. This kind of stuff is inevitable. Go! Pack! Go!

  39. vik3z says: Aug 14, 2014 6:17 PM

    talk about dysfunction. how did the coaches even hear each other yelling with the clown music playing so loud?

  40. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 15, 2014 12:28 AM

    Now that is how it’s done. Bravo!

    The Green Bay Packers.

    Exceptional football for exceptional people.

  41. puntonfirstdown says: Aug 15, 2014 11:49 AM

    Yeah, man.

  42. paulchi2014 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:11 PM

    The fact that McCarthy made light of the situation makes you wonder if it was a planned event. Good motivators use all sorts of techniques to fire up the team. Anyone who has been part of the military, a coach, asst coach or captain of the team knows what I am talking about.

  43. bdfun400 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:12 PM

    so much stupidity…

    players will fight.
    coaches will argue.
    offense vs defense happens all the time.

    it is not a sign of the end of the world, poor leadership, or a rift.

    just means practices are intense.

    let the trolls from the west say what they will–after they start 0-5 they will be doing what they always do–rooting for their team to lose so they can get a higher draft pick.

  44. lateefthetruthspeaker says: Aug 15, 2014 2:27 PM

    its like watching a train wreck in slow motion… you can’t turn away….. Packers had a nice run. Time to reboot and start over, before your QB gets too old.

  45. ctlee7 says: Aug 15, 2014 3:03 PM

    Wow – some of these comments are reallu ignorant – like ‘the Zimmer era’ and ‘they won;t be good this year’ what do you base this on? History? Emotion. It is sort of like the cowboys fan that got a tatoo ‘Dallas Cowboys 2015 World Champions’

    The packers and bears should be competitive, the lions have a good chance to be, from history, who knows where the vikings will be – now this is a true statement ‘should be good’ etc…

    Now, time to take the emotion and ignorance out of the equation

  46. ctlee7 says: Aug 15, 2014 3:05 PM

    Zimmer will be the new boss of the NFC North?

    Wow – when I did not think it could get more childlike – what do they have in the water up there in MN – probably juicy juice?

  47. kingredd2014 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:05 PM

    Gotta love all the lions, vikings and bears fans comments, kinda feel sorry for them since their season will be over in a couple of months but your all probably use to that by now. GO PACK GO!!

  48. packersgreenbay says: Aug 15, 2014 6:36 PM

    Viking fans don’t realize u have to win 1 before u can talk dynasty. When I think about the Vikings and Bills fans I can’t help but feel sorry for them. For some teams it’s just not meant to be.

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