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Mike McCarthy takes out full-page ad to say “thanks”

Maybe some coach somewhere at sometime has taken out a full-page ad after his firing to say “thanks.” So Mike McCarthy’s gesture might not be unprecedented, but it certainly is unusual. McCarthy bought a full page in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Press Gazette and other Gannett papers. A full-page ad typically costs several [more]

Week 14 injury report roundup

Week 14 of the 2018 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Titans and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday. Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely [more]

Bryan Bulaga doubtful for Packers

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is going to have a new play-caller in his ear, and a new-look offensive line in front of him. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga was listed as doubtful on the final injury report of the week, heading into Sunday’s game against the Falcons. He’s started all 12 games this year for [more]

Art Rooney Sportsmanship finalists again includes Joe Staley

Joe Staley has become the Susan Lucci of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. The NFL named the 49ers offensive tackle a finalist for the award, the fourth consecutive year he has made it to the final eight. So maybe this is his time. He will have to beat out Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell, Chargers [more]

Damarious Randall on Packers: “They traded away all their good players and they expect Aaron Rodgers to just be magical.’

Cleveland Browns safety Damarious Randall spent his first three seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He started 30 of 39 career games in Green Bay at cornerback before being traded to the Browns this offseason in a trade that sent DeShone Kizer to the Packers with a swap of draft picks. According to Mary Kay [more]

Packers players gave Mike McCarthy standing ovation

Packers coach Mike McCarthy returned to the team facility not once but twice after his firing. He addressed the coaching staff Tuesday before talking to the players Wednesday. The Packers gave their former coach a standing ovation when he returned. “It was warranted and deserved,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. [more]

Mike McCarthy plans to “lay low” for a bit

Fired Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to his former players one last time Wednesday, but that was apparently just one of his visits to his old office. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, McCarthy also went by Tuesday to speak to his former staff, with the permission of team officials including team president Mark Murphy [more]

Julio Jones says his foot is fine for Sunday

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones didn’t practice on Wednesday because of a foot injury and he won’t practice on Thursday, but he said there’s no need to worry about him missing Sunday’s game against the Packers. Jones told reporters on Thursday that he will be ready to go for that game. Given the Falcons’ 4-8 [more]

Mike McCarthy addressed the Packers one last time on Wednesday

Abruptly fired after Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, former Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn’t get a chance to tell his players farewell. On Wednesday, he did. According to Packers.com, McCarthy addressed the team on Wednesday. “He did a fantastic job talking to the team not just about football and winning football games,” interim coach Joe [more]

Joe Philbin hasn’t called plays since 1996, at Northeastern University

Aaron Rodgers is no Jim Murphy. The last time Packers interim coach Joe Philbin was calling plays, he had a slightly different grade of quarterback. Via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Philbin admitted this week that the last time he called plays was 1996, when he was the offensive coordinator at Northeastern University. Murphy (who went [more]

Aaron Rodgers: Accountability wasn’t a problem under Mike McCarthy

The Packers fired assistant head coach Winston Moss on Wednesday after he sent a tweet saying that the team needed to find a new head coach who would “hold #12 and everybody in this building to a #LombardiStandard.” While Moss’ message was directed at the way the next head coach would relate to Aaron Rodgers, it [more]

Packers place Kevin King, Tra Carson on IR

The Packers placed cornerback Kevin King and running back Tra Carson on injured reserve Wednesday, the team announced. King tried to come back from a hamstring injury last week but returned to the sideline Wednesday after a setback. He has played only 15 games since the Packers made him a second-round choice in 2017. King [more]

Julio Jones out of practice with foot injury

Julio Jones has dealt with foot problems throughout his career, which makes it reasonable to worry when he pops up on the injury report. At least until you remember that it’s just Wednesday and the Falcons are 4-8. But according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, Falcons coach Dan Quinn “didn’t indicate any concern” when asked [more]

Is Jim Harbaugh trying to get back to the NFL?

At every stop on his coaching tour, Jim Harbaugh has stayed exactly four years. And as he ends his fourth year at Michigan, the question becomes whether the time has come for Harbaugh to move on, and to move out. Via USA Today, Cris Carter suggested on his FS1 show that Harbaugh could be looking [more]

Joe Philbin: Firing Winston Moss was about more than his tweet

On Tuesday, long-time Packers assistant coach Winston Moss took to social media to offer criticism of the team. And the team fired him later that day. On Wednesday, interim coach Joe Philbin explained that the firing didn’t flow exclusively from the tweet. “It’s never about one thing,” Philbin said, via ESPN.com. “Again, I think it’s [more]

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