July 18, 2010 ~ by Michael Vandermause
~It’s been nearly a decade since Mark Chmura was acquitted of third-degree sexual assault charges in suburban Milwaukee.
Although Chmura was legally cleared, the reputation of the Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl tight end took a major hit in subsequent years.
Any discussion of prom parties and hot tubs ultimately led to bad or tasteless jokes involving Chmura. His name has been dragged through the mud countless times, and some view him with disdain or disgust.
But the time to move on is long overdue. Chmura’s induction into the Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday night at the Lambeau Field Atrium should help in the healing process and serve to formally welcome him back into the Packers family where he belongs.
July 18, 2010 ~ by Mark Strotman
~Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Johnny Jolly.
That’s about all Packers fans have to say regarding the defensive end after NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell suspended Jolly for the entire 2010 season Saturday. Jolly reportedly violated his substance abuse policy and prosectuors in the state of Texas are also looking into potential drug dealing, indicating Jolly “bought, sold, funded, transported and aided in the buying, selling, funding and transportation of illegal narcotics including cocaine and marijuana” from 2006 through May 2008.”
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July 16, 2010 ~ by Lori Nickel
~The National Football League suspended Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly indefinitely and without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The suspension, announced Friday, will last at least through the 2010 season. Jolly is eligible to apply for reinstatement after Super Bowl XLV, but his future with the team is unclear. He signed a contract tender for one year in June and was set to make $2.521 million this season.
Jolly, 27, is scheduled to go to trial July 30 on charges he possessed more than 200 grams of codeine during a Houston traffic stop in July 2008.
The Packers had excused Jolly from their June minicamp, with coach Mike McCarthy saying the team felt “it’s important for him to concentrate on his legal situation.”
On Friday, the team issued just this statement from general manager Ted Thompson:
“Johnny is a good player that loves everything about the game of football. We appreciate the contributions he has made to the Packers the past four seasons. His focus and priorities now lie elsewhere – our thoughts are with him during this difficult personal time.”
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July 15, 2010 ~ Green Ba y Press-Gazette
~The Green Bay Packers will wear their new alternate third uniform when they play the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on Dec. 5.
Jason Wied, the Packers’ vice president for administration and legal counsel said a colder date was chosen because the team wanted to make sure the jerseys weren’t uncomfortable in warmer temperatures.
The jersey will be similar to the one worn by Packers in the first decade of the team’s existence. The jersey will be navy blue with a gold circle in the middle that includes the player’s number. The pants and helmet will both be khaki colored.
The NFL has approved the use of a third uniform and the Packers have the option of using it for home games over the next five seasons.
July 15, 2010 ~ by Tim Keown
~Here’s what you see: The cool. The ball cap pulled low, the Cal T-shirt tucked into his jeans just perfectly so, as Aaron Rodgers orders Cobb salad — no bacon, no blue cheese — in the Berkeley restaurant he chose precisely because he couldn’t afford it as a college student.
The Nic Cage voice, the real-guy attitude, the movie-star smile, the way he treats everyone, even the starstruck waiter, with an engaged detachment that shows he’s in on the gig. You see the perspective. The way he can talk about football — or, as the pundits of profundity have renamed it, the Game of Football — as something important but not important, a kids’ game played by men who are paid like kings.
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July 3, 2010, by Brian E. Murphy
~Packers linebacker paid a visit to NFL Network on Friday and chatted up with Warren Sapp and the gang.
Among other comments from Barnett, Nick said “Super Bowl or Die” for the Packers this season, and he’s excited about Capers defense this season.
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July 2, 2010, by Jessie Garcia
~Q. You worked with Brett Favre and now Aaron Rodgers. What are some of the differences between the two?
A. I think they’re both very bright in their own way, kind of different. Brett had that country kind of way, but he was very intelligent. He processed football information in a different way than Aaron does but still very quickly. You could see that his mind was excellent on the field. Favre had a great memory schematically of the opposition, and what happened on specific plays. I think Aaron has that mind-set as well. One of the reasons he’s had success in his career is he’s a very bright individual. He prepares very well, and he’s got a quick football mind to process info. Aaron has a reason for why he does things, and I think they’re similar in that way. Brett had a reputation as a gunslinger, but he always had good reasons for doing what he was doing. Personality-wise they’re a little different but both excellent to work with. They’re very bright and wanted to win and do whatever it takes. As a coach, that’s all you can ask for.
Q. The sacks were a huge problem last year. You drafted Bryan Bulaga. Are you confident that the sack problems are more or less a thing of the past?
Not necessarily, I kind of take things week to week. I’m not going sit here and say we’re over anything. Every game is different, every week is different, and every opponent is different. As I said during the course of the year, I always felt like our system, not that we’re smarter than anyone else, but we kind of knew what the problems were. It’s not like we’re getting outsmarted every week or the defense is tricking us a whole lot. We just gotta get back to playing more consistently and fundamentally than we had been playing. I’m confident our guys are going to attack that area once we get to training camp and the preseason. I’m confident we can do a much better job. Every year is different. It’s interesting, but we’re kind of a week-to-week operation. We kid ourselves as an offensive staff; we had the highest-scoring Packer offense in history. Holy cow, is that really true? I think our staff does a good job of staying focused on the weekly challenge that we have . . . certainly the sacks are going to be one of them.
Q. The offense has set a lot of records and been successful in the past few years, but how do you view this group going forward?
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