Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Road to the Super Bowl - 4 Days Away

Getting a little creepy there, Mooch. Settle down a bit my friend. Anyway, it feels like the Super Bowl is never going to get here, doesn't it? Until it finally does, here are three things to talk about while protecting yourself from the thundersnow.

1. Your Wednesday Practice Report - Apparently during Super Bowl week there is one pool reporter assigned to each team, and that report is eligible to be used by other media outlets. In the interest of brevity, here's the pool report for Wednesdays practice. In summation, McCarthy spoke about how it was good to get back in pads again, but he still wants to keep the injury risk low before they head into the Super Bowl. While watching NFL Network today, the guys at the desk were talking about how much time off McCarthy gave Green Bay last weekend, and if it will come back to hurt them. I think McCarthy did the right thing there, as they had just played five must win-games in a row, and rest was surely needed. Coach said as much after practice as well, and while you want to treat this like a normal week as much as you can, you don't want to over-exert yourself before Sunday comes. It's going to be an overwhelming experience for this team when kickoff finally comes, so you want to pace this team during the week, in my opinion.

Injury wise, as of now the only real concern for the Packers is at outside linebacker. Frank Zombo did fully participate in practice, and he looks good for Sunday. Erik Walden was a bit more limited, but should be ready as well. As it stands, I would expect Walden to still get the starting nod. As for Pittsburgh, the injury news surrounding Maurkice Pouncey is more will he or won't he than Ross and Rachel, but the latest word is that he should know his status by Friday.

2. Rodgers Wins Award - Turns out a Green Bay Packer will win an award this week, two days after Clay Matthews was the Defensive Player of the Year for about fifteen minutes. It was announced on Wednesday that Aaron Rodgers was named the FedEx Air Player of the Year. The award isn't an official NFL award, but more of sponsored award that is actually voted on by the fans. But still, it's always good to win an award, so congrats to Rodgers for the nod. He wasn't available to accept the award however, so accepting on his behalf was Packers great Bart Starr. Couple of good articles while we're on the subject as well. Here's a write-up on how Starr has become Aaron Rodgers' role model, followed by another inside look at just exactly who Aaron Rodgers the man really is.

3. No Philadelphia Love for Packer Coaches - In the last week or so, we've been talking a little bit about Packers assistant coaches Darren Perry and Mike Trgovac and their chances at getting new jobs next season, specifically the job of defensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles. Linebackers coach Winston Moss had also thrown his hat into the ring for the position, but no longer will the next defensive coordinator of the Eagles come from Green Bay. That's because the next defensive coordinator of the Eagles is actually coming from the Eagles staff itself, albeit on the offensive side. Juan Castillo now has the gig after spending last season with the team as it's offensive line coach. Apparently he hasn't coached a lick of defense since 1989. Oh well, fine with me. I say when you have a team that gets to the Super Bowl, it's probably a good idea to keep as many of those coaches around as long as you can.

And in case you missed it earlier here on The Bucky Channel, Turtle gives his take on the betting lines brought to us by our friends at Packers Therapy. Speaking of betting lines, Lemmy is back with more prop bet analysis, with today's info focusing on what Fergie may or may not wear during the halftime show.


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