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Mike McCarthy Likely Sticking with Dom Capers as Green Bay Packers’ Defensive Coordinator

January 8th, 2014 at 3:52 PM
By Sean Tehan

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy held his end of the season press conference on Wednesday and made it unofficially clear to reporters that the Packers wouldn't make any significant changes in the coaching staff before next season, specifically with Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers.

"Dom Capers is an outstanding football coach," McCarthy said. "When I go through this process (of evaluation), there's things you really like about your program. I think Dom Capers is an outstanding football coach and I'm glad he's on our staff."

Capers, who has been criticized often throughout the entire 2013 season after the Packers repeated lack of success on the defensive side of the football, would be entering his sixth year as Green Bay's defensive coordinator if McCarthy officially decides to keep him on staff in 2014.

In 2013, Green Bay's defense allowed 372.3 yards per game (25th in NFL), 26.8 points per game (t-24th) while forcing 22 turnovers (t-21st). In Capers' defense (no pun intended), the defense sustained numerous injuries during the season to key players such as safety Morgan Burnett (missed 3 games), linebackers Clay Matthews (5 games), Nick Perry (5 games), and Brad Jones (4 games) and cornerbacks Sam Shields (2 games) and Casey Hayward (13 games).

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Green Bay Packers 101 Special: 2013 NFL Playoff Predictions

January 3rd, 2014 at 4:11 PM
By Sean Tehan

Last season, NFL fans were shocked to see the Baltimore Ravens, in linebacker Ray Lewis' last hurrah, win Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers behind the play of quarterback Joe Flacco.

Flacco had one of the greatest individual postseason runs in NFL history, throwing 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions in four games. On his way to Super Bowl MVP honors, Flacco outdueled future Hall of Fame quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to reach the Super Bowl, as the Ravens proved once again last season that any team can win it all.

NFL fans though won't see a repeat performance by Flacco and the Ravens, as Baltimore failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2007. In 2014, young quarterbacks Nick Foles and Cam Newton will make their postseason debuts for the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers, respectively.

Returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, 2010 and 2009 are the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers, respectively, as new coaches at the helm of each of these teams from a season ago have put each squad back on the right track.

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Green Bay Packers 101 Special: 2013 NFL Awards

January 3rd, 2014 at 3:35 PM
By Sean Tehan

The 2013 NFL season is officially in the books, Super Bowl XLVIII will soon be quickly approaching and it's time to handout regular season awards in the wake of a new year.

In 2013, NFL fans saw teams like the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears lead their respective divisions early on but go on to fail to reach the playoffs.

Fans also saw teams such as the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs race out to commanding starts, only to wind up starting the postseason on the road instead of at the comforts of their home venues.

Besides the team stories, every NFL season a few players break out of nowhere, such as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who compiled an NFL-best 119.2 passer rating while throwing 27 touchdown passes and only two interceptions, leading the Eagles to their first NFC East division title since 2010.

Foles didn't even become the Eagles' regular starting quarterback until Week Five, getting off to a delayed start to the season like Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.

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Green Bay Packers Rule Out Clay Matthews Against San Francisco 49ers

December 30th, 2013 at 5:21 PM
By Sean Tehan

The Green Bay Packers won their third consecutive NFC North division title on Sunday over the Chicago Bears as the return of MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers proved to be a monumental gain, as Rodgers capped off a thrilling game with a game-winning 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb on a fourth down play in the final minute of the fourth quarter to clinch a playoff berth.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the final 15-play, 87-yard game-winning drive, which the Packers successfully converted on three fourth-down conversions, was the "finest drive" he has ever been a part of, but it's time for Green Bay to prepare for what lies ahead. "We've played four different playoff type football games in cold weather," McCarthy said. "It's back to business. It's playoff time and we're focused on the (San Francisco) 49ers."

Rookie running back Eddie Lacy, the lone Packers first-alternate for the 2013 Pro Bowl, has been battling ankle problems since Green Bay's week 14 win over the Atlanta Falcons, but McCarthy said Lacy came out of yesterday's game "much better" than he has in the previous three games.

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Green Bay Packers Rule Out Jerel Worthy Against Pittsburgh Steelers

December 22nd, 2013 at 2:27 PM
By Sean Tehan

The Green Bay Packers (7-6-1) and Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8) have officially announced their inactives for Sunday's game at Lambeau Field:

Green BayPittsburgh
QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone)OLB Jarvis Jones (illness)
OLB Nate PalmerDT Hebron Fangupo
OG Lane TaylorCB Isaiah Green
OG/C J.C. TretterQB Landry Jones
DE Jerel WorthyWR Derek Moye
 OG/C David Snow
 LB Jamaal Westerman

Green Bay ruled out Rodgers for the seventh consecutive game on Friday after Rodgers, head coach Mike McCarthy and team physician Pat McKenzie decided it would have been an "extraordinary risk" to start Rodgers against the Steelers this weekend. In Rodgers' place, Matt Flynn will start his fourth consecutive game for the Packers.

Flynn has led the Packers to dramatic comeback victories over the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys over the past two weeks, as the Packers control their own destiny to win a third consecutive NFC North division title. Currently, Green Bay sits a half-game back in the division behind the Chicago Bears (8-6).

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