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MadSteel
05-27-2011, 10:12 PM
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NFL Will Allow Green Bay to Get Super Bowl Rings June 16th

USA Today reports that despite the lockout, the Packers will get their Super Bowl rings on June 16th at Lambeau Field.

The lockout won’t keep the Green Bay Packers from receiving their Super Bowl rings. The NFL gave the team an exemption from the rules prohibiting contact with players during the lockout. And the Packers have scheduled a ceremony to distribute them on June 16 at Lambeau Field. “We’re looking forward to having an evening for the players, coaches and organization to recognize the victory in Super Bowl XLV,” Packers CEO Mark Murphy said. The team will gather for the first time since beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Teams have not been allowed to contact players about football matters during the lockout, except for a brief window on April 29 before an appeals court halted a lower-court ruling invalidating the work stoppage
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Although they will be meeting to receive their rings, they could very well discuss new plays (coaches and players) and handout playbooks along with those rings. Every team should be allowed to meet with players on the 16th of June.

BradshawsHairdresser
05-28-2011, 02:43 PM
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NFL Will Allow Green Bay to Get Super Bowl Rings June 16th

USA Today reports that despite the lockout, the Packers will get their Super Bowl rings on June 16th at Lambeau Field.

The lockout won’t keep the Green Bay Packers from receiving their Super Bowl rings. The NFL gave the team an exemption from the rules prohibiting contact with players during the lockout. And the Packers have scheduled a ceremony to distribute them on June 16 at Lambeau Field. “We’re looking forward to having an evening for the players, coaches and organization to recognize the victory in Super Bowl XLV,” Packers CEO Mark Murphy said. The team will gather for the first time since beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Teams have not been allowed to contact players about football matters during the lockout, except for a brief window on April 29 before an appeals court halted a lower-court ruling invalidating the work stoppage
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Although they will be meeting to receive their rings, they could very well discuss new plays (coaches and players) and handout playbooks along with those rings. Every team should be allowed to meet with players on the 16th of June.

I agree. If the Steelers had won the Super Bowl, you can bet the League wouldn't be allowing them to contact their players about football matters on June 16.

MadSteel
05-28-2011, 04:26 PM
That's exactly what I thought. No way the Steelers would have received excemption from the lockout. I call BS

Mister Pittsburgh
05-29-2011, 09:01 AM
I agree that every team should be allowed to gather on the 16th if one team is allowed to do so. Total BS. Their rings aren't going anywhere so I don't see why they couldn't wait until the lockout is over and a new CBA is agreed upon.

hawaiiansteel
06-02-2011, 02:41 PM
Super Bowl hangover? Packers, Steelers in no hurry to hit field

By Vic Carucci NFL.com
Senior Columnist
Published: June 1, 2011

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The Steelers and Packers, who met in Super Bowl XLV, have been lax in player-run workouts this offseason.

Either the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers know something that numerous others in the NFL don't, or they're simply comfortable with taking a risk that they might not be as prepared as necessary whenever the 2011 season gets a green light.

As the most recent Super Bowl participants, they automatically command a higher level of respect than the rest of the league. But even before squaring off for the Lombardi Trophy last February, both teams were widely recognized for mostly doing things right.

So why aren't the Packers and Steelers among the many teams whose players have organized their own practices during the lockout? Why -- instead of the small periodic gatherings that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has had with his receivers and a few linemen and the Packers' offensive linemen getting together -- aren't these examples of NFL excellence getting the sort of impressive numbers that other player-run sessions are attracting?

The New England Patriots had between 40 and 50 offensive and defensive players on hand for a Wednesday practice. The Carolina Panthers had about 50, from both sides of the ball, show up for a Tuesday workout that they apparently felt was serious enough to keep out the prying eyes of the media.

On the other hand, the Steelers' defenders haven't done a bit of group work on their own. And as far as they're concerned, it is, in fact, the right thing to do, especially for a unit with an aging core.

"This time's been good for healing of your bodies," veteran safety Ryan Clark told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "The mental part? We know how to play football. We know how to run Cover 3. That dog blitz will still be deadly. We'll be fine."

Will they? And how about the Packers, who have a much younger roster and, presumably, a greater need for some level of team-oriented drills?

It's notable that an increasing number of teams have seen a rising number of participants in player-only workouts because this is the time of year when team-supervised sessions are in full gear.

For the most part, players followed their typical routines of relaxing through most of February and then working out on their own through March and April. Group sessions started to begin in earnest in May. They are expected to be held through at least the early part of this month as players get a better sense of how court rulings will impact the timetable for the start of the season, which NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and multiple owners insist will begin as scheduled.

Meanwhile, the Packers and Steelers are taking a different approach. Only time will tell if it's the right one.

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RuthlessBurgher
06-17-2011, 10:44 AM
Just to twist the knife in your gut a little bit, here is Green Bay's SB ring:

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/0616/nfl_a_rings11_300.jpg

Oviedo
06-17-2011, 11:04 AM
The Packers are going to be tough. Don't forget they will add about 15 players to the roster who were on IR last year and about one-third will probably be pushing for starting positions. Their depth is insane.

birtikidis
06-17-2011, 11:08 AM
Just to twist the knife in your gut a little bit, here is Green Bay's SB ring:

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/0616/nfl_a_rings11_300.jpg
you bastage...
that thing is pretty ugly though. If I were them I'd return it.

hawaiiansteel
06-24-2011, 07:54 PM
Super Bowl champs could also be most improved

PUBLISHED Thursday, Jun 23, 2011

Tom Silverstein
Sporting News


What do you get the team that has everything: a franchise quarterback, one of the best young defensive players in the game, a Grade A coaching staff and reigning Super Bowl championship?

Well, if you’re going shopping for the Packers, don’t have to go much farther than their own locker room to find the best gift money can’t buy.

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James Starks carries the ball during the first half of Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (AP Photo)


Give them a healthy Jermichael Finley, Morgan Burnett, Ryan Grant, Nick Barnett, Mike Neal, Brandon Chillar and Brad Jones, and they’ll be as content as a fantasy football player with the No. 1 overall pick.

In 2011, Green Bay will be adding the equivalent of five or six high draft choices, none more galvanizing than the ultra-talented Finley, who was on his way to a Pro Bowl season before tearing cartilage in his knee in Week 5.

Throw in Grant, a 1,200-yard rusher in 2009; Burnett, a third-round safety who won a starting job as a rookie; Neal, a brutish defensive end with inside pass rush ability; and linebackers Barnett, Chillar and Jones, and the Packers are better on paper than they were a year ago.

What's new

Offense: After 47 regular-season starts, Aaron Rodgers has more yards (12,394) and touchdowns (86) and fewer interceptions (31) than Favre, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers at that point in their careers. Coach Mike McCarthy would like to take some pressure off Rodgers with a better running game, especially given the two concussions he suffered last year.

Behind Rodgers, it’s James Starks’ world -- if he wants it. Starks revived a dormant running game at the end of last season with some timely runs and a knack for never losing yardage. Ideally for the Packers, Grant would come back and look more flexible and elusive than when he started the season last year. Don’t discount third-round pick Alex Green, who not only can step into the third-down role but can also take snaps away from Starks and Grant.

G.M. Ted Thompson moved to secure the team’s long-term future in the draft, using his top pick to select Mississippi State left tackle Derek Sherrod—the second year in a row he has used a first-round selection on an offensive tackle. Chad Clifton hung in well in his 11th season at left tackle, but he’s now 35 and could suffer a decline soon. The quick-footed Sherrod will learn from Clifton and, if necessary, step in for him or move to right tackle so 2010 first-round pick Bryan Bulaga can fill in on the left side.

Defense: Cullen Jenkins, the best pass-rusher of the bunch, could be lost to free agency and replacing him will be difficult, especially in nickel situations. Mike Neal is coming off a torn rotator cuff and has shown susceptibility to injury. End C.J. Wilson could be the wild card because he has the run-stopping ability to replace Jenkins or Howard Green and enough talent to increase his sack total from last season. An interesting prospect is athletic 2011 seventh-round pick Lawrence Guy.

The Packers have three returning starters in linebackers Clay Matthews, Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk, along with a bunch of guys hungry for playing time.

Charles Woodson is starting to show his age as a wide corner and needs to be in the slot, where he can use his outstanding tackling skills to press the run. Sam Shields’ presence allowed that to happen in 2010 and also guarantees the team has two young corners in place for at least three more seasons.

Bottom line: There probably isn’t a more talented team in the NFL than Green Bay, but as McCarthy has said before, talent doesn’t always win championships. Recapturing the chemistry of this team will be difficult because expectations will be enormous, egos will be in launch mode and many players will be thinking about getting paid. That’s the poison McCarthy has to keep out of his locker room if he’s going to have any chance of repeating as champion.

Breakout candidate

James Starks, RB

Starks missed all of training camp and didn’t have a single carry his rookie season until Dec. 5. He wound up taking over the starting job in the playoffs and one can only wonder what he’ll do with a full training camp.

"I think it is clearly evident to everybody to see the player that he can be. What is exciting about him is that his best football is in front of him. He has all of the tools, the work ethic, the intelligence and the instincts to be an every down player." -- McCarthy

Opponent's view

(An anonymous opponent breaks down the Packers)

“They’ve got so many weapons on the perimeter with (Greg) Jennings and (Donald) Driver, those two guys can really cause some issues. (Coach) Mike McCarthy’s offense is going to be very multiple. You’re going to get personnel groupings where there are no running backs in the game and they have five wide receivers all the way to three running backs in the ballgame at one time. … Defensively, Clay Matthews, I think had arguably a defensive MVP-type season. It’s a very talented team.”

Depth chart

Offense

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn

FB: John Kuhn, Quinn Johnson

RB: James Starks, Ryan Grant, Alex Green

LT: Chad Clifton, Derek Sherrod

LG: T.J. Lang, Marshall Newhouse

C: Scott Wells, Nick McDonald

RG: Josh Sitton, Caleb Schlauderaff

RT: Bryan Bulaga, T.J. Lang

TE: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, D.J. Williams

WR: Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb

WR: Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson

Defense

DE: Ryan Pickett, Jarius Wynn

NT: B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett

DE: Mike Neal, C.J. Wilson

OLB: Clay Matthews, Brad Jones

ILB: Desmond Bishop, Brandon Chillar

ILB: A.J. Hawk, D.J. Smith

OLB: Frank Zombo, Erik Walden

LCB: Charles Woodson, Sam Shields

SS: Morgan Burnett, Charlie Peprah

FS: Nick Collins, Jarrett Bush

RCB: Tramon Williams, Davon House

Specialists

K: Mason Crosby

P: Tim Masthay

KR: Randall Cobb

PR: Randall Cobb

LS: Brett Goode

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SteelCrazy
07-19-2011, 04:49 PM
League won’t talk about report that Packers contacted players

Amid multiple reports that the Packers have contacted players during the lockout to tell them to be ready to show up on Saturday for a team meeting and a denial by an unnamed Packers executive who possibly fears being made to look like an idiot if the league investigates and proves that contact was made, the league has advised PFT that, for now, there will be no comment on the situation.

“We are focused on closing the agreement and will not comment on this,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via e-mail.

So “boo” on the “no comment.” But “yay” on the “closing the agreement.”

The league previously looked into reports of contact between teams and players, with an investigation that conjured images of a broom and a rug and a sweeping sound.

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I remember this being talked about and thinking it was no big deal, but if they have recently talked just imagine what was said when they were allowed to gather for the ring distribution.