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Just Another Monday: Rodgers Rants, Burnett Done

Posted October 4th, 2010 @ 07:10pm

The most newsworthy thing to come out of the Packers lockerroom on Sunday was Aaron Rodgers' pointed frustration with the offense, and in particular his coach's playcalling. The most notable news on Monday was the sobering revelation that rookie safety Morgan Burnett has an ACL tear and is lost for the season.

First, Rodgers' rants: he wanted to spread the Lions out and play more three and four receiver sets to "put the best players on the field." I get it: but the Lions' front four is among the best the Packers will face this season. Until the Pack's OL proves it can handle protection assignments without the assistance of a tight end or a fullback, the coaches need to make sure of one thing: that their franchise QB stays vertical. One look at what the Giants did to Jay Cutler in the first half Sunday night reminds everyone that QBs are one big hit way from getting their brains scrambled.

The Pack's offense is out of synch. We can thank the Ryan Grant injury for a majority of the reason why. And unless Ted Thompson shocks us all and swings a deal for a veteran running back in the next two weeks, the offense will have to evolve into a version of the '07 Patriots.

McCarthy shook off Rodgers' complaints, saying "players play and coaches coach." That's coach-speak for 'give it a rest, Aaron. After all, two uncharacteristic picks by the QB helped turn the Lions game into a nail biter.

The Burnett injury is disappointing on a number of levels, first for the kid who was making some mistakes on the field but seemed to be growing into the job. It's a woefully thin position for the Pack, who will turn to Derrick Martin or Charlie Peprah, at least until week 7, when Atari Bigby is eligible to return.

And it gets worse for the defense: word out of Green Bay is that Brandon Chillar's shoulder injury may be serious, like season-ending serious. It's a shoulder that's been operated on before and they can't tell what is scar tissue and what is a new injury. We should have a clearer prognosis later in the week, but the potential loss of Chillar is a big blow to the Pack's pass defense and will have McNabb and TE Chris Cooley licking their chops thinking about Sunday's matchup.

The Pack's 3-1 and no one is glowing. That's a good sign. The two cream puffs on the schedule are in the rear view mirror and the schedule is going to start to get tougher. The NFC is absolutely wide open right now--it kind of feels like 11 or 12 wins is going to get you a bye. This team still has time to find itself, but it might want to accelerate the process.

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on April 8th, 2012 at 10:26pm

Dear Rodgers ski and sport, with a group of 27 people being in Lincoln in July, we also have a free day off (22nd of July). Possible some of our patircipants want to rent a (mountain) bike that specific Sunday. I don't know the exact amount of people who are willing to rent a bike that day but I'm sure some of them will do. Is there any reservation I have to make for them? Otherwise they will just come at your shop and wait for the service I guess. My second question is if you have any trail (partly single track perhaps) available in the neighborhood?Kind regards, Mike van GilsStudy Tour Committee 2012The Netherlands

on August 1st, 2012 at 02:39pm

As for reservations, we would need to know more splficicaley the amount of people needing to rent along with sizes.Otherwize, just show up at the shop.As for trails, we use Loon Mts Cross Country Trails, snowmobile routes, some single track trails off the Kanc. We can explain more options once we meet with you.Regards,Rodgers Ski SportLincoln, NH

on August 3rd, 2012 at 06:43am

In awe of that ansewr! Really cool!

on January 19th, 2012 at 07:19pm

No complaints on this end, smlipy a good piece.

on January 19th, 2012 at 07:27am

That's a genuinely ipmressive answer.

on January 19th, 2012 at 12:08pm

Such an ipmressvie answer! You've beaten us all with that!

on January 21st, 2012 at 02:51am

It's like you're on a misison to save me time and money!

on January 21st, 2012 at 04:03am

Rodgers rant was well played on his part. MM sometimes gets too cute with player groupings trying to find the match-up. A-Rod said the same thing last year after the Cincy game.

on October 4th, 2010 at 09:36pm

The Seahawks got Lynch for a 4th round pick and a conditional pick in 2012. What the....???????????

on October 5th, 2010 at 02:50pm

Would we have to give up more than a # 2 or 3 draft choice for Lynch? If Chillar is out Hawk is definitely off the trading block. We also need Al Harris back there!!

on October 5th, 2010 at 07:42am

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