Aaron Rodgers does not like joint practices. Like he really doesn't like them.
In fact, he hates them so much that he publicly went on record against the team's joint sessions with the Houston Texans (the first dual practice for the QB since '05), telling Packers News “I’m glad it’s over,” and “I wouldn't mind if they didn't do it for another 14 years.”
Which, fine! Training camp doesn't seem particularly enjoyable, and when you've got guys like Houston's rookie cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. getting kicked out of practice for hitting Packers players too hard on non-contact drills, it's easy to see why Rodgers isn't wild about it.
problem punchline here is that new head coach Matt LaFleur, who Green Bay hired with hopes that he'd more often see eye-to-eye with Aaron Rodgers, does not see eye-to-eye with Aaron Rodgers.
You see Matt LaFleur loves joint practices, so much that he publicly went on record in favor of them. He ALSO talked to Packers News, and he told them that, "Absolutely, 100 percent I want to do this again,” and, “I’d like to do it multiple times if we could.”
Mike McCarthy is chuckling on a lake somewhere.
Las Vegas seems to be doubting the sustainability of the Bears success.
It might just be a reflection of the public wagering against Mitchell Trubisky and company, but the odds at SuperBook shifted away from Chicago over the last few months, without any significant changes in the NFC North landscape.
As of Monday, the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings have the same odds to win the division as the Bears.
The Packers and Vikings odds haven’t moved from where they opened back in March, but the Bears went from the favorites at 8/5 down to the rest of the group at 2/1.
They haven’t had any significant injuries this offseason, and none of the teams made any blockbuster transactions.
Mathematically, the change in odds is negligible, but it sends a message of a truly even NFC North race, eight months after Minnesota and Green Bay failed to reach nine wins.
The national perception of doubt should be motivating for Matt Nagy’s locker room that’s looking for every reason to stay hungry.
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The Packers offseason from hell continues!
On Friday, it was reported that new head coach Matt LaFleur tore his Achilles tendon playing basketball:
The 39-year-old coach joined the Packers on a four-year deal, which includes a fifth-year option, back in January.
Assuming LaFleur is okay, it's our civic duty to give him a hard time about this type of injury happening in a game of knockout. Not a pickup game, or a one-on-one. Knockout. Here is the appropriate order of basketball games in which it's embarrassing to tear your Achilles in:
1. Around The World
5. 3's or above, half court
6. 5's, full court
So, it could have been worse. No word yet on if Matt Nagy can hoop or how his heels are doing, but we'll be sure to update you when that information comes across our desk.