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Shields, secondary key to improving defense

5:20 PM, Apr. 22, 2014
Packers' Sam Shields (37) is all smiles after making an interception in the first quarter during Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Packers' Sam Shields (37) is all smiles after making an interception in the first quarter during Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
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Joe Whitt doesn't know the going rate for a top-flight cornerback, nor does he really care.

What concerns the Green Bay Packers cornerbacks coach is what a player can do on the field. Sam Shields is as talented as anyone he's ever mentored, but how much that ability is worth is for others to decide.

For that reason, Whitt wasn't sure if he'd get a chance to coach Shields again following the Packers' 23-20 playoff loss to San Francisco, but he was confident the 26-year-old's best days were ahead of him. ...

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