Packers Morning Buzz: Jermaine Whitehead ejection hastens his departure
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
Mired in a two-game losing streak, the Packers (3-4-1) will try to get well Sunday against the Miami Dolphins (5-4) at Lambeau Field, where Green Bay is undefeated this season.
We'll start with Tom Silverstein's take on the Packers releasing safety Jermaine Whitehead after he was ejected from Sunday's game at New England.
Trading safety Clinton-Dix to Washington last week was more about getting value for a player who wasn’t playing that well and wasn’t going to be around next season than it was improving the roster.
But trading Montgomery to Baltimore last week and releasing Whitehead were more about replacing players who were no longer needed on the field and were not an asset in the locker room.
Montgomery sealed his fate when he returned a kickoff he was told not to field and then failed to accept full blame for costing the Packers a shot at a game-winning drive in the final 2 minutes.
Whitehead sealed his when he got thrown out of the game with just over 3 minutes left in the first half at Gillette Stadium, putting defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in a bind because cornerback Kevin King (hamstring) and safety Kentrell Brice (knee) were unable to finish due to injury.
A source said Whitehead’s blunder wasn’t the sole reason he was let go, but undoubtedly it hastened the decision. Had it been done just to send a message, then Gutekunst would have also cut tight end Robert Tonyan, who committed an equally egregious roughing-the-punter penalty.
You can read Tom's whole story here:
Former Packers general manager Ted Thompson will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame next May. Ryan Wood has the story:
In their podcast, Tom and Jim Owczarski analyze where the Packers stand at the season's midway point:
The Dolphins are dealing with personnel issues of their own in advance of Sunday's game at Green Bay:
Packers safety Josh Jones and tight end Robert Tonyan address performance issues:
The Dolphins are having problems with starting safety Reshad Jones, who took himself out of Sunday's win over the Jets:
Are the Packers still a top-10 team?
ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes that the Packers need to do more with MVS:
Peter Bukowski of Acme Packing Co. wonders whether it's already too late for Packers coach Mike McCarthy to save his job:
And finally, be sure to join Pete Dougherty for his weekly live chat at 11 a.m. Wednesday: