Packers Morning Buzz: Former Green Bay teammates rally to Aaron Rodgers' defense
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with reaction to the in-depth examination of former Packers coach Mike McCarthy's relationship with Aaron Rodgers from Bleacher Report's Tyler Dunne. The story paints a picture of a dysfunctional operation that failed to live up to its potential and win multiple championships after beating Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
You can read the entire (lengthy) story here ...
... or you can catch the highlights here:
Former Packers receiver James Jones says the allegations in the article "made me sick," adding that "to me it’s just a bunch of peoples’ opinions. And that’s not the same opinion I have about Aaron Rodgers.
"The crazy thing about it is I’m getting a bunch of texts from my former teammates, and they’re like, ‘Where was I at when all of this stuff was going on? Because I don’t remember any of this stuff going on.’ And it’s crazy that former players that played with Aaron, when they were in the locker room, could’ve addressed this with Aaron but did not address it with him, if that is what was going on."
Tramon Williams and Casey Hayward tweeted approval of Jones' remarks:
Former Packers fullback John Kuhn also sticks up for Rodgers and McCarthy:
Former Packers running back Ryan Grant is keeping busy:
Former Packers special teams ace Chris Banjo can't believe what he's hearing:
And this from former Packers safety LeRoy Butler:
The folks at "Good Morning Football" weighed in:
Meanwhile, former Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton became the latest former Packers player to announce his retirement:
Rodgers even took to Twitter for the occasion:
Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari with yet another heartfelt tribute to a former teammate:
Pete Dougherty tackled a wide range of readers' questions in his weekly live chat, including how the Packers will approach the draft:
A couple of familiar names will be calling out Packers draft selections:
Rob Reischel looks at five offensive players the Packers could target in the draft for Forbes:
The Packers finally can focus on other positions besides cornerback, per Acme Packing Co.:
If the Packers are interested in moving up from No. 12 in the first round, Lions GM Mike Quinn says he's looking to possibly move down from the No. 9 spot:
Rodgers was first in the NFC North from inside the pocket:
And finally: Former Packers linebacker Jayrone Elliott bids farewell to his AAF experience in San Antonio:
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