Gary Knafelc: No voice for retirees
His salary with the team next season would have been nearly $3.5 million. Bishop was under contract through 2014. Green Bay previously invested starter-sized money in Jones when it re-signed him as an unrestricted free agent to a three-year, $11.75 million deal with a $3 million signing bonus in March. Bishop didn't stay unemployed for long. After drawing interest from a handful of teams, he agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. Bishop is the second former Packer to bolt to their NFC North rivals this offseason. Pro Bowl receiver Greg Jennings signed a lucrative five-year contract with Minnesota in March. --The Packers have almost turned out the lights completely on holding night practices during training camp. The team's recently released camp schedule includes only one practice under the lights at Ray Nitschke Field in Green Bay. That will be Aug. 2, on the eve of the team's annual Family Night intrasquad scrimmage at Lambeau Field.
People tend to forget that due to the games controversial ending. A 4-3 defense capable of getting pressure without blitzing, allowing maximum coverage on the receivers is the optimal way to play against this offense. Thats what the Giants do. Thats what Seattle can do. Now a big part of Green Bays sacks come back to play-calling and the quarterback. If you want to throw deep as this offense likes to do, then you need time to throw. Sometimes you just do not have that option when you are outmatched up front. Working in some quicker plays to get the ball out of Rodgers hands will help. Pro Football Focus actually graded Green Bays pass blocking as the sixth-best in the league last year, so this goes beyond just an offensive line issue. The Packers ranked 13th in pass-blocking efficiency, which weighs sacks with hits and hurries allowed.
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The 81-year-oldKnafelc, who retired in 1963 after 10 seasons, said in an interview with NBC26-TV in Green Bay late last week that he is disappointed by the response to requests for help he has made on behalf of fellow retirees who are struggling. "We don't have a voice, and I really believe the reason that we don't have a voice is that they're hoping that if we keep dying off at the rate we are, we'll be all dead and they won't have to worry about anything," he said in the interview. "I'm not kidding at all. I'm very serious about that." He said he believes the NFL Players Association only cares about current players and those who retired after 1970. "The ones that played prior to that, they've kind of just forgotten entirely," he said. Knafelc, who also was the public address announcer at Lambeau Field from 1964 until 2004, said he has been told that injuries suffered by players of his era "happened too long ago." "They don't have enough records to justify helping you out at that time," he said. "In fact, they even come to the point of, 'How do we even know that injury was something you did playing football? It was not something you did later on?'"
Graham Harrell ?more comfortable? in Packers? offense
Jul 1, 2013 9:52 PM He should work on his handoffs, then focus on the more important job his clipboard. johnnyb216 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:23 PM Well I sure hope so! Hes only been in it for 4 YEARS! Last year he was awful and I dont think he couldve been any worse! Only one direction to go here! firestarter0728 says: Jul 1, 2013 10:32 PM Would love to see the Packers scam a high draft pick from the Vikings for him before training camp Harrell > Ponder johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 1, 2013 10:38 PM Flynn had the game he did against Detroit because the Lions secondary was decimated by injuries. They actually had multiple guys who had recently been signed off the street getting significant playing time. No one ever seems to remember or acknowledge this fact. punkthepack says: Jul 1, 2013 10:42 PM Good job Harrell. So, the Packers can make the playoffs this year and have Rodgers injured on the final regular season game.