Packers say they still have something to play for

Posted by ttwentyman on December 28, 2011 – 6:18 pm

There’s plenty of debate to whether Packers coach Mike McCarthy should play starters like quarterback Aaron Rodgers against the Lions Sunday with nothing to gain in playoff position and risk a devastating injury heading into the playoffs.

The Packers might not be playing for anything in regards to the playoffs, having secured home-field advantage, but according to McCarthy, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other things to play for.

“We are preparing everybody to play,” he said in a conference call Wednesday. “That was the message in the team meeting today and the second message is this is the first opportunity in the history of the Green Bay Packers to sweep the division.

“We have an excellent opponent in the Detroit Lions coming here to Lambeau and we are going to do everything we can to win the game.”

That sounds a lot like coach-speak to me, especially after reading the Packers injury report on Wednesday.

The team has already listed receiver Greg Jennings as out for the game and tackle Bryan Buluga (knee), receiver Randall Cobb (groin), tight end Jermichael Finley (knee) and running back James Starks (knee/ankle) did not practice.

Tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring), linebacker Clay Matthews (ankle), defensive end Ryan Pickett (concussion) and corner Charles Woodson (knee) were all limited.

McCarthy really plans on playing injured players so they can brag about sweeping the division? Do they give trophies for that?

“We’re preparing for this game as if it were any other game,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said in a conference call.

“Obviously with the home field advantage wrapped up, there’s a lot of speculation over if we’re going to sit players, but I can assure you this team is very competitive. As with any other team, we enjoy winning and want to put on a good show, so we’ll all be ready and we’re going about business as usual.”

For his part, Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn’t too concerned about who is or isn’t playing for the Packers.

“I mean, it really doesn’t matter to us,” Schwartz said. “We have stuff that we have to accomplish and we’re going to do our very best to get it done on Sunday. What anybody else does, anybody (else’s) objectives, and you know, anything else – what somebody’s eating for their tailgate lunch or anything else – none of that stuff matters. We’re going to go do our best to prepare and do our best to play.”

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9 Responses to “Packers say they still have something to play for”

  1. By james on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    rest the starters lets not injure more players before the playoffs start

  2. By johnnydetroit on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    I love what Corey Williams said about not caring who they play. The fact of the matter is with this team kicking on all cylinders I believe completely that we will go into hostile stadiums and win. I think its better Avril, Stafford and Suh didn’t go only because it personally will fuel there anger and help them to play with a bigger chip on their shoulders against teams who had better days this season. I truly believe in Schwartz and his gameplan, I hope the team can stick with it together. Rip that 19 game win streak from Green bay this week!!!

  3. By Chris on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Party Like Its 1993!!!

  4. By paul b. on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Just do it !!!

  5. By john sprenger on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply


  6. By BILLO313 on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    rest any players that need it. we will get our shot at them in playoffs. when we take them out in NFC championship.

  7. By MeteorManFred on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t risk any injuries and rest the players. Jim said it himself that we are not just playing for a playoff position. So who cares if we get 5th or 6th and who cares if we if we play San Fran or Green Bay. We are playing for the championship and regardless at some point we have to be the best and beat everyone in our way.

  8. By mick on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Coach Schwartz,

    How often does the front four stunt? Why the majority of the time do they line up the same way occasionally moving a foot to the right or left? If you obtain a sizable lead will you try different fronts? Three tackles and two DE’s. Three defensive ends with willy in the middle rushing like a MLB and tightening up the OLB just inside the outside DE. Trying these unconventional fronts on 3rd and long. Why do we make it easy on the offensive lines lining up 15 seconds before the snap to allow them to assign whose blocking whom? Yes, you can continue the way you are attacking the offense but if your not getting pressure or sacks why not try something different?

  9. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I am sick to my stomach that we have broken that stupid losin streak, last year was the perfect opportunity. The refs blew it and our secondary blew it…

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