The NFL's annual owners meetings bring about discussion regarding rule changes and safety measures. However, they also give coaches the opportunity to meet with the media during an otherwise quiet period of the offseason.
Green Bay Packers headman Mike McCarthy spoke on Tuesday, and he had plenty to say about the team's offseason plans. In particular, he gave a vote of confidence to the team's star running back who struggled with weight issues in 2015.
"It sounds like things are going well for [Eddie Lacy]," McCarthy said on Tuesday. "He looked like that rookie guy."
If Lacy can reclaim the (literal) form he displayed as the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year, the Packers should be in good shape. Lacy rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and scored double-digit touchdowns that year. That added punch, along with the return of Jordy Nelson, should help the offense return to its pre-2015 heights.
Daryn Colledge helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV as their starting left guard. Now, he has signed up for an eight-year term with the Army National Guard. Many athletes do little of consequence after their playing careers end, but Colledge has decided to instead make a commitment for his country, an honorable act indeed.
The Detroit Lions may not have stolen away Eliot Wolf as many suspected they might, but they did get Packers manager of corporate sales Bill Hawker to jump ship. Hawker doesn't deal with on-field concerns, but spent over a decade with Green Bay on the business side. The Lions rank 27th in the league in the most recent annual estimate by Forbes, so bringing in business people like Hawker was a top priority for the franchise.
The gruesome details of Darren Sharper's actions have already taken up too much space on this site, so we don't need to recap them again. The former Packers safety could face as many as 20 years in prison, though he could receive a reduced sentence based on his cooperation with authorities.