Apparently Tuesday was interview day in Green Bay, as a number of individuals on the Packers’ coaching staff and the front office spoke with the media or had conversations published. First up, we learned a bit from head coach Mike McCarthy about his plans for the final preseason game — which involve a lot of quarterback Tim Boyle — before the team’s coordinators took the podium to answer some questions about the roster and their players in advance of final cuts.
However, the big story out of Lambeau Field this morning is a lengthy interview with general manager Brian Gutekunst. The first-year GM has been holding press conferences at least weekly throughout training camp, a welcome change from his predecessor, and he is clearly more comfortable at the microphone than Ted Thompson ever was.
Now we see a little more from Gutekunst, as the intimate Q&A reveals some of his thought processes. How much does he consult with Thompson? What’s the timetable on an Aaron Rodgers contract extension? Is it worth giving up a bunch of draft picks to acquire a player like Khalil Mack? Gutekunst answered all of these questions — at least somewhat — in the excellent interview that you can find in today’s curds.
Brian Gutekunst Q&A: Packers GM willing to spend to acquire ‘unique’ players | Packersnews.com
In a lengthy back-and-forth with Pete Dougherty, Gutekunst discusses the Khalil Mack situation (in abstract, at least), Aaron Rodgers’ contract, and much, much more.
Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson ‘have shown they can make plays’ | Packers.com
The Packers’ coordinators spoke to the media on Tuesday and although there are few revelations, we do get a bit of insight on the rookie corners and Jake Kumerow.
Mike Pettine, Joe Philbin just what Packers, Mike McCarthy need | ESPN
Speaking of the coordinators, the argument here is that having two former head coaches on staff will help McCarthy, who has been challenging those two about decisions related to scheduling, in-game issues, and more.
Packers introduce smorgasbord of Wisconsin-themed game day food options | Packers Wire
Mmmmm...maple bacon wrapped hot dog...
4 NFL players who should receive contract extensions before Week 1 - SBNation.com
Not surprisingly, Aaron Rodgers tops this list. But another potential Packers target is number two: Khalil Mack.
Jerry Jones Claims 18-Game Season Would Be “Better For Players” | Deadspin
Shut up, Jerry. We’re not buying that bridge you have for sale either.
Dog Falls Overboard, Swims 3 Miles and is Reunited with Owner | 107.9 WSRZ
Harley, a dachshund, fell out of the boat during an awful storm, but found a way home after an awfully long swim for a good boy with short legs.