It’s a big weekend for the Green Bay Packers. Top decision-makers for the franchise will conduct five interviews over the next three days as part of the team’s search to replace Mike McCarthy.
The schedule sets up like this. Friday will be spent in Foxboro, Massachusetts, with the team interviewing Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in the morning and linebackers coach Brian Flores in the afternoon. Then it’s a plane ride down to New Orleans to meet with Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and tight ends coach Dan Campbell on Saturday. Finally, the weekend wraps up with a meeting between Packers brass and Titans OC Matt LaFleur.
Today’s interviews come in light of a new first-hand account of the discord between McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Tight end Marcedes Lewis spoke about the issues on Thursday, providing a bit of an outsider’s perspective. Keep in mind that Lewis had spent the entirety of his NFL career in Jacksonville before signing with the Packers last May, so he presumably had no strong allegiance to either of the two men. Likewise, Lewis will be a free agent and seems unlikely to return for 2019. Combined, those factors suggest that his account is reasonably accurate, rather than skewing the story to favor either of the two sides.
Let’s check out the details as told by Lewis and much more in today’s Curds.
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Marcedes Lewis only saw about 200 snaps all season long, so if he saw several instances of tension between Rodgers and McCarthy -- including Rodgers simply ignoring playcalls -- you know it was happening frequently.
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Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler fails to make Hall of Fame cut | Packersnews.com
With Jerry Kramer in Canton, it's time to throw the collective weight of Packers fandom behind Butler in 2019.
‘Gray Ghost of Gonzaga’ was third rusher in NFL history to surpass 1,000 yards | Packers.com
Tony Canadeo was a star player for the Packers, despite playing for some bad teams towards the end of his career. He later became a close friend to Vince Lombardi and served on the Packers' executive committee for over 35 years.
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