Jan 1, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; A Green Bay Packers fan holds up a championship belt during the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

What they're saying about the Packers

November 24, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the game against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. The Packers won 27-15. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Finally, we’re getting close to a football weekend as Packers fans finish up their football drought caused by the dreaded bye.

As the Packers prepare to take on the Detroit Lions, they do so without some of their biggest names scheduled to be on the field. The biggest name added to the list this week was that of Clay Matthews. He will sit out at least this weekend and who knows about the future. We can only hope he heals up quickly.

With that said, the Packers will probably get Jordy Nelson back on the field, which should bring some comfort to Aaron Rodgers. That fact alone should at least allow the Packers to spread the ball around a bit more instead of having to rely too heavily on Randall Cobb as the go-to guy.

This has been a busy week, not only for the Packers who prep for their trip to Detroit, but for the media that covers the team …

Let’s take a short trip around the Web to see what others are saying about the state of the Packers:

 

So playing without Matthews, their best defensive player, is reason for the Packers to worry, especially as they hit the stretch run of their season with a 6-3 record and five of their final seven games against NFC North Division rivals.

- Pete Dougherty, Green Bay Press Gazette

Tramon Williams works against the Tampa Bay Bucs. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

“Guys like Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman — they talk about how physical they are — but Calvin was pushing those guys around the field like it was nothing. And those are some big guys. You definitely have to be careful with how you play a big guy like that.”

Tramon Williams, Packers cornerback

Some of Rodgers other numbers are down…yards per attempt, completion percentage…and those would be reflective of what you see with the naked eye when you watch the game. At times this season it seems like the offense is going uphill. Things certainly aren’t coming as easy for Rodgers & Co. this year as they did in 2011.

- Packerpedia

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Packers controlling their own destiny. And I think this quote from McCarthy drives the nail home. No one in PackerNation should care two poops about what the rest of the league is doing. All that matters now is the task at hand: beating the Detroit Lions.

- Packerinsanity

Coach Mike McCarthy. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

I love coaching. I love everything about the preparation, gameday and the opportunity to compete. There’s nothing like the NFL and working with these extraordinary athletes. The NFL player is a special human being and what they endure physically, mentally and emotionally to play this game is, in my opinion, unrivaled in sports. That’s something I have great respect for, and I love being a part of it. I love every aspect of coaching.

- Mike McCarthy about whether he still loves to coach

 

 

“I get concerned. He takes some shots now. He’s a tough kid. There’s a lot of times where I’m screaming, ‘Throw it, throw it.’ He can’t hear it, but you just want him to let it go because I want him to play the next play. But that’s ingrained in him. He knows if he’s willing to hold it for one second, he’s willing to take that shot to get the ball off and create the big plays.”

- Jeff Saturday

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