Starter Pack: Regular-season mode begins

The daily roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

After a preseason in which starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers played less than he ever has -- five series and 45 plays, including none in Thursday’s preseason finale at Kansas City -- Packers coach Mike McCarthy was asked if it will be hard to flip the switch from preseason to regular season.

“No, not at all,” McCarthy told reporters after the game. “This is really the point that you work towards, and it’s a tough 2 1/2 days in front of you (making roster cuts), but it’s all about the regular season. Everything that you’ve started since the day your season has ended is about getting ready for the opening of the regular season. It’s all part of your plan, the adjustment in your plan, the process, and we’ll be at that point come Monday.”

So keep McCarthy’s words in mind when you read the Observation Deck, a rundown of last night’s 30-8 loss to the Chiefs.


  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty wrote “the preseason didn’t give McCarthy and Thompson much reason to feel good about their chances of winning if Rodgers can’t finish a game or has to miss a week or two because of injury.” Weston Hodkiewicz caught up with kicker Mason Crosby, who earlier in the day restructured his contract. And a couple of former Packers players told Mike Vandermause they were part of the concussion lawsuit against the NFL, which was settled on Thursday, not for financial gain but rather to put pressure on the NFL to help those who were in need.

  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob McGinn put into perspective just how unproductive the Packers’ offense was this preseason. The 37 points the Packers scored in the preseason was its third-lowest summer total in team history, he wrote. Of course, that’s directly tied to how little Rodgers played. Tom Silverstein broke down the up-and-down performance of presumptive backup quarterback Vince Young. Tyler Dunne called safety Chris Banjo’s performance gusty.

  • At ESPNMilwaukee.com, Jason Wilde painted the picture of what it was like for the Packers’ starters, who played little or not at all against the Chiefs.