A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
The Packers aren't expected to grant the Washington Redskins permission to interview one of their top personnel executives, Alonzo Highsmith.
Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that new Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan sought permission from the Packers to talk to Highsmith about a position in his scouting department.
Because it's not a general manager position, Packers general manager Ted Thompson can decline the request. He's expected to do so in this case.
Thompson was in Pittsburgh most of the day Sunday attending services for coach Mike McCarthy's brother, Joe, who died last week. Thompson returned to Green Bay on Sunday evening, but it was not known if he had formally declined the Redskins' request yet.
McCloughan worked in the Packers' scouting department from 1994 to 1999.
Highsmith has been with the Packers for 16 seasons and was promoted to senior personnel executive in 2012. That makes him one of Thompson's top advisers along with Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst. Wolf was promoted to director of player personnel earlier this month. Gutekunst is the team's director of college scouting.
In 2009, those three spots belonged to John Schneider, Reggie McKenzie and John Dorsey. Since them, all three have become general managers in the NFL – Schneider with the Seattle Seahawks, McKenzie with the Oakland Raiders and Dorsey with the Kansas City Chiefs.
In case you missed it from ESPN.com:
At the Pro Bowl, linebacker Clay Matthews sat down for an interview with Monday Night Football sideline reporter Lisa Salters.
The Packers are good salary-cap shape, but that might not prevent them from cutting some veteran players.
The Packers in finished dead last in the most comprehensive special teams rankings.
Best of the rest:
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Weston Hodkiewicz, in his review of the season that included his player-by-player grades, wrote that everything had fallen into place for the Packers this season, and they still came up short.
Also in the Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty looked at how a devastating playoff collapse can impact a team the following season. To do so, he talked to several members of the 1992 Houston Oilers, who blew a 35-3 lead and lost a playoff game to the Buffalo Bills.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob McGinn put the blame for the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss squarely on the quarterback Aaron Rodgers and also gave his season report card.