Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
I hope some of you have gotten a chance to check out ESPN Milwaukee, which has a full-time Packers beat writer in Jason Wilde. Much like ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson, Jason is at Green Bay practice every day and compiles a daily blog here.
Every Tuesday, Jason brings you an interview with a prominent Packers player to discuss life on the field. Here’s last week’s post with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and here’s Tuesday’s edition with linebacker A.J. Hawk. Given the amount of media typically around an NFL team, I know from experience that this type of interview is hard to get.
Rodgers and Hawk are close friends, and Hawk actually took playful umbrage with one of Rodgers’ answers from the week before.
Rodgers: “My best quality is also a quality that gets me in trouble sometimes, and that’s loyalty. I’m a very loyal person. I’m loyal to my friends, my family, but at the same time, because of that loyalty, sometimes people take advantage of my trust.”
That answer apparently made Hawk laugh.
Hawk: “I loved A-Rod’s answer to that one question about how ‘my best can also be my worst quality.’ It was so fake. That’s like going into a job interview and saying, ‘I work too hard.’ That’s not even a real answer.”
Again, those interviews are posted every Tuesday at ESPN Milwaukee. Now, let’s take our full spin around the division:
The continued struggles of the Packers’ running game calls into question the wisdom of the zone-blocking scheme, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The Bears are still looking to establish their running game as well, writes Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times.
In fact, the Bears rank No. 31 among NFL teams in rush offense, Dickerson notes on ESPN Chicago.
There is no call for a quarterback change within Detroit’s locker room, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
Lions players are struggling to separate themselves from the franchise’s 19-game losing streak, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Minnesota’s offensive linemen know they need to protect quarterback Brett Favre better, according to Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Anyone complaining about the Vikings’ short passing game should remember that the Vikings were playing a similar offense two decades ago under Jerry Burns. Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune speaks with Burns about the Vikings’ current offense.