Friday, September 6, 2013
Starter Pack: Rules video not a response
By Rob Demovsky
A daily roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
Each week during the season, the NFL sends media members a weekly instructional video about rules and officiating.
When Thursday’s edition contained a section about the rules and protections for read-option quarterbacks, which I wrote about in this piece, I couldn’t help but wonder whether it was done as some sort of response to the Clay Matthews-Jim Harbaugh back and forth of the last several days.
So I asked league spokesman Michael Signora, who is in charge of distributing the video, if that was the case. Signora said the video, which is narrated by NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino, had been in the works already.
“Protections for quarterbacks has been something Dean Blandino has been talking about in various media interviews throughout the summer,” Signora wrote in an email. “The inclusion of that information in the video is not in reaction to any recent comments, simply clarifying what the rules are in that situation.”
The rest of our ESPN.com Packers’ coverage included a look at some of the unsettled issues on special teams, the most important of which is determining a kick returner, and another installment of Rookie Watch, this time with the focus on starting left tackle David Bakhtiari.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty’s notebook led with the challenges of getting two new quarterbacks, Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien, up to speed in the offense. Weston Hodkiewicz profiled the most likely candidate to return kicks, Jeremy Ross, whose last official return was a muffed punt in the playoff loss to the 49ers.
At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde took another look at the unlikely return of Johnny Jolly, who made the Packers after serving a three-year suspension and posted video of Aaron Rodgers’ new State Farm commercial.