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Thursday, September 16, 2010
BBAO: A.J. Hawk isn't happy

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk didn't play a single defensive snap in last Sunday's 27-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, and you wouldn't expect that to go over well. Hawk, sidelined because the Packers played the entire game in their nickel and dime packages, told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that "I'm sick of it, but who wouldn't be?"

Hawk is technically a starter in the Packers' 3-4 base scheme, but coordinator Dom Capers didn't use that package at all in Philadelphia. It's unclear how Capers will deploy personnel moving forward, but Hawk added: "What I'm playing in now, the package I'm in, is not my football destiny. It's not to be a part-time guy. As of today, that's how it goes. I'll stick with it and do my thing."

Hawk would be open to a trade, agent Mike McCartney told Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. McCartney: "A.J. is a pro's pro and wants to do his part to help the team win, and his first priority is to be the best Packer he can. But if some team called and wanted him to play on all three downs, I think he'd be excited about that."

Hawk was reported to have had an outstanding training camp, but the Packers emerged from the preseason with Brandon Chillar taking his place in the nickel. I can't say I disagree with that decision. Chillar seems pretty good in coverage. And I would be surprised if Hawk were traded. Beyond this year, however, you would have to assume his days with the Packers are numbered if the defensive coordinator can find no suitable role at any part of a game, no matter what the defensive calls are.

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