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Here's a 2009 story if there ever was one: Green Bay linebacker Nick Barnett has questioned whether the Packers should step up their personnel efforts -- via Twitter.
According to this story from Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Barnett sent the following message via his Twitter account Tuesday night:
"Ok question does anyone else think we need more d line man???"
Barnett confirmed that he sent the message to the Twitter Web site when a reporter asked him at halftime of a Milwaukee Bucks game.
When asked to expand during the interview, Barnett -- who is rehabilitating from knee surgery -- said:
"We've lost some guys; it's a new scheme. We have [Cullen] Jenkins on the outside, [Ryan] Pickett on the inside; we'll have [Johnny] Jolly with whatever happens with his situation. But the years that we've been very good on defense, we've had good depth on the defensive line with some good quality. We have some young guys coming up, but it's always good to have that very good depth at d-line."
Asked if general manager Ted Thompson should have done more in free agency, Barnett said:
"I think he's done some good things by keeping guys on the team. I think he's going to do some good things in the draft. Ted's style is not to overpay. He kind of does a good job of keeping guys on the team that he likes and in the draft we'll see what happens."
This doesn't exactly qualify as a rip of Thompson. But Barnett's assessment of the Packers' defensive line, as it stands right now, is fair and accurate.
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