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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Jenkins recants

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by’s Kevin Seifert

It’s only fair that we give Green Bay defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins equal time to apologize/explain/address the critical comments he made after Sunday’s 38-26 loss to Minnesota. Speaking Wednesday in Green Bay, Jenkins said he met separately this week with coach Mike McCarthy, defensive coordinator Dom Capers and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac. Jenkins said he was wrong for addressing the issue first through the media. In retrospect, Jenkins said, he’s made more plays than he probably realized. Here’s the key passage of his quotes, via Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
"They understood that I was frustrated. I was out there working hard and competing and when you don't win the game you get frustrated. They call the stuff that's best for the defense and sometimes as a player you want to do more to try to help your team, but you also have to understand that you have to play within the defense and they can't compromise their defense just to try to make somebody happy. I guess I was being impatient, which kind of made it so frustrating for me. I have made plays. I have made impact in this defense and I've just got to keep being patient and playing within the scheme and opportunities will come for me."

As a reporter, I never have a problem with a player speaking his mind publicly. Sometimes, postgame criticism is generated from frustration. But on other occasions, that frustration compels a level of honesty you don’t otherwise get in calmer environments.

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