Wednesday, August 14, 2013
BBAO: The journey back to Green Bay
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
As we navigate another summer of drama regarding a former Green Bay Packers player now in a Minnesota Vikings uniform, it's worth noting that in most cases, time heals all (or most) wounds.
Look no further than place-kicker Ryan Longwell, who retired Tuesday as a member of the Packers -- eight years after signing with the Vikings with some admittedly hard feelings. Longwell told reporters in Green Bay: "I know a lot of us have migrated that way, and most of us migrate back."
Quarterback Brett Favre will one day do the same, and Longwell believes that even receiver Greg Jennings will eventually be a member in good standing of the Packers family.
"Everything takes time," Longwell said, "and everything will happen. I have no doubt that Greg is loved here and will be loved here eventually, and Brett, I think that thing is pretty close. I think they’re in a good spot, everybody, and I think time heals everything and everything will be made right when the time is right."
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "Longwell is the best kicker in franchise history, based on field goal accuracy, so it seemed only natural for him to return home. And it was apparent the Packers organization, which gave him his first NFL kicking job, and the city of Green Bay still hold a special place in his heart."
- Packers cornerback Davon House wasn't happy with his performance in last Friday's preseason opener, writes Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
- Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sizes up the Packers' roster.
- Should Packers receiver Randall Cobb have practiced Tuesday? Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com takes a look.
- Vikings coach Leslie Frazier took his team to a movie Monday night. Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press tells you which one.
- The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has put the Vikings' stadium deal on hold while it conducts due diligence into Wilf family finances after the team's owners were found guilty in a civil case in New Jersey. More from Richard Meryhew of the Star Tribune.
- Joe Webb gives the Vikings versatility as a receiver/quarterback, despite what the team says, argues Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.
- Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus suggests the Vikings move longtime "under" tackle Kevin Williams to nose tackle. Monson: "A move to NT for Williams would help disguise his lost step, allow quicker DTs on the roster to play in their natural position, and fill the void that Minnesota hasn’t been able to patch since Pat Williams retired all in one act."
- Getting to the bottom of the Vikings' seeming two-toned purple uniforms.
- Robert Klemko of MMQB.com investigates what has happened to former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young.
- Chemistry between Lions running back Reggie Bush and quarterback Matthew Stafford is improving, according to Carlos Monarrez and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
- It doesn't look like the Lions will play Louis Delmas in the preseason. More from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
- The Lions continue to give veteran Jake Scott first-team reps at right guard, writes Kyle Meinke of Mlive.com.
- My take on Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's comments on growing up.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune: "There is no telling yet what the Bears will become on offense this season, but any questions about everyone buying into Marc Trestman's new program were answered sufficiently in nearly three weeks of training camp."
- Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times: "Say what you will, watch what you want, but this Bears season is about Jay Cutler. And for reasons I'll explain that make me -- and, I'm guessing, you -- very nervous."
- It sure doesn't look like J'Marcus Webb is going to get his right tackle job back, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com, and he might not even make the team.