Wednesday, January 29, 2014
How the Packers handle trash talking
By Rob Demovsky
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy isn't a fan of trash talking by his players, especially when it involves his team's biggest rival.
So when Packers tight end Jermichael Finley criticized Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher in 2012, it didn't sit well with McCarthy.
At the time, Urlacher had a hamstring injury and appeared unlikely to play against the Packers. Finley responded by saying he didn't think the Bears were losing too much without the aging Urlacher and added that "putting another guy in might help them a little."
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs didn't take too kindly to that comment and called Finley "an idiot."
None of it rose to the level of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who ripped San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree after the NFC Championship Game, but nevertheless the war of words between Finley and the Bears didn't sit well with McCarthy at the time.
"I'm not a proponent of that," McCarthy said during his weekly radio appearance on WMTJ Milwaukee in advance of that Packers-Bears game in 2012. "I would prefer it doesn't go that way.
"The game is about on the field. I understand the job of the media, the energy, the marketing aspect of making the game more interesting than it may be perceived to be, but this game has such great history, great players who have played in this game. That's what it's all about at the end of the day. That's what I want the game to be known for."