Rare display: Packers introduce 4 free agents
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — From 2010 through 2016, former Packers general manager Ted Thompson signed two unrestricted free agents.
On Thursday, the Packers announced the signing of four such...
After missing the playoffs in back-to-back years, the Green Bay Packers are spending big in free agency to try to get back the postseason.
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UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Clay Matthews, WR Randall Cobb, DT Muhammad Wilkerson, LB Jake Ryan, CB Bashaud Breeland, CB Davon House, TE Lance Kendricks, TE...
Packers’ LaFleur looks to build relationship with Rodgers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers endured perhaps the most challenging year of his career — a season marked by a knee injury, inconsistent play and the firing of...
QB coach brings familiar face for Rodgers on Packers’ staff
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — When Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gets ready for his 15th season, he'll be working with a new coach and offensive coordinator.
Plus, for the first time in his career, he'll be directing a new offense.
At least there will be a constant for the 35-year-old quarterback: the return of Luke Getsy as quarterbacks coach.
Digital design, QB investments could aid football helmets
ATLANTA (AP) — Football helmets could be getting another boost toward enhanced safety features with announcements by two major manufacturers Friday.
Riddell has partnered with Carbon, a tech company that features 3-D printing, to bring digital design innovation and customization to head protection through its new Diamond helmets.
And VICIS is expanding its $30 million fundraising program, adding further investments from quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith.
Packers bring back Getsy as QBs coach to work with Rodgers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are bringing back Luke Getsy, this time as their quarterbacks coach to work with Aaron Rodgers.
Getsy spent four seasons on former coach Mike McCarthy's staff before leaving to become Mississippi State's offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach last year.
Getsy was Green Bay's receivers coach from 2016-17 and a quality control coach from 2014-15. He will help Rodgers adjust to new coach Matt LaFleur's offense.
Cardinals hire veteran coach Clements as offense assistant
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Longtime NFL assistant Tom Clements has been hired as passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach on the staff of new coach Kliff Kingsbury in Arizona.
The 65-year-old Clements, who has been out of the NFL the past two years, will be the primary offensive assistant because there will be no offensive coordinator on the staff, with Kingsbury calling plays and doing other coordinator-type duties.
Packers name Jags assistant Hackett as offensive coordinator
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers hired former Jacksonville assistant Nathaniel Hackett as their new offensive coordinator Wednesday.
Hackett spent most of the last four seasons with the Jaguars as quarterbacks coach (2015-16) and then as offensive coordinator before he was fired in November after Jacksonville lost its seventh consecutive game.
New Packers coach Matt LaFleur is also a former offensive coordinator, for the Los Angeles Rams and then last season for Tennessee.
Matt LaFleur takes over in Green Bay as the head coach
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matt LaFleur has never been in charge of an NFL team before, and until last year had never called plays for one either.
On Wednesday, he took over the Green Bay Packers, who have missed the playoffs two years in a row — and a team with a two-time MVP quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, whom LaFleur must help to get back to playing his best.
"I briefly spoke to (Rodgers) prior to accepting the job," LaFleur said during an introductory news conference at Lambeau Field.
Patriots defense aims to win ‘mind game’ with crafty Rivers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers says thinking about how to defend against the Los Angeles Chargers has kept him up at night.
"Over the bye I had a dream about not setting the edge," Flowers said this week. "I woke up and it was a nightmare."
Packers confirm hiring of Matt LaFleur as coach
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matt LaFleur has been named head coach of the Green Bay Packers, the team announced Tuesday night, confirming multiple reports from a day earlier.
The 39-year-old LaFleur spent this season as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, his first calling plays in the NFL. Before that, he was offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, helping direct a high-powered offense with coach Sean McVay calling plays.
AP source: LaFleur accepts offer to become Packers coach
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are turning to fast-rising offensive whiz Matt LaFleur to aid Aaron Rodgers and end a two-year absence from the postseason.
LaFleur accepted an offer Monday to become the next head coach of the Packers, according to a person familiar with the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the Packers nor the Titans had announced the decision.
Bears safety Eddie Jackson questionable for playoff game
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears will wait until right before game time for Sunday's playoff matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles to make a determination on the availability of safety Eddie Jackson.
Jackson was officially listed as questionable Friday on the final injury report after he went through a second straight limited practice. He hasn't had a full practice since before the Dec. 16 game against Green Bay when he suffered a right ankle injury.
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Giving quarterbacks big money doesn't guarantee success or even playoff appearances.
The NFL's six highest-paid quarterbacks in 2018 will be spectators this postseason. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers ($33.5 million), Atlanta's Matt Ryan ($30 million), Minnesota's Kirk Cousins ($28 million), San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million), Detroit's Matthew Stafford ($27 million) and Oakland's Derek Carr ($25 million) couldn't lead their teams to the playoffs.
Bears’ Trubisky tries to steer clear of playoff mistakes
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — It hasn't been a streak of accuracy on a level with Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees or Tom Brady. Nevertheless, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has eliminated interceptions over his past three starts.
Whether Trubisky can continue making good decisions and throws in his first playoff game at Soldier Field against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles could go a long way toward determining if the Bears' season continues.
Lions beat up on Packers 31-0; Rodgers suffers concussion
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater lined up for a field goal but seemed a little antsy, gesturing with his arms like a quarterback calling for a shotgun snap.
It turns out that was exactly what it was.
Prater's 8-yard pass on a fake field-goal try was a high and a little wobbly, but Levine Toilolo was so wide open in the end zone that it didn't matter.
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Jets’ Darnold wraps up rookie year by facing Rodgers, Brady
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold is wrapping up his rookie season with glimpses of greatness.
Jordy Nelson hitting stride late in season for Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Jordy Nelson's debut season in Oakland didn't go exactly as he hoped when he signed with the Raiders following 10 years in Green Bay.
A team he hoped would be good enough to contend for the playoffs went into rebuilding mode instead. He dealt with knee injuries that hampered him early in the season, and it took time for him to build up a rapport with Derek Carr after so many years of catching passes from Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers leads Packers to wild 44-38 overtime win over Jets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers refused to sit this one out, even with the playoffs out of the question. And he willed the Green Bay Packers from setting some dubious franchise history.
A banged-up Rodgers threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 6:23 left in overtime, capping an eye-popping performance by leading the Packers to a wild 44-38 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
Bears rule out Jackson, Lynch for game against 49ers
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The NFC North champion Chicago Bears have ruled out injured Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson and linebacker Aaron Lynch out for their game at San Francisco on Sunday.
The Bears said Saturday neither player traveled with the team.
Jets’ Darnold a fan of work by Packers’ Rodgers on field, TV
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold has been a fan of Aaron Rodgers for years and wouldn't mind following in his footsteps on the field.
And, on the small screen.
The New York Jets rookie quarterback watched film of NFL stars while he was developing his own skills as a signal caller in high school, in college at USC and even now as a pro himself. One of the most frequently viewed players in Darnold's studies has been Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers' two-time MVP.
Rodgers gets 7th Pro Bowl nod in Packers’ playoff-less year
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A lost season coming to a close without a trip to the playoffs for the Green Bay Packers is ending in a familiar spot for Aaron Rodgers. He's headed to the Pro Bowl for the seventh time in his career.
"Yeah, I think there's a lot of pride with that. Especially knowing the struggles early in the season with my health, and I'm very appreciative," Rodgers said Wednesday.
With division in hand, Bears going for first-round bye
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Coach Matt Nagy is saving the big celebrations for later.
He opted instead to spend "quality time" at home with his four sons, ate sushi, consumed "one beverage" and kept his eyes on the prizes still out there after the Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North.
One he would love, though it probably won't come gift-wrapped: A first-round bye.
"You wanna ask me if I want the first-round bye, or the No. 1 seed? Absolutely, give it to me right now," he said.
Packers, Philbin prep for final 2 games of losing season
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers find themselves in unfamiliar territory, with no playoff berth to chase but quarterback Aaron Rodgers healthy enough to play in the final two games of a going-nowhere season.
If interim head coach Joe Philbin has anything to say about it, anyone who is healthy enough to play - including Rodgers - will play next weekend against the New York Jets despite the circumstances.
Bears clinch NFC North with 24-17 victory over Packers
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention.
They could not have asked for a sweeter scenario.
Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Jackson ended Rodgers' NFL-record streak without an interception and Chicago clinched the division with a 24-17 victory over the Packers on Sunday.
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Bears clinch 1st playoff berth since 2010, beat Packers
CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Jackson ended Aaron Rodgers' NFL-record streak without an interception and the Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North with a 24-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The Bears (10-4) secured their first playoff appearance since the 2010 team won the division, and clinching with a rare victory over their heated rivals made it all the more sweet.
The Latest: Steelers beat Pats for first time since ’11
The Latest on NFL's Week 15 (all times Eastern):
The Pittsburgh Steelers have beaten the New England Patriots for the first time since 2011.
The Steelers' 17-10 win at Heinz Field kept the Steelers (8-5-1) ahead of the Ravens (8-6) in the NFC North. A loss would have put them on the outside of the playoff picture with two weeks remaining.
The Patriots were denied their 10th consecutive AFC East title.
Rodgers throws interception as Packers lose 24-17 to Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Rodgers missed a couple of open receivers. He got picked off. He came up empty when the Green Bay Packers needed a big play.
Nothing like his usual work against the Chicago Bears.
Rodgers looked shaky in Green Bay's 24-17 loss to Chicago on Sunday, throwing an interception for the first time since September and failing to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in more than a year.
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Fantasy semifinals in Week 15 give greater consequence to unexpected breakouts and duds from stars — win and you're playing for a title, lose and it's on to 2019.
Playing games in mid-December also assures that weather will be a factor for some players in a week where matchups favor quarterbacks. Bad weather brings the potential of heavy workloads for several running backs.
Bears’ sweet scenario: Clinch North, beat Packers to do it
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Clinch the NFC North championship and beat a heated rival to do it? The Chicago Bears couldn't have asked for a sweeter scenario.
That's exactly the opportunity they're staring at when they host Aaron Rodgers and the fading Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon.
"It would be very exciting," quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. "We know this is a big week for us, and a lot comes with it."
Packers-Bears Preview Capsule
GREEN BAY (5-7-1) at CHICAGO (9-4)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Bears by 6
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Packers 5-7-1, Bears 9-4
SERIES RECORD — Packers lead 97-94-6
LAST MEETING — Packers beat Bears 24-23, Sept. 9
LAST WEEK — Packers beat Falcons 34-20; Bears beat Rams 15-6
AP PRO32 RANKING — Packers No. 19, Bears No. 6
PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (19), PASS (10)
PACKERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (24), PASS (8)
BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (22t), RUSH (13), PASS (23)
Packers beat sliding Falcons 34-20, 1st win under Philbin
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A tough week for the Green Bay Packers ended with a sorely needed win that relied on a familiar formula.
They beat a warm-weather team on a chilly afternoon at Lambeau Field by building a big lead and winning the turnover margin.
Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and set an NFL record for interception-free football, and the Packers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-20 on Sunday to win their first game under interim head coach Joe Philbin.
Philbin: Winston Moss was let go because of ‘fit’ with team
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin said that it wasn't easy to let associate head coach Winston Moss go from the coaching staff, but that he came to the decision because he "just didn't feel like the fit right now was where it needs to be."
Packers president Murphy to hire next coach, GM involved
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers' head-coaching vacancy should be appealing for one big reason.
He plays quarterback and signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension this year.
Two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, though, will not be involved in the process of selecting Mike McCarthy's successor, but is free to provide input, team president Mark Murphy said on Monday.
McCarthy’s connections to Browns could lead to Cleveland job
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Mike McCarthy's connections with the Browns could land him his next job.
Dumped by Green Bay on Sunday after 13 seasons, a Super Bowl win and amid a seemingly growing rift with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, McCarthy's candidacy to become Cleveland's next coach has gotten more legitimate.
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There's little argument that Aaron Rodgers' talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now.
For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that title.
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Familiar problems plague fading Packers in loss to Cards
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers wasn't in much of a mood to celebrate his 35th birthday.
Not after another loss for the sliding Green Bay Packers.
The same problems keep popping up for the offense, most glaringly, empty third downs and a lack of explosive plays.
But Sunday's 20-17 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals was definitely a surprise. Coach Mike McCarthy was fired after Green Bay stumbled once again.
Packers return home, try to keep fading playoff hopes alive
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will try to keep fading playoff hopes alive on a snowy Sunday in Green Bay against Arizona and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.
The Packers have lost four of their past five games, all on the road, and trail Chicago and Minnesota in the NFC North.
Packers’ Cobb gets closer to return, could help on 3rd downs
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers coach Mike McCarthy appreciates how veteran receiver Randall Cobb excels at doing the little things in practice, such as perfecting his footwork and timing.
If Cobb can just get over his hamstring injury, he might be able to help on the field, too, with the Packers desperately trying to keep their longshot playoff hopes alive.
Cobb practiced again on Thursday as the Packers get ready to face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Dude! Cards’ rookie QB Rosen relates with Packers’ Rodgers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Josh Rosen abides by "The Dude," and he's not referring directly to the character from the film, "The Big Lebowski," either.
Instead it's the nickname that the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback has given to Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers, for some reason.
"It was just he's that guy, that man," Rosen said about Rodgers' resemblance to the laid-back movie character. "I guess I thought it was funny."
When Vikes visit Pats, Rhodes has ‘good chance’ of playing
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Xavier Rhodes was trailing Green Bay's Davante Adams in coverage along the sideline late in the fourth quarter last week. Aaron Rodgers let the ball fly and Minnesota's best cornerback raced to catch up.
Skidding Packers face steep climb to reach playoffs
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Another close loss on the road left the Green Bay Packers in a huge hole when it comes to their flickering postseason hopes.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers laid out the grim scenario left behind after a 24-1 loss in Minnesota.
Punchless Pack pushed further back, after punt-filled loss
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Aaron Jones crossed the goal line early in the second quarter, capping a 75-yard drive that gave Green Bay a 14-7 lead at Minnesota, the Packers again put themselves in favorable position for a victory on the road against a winning team.
That's a formula coach Mike McCarthy's backsliding bunch has yet to figure out this year.
Cobb out again for Packers with hamstring injury
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb will miss his sixth game this season because of a hamstring injury.
Cobb was sidelined Sunday at Minnesota for the third straight week, along with cornerback Kevin King (hamstring). Defensive end Mike Daniels (foot) and cornerback Bashaud Breeland (groin) were also out. Safety Kentrell Brice (ankle) returned from a one-game absence. Tight end Jimmy Graham (thumb) was in the lineup after being listed as questionable.
Packers, Vikings meet without promise of 1st place
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The final weekend of November has arrived, with this Green Bay-Minnesota game predictably carrying plenty of weight toward the race for the NFC playoffs.
The twist, though, is the Packers and Vikings are stuck in the thick of the wild-card mix. The Bears, having beaten the Vikings last week, are the team with a healthy lead in the NFC North, which has been won only by Green Bay (five) or Minnesota (two) since Chicago's last division title in 2010.
Rodgers, Packers hope to get going in return to Minnesota
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers' last trip to Minnesota altered the course of a promising season for the Green Bay Packers.
He broke his right collarbone in Week 6 in 2017 on a hit out of the pocket by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. After a 4-1 start, the Packers stumbled the rest of the way and missed the playoffs.