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Some team executives, the NFL players union, the head of officiating and some officials from the NCAA took part in the effort.“It’s the idea that you try to have unified safety terminology for players so they understand what the foul is and what it isn’t and then teach it all the way down beginning at the little kids, getting to high school, getting to college and getting to pros,” McKay said.One focus was rules that deal with players’ safety, such as defenders leading with the helmet or targeting defenseless players.“Hopefully we’ll come together with language that’s simpler and easier for the players to understand,” McKay said. “I think the use of the helmet foul, to lower your head to initiate contact, I think that foul will have an impact on the way players play the game.”They also looked at rules differences with cut blocks and chop blocks and kickoffs between college and the pros.The discussions will continue early next year after the end of the college and NFL seasons.“I think everything can be navigated if people are willing to come and sit and talk and communicate,” Vincent said. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all. … We learn from you, there’s some things that you’re doing, there’s some things that we’re doing. It’s really collaboration. Can it work? Absolutely.”THE OPTICS DEBATEJimmy Johnson, a two-time Super Bowl winner as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, criticized Jason Garrett for turning up at Game 3 of the World Series last Friday with his 3-4 team going into its open weekend.Johnson, a Fox studio analyst, said before last Sunday’s games that it was a bad look for a team that had work to do, based on its record.Garrett, one of the backups to quarterback Troy Aikman for Johnson’s final season in 1993 when the Cowboys won their second straight title [url=https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Kyle-Murphy-Jersey]https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Kyle-Murphy-Jersey[/url] , passed on the chance to fire back at his old boss.“I have the utmost respect for coach Johnson,” Garrett said Thursday. “He’s been a friend and mentor to me, really through the years. That’s really all I want to say on that. I just hold him in the highest regard.”But Garrett did defend himself by pointing out that he encourages all his players to get away from the job for a few days.“If you’re a beach guy, go to the beach. If you’re a mountain guy, go to the mountains,” Garrett said. “Do whatever you want to do to get away from it, to get yourself refreshed, recharged and ready to go again.”Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he didn’t have a problem with Garrett’s World Series excursion as it related to a team that expected to contend for the playoffs having a losing record, and a winless road mark (0-4).“I’m not associated with anybody that works any harder than Jason Garrett,” Jones said. “I know where Jason Garrett’s mind is and I know where his work ethic is.”PACKERS PARTY TIMEGive it up for left tackle David Bakhtiari, who had the best costume at the Green Bay Packers‘ Halloween party on Monday.Well, that’s at least according to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.Bakhtiari and his girlfriend went as the characters Vincent and Mia from the movie “Pulp Fiction.” Rodgers said the couple “basically danced as they danced in the movie to any song that was on. Hardcore rap at times. I gave Dave a lot of credit for that. It was phenomenal.”The party came a day after the Packers’ 29-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Players were disappointed, but “nobody was hanging their head,” said Rodgers, pointing to the well-attended party as a sign of the health of the locker room.“But no, it’s a tight-knit group,” he said. “You’ve got to stick together through losses, through decisions that are made that are out of our control and keep moving forward with the same vision.”LEADING THE WAYPro Football Hall of Famers Will Shields and Aeneas Williams, three-time Pro Bowler Mark Brunell and three-time Super Bowl champion Willie McGinest will serve as the East-West Shrine Game legends captains.The four legends captains, who all played in the East-West Shrine Game, will serve as mentors for players throughout the week and be present on the sidelines during the game.The 94th annual East-West Shrine Game [url=https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Justin-Vogel-Jersey]Justin Vogel Jersey[/url] , which features some of college football’s best prospects, will kick off at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, Jan. 19, from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.GUARANTEE & GOLD MEDALSPro Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath and the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, which won gold at the Winter Games in South Korea last February, will be honored with the Sports Legend and Sportswomen of the Year Awards, presented by the March of Dimes Greater New York Market.They will receive the awards at a luncheon on Nov. 27 at the New York Hilton in Manhattan.MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred will also receive the Sports Leadership Award, and Stephen Espinoza, President of Sports and Event Programming for Showtime Networks, Inc., will get the Corporate Leadership Award.This marks the 35th year for the luncheon by March of Dimes, which honors achievements of men and women in the sports industry.RENEWED RIVALRYAtlanta’s Julio Jones faced Josh Norman plenty when Norman played at Carolina. The Falcons’ game Sunday at Washington will mark their first matchup with Norman playing for the Redskins.And, Jones doesn’t expect much trash talk from one of the league’s more loquacious defenders.“Josh really doesn’t talk much when we’re out there,” Jones said. “It’s just business. We’re used to going out there and working against each and just trying to play the game the right way.”Jones went so far as to call Norman a “great guy.”“I don’t have anything bad to say about him,” Jones said. “He plays the game like it’s supposed to be played. He’s trying to create turnovers for his team. He puts himself in different situations. He throws his body around and has no regard for his body just to get the ball out.”KICKING TO THE HALLAdam Vinatieri has kicked his way all the way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Well, at least part of him, for now.The Indianapolis Colts kicker’s jersey and cleats — worn last Sunday when he set the NFL’s career scoring record — along with the football he booted for the mark will be displayed at the hall’s museum in Canton, Ohio.Vinatieri finished the day with 2,550 career points, surpassing the previous record of 2 [url=https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Justin-Mccray-Jersey]Justin McCray Color Rush Jersey[/url] ,544 held by Hall of Famer Morten Andersen. After much speculation over the past two-plus years, Thompson has confirmed that a medical condition forced him to step down as GM." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareSharePackers & Ted Thompson confirm that former GM stepped down due to health problemsTrevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsFollowing the Green Bay Packers’ 2017 season, the team made a massive change in leadership in the personnel department. Ted Thompson, the team’s general manager for more than a decade, stepped down from that post to take an advisory role. After an extensive search, the Packers promoted Brian Gutekunst to GM.Much speculation took place about Thompson’s health, and though unconfirmed, the evidence of issues was present. On Wednesday, Thompson and the Packers issued a statement confirming that the former GM has indeed been dealing with a medical condition and that it was the driving reason behind the decision for him to step down.In the statement, Thompson describes the condition as an “autonomic disorder,” which is a category of conditions that affect the nervous system controlling involuntary functions. He did not provide specifics on what specific disorder is affecting him, but it clearly impacted his ability to function normally as general manager and evidently has required multiple evaluations at several different medical facilities. Interestingly, Thompson also clarified that CTE, the condition connected to head trauma that has been highly-publicized in recent years, does not appear to be a factor. Thompson did have a ten-year playing career as a linebacker in the NFL, but thankfully that condition is not an additional concern.Thompson also further expanded on the decision to step down, confirming that the decision was a mutual one between him and team president Mark Murphy. It is surely no coincidence that Thompson’s statement comes on the heels of his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame this weekend. Furthermore, it appears likely that in conjunction with that honor and this statement, his role with the team will be reduced further to allow him to focus fully on his health.We at Acme Packing Company wish Thompson the best of luck and success in dealing with his condition.
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