Packer offense calls itself out at a team meeting
The Green Bay Packer offense had pointed words for themselves and each other at a meeting on Monday, after their loss to 0-7 Tampa Bay.
Guard Daryn Colledge said it was a "come-to-Jesus" meeting where the veteran leaders spoke out, right after they watched the game films.
Receiver Donald Driver was quoted as saying everyone will be fired at the end of the season if they don't win, and win now.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was called out for holding onto the ball too long before some of his league-high 37 sacks.
He reportedly blamed himself and told the offensive linemen to "look in the mirror" and vow to do better.
Rodgers said he didn't want to watch the playoffs on TV again.
Publicly, the players tempered their words and said they needed to take care of business - and that means pulling off an upset of 6-2 Dallas on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Packers' coach Mike McCarthy calls it a must-win.
Colledge said if the 4-4 Packers can beat the Cowboys, San Francisco and Detroit, they'll go into December in a great position in the NFC, and they need to treat every game like a playoff game from here on out.
Packers' tight end Jermichael Finley says he's getting frustrated about his knee injury. But while he's itching to get back on the field, team doctor Patrick McKenzie has not cleared him yet. Finley says there's nothing he can do but "chill out" until he gets the OK.
The second-year pro was hurt Oct. 25 at Cleveland. Coach Mike McCarthy said he thought Finley made good enough progress by Tuesday to prove he's ready to return but the medical staff didn't agree.
In any event, McCarthy says Finley is close to coming back. Meanwhile, Jeremy Thompson and rookie Brad Jones took snaps at left outside linebacker yesterday.
Starter Aaron Kampman won't practice until at least Friday, after getting a concussion last Sunday.
And back-up Brady Poppinga hurt a thigh against the Buccaneers and had an MRI Wednesday to determine the extent of it.