Maybe the number 13 really is unlucky. Today’s practice showcased several Green Bay Packers teammates. . and coaches, getting into fights and scrums. So many that media members covering the session said they lost count.
It is often heard during training camp that teams get tired of hitting each other and they want to start hitting someone else and playing real games. If today’s practice was any indication, the Packers are ready for another opponent. Hopefully the team brings the intensity from today into the regular season, sans the ill-advised penalties, of course.
Past Packers camps have featured some pushing and shoving as well, that’s nothing new. But today’s scuffles weren’t your garden variety shoving matches. According to Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, these were full-blown fisticuffs.
That was no boys-will-be-boys scuffle there. Lattimore and Sitton get into it, entire O and D jump in.
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) August 13, 2014
Setting the tone was the biggest fight of the day that started between linebacker Jamari Lattimore and offensive lineman Josh Sitton. Soon after those two locked horns, the entire team seemed to be involved.
Soon after, linebackers coach Winston Moss and offensive line coach James Campen were in each other’s faces. It’s one thing for players who are in heated physical battles to lose their cool, but even Dunne remarked that he’s never seen coaches go at it before.
Later in the day, offensive lineman T.J. Lang and defensive back Jarrett Bush, both longtime veterans of the team, pushed and shoved a bit.
On the one hand, it’s good to see some fire in these players. It shows that they’re getting into their battlefield mindset as the regular season is just weeks away. On the other, you also just hope that there is no loss of camaraderie among both players and coaches alike.
Head coach Mike McCarthy has always done a good job of keeping his locker room a cohesive place during his nine season in Green Bay. There’s no reason to think it won’t continue. I chalk it up to a new attitude among the players that they expect success and won’t be pushed around.
Many times, a healthy argument can lead to a tighter bond in a relationship. A mutual respect usually emerges as well as a better understanding of the other side. If you look at most teams that have had a lot of success and won deep into the playoffs, one common thread is a tightness throughout the organization.
The Packers are just 22 days from their regular season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, one of the most physical teams in the NFL. Green Bay will get a good, early test of their strength and bond for this 2014 season.——————
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: