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Packers Clean Out Lockers, Look To Next Year


GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) The Green Bay Packers cleaned out their lockers yesterday with the realization that some big changes are in the works during the off-season. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers has come under criticism, after his unit had some major lapses that resulted in crushing exits from the playoffs in three of the last four years. But linebacker Desmond Bishop – who missed the season with a bad hamstring – defended Capers, and said he should not get the boot just two years after the Packers last won the Super Bowl.

But after Saturday night’s divisional loss at San Francisco, players said they were under-prepared and out-schemed as 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns. The Niners’ offense racked up 579 total yards in a 45-31 blowout. Safety Charles Woodson said after the game quote, “Maybe we need to get bigger and faster.”

None of the defensive starters hung around to talk with reporters yesterday, leaving members of the offense to publicly wonder about their futures. 38-year-old Donald Driver still says he wants to play until he’s 40 – and he’ll decide in the next few weeks when he wants to retire as a career-long Packer or play with somebody else.

Receiver Greg Jennings would love to stay, just like Driver. But neither has been offered a new contract by G-M Ted Thompson – and both are expected to be gone. Others are due to get some big raises, and Thompson will have to decide whether it’s worth it to keep them. Woodson, a 15-year N-F-L veteran with two broken collarbones behind him, is due to get 10-million dollars next year.