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McGinn on the money with Packer report

January 21, 2013 - Burt Angeli
Escanaba’s Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s award-winning pro football writer, questioned the Packers’ toughness in evaluating the 2012 season.

“"They're a soft football team, and in a sport that forever favors the tough," McGinn wrote.

He couldn’t have been more right after watching San Francisco and Baltimore batter their way to the Super Bowl. The 49ers and Ravens both demonstrated physical play Sunday. The Packers rarely showed that tenacity.

McGinn’s hard-hitting team assessment also calls for the Packers to dump veteran safety Charles Woodson.

"If Charles Woodson doesn't retire, (GM Ted) Thompson has to release him," McGinn wrote. “His time has passed. The Packers would be out of their minds to pay Woodson the $10 million he's due in 2013.”

McGinn dispensed a “C” grade for Woodson’s performance this past season. The U.P. Hall of Famer did give an “A” to linebacker Clay Matthews and A minus to wide receiver James Jones, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and guard Josh Sitton.

Other items of interest in McGinn’s must-read Sunday piece:

— Not signing center Scott Wells was a mistake.

— Lambeau Field seems to be losing its edge as a tough place to play

— Mason Crosby, ranked 35th among NFL kickers, was asked to kick from a greater distance than all but one kicker (Greg Zuerlein, Rams).

— Randall Cobb led the Packers with 10 dropped passes.

— Fullback John Kuhn ($2.5 million) and linebacker AJ Hawk ($7.1 million) may not be worth their paychecks.

— Knee injury "clouds the availability" of defensive lineman Jerel Worthy for 2013.

— Safety Morgan Burnett one of two NFL defensive players who played every snap in 2012 (James Laurinaitis, Rams).



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