The Green Bay Packers are set to take on the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs on Saturday night. Of course, they are in this position due to their dominating 48-32 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the on Sunday in the Wild Card round. In that game, Jordan Love and the offense poured in six total touchdowns (three passing and three Aaron Jones rushing scores) while Darnell Savage added a touchdown on a pick six.
The Cowboys were the highest scoring offense in the regular season, averaging 29.9 points per game. Green Bay faces a whole different beast in the 49ers this weekend, though. Brock Purdy and the San Francisco offense is littered with talented players, some of which are Pro Bowlers and/or All Pros.
Indeed, Joe Barry will have his hands full planning on limiting the dynamic Christian McCaffrey, who led the NFL with 1,459 rushing yards while scoring 14 touchdowns. In addition, the pass defense needs to figure out how to limit George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, and Brandon Aiyuk.
While this season’s (and the previous two on top of it) do not give fans much faith in Joe Barry, it cannot be denied that he has had a pretty good game plan of each of the Packers’ last three games. One former tight end, however, took to the radio to suggest a different, and dirty, strategy to slow down San Francisco’s offense.
Former Green Bay Packers Tight End Mark Chmura Suggests the Defense Intentionally Hurt San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Brock Purdy
Former Packers tight end Mark Chmura is one of the co-hosts of Jen, Gabe, and Chewie on ESPN Milwaukee. During their show on Wednesday, the Super Bowl XXXI Champion called for the team to intentionally injure Brock Purdy to send a message to San Francisco:
“You guys are gonna think I’m crazy…” Always a hot start when Chewy starts a thought on @JenGabeChewy with that.
— ESPN Milwaukee (@ESPNMilwaukee) January 17, 2024
“You guys are going to think I’m crazy, but a 15-yard penalty, and I don’t condone this but I kind of do in the playoffs, um, a 15-yard penalty for a late hit on Brock Purdy is not a bad thing. As long as it’s worth it.
“I’m just saying this is the mindset you go into when it’s battle… sometimes a 15-yard penalty early in the game is worth it if you knock the living crap out of the guy, and then he, kind of like sticking your elbow in the ribs of Nick Bosa, is like ‘Ahhhh, I’m hearing ghosts.'”
The call for the Packers defense to intentionally hurt an opposing quarterback did not go over well with fans. Many took the opportunity to remind social media of Chmura’s own shady past.
Green Bay Packers Fans Call Out Mark Chmura on Social Media
Packers fans may remember that Chmura found himself in hot water (both literally and figuratively) 23 years ago when he faced sexual assault charges. If they had forgotten, social media reminded them on Wednesday:
Mark Chmura was actually very good in that 95 playoff run, tallying 17 catches! To learn more, look up “Mark Chmura 17” https://t.co/MYa1HbXJU6
— 🅱️oyo (@BrettRichJ18) January 17, 2024
Remember that one time Mark Chmura went in a hot tub in his boxers with 17 year old girls ?
Just letting you remember this dudes judgment is all… or lack there of.
So when this fucking shit stain of a human says to hit Purdy late…I want people to know this guys a clown. pic.twitter.com/RiF7rGopIJ
— The Pocket Dogs podcast (@pocketdogspod) January 18, 2024
(Holds up megaphone)
Hello, football/sports gods? Yeah, hey, just so we’re clear – Mark Chmura does NOT speak for Packers fans on that personal foul thing. Yeah no not at all. Thanks!
— LempsMKE (@itsjustChrisnow) January 17, 2024
Mark Chmura is a scumbag! pic.twitter.com/Kv91GX3LFu
— Sean P Diddy🇮🇪🇱🇺🇵🇹 (@SPScott19) January 17, 2024
Seen a lot of negative reactions to this, but Chmura is a stand up guy. Never been in any hot water.
Just google “Mark Chmura hot tub” for proof. https://t.co/V59T6rwNBK
— Bad Benny (@MostDopeGingerr) January 18, 2024
It will be interesting to see what, if anything, ESPN does regarding these comments. One would hope that a corporation owned by Disney would stand for more than that.