The Green Bay Packers are heating both literally and figuratively. August 3rd was an absolute scorcher in Green Bay with the temperature in the 80s and the humidity in the 90s. On the field, tempers flared and trash talk ensued. While the offense finally won the day, it was the defense that was doing much of the chirping. Luckily fans were able to get some details of what exactly what said on the field and which players were involved.
Matt Schneidman of The Athletic was able to sit down with Aaron Jones after practice and get some details of exactly what took place:
Reporters are not allowed to directly quote comments overheard during practice unless the player repeats them during locker room availability afterward. Douglas, who helped in that regard after a joint practice against the Saints last year in which he talked a preposterous amount of trash, was not in the locker room during the 45 minutes open to reporters on Thursday afternoon.
Jones was, however, and spoke to The Athletic about the spirited back-and-forth with Douglas after a practice in which the offense finally won a competition period after six tries throughout camp and made the defensive coaches and players do up-downs in the post-practice huddle.
“So at first, I had to give it back to him because he was like, ‘You guys suck,’ blah, blah, blah, ‘(Head coach Matt LaFleur’s) not helping,’ ‘You guys can’t get anything,’” Jones said after Thursday’s scorching-hot practice. “I said, ‘Hey, we won the competition, though.’ I just had to remind him because we’ve been doing up-downs and push-ups the whole camp, so I’m like, ‘Hey, we won the competition today’ and then after I’m like, ‘Hey, bro, we all teammates. We gotta pump some of these guys up,’ so just trying to give him a friendly reminder.”
That “you guys suck” that Douglas yelled at the offense? There was an expletive included in there. I’ll let you all guess which one and where it was. And Douglas shouted it a lot at the offensive sideline after he broke up a deep ball down the middle from quarterback Jordan Love to wide receiver Christian Watson and after the next play, a pass over the middle for receiver Romeo Doubs, also fell incomplete to set up a fourth down.
The Green Bay Packers Offense Finally Won The Day At Practice
With 1:50 on the clock and the offense needing a touchdown, Love got things rolling with a 14-yard completion to Romeo Doubs. That was a positive after back-to-back four-and-outs the previous days. Then the defense tightened the screws. On first down, linebacker Quay Walker made a beautiful, leaping pass breakup of a pass intended for Christian Watson.
On second down, Love went deep to Watson. The ball was right on the money but it appeared Douglas raked the ball loose as they toppled to the ground. After Love missed Doubs on third down, Douglas unloaded (verbally) on the offense, nonstop, until the next snap, in which Love scrambled for 11 and out of bounds with 1:06 to go.
Three consecutive completions to Bo Melton, Luke Musgrave and AJ Dillon moved the ball to the 20 before Love rushed the offense to the line and clocked the ball with 10 seconds to go. On first down, Love’s wobbler to Jayden Reed was broken up by safety Jonathan Owens.
On the final play, Love threw a really good ball to Samori Toure in the end zone but rookie safety Anthony Johnson made his first big play of camp by jarring the ball loose.
The Green Bay Packers’ offense had lost five straight competitive periods to the defense before Thursday’s practice. Love said he was frustrated by losing to the defense after Tuesday’s practice. The Packers didn’t have practice Wednesday but returned to the field Thursday. This was the result of Thursday’s practice:
🚨DEFENSE IS DOING UP-DOWNS🚨
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) August 3, 2023
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