Gravedigger said:Why do they keep crying about things that they call voluntary?
NCPackerfan said:It's time to cut the chord with this slug. TT needs to send a clear message to any other potential underacheivers on the Packers and send Hunt packing.....Oops, he can't send him packing because he's not even there.
Bad Cletidus, bad :whippin: :urstupid: :bye:
arrowgargantuan said:i read last year after Sherman benched him, that Hunt actually does really well in practice. it's game time, when it matters, that he stinks it up.
By LORI NICKEL
Posted: Jan. 2, 2005
Chicago - Green Bay coach Mike Sherman demoted starting defensive tackle Cletidus Hunt before the game Sunday at Chicago because he was unhappy with the veterans production.
That was apparently news to Hunt, who said he was simply resting for the playoffs.
Either way, the Packers dismantled the Bears, 31-14, in the regular-season finale and, led by end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, might have had their best defensive game of the year with nine sacks, tying a team record that was set nearly 40 years ago.
Shermans unhappiness stemmed from the Packers previous game at Minnesota. Even though 16 Packers defenders registered some kind of defensive statistic in that Christmas Eve game, Hunt was not among them. Sherman subsequently decided to start Cullen Jenkins at the three-technique position, knowing that there was little risk because the Packers playoff seeding was already decided and the Chicago offense had been struggling. Jenkins has generally received praise for his play this season and had a sack and two tackles against the Bears.
I didnt think he played well enough last week to warrant a start this week, Sherman said, referring to Hunt.
Hunt said he found out Saturday that he wasnt starting, but said it wasnt a punishment.
Just resting for next week, he said. Im not injured at all. They just decided to do it.
Hunt had started every other game this season, 11 at his usual position and four while filling in at nose tackle when Grady Jackson and James Lee were injured. He also started all 16 games last year and 14 in 2002.
Hunt came off the bench against the Bears and recorded a sack, knocked down a pass and had three tackles, maybe enough to reinstate him for the Packers playoff game Sunday against Minnesota at Lambeau Field.
It looked like he made a few plays out there, Sherman said. Hopefully that got him going again.
The Packers rested Jackson, who has been playing most of the season with an injured knee that will require surgery at the end of the season. Otherwise, the starting defense minus Hunt and Jackson played a good portion of the game. After giving up Chicagos longest play from scrimmage all year, a 63-yard pass on the Bears first drive that eventually led to a touchdown, the defense had some redeeming moments. The biggest were the nine sacks, which tied a team record for a single game set by the Packers against Dallas in October 1965.
Gbaja-Biamila led the way, even though he was mourning the loss of former Packers defensive end Reggie White, who died a week earlier. Gbaja-Biamila was credited with three sacks, although he might have had four.
I thought I had four. I had three in the second half, I had one in the beginning of the game, Gbaja-Biamila said. Assuming I had four, thats the most I ever had in a game.
In the Bears final drive, it appeared that KGB sacked Chicagos Chad Hutchinson twice. The first caused Hutchinson to fumble. The second was a sack for minus-7 yards, although officials credited that sack to Green Bays Colin Cole.
If that was an error, a spokesman for the Bears said the Packers could contest the ruling with the National Football League and have it officially changed.
The discrepancy didnt affect a milestone for Gbaja-Biamila. Whether he has 12.5 or 13.5 sacks, this is his fourth straight season with 10 sacks or more, which ties White for the most in Packers history. White had 10 or more sacks in 1993, 95, 97 and 98.
We had a locker set up for Reggie White, with his jersey hanging there, helmet and everything as if he was going to play, Gbaja-Biamila said. Coach Sherman kept saying, Play the way he would have played the game. I tried. He inspired our team, our whole organization.
Gbaja-Biamila seemed to regret not asking Sherman to be allowed to go to the funeral.
Coach Sherman would have loved to have taken everybody but he said just people that played with him could go, he said.
Instead, Gbaja-Biamila said he received details from safety Darren Sharper that lingered in his mind and inspired him Sunday.
I dreamt about him last night, Gbaja-Biamila said. I knew him. I was a friend of his, so that probably had a lot to do with it.
Reggie had a dream where there was a bright light or something and a scroll came down and it was in Hebrew. I guess it basically said you have been redeemed. So I kind of had that same type of dream, but it was more of Reggie. He was in that dream. I havent really had time to reflect on that dream, so I really dont want to talk about it anymore.
Gbaja-Biamila said a game like this helped the Packers head into the playoffs, on a two-game winning streak.
Spike it up, he said. Spike it up for next week.