Sharper sympathetic to Packers' misery
[size=13pt]Sharper sympathetic to Packers' misery[/size]
Judd Zulgad, Star Tribune
Last update: September 18, 2006 â€“ 11:34 PM
Vikings safety Darren Sharper admits he feels bad for his former teammates with 0-2 Green Bay, but that sympathy does not extend to a front office led by General Manager Ted Thompson. The Packers are 4-14 with Thompson in charge over the past two seasons.
"I have friends over there playing, and I don't like to see them struggling like this, and it really bothers me to see Brett [Favre] struggling at the end of a legendary career," Sharper said Monday. "But it's one of those things, if you dig your grave, and the decisions you make. ... You're going to have to deal with the consequences."
Sharper spent the first eight seasons of his career in Green Bay but left after the 2004 season following his refusal to take a pay cut from $6 million to $2 million. Also among those to leave Green Bay after that season were veteran guards Mike Wahle and Marco Rivera. Kicker Ryan Longwell joined the exodus last March, following Sharper in signing with the Vikings.
This has left the Packers in the situation of playing for the future but still having the 36-year-old Favre as their quarterback.
"You can say you're not rebuilding but then all the moves you make, it looks like you are rebuilding," Sharper said. "You're telling all the guys that are still there like Brett and the older guys like [running back Ahman Green] that you are not rebuilding, and you have them going through this struggle with a lot of young guys who aren't experienced.
"It's kind of hard to watch the guys I know. ... To have them not reap any benefits from their work, that's hard to watch. But as far as the people up top who make the decisions, I don't feel sorry for them. You all know who makes decisions over there."
â€¢ Aside from the season-ending knee injury suffered by defensive end Erasmus James, Childress said the Vikings had "very minor bangs and bruises" coming out of Sunday's victory. The list included receivers Marcus Robinson (right hamstring) and Troy Williamson (left shoulder), linebacker Napoleon Harris (right quadriceps strain) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (concussion).
â€¢ Mike Rosenthal replaced Marcus Johnson at right tackle for two plays in the first quarter Sunday. A strategic move by the Vikings coaching staff? Hardly. It turns out Johnson's shoe came off and he had to take care of the problem on the sideline before returning.
â€¢ Childress was asked on his live KFAN radio show Monday night whether he is a fan of musician Barry Manilow. The ultra-conservative coach's response: "I can't really say that."
â€¢ The NFL Network will replay the Vikings-Carolina game at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and again at noon Thursday. The replay will air in a 90-minute format.
Staff writers Kevin Seifert and Jim Souhan contributed to this notebook.
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Re: Sharper sympathetic to Packers' misery
and of course its fair to say that everyone at PP.O is sympathetic as well
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There, there Brett.. it will soon be the end of the season and then you can retire with your *snigger*.... dignity intact