On Thursday, we heard that a couple of Green Bay Packers were fighting during OTAs. Offensive linemen Jason Spriggs, a 2016 second-round draft pick, and linebacker Johnathan Calvin, an undrafted rookie, went at it during practice.
They were said to be swinging wildly and in what I find to be hilarious, each player connected with several blows… to the other guy’s helmet. So, yeah, it wasn’t like a fistfight outside of a bar. Both of these clowns were wearing their helmets and punching each other in the head anyway.
Ultimately, they went to the ground and were separated by teammates.
And when we heard of this, we went with the patented CUTTY! reaction.
You know, guys who play football and line up on the opposite side of the ball from each other often get rough. Sometimes tempers are lost, fights break out.
But there’s potentially a real problem here.
Under the conditions of the collective bargaining agreement, contact is forbidden during OTAs. The Seattle Seahawks were actually penalized twice for such an infraction. The second infraction cost them a week of OTAs and a fifth-round draft pick.
Now, the lunatics obviously run the asylum in Seattle. Color me not surprised at all that the Seahawks violated OTA contact rules.
The Packers run a tighter ship, though. Or so we have been led to believe.
It will be interesting to see what comes of this, if anything. We didn’t see the fight, but you have to think Calvin didn’t just walk by Spriggs and make an off-color remark about his mother. There had to be some sort of contact in order for a blows-to-the-helmet fight to break out.
And that’s not to say that Mike McCarthy or the Packers’ coaching staff necessarily was pushing the envelope on contact. Contact happens when you’re playing football, even if you’re just going through the motions.
Besides that, you know for a fact that Ted Thompson would go in and take a giant dump on McCarthy’s desk if McCarthy cost him a fifth-round pick. Ted is money in the fifth (in his own mind)!
Hopefully, this will just blow over. If it doesn’t, the Packers will likely face a fine and lose a couple days of minicamp like Seattle did on their first offense.
The real question here is, was anyone there and if you were, do you have video? We’d love to see it. Contact us if you do.