The coaching staff of the Green Bay Packers asked the players to ramp up the intensity for Wednesday’s practice as training camp winds down.
Then the coaches set an example of sorts.
What had been a calm training camp erupted Wednesday with five separate incidents, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, including an altercation between linebackers coach Winston Moss and offensive line coach James Campen.
“He talked about my beard,” Moss said. “I talked about how small his T-shirt was. It kind of escalated from there. I don’t know what happened. It was high energy, high spirit; it was fun more than anything. I don’t know how will it will be any more in the future, but I thought it was great to see players get after it, coaches get after it.”
Campen has been on staff since 2004 and Moss has been with the team since 2006.
“I was admiring Winston’s beard,” a smiling Campen said. “He’s got a new beard this year, does he not? Yeah, it’s an impressive beard. I wanted to get a closer look and took the opportunity to do that. Hey, it’s an intense practice. Everything is fine. It’s no big deal.”
Nose tackle B.J. Raji and center Corey Linsley got into a shoving match near the end of the same drill, wide receiver Jeff Janis and cornerback Antonio Dennard locked up after Janis was blocking on a play during the team periods, guard T.J. Lang and tackle Bryan Bulaga got involved in a scuffle with cornerback Jarrett Bush and several receivers, most prominently Gerrard Sheppard, tussled with several members of the secondary.
“It was the practice we needed,” head coach Mike McCarthy said. “There were some challenges that needed to be met and there was some extracurricular activity … but it was a physical practice and based on the way we’ve scheduled the team throughout training camp, I’ll look at the video, but I think we got done what needed to get done today.”
And, hey, what’s training camp without some good old fashioned pushing and shoving, right?