Packers beat writers mock team’s stupid media policy for training camp
The coronavirus has caused a lot of change in the world, and the NFL is not excluded.
While many of the changes the league made as a result of the pandemic make sense, some are very confusing. One rule change involves how the media is allowed to cover practices and training camps this year. While the restrictions vary from team to team, the Packers seem to have taken the very strict road.
Many Packers beat writers tweeted out the same statement Wednesday from the Green Bay PFWA (Pro Football Writers of America) chapter.
The statement reads:
Breaking a long-standing tradition of the publicly owned Packers, coach Matt LaFleur and GM Brian Gutekunst are prohibiting media at training camp from reporting “who is getting reps with the first team, second team, third team etc” and from making “projections on the depth chart and personnel packages. Media in Green Bay has never revealed scheme, special packages or strategy as part of previously established ground rules in conjuction with the PFWA.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the Packers sent an email outlining what the media is and is not allowed to report. The paper says the email acknowledges the team put on stricter policies than normal, but said “it is important that we do not put ourselves at a competitive disadvantage.” However, the email did not say what the punishment would be if a reporter breaks the rules.
While the writers shouldn’t be revealing any team secrets, it should be completely fine for them to acknowledge which players are getting first team reps, or make depth chart projections. In the past this has previously been reported because training camp is open to fans, and teams have the preseason, where it’s easier to get a picture of the depth charts. But with no preseason games, the Packers have tightened their grip on the media’s coverage.
As a result of their frustration, many writers began to mock the policy on Twitter. Jason Wilde, who works for ESPN Wisconsin, made a joking depth chart for the Packers.
Some other Packers writers joined in on the fun as well.
But no other beat writer had as much fun as the Journal Sentinel’s Jim Owczarski.
He spent most of Wednesday and Thursday coming up with creative tweets to poke fun at the new policy.
Owczarski’s tweets are ridiculous, but that’s the point. The Packers’ updated media policy is not going to be the difference on whether the team wins the Super Bowl.
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