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Pack vs. Lions: Catching up with Bill Schroeder

Bulletin-board fodder usually comes from an opponent. In the case of former Packer receiver Bill Schroeder, the "fighting words" that have him steamed before the Packer-Lion showdown this weekend came not from his former team but from his current coach.<p>

A rib injury has Schroeder listed as "doubtful" for Sunday, but there's still plenty to talk about.

Lions Head Coach Marty Mornhinweg, a former Packer staffer himself, had some choice words for Schroeder following the Lions' season-opening loss to the Miami Dolphins. The second-year coach criticized Schroeder for a play in which the receiver seemed to give up on a Mike McMahon pass.

"It's obvious he pulled up," Mornhinweg was quoted as saying in the Detroit Free Press. "There's no question about that, and it won't happen again. I'm not going to talk about specific plays and neither should the player.

"Quite frankly, we had a little discussion about that. The very best thing to do when you screw something up, the first thing you have to do is admit you're wrong, No. 1, and then move on -- get it corrected and move on."

Those words may have stirred memories in Packer fans who recall Schroeder on the losing end of a verbal clash with former coach Mike Holmgren back "in the day."

In a teleconference with the Green Bay media this week, Mornhinweg softened his remarks.

"I must have said something, apparently, that the media took the wrong way; (Schroeder) pulled off the route, he didn't pull off the ball," he said. "I've seen some of the best receivers in this league do similar things on certain routes.

"Really, it was a miscommunication rather than him pulling off of the football. A guy jumped inside of him and he started to break his route off right as the ball was thrown. It looked much worse than really it was. So I was not angry or upset. We corrected it and we moved on."


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