Notebook: Glazer stands by Favre story

FoxSports.com reporter says the Packers were not a source for his story, but the team was aware Favre was talking to opponents; bouncing baby bye week on tap for McCarthy; and more from Monday.

FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer stood by his bombshell story that former Packers cornerback Brett Favre shared intricacies of Green Bay's offense to members of the Lions' coaching staff before the Packers visited Detroit in Week 2.

"I stand behind my story 1,000 percent — 1,000 percent," Glazer said on Jim Rome's nationally syndicated radio show. "This is a strong accusation. You have to be 100 percent. You can't be 95 percent, you can't be 99 percent on this."

According to Glazer, he learned of the story a couple weeks ago but broke it this week because of Favre's decision to give advice to the Cowboys' injured quarterback, Tony Romo. Glazer said one of his sources with Dallas was miffed at Favre for not minding his own business.

Importantly, Glazer said his sources are not affiliated with the Packers, though when Glazer contacted the Packers, he said the team was aware of Favre's conversations, though "they didn't know about the Lions."

Meanwhile, for the second consecutive day, Lions coach Rod Marinelli said "no comment" — refusing to confirm or deny the story. A source who knows Marinelli well but was not aware of whether the report was true, told Packer Report that Marinelli is an honest man who would not lie just to issue a denial. That, to the source, showed there likely is truth to Glazer's report.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy also refused to comment when asked twice about the story during his news conference on Monday.

Favre wasn't asked about the story after Sunday's loss at Oakland and isn't scheduled to meet with reporters until his regularly scheduled Wednesday news conference. On Sunday, via a text message to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Favre called Glazer's report "total B.S." Favre issued a similar strong denial when the Los Angeles Times was the first to report last spring that he and his agent were quietly asking teams if they'd be interested in trading for Favre.

Bouncing baby bye week?

McCarthy will spend the bye week getting ready for the Nov. 2 game against Tennessee, doing some self-scouting and perhaps becoming a new dad.

McCarthy's face might have turned a shade red when a reporter broached the topic during Monday's day-after news conference at Lambeau Field.

Asked when his wife, Jessica, was due, McCarthy said, "Pretty soon. You'll be the first to know, trust me."

McCarthy, who downplayed the possibility that Jessica could go into labor at halftime of a game, said there's a "good chance" the baby will be delivered during the bye week.

McCarthy, who takes pride in being prepared for every possible situation on game days, has a more simplistic game plan for when the baby is due.

"It's been 17 years since I have been through this, but I don't remember doing a whole lot," McCarthy said, alluding to his other child, Alex. "I'll carry the bag and make sure there is gas in the car, things like that. I can handle that."

Harrell remains on PUP

One of the story lines before Sunday's game was the possibility defensive tackle Justin Harrell would make his season debut against the Colts. But, not surprisingly since last week's practices were his first since January, Harrell was a spectator.

"At the end of the week, we just decided he needed some more time," McCarthy said of Harrell, who was placed on the physically unable to perform list when he underwent a second surgical procedure on his back at the end of training camp.

Harrell was eligible to come off of PUP last week. The Packers don't have to activate him for another two weeks.

Time mismanagement

McCarthy admitted to botching the final moments of the first half against the Colts, when he called a timeout with 9 seconds left and kicked a field goal (that was blocked) on third down.

"I had a play in mind, a shot in mind, (but) the spot of the ball didn't really happen fast enough," McCarthy said. "You look at that situation, 17 seconds and the ability to have a play and also still clock the play (by spiking the ball) was the target that you're looking for. We got underneath that, and I actually knee-jerked and I was still going to do it, and then I caught myself and (said) let's just kick the field goal. I should have let that run down to 3 seconds and kicked the field goal."

Extra points

Asked if he'd assign his players a workout regimen before getting their five-day vacation, McCarthy said: "They're not just going to sit home for five days, I can promise you that." ... The Lambeau Field turf looked funny on Sunday, with large swaths of brown outside the hashes. McCarthy, though, said the field was excellent. "Grass doesn't grow in October in Wisconsin, so you've got to make sure the footing is right and that it's a good surface." ... On the Colts' first-quarter touchdown, Colin Cole was flagged for being a 12th man on the field when he didn't reach the sideline at the start of the play. McCarthy said it was a breakdown, noting it's impossible to substitute against a no-huddle offense when the ball is not between the 30-yard lines.

Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and PackerReport.com. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com

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