The Green Bay Packers will receive their 2011 Super Bowl rings on Thursday night in a ceremony at Lambeau Field. In most years this is a normal event where players and coaches get together to celebrate but the NFL lockout has added a unique twist to the ceremony.
Because of the lockout, players and coaches are not allowed to communicate but the league has given special permission for the two sides to meet again at Lambeau for the ring ceremony.
So will they discuss anything other than their memorable 2011 season? Perhaps.
Conversations are expected to be limited to the ring ceremony, but I'm not sure how the NFL can police what people discuss in a private ceremony. I doubt coach Mike McCarthy is going to be handing out playbooks or practice schedules, and so I don't know that this should be viewed as a competitive advantage for the Packers. Consider it a perk granted to the Super Bowl champions.
The NFL can't realistically police the conversations that go on but there's not much to be gained by the Packers coaches meeting with the players in a setting like this. Maybe some small talk about offseason workouts will occur but, as ESPN's Kevin Seifert notes, it's hardly a competitive advantage.
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