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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.


  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

  • Sat., Aug. 09, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT Packers at Tennessee Titans Packers at Tennessee Titans



AFC coaches paint a picture of desperation

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Bill Belichick leader of diverse group at Tuesday media breakfast

Bill Belichick

ORLANDO—Individually, they aren’t nearly as interesting as the picture they painted as a group, 16 men spaced out evenly at 16 tables, conducting media sessions over breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton on Tuesday morning.

These are the AFC’s head coaches, and at the front of the room sat the conference’s leader, Bill Belichick, the most decorated coach in the NFL with three Super Bowl titles. It would be five, if it weren’t for the Giants and two miracle finishes.

Belichick slouched in his chair and spoke in low tones, saying nothing of particular interest to what was the largest collection of media at any of the 16 tables. A media that complains of Belichick’s predilection for dullness apparently finds him interesting.

The table next to Belichick belonged to Joe Philbin, a man who grew up as a coach at think-tank schools and the Green Bay Packers. You didn’t think in terms of controversy when you thought of Philbin, or at least you didn’t until last year. These days, Philbin is at the head of the No. 1 controversy in the NFL.

“I’m the one responsible for the workplace environment,” Philbin was telling the media at his table. He made the same remark at the combine a month ago. Blame it on me, he was saying.

They are, Joe. What a shame.

Next to Philbin sat one of the newcomers to the AFC, Bill O’Brien of the Houston Texans, owners of the first overall pick of the draft. O’Brien left college coaching to re-join the pro pressure cooker. He’s off the Belichick tree.

O’Brien is a quarterback guru. Who will he select to be the cornerstone of his building project? Will he make a quarterback the first overall pick of the draft? More to the point, what does he think of Johnny Manziel, the favorite of Texans fans?

“You can’t box him in to a certain way of playing. We have a system that is very adaptable. You can’t force a guy to be something he isn’t,” O’Brien said.

Marvin Lewis has been in this room more times than any coach in the AFC other than Belichick, and Lewis just got a contract extension and the security of knowing he’ll be in this room at least one more time. What Lewis doesn’t have is a playoff win, and that’s beginning to wear on Bengals fans.

“It speaks for the profession,” Lewis said when asked what his tenure says about the room. “You have to have great respect for what everyone does. I remember when I was the young coach. I’m no longer the young coach.”

Yeah, change is constant. Always, the room changes.

Andy Reid has spent most of his coaching career in the other room, the NFC room. Last year, Reid became the head coach of the AFC Chiefs and he and John Dorsey, both off the Packers tree, led the Chiefs to a Cinderella season that ended with a nightmarish collapse in the playoffs.

“I thought he brought the whole organization together. He’s a tough guy. We know that,” Reid said of Dorsey, who left the Packers to become the Chiefs’ GM, and then promptly hired Reid.

Mike Pettine is new to the room. He’s being asked to do the impossible: coach the Cleveland Browns to respectability. To do that, Pettine will have to find a quarterback.

“This is a deep quarterback class. It’s an outstanding class. There are more than just the first three. There are some guys down the line,” Pettine said.

Not everyone agrees with Pettine’s assessment of the 2014 crop of draft-eligible quarterbacks.

Pettine’s chief rival, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is trying to rebuild his team and take it back to the playoffs. He nearly succeeded in 2013.

“All positions for us, at this point, are incomplete,” Tomlin said.

The Steelers are looking for more than a few good men.

Tomlin’s chief rival, John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, is different from his brother Jim in that John has won a Super Bowl. Most everything else is the same, as evidenced by the khakis John wore and his answer to the following question: What do you perceive to be the No. 1 issue confronting your team in the offseason?

“I don’t have that list in front of me,” he said.

Whoa! The reporter locked eyes with Harbaugh, who was smiling.

“Your brother gave me that same answer to a question in a conference call,” the reporter said.

“I think he got that from me,” Harbaugh said, laughing.

Ken Whisenhunt is another one of the AFC’s rookie coaches. Previously, he was the head coach in Arizona, where he came within a heartbeat of taking the Cardinals off the list of teams that haven’t won a Super Bowl. Kurt Warner was his quarterback, but then Warner retired and the Cardinals were unable to find a capable replacement, which resulted in Whisenhunt being fired. Yeah, fire the coach for not having a good quarterback. It makes perfect sense.

Whisenhunt is now the head coach in Tennessee, where it is thought he doesn’t have a quarterback with whom he can win.

Coach, is it an exaggeration to say it’s all about the quarterback?

“That’s a good question. It’s an important piece of it,” he said, leaning back in his chair and giving his answer thought.

Rex Ryan of the Jets always draws a crowd. He’s always good for a sound bite.

Coach, are you in favor of expanding the playoffs?

“Absolutely,” he said, raising his voice. “When you look at the fact that there are probably bonuses tied into it, absolutely,” he repeated.

They’re paid to win.

“That’s what we do as coaches. You’re on the hook for it,” Whisenhunt said.

Some of the men in this room on Tuesday will not be in this room on this day next year. Always, it changes.

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