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  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014

    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.

    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/




Big week just ahead for Packers defense

Posted Aug 28, 2013

Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers talks about expectations for 2013

LB Brad Jones gets one of the Packers' three sacks of Seattle QB Russell Wilson last Friday.

GREEN BAY—By this time next week, Dom Capers’ defense will be in serious preparation for a game that will be used to measure the improvement the Packers defense has made since the team’s playoff loss in San Francisco.

The memories of that game last January are bitter. They include having allowed 181 yards rushing to quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and 579 total yards of offense to the 49ers. They are numbers that have dogged Capers’ defense throughout the long offseason and, on Sept. 8, the Packers will have an opportunity to create new numbers on which they might rest.

Have the Packers improved on defense? How much have they improved?

They are the two questions on every Packers fan’s lips and it’s expected the answers to those questions will go a long way toward determining the team’s fate this season.

“My hopes are that we can take the next step,” Capers said when asked for his expectations for his defense in 2013. “We have more experience. We’ve added some guys; I think they’re going to help us. I think that’ll bode well in terms of taking the next step.”

Experience comes mainly in the form of several young players that got a lot of playing time last season. Cornerback Casey Hayward, safeties M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian, linebackers Nick Perry and Dezman Moses, and defensive linemen Mike Daniels and Jerel Worthy represent a wave of youth that washed into Green Bay. A year later, that young group is seemingly better for the playing time they got in 2012.

The next wave of youth to hit this defense would seem to be represented by first-round draft pick Datone Jones and fifth-round cornerback Micah Hyde, who has been a training camp sensation and could find himself playing a critical role as the Packers’ nickel back against the 49ers. Might the 49ers target the rookie?

“He’s taken advantage of his opportunities. He’s proven he deserves an opportunity to show us what he can do,” Capers said.

Jones has missed most of the preseason with a nagging ankle sprain, but he continues to fit prominently into the Packers’ plans at defensive end. Jones is the kind of athletic defender the Packers need to defend against Kaepernick and the read-option offense.

“We’ve had as good a competition as we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Capers said of the defensive line. “The more competition you create, the better you are.”

Improvement on defense would seem to hinge on the Packers being able to match up better with the different styles of offenses they’ll face along the way. Last season, they struggled against power backs such as Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore. Then came Kaepernick and the read option, and that introduced a whole new dynamic.

“You’ve got to be able to have different personnel groups,” Capers said.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy announced in February the number 579 would be used as motivation, and there have clearly been signs of improvement on defense. Last Friday, the Packers held the Seahawks and Russell Wilson to three points for more than half the game. They intercepted Wilson twice, sacked him three times and sent him home with a 47.3 passer rating.

Can the Packers defense take that kind of performance into the regular season? They’ll use Thursday’s preseason finale in Kansas City to evaluate second-half-of-the-roster personnel, and then the Packers will return home for the big push for the big game in San Francisco.

“There’s a desire and a constant pressure not to let your teammates down,” Safeties Coach Darren Perry said when asked what defines good defenses. “There’s a heightened accountability.”

It begins for the Packers defense on Sept. 8.

For a list of all the headlines from the final week of training camp, click here.

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