On Now
Coming Up
  • 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/

     

News

Print
RSS

Mike McCarthy clarifies rule on hitting option QB

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Clay Matthews says read-option QBs lose protection afforded passers

GREEN BAY—On Wednesday, Jim Harbaugh spoke of needing additional clarification from the officials regarding the rules for hitting, or protecting, a read-option quarterback.

On Thursday, Mike McCarthy spoke as though the rules have been made crystal clear.

“There are three parts of the option – the quarterback, the dive and the pitch,” McCarthy said. “The ability to go tackle that player is obviously within the rules.”

“That player” is, of course, the read-option quarterback, who is deciding a few yards behind the line of scrimmage whether to give the ball on the dive, pitch it outside, or tuck it and run. “That player” on Sunday will be San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

McCarthy said the team’s communication with the officials during the offseason was similar to any other year. Explanations on rule changes, such as the new “crown of the helmet” rule for a ball-carrier, were given.

Read-option quarterbacks were part of those offseason discussions, too, according to comments from Packers linebacker Clay Matthews earlier this week on a national radio show. In short, Matthews said defenses have been told a quarterback executing the read option doesn’t have the same protections as a quarterback dropping back to pass.

“When these quarterbacks carry out the fakes, they lose their right as a quarterback, a pocket-passing quarterback, the protection of a quarterback,” Matthews, in his radio interview, said he was told. “So you want to put hits as early and often on the quarterback and make them uncomfortable.”

A standard protection in the rules states that a quarterback who is standing still or moving away from the play can’t be hit when he doesn’t have the ball. But the explanation the Packers received, and that Matthews alluded to, is that a read-option quarterback loses that protection and can be treated like a runner.

In other words, even if the QB gets rid of the ball on the dive or pitch, he’s not protected like a pocket quarterback because of the potential for fakes. From a defender’s point of view, the QB might still have the ball, therefore, he’s still subject to being hit or tackled legally and within a reasonable time frame given the development of the play.

Matthews declined to reiterate the explanation or re-open the discussion of hitting quarterbacks on Thursday when he spoke with reporters at his locker, but he didn’t indicate anything he said previously needed additional clarification.

“I think we’re ready to play the game,” Matthews said. “We’ll see. We feel good about our scheme and what we’re going to try to accomplish out there.”

A primary objective is to contain Kaepernick, whether he’s running the read option or scrambling out of the pocket. In the NFC divisional playoff meeting in January, Kaepernick torched the Packers early on with scrambles and then caught them off-guard in the second half with the read option.

His 56-yard read-option TD run – untouched – midway through the third quarter to break a 24-all tie was the signature highlight of San Francisco’s 45-31 victory.

This time around, the scheme won’t surprise the Packers, who devoted a lot of offseason study and practice time to defending it.

“Schematically, we’re much more sound,” Matthews said. “We understand what they’re capable of doing, the capabilities of not only their scheme but also their players as well and what they possess. I feel like we’re more than ready to handle the read option, and it’s about executing now.”

Part of that execution will include hitting the quarterback legally. Whether or not the added attention the issue has received this week will affect the game and the way it’s called is an issue for Sunday.

“I don’t know,” Matthews said. “We’ll have to find out.”

Additional coverage - Sept. 5

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • 2014 Green Bay Packers Schedule

    (2:00) Posted 4 hours ago

    The 2014 Green Bay Packers schedule starts with a rematch against the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.

  • Prospect Primer: QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson

    (2:39) Posted 11 hours ago

    Packers.com presents 'Prospect Primer,' a video look at an assortment of draft-eligible players who attended the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Clemson's Tajh Boyd threw for at least 3,800 yards with at least 33 TD passes and no more than 13 interceptions in each of his three seasons as Clemson's starting QB. Boyd improved his completion percentage each year from 59.7 in 2011 to 67.2 in 2012 to 68.5 in 2013.

  • Prospect Primer: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

    (1:51) Posted 11 hours ago

    Packers.com presents 'Prospect Primer,' a video look at an assortment of draft-eligible players who attended the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins had off-the-chart numbers last season, with 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns, his second 12-TD season (also 2011).