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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.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • 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.

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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.”

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