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  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake 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:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • 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.

     

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Mike McCarthy's vision links new coaches

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Packers head coach says defense "is going to change some"

GREEN BAY—They are links in a chain that all pull in the same direction, which is to say toward their head coach’s vision for his football team. You don’t have to examine Mike McCarthy’s coaching staff too long to see the thread that runs through it.

Look at the staff’s new hires, who were introduced to the media at Lambeau Field on Monday. Ron Zook and McCarthy were on the same staff in New Orleans. Sam Gash played with Alex Van Pelt in Buffalo. Scott McCurley, who’s spent the last five seasons as a quality control coach in Green Bay, is moving up to the hands-on staff as its linebackers coach. McCurley is the latest Packers coach to have cut his teeth at Pitt. It’s a group of coaches that include the recently departed Ben McAdoo, his replacement Alex Van Pelt, and McCarthy.

What do all of the new hires have in common? They share McCarthy’s vision for the development of young football talent.

“You have guys you know and everybody is looking for the same thing. We know what Mike’s looking for. You have everybody working for the same thing. I think it gives you the best chance to win,” Zook said.

Zook is the headliner among the new hires. Aside from having been a head coach at Florida and Illinois, where he resurrected a moribund program, Zook is a pioneer in special teams coaching. He’s the guy who largely forced legislation that forbids wedge busting. He did it as special teams coach in Pittsburgh, where Zook had a 300-pound wedge-buster named Orpheus Roye, who delivered scary knockout blows to Ironhead Heyward and Michael Cheever in a four-week period of the 1996 season. What might Zook do for the Packers as Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum’s assistant?

“The game has changed but … it continues to get bigger, stronger, faster and it’s going to continue to do that,” Zook said on Monday.

Zook is a master of relationships. He’s a motivator. He knows what makes player’s tick. His reputation is for having been a lights-out recruiter. He’ll bring that energy to the Packers.

“Ron Zook is a heckuva football coach. Ron has a personality and a level of experience. I wanted to put more of an emphasis on that area; make sure our players are getting one-on-one time,” McCarthy said.

“Coaching is coaching. I wanted a chance to get back into it. Mike develops players. We grew up in the same type of thing,” Zook said.

Gash is a former fullback. His reputation was for being a tough guy, a hammer in the backfield.

“I still have all my marbles,” Gash joked.

As Van Pelt’s replacement as Packers running backs coach, Gash inherits a hammer, rookie of the year Eddie Lacy.

“(Van Pelt) would call me and I would give him some tidbits,” Gash said of the year he spent out of football, helping a natural quarterbacks coach become a running backs coach. “Two, three weeks ago he called and asked me if I wanted to interview for the job. It’s a no-brainer.”

Van Pelt goes back to the position he played, where he inherits as his star pupil Aaron Rodgers. Lacy to Rodgers; not bad, huh?

“Alex Van Pelt doing running backs was about an outstanding football coach being out there,” McCarthy said.

Maybe McCarthy saw the day when he would need a quarterbacks coach.

“He’s a quarterback coach. I learned the offense with Alex back in 1989,” McCarthy added.

It’s a Pitt thing, yeah.

“The standards are already set high,” Gash said of the running backs position in Green Bay. (Lacy) reminds me of a guy I played with, Curtis Martin. Eddie is similar in his mentality. He’s an exciting guy.”

What will Gash do with Lacy?

“Leave him alone. Let him run. Point him in the right direction and let him go. I’m definitely not going to mess him up,” Gash said.

McCurley is the latest in the line of Pitt products. Maybe McCarthy sees himself in the Pitt guys under him. Maybe McCarthy sees in McCurley a former player who will be remembered more fully for what he’ll do as a coach.

“This is the position I want to be in. I feel comfortable, no matter who I end up with, whether it be inside or outside,” McCurley said.

McCurley is part of a new coaching structure at linebacker. Previously, Winston Moss coached the inside guys and Kevin Greene coached the outside guys. In this new structure, Moss will coach all of the linebackers and McCurley will assist where he is needed.

“Winston is going to be the leader of the group. The players have a huge amount of respect for him. I’m here to assist him. I think I can coach either place,” McCurley said.

McCurley has largely spent the last five years learning defense directly under Capers, the team’s esteemed defensive coordinator. A long time ago, Capers launched the career of a young quality control coach named Billy Davis. Ten stops later, Davis is the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Oh, the thread weaves its way through them all, eventually.

“There’s a network in the coaching industry,” McCarthy said. “You want fresh faces. You want to develop young coaches like you do young players. You want new ideas.

“Our defense is going to change some. I’ll set the vision for our defense. Dom Capers and the staff will carry it out. We want to get back to some of the things we’ve done well in the past and make sure we use all of our players,” the Packers head coach added.

It’s a vision shared by all.

Additional coverage - Feb. 10

 
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