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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • 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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Tuesdays with McCarthy

Posted Sep 24, 2013

In this week's edition, the head coach discusses the key moments in the Cincinnati loss, a QB's vision and the purpose of the bye week, among other topics.


Q. What happened on the fourth-and-inches play?

On the fourth-down play, the Bengals defense utilized a short-yardage defense. The D-line and O-line get into a gap charge and the low man wins. The running back is trying to beat the linebackers for the first down. Our ball security wasn’t intact, and unfortunately we didn’t have the opportunity to convert.

Q. Do you agree with the review reversal of the spot?

The only access to visual information I have is what’s being shown on the scoreboard. That’s two weeks in a row that we’ve had a tight play reversed. The video evidence is really customized for the official under the hood, so you have to trust that. When I spoke with the official on the sideline, he felt that he had a good spot on the ball. I think we were both a little surprised that it was overturned.

Q. Did you strongly consider kicking the field goal?

Absolutely. We felt with the wind, our line in that game was the 30-yard line. We were right on the line. During pregame, Mason was good all the way out to the 36 with the wind. As usual, we had a conversation based on the wind, wind gust, and we set the spot. That number is determined before the game so I can call plays and alert our QB when we’re in four-down territory. When we get in that gray area, we were on the 29 1/2-yard line, that’s when I have to make the call.

Q. You rushed for 182 yards. Did the Bengals load up against the pass?

The Bengals played their defense. They played three-shell and two-shell coverage. They’re very balanced in their coverage utilization. It’s something we anticipated going into the game, they typically pressure about 20 to 25 percent of the time, and that held true. They have some good pressure packages and they’re a very sound defense. Overall, it’s a very good defensive unit and they have a very talented front.

Q. What does Johnathan Franklin’s performance on Sunday mean to his future role?

It allows him to get more opportunities. Johnathan has done a good job preparing for his rookie season. I’ve been really happy with his progress. He’s done some good things on special teams. Eddie Lacy and James Starks have had more opportunities than Johnathan, but he took advantage of his chance in Cincinnati. He just needs to get healthy because he will definitely get another opportunity.

Q. How did the loss of Jermichael Finley hurt you?

It definitely sent us in a different direction. When we lose a player like Jermichael, it shows up in the situational packages that we planned during the week. Our normal down-and-distance offense is an extension of who we are, as far as running the ball, the protection concepts and so forth. The impact of Jermichael’s loss is more evident in our situational offense, where concepts that we had designed for him had to be taken out of the game plan.

Q. The loss of Clay Matthews?

He’s an impact player. Clay has the ability to make game-changing plays, so it definitely affects you when he isn’t on the field.

Q. You made mention recently of the difference between a quarterback having eye discipline and having vision. What’s the difference?

Eye discipline is keeping your eyes where they’re supposed to be, and vision is seeing the things you’re supposed to see. Obviously the more experience a QB has, the broader his ability is to see the more detailed things – linebacker depth, shoulders of defenders, relationship of receivers up on a DB. Quarterbacks have to make sure they’re seeing the right things and that comes with experience. It’s very evident that Aaron Rodgers possesses that ability. He also has excellent eye discipline, and that’s important because the defense is always looking at a QB’s eyes. He may be positioning his eyes over here, but he’s really looking over there. To play this game, you have to play fast and with anticipation, and the ball has to be thrown long before the receiver gets open.

Q. Is this bye week, in fact, coming at a good time?

I don’t know if the bye week ever comes at a bad time. Bye weeks are really what they are, an opportunity for players and coaches to step away – mentally, emotionally, personally. Professionally, it gives us a chance to reset and look at some things a little more in depth than we have time to do during the course of an in-season week. This is an important week for the players, particularly the young players, to catch a breath. If you think about the rookies in this league, they play a college season, go through the pre-draft process, which is longer than it’s ever been, and then they go right into their first pro minicamps before they get three or four weeks off. Sometimes they handle it well, sometimes they don’t, and bang, they’re into training camp. A lot of these guys don’t have a chance to step away to catch their breath. Our team obviously needs to get healthy and the timing of the bye will help us.

Q. What goes through a coach’s mind following a game such as Sunday’s?

Disappointment and frustration. We lead 30-14 with 5 ½ minutes left in the third quarter, we fully expect to win. It was definitely an emotional loss, but we have to step away and remove emotion. It’s important to keep the team focused on the reality of what we are. We’re 1-2, but we have a lot of good things happening with our team to build off of. I really like this team and we have a terrific opportunity in front of us to be a great team. I was disappointed in the loss just like everybody else.

To see previous editions of Tuesdays with McCarthy, click here.

 
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