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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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Tuesdays with McCarthy

Posted Oct 29, 2013

In this week's edition, the head coach discusses the running game, compares Aaron Rodgers and Joe Montana, and comments on the upcoming Bears matchup.


Q. How do the styles of Eddie Lacy and James Starks complement each other?

Anytime you have two big backs that have two different running styles, it’s a nice advantage for your offense. Eddie is a big man. I don’t think people recognize how good his vision and balance are, and he’s always moving forward. James is more of a downhill slasher, and the pace that James brought into the game in Minnesota was uplifting for us. It’s important to run the football, and when you have two big men running and falling forward, it definitely adds to your production.

Q. What’s made the difference in your offensive line since last year? Is it the left-right switch?

It’s a different offensive line from last year. We have new players at a couple of different positions, and they’ve been able to work together since Family Night, which has allowed them to jell. Josh Sitton is playing excellent football, and T.J. Lang is healthy. We’re seeing what T.J. is all about when he’s able to string together healthy games. Evan Dietrich-Smith is clearly a year better. The inside three are as good as we’ve ever had, and the two young tackles keep getting better. They’re aggressive; they do all the little things you look for in a lineman. As a group, the ability to solidify, grow and mature week to week has been very important for us.

Q. What is it about David Bakhtiari that’s allowed him to be so successful as a rookie?

Number one, David is a talented young man. His approach and professionalism at a young age has helped him transition from college to pro football. That’s a hurdle some players don’t ever get over, or it takes some players longer than others. It’s been very impressive to watch him earn the opportunity to start, and to see him prepare and focus on the fundamentals while stepping up to the challenges put in front of him.

Q. What’s the next level for your defense?

We’re doing a really good job of not surrendering big plays and our run defense has set the tempo. The next level is shutting down an offense by forcing turnovers and finishing in the fourth quarter. We’re doing a lot of good things on defense, especially up front, where it’s supposed to start. Commanding the line of scrimmage is something we’ve been able to do all year and that needs to continue. Our linemen have done a great job of letting our linebackers run and make plays. Our coverage units are doing a good job competing on every throw. We have to continue to stay true to the fundamentals. The key component is for everybody to get healthy and to play with the same guys week in and week out. That always helps any unit.

Q. Your running game is ranked higher than your passing game. Did the earth just move?

I’ve always looked at offensive production as total yards. I’ve always possessed confidence in our players, our scheme and our coaches. If we need to run it, we run it, and if we need to throw it, we throw it. The way it shakes out is a product of our players stepping up and taking advantage of their opportunities. It’s also our coaches doing a great job each week and coming up with a good plan.

Q. How did you do it so quickly? When was the commitment to it made?

We definitely wanted to improve. It goes back to the spring. We went through our scheme evaluation and put some things in we hadn’t had before. It was really the advancement of our offensive line and our quarterback. We felt we could give them more responsibility, and they’ve done a great job with that. We also added some new players. Between the acquisition of players, players taking advantage of their opportunities and some scheme adjustments, we’ve made an impact.

Q. You coached Joe Montana. How are Montana and Aaron Rodgers similar?

They’re both very accurate with the football. They’re also great communicators with their teammates, as far as timing, routes, etc., and being on the same page. They have the full picture of how it all fits together. I learned a lot watching Joe communicate with the receivers, running backs and tight ends, and how he did it within his personality. Aaron has that same attribute. Ball accuracy, the way they communicate, the relationships they have with their teammates, their vision of the field, their ability to make plays in the pocket and out of the pocket. Most importantly, they’re both winners.

Q. The Lions kept the pressure on with a dramatic win. Good thing?

I don’t really pay attention to that. I saw the end of Detroit’s win. It was a great two-minute drive. Anytime I have a chance to watch a game, there are things I look for that I can emphasize with our team. In the four-minute offense, Dallas had that third-and-12 running play, and the result was a critical holding call. It stopped the clock. That’s a hard lesson for any football team. We’re always teaching things about situational football, and how important it is not to hold, particularly on a run play in that situation. If the clock runs down under 30 seconds left there, it’s a whole different situation. It was a great job by Detroit’s offense to go the length of the field and score. They had a couple of big-time throws and heady plays in that sequence.

Q. What are your emotions for and fondest memories of games against the Bears?

It’s important for all of us to respect the history of this game and what it means to the organization, to the fans, and really, to the NFL. It’s the longest rivalry in all of professional football, and I have an appreciation for history. As far as the actual game, we need to prepare and stay focused on our opponent and the changes they’ve made. They have a different coaching staff than in prior years, so you look for the variations in their scheme and how they’re utilizing players we’ve played against in prior years. At the end of the week, we want to make sure we’re focused on winning and that our quality of play is as high as possible. It’s a great game to compete in. There’s a reason we’re on Monday Night Football, and this is a big game for us and our fans.

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


 
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