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  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • 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.

     

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Tuesdays with McCarthy

Posted Oct 22, 2013

In this week's edition, the head coach discusses the play of QB Aaron Rodgers and the improvements seen in RB Eddie Lacy and the offensive line, among other topics.


Q. Does it help that opposing teams don’t have a lot of information on young replacements, such as Boykin, Lattimore, Mulumba and Palmer?

It may help in their first game, when there’s some uncertainty. However, in today’s world there’s so much video available that preseason tapes, and even college tapes, can be researched. The research in our business has elevated to a different level. It may help the first week, but after that, everyone will have a clean, personnel evaluation on them.

Q. Is it the mark of a great quarterback that he elevates the play of those around him?

Absolutely. That’s a clear characteristic of being a great quarterback. When you have a great player on your team, his ability to make the people around him better really separates the great players from the good players. Aaron Rodgers definitely falls in that category.

Q. Why are referees reluctant to change the spot of the ball?

I never received an explanation from Jeff Triplette. We never communicated about that play during the game, so I can’t really tell you.

Q. What is it that allows some quarterbacks to feel pressure around them?

Every quarterback feels pressure, it’s how they handle it. It’s how they transfer their in-the-pocket footwork into the escape element and out-of-the-pocket play. It’s a skill that can be enhanced, but a lot of it is innate. Aaron’s ability to step up and move through creases, and vacate left or right, is exceptional. Quarterbacks need confidence, ability and footwork, along with the discipline and ball carriage, to step out of there and use their athletic ability, particularly when they go to their left into what we call the “dead zone.” Anytime a right-handed quarterback escapes to his left, there’s a two- or three-step period where he’s vulnerable. It’s important to get depth, flip your hips and get moving downfield, so the hips and shoulders are positioned to throw the football.

Q. You came out throwing on Sunday. Is that about establishing an aggressive mindset?

It was about establishing a rhythm, especially in the wet conditions. We wanted to come out and set the pace and tempo of the game. Some of those plays were run-pass options, and that’s just the way it turned out. We wanted to be aggressive with the no huddle and set the pace of the game, and we definitely did that.

Q. You talked after the game about a different kind of game in Minnesota. What do you mean by that?

The game environment. All division games are very tough and Minnesota is a tough opponent. It’s the Green Bay Packers vs. the Minnesota Vikings, there’s always an edge and a spirit to this contest. The Metrodome is an older building and there is a lot of crowd noise. Our fans show up big-time over there, which makes their fans even louder. We have to focus, and the discipline of our football team is at the top of the list of priorities.

Q. What are the differences in Eddie Lacy from the start of training camp to now?

Eddie is more comfortable in our offense. He’s getting better and better each week at the little things. His ability to run the football has always been evident, and he doesn’t waste many steps. He’s an instinctive football player. However, he’s getting better and better at the fine-motor skills and the details of the running back position in our offensive system.

Q. Are you pleased by the play of your offensive line?

Yes, I am. Our offensive line is playing well and our inside three are playing very well. Our tackles are young and they’re getting better. They’ve had some grades that aren’t quite where they want to be, but they’re close. They’re getting better at handling tough situations. Bakhtiari played well in Baltimore against a defensive player of the year in Suggs and Barclay has done some really good things. It’s a group that has had the ability to practice and play together every week, and they’re only going to get better.

Q. Being that you’re a quarterback guru, what are your thoughts on Andrew Luck?

Andrew Luck is special. He’s clearly one of the better quarterbacks to come into our league in the last 10-15 years. I’m not surprised by his success. He’s tough, he’s physically gifted and he has excellent mental capacity. He plays the game fast and can make all the throws. Luck is going to be a very good to great player in our league for a very long time.

Q. What good things did Aaron Rodgers do on Sunday that are undetectable to the fans?

He has the ability to handle unforeseen game situations and keep the offense in clean plays. He threw the ball away four or five times and those were good plays, because if you don’t throw it away, the results are usually negative. Despite the throwaways, he still completed close to 70 percent of his passes. His discipline, decision-making and his scramble runs for a first down were exceptional. There were a couple of pockets where I’m sure their defense felt like they had him, and he was able to step out of there. He played very well.

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


 
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