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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.


  • 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.

  • Sat., Aug. 09, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT Packers at Tennessee Titans Packers at Tennessee Titans


Vic Ketchman

Vic Ketchman is a veteran of 40 NFL seasons and has covered the Steelers and Jaguars prior to coming to Green Bay.


Cross-training highlights staff re-structuring

Posted Feb 13, 2012

His former quarterbacks coach is now the offensive coordinator, which allowed the former tight ends coach to become the new quarterbacks coach, which allowed the former running backs coach to become the new tight ends coach, which necessitated the hiring of a new running backs coach, who was formerly a quarterbacks coach. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy is authoring a cutting-edge approach to coaching staff development.

“It’s always beneficial to have a perspective of how everybody else looks at it, too. You really see how things fall together,” Tight Ends Coach Jerry Fontenot said on Monday in explaining the genius behind McCarthy’s strategy of mixing and matching members of his staff.

A year ago at this time, Fontenot was being promoted from assistant offensive line coach to the title of running backs coach. Fontenot got an opportunity in 2011 to see football through the eyes of running backs, who got a similar opportunity to see offense through the eyes of a former offensive lineman.

Fontenot’s move to tight ends coach is one of two staff re-assignments and one addition to the staff McCarthy announced on Monday. Former tight ends coach Ben McAdoo is the Packers’ new quarterbacks coach, and former Bucs quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, McCarthy’s first pupil, is the Packers’ new running backs coach.

“Alex is the first quarterback I had an opportunity to work with,” McCarthy said.

Van Pelt is McCarthy’s first success story. As Van Pelt’s position coach at Pitt, Van Pelt broke several of Dan Marino’s passing records and, in the process, caused the football world to ask: Who’s that kid’s coach?

“Mike came in as a graduate assistant my redshirt freshman year, coached receivers, worked his way up, coached me. He went on to Kansas City and I made the next stop there with him, as well, so I have five years with him. There is a good history there and I have a lot of respect for Mike and glad to be on his staff,” Van Pelt said.

Van Pelt has been a young coach on the rise since ending his 10-year career as an NFL backup quarterback, but all of his years as a coach have been spent tutoring quarterbacks. Running backs?

“My area of expertise would be having them look at the game as a quarterback would; understanding protections, seeing tips in protections, the blitzes. I’ll be bringing a different view to them of the passing game. I’ll learn as I go along and I’ll lean on guys like Edgar (Bennett) and Jerry (Fontenot),” Van Pelt said.

Bennett preceded Fontenot as the Packers’ running backs coach, but McCarthy moved Bennett to wide receivers coach last winter. It would seem to all be part of a master plan to infect all of McCarthy’s assistants with a deeper understanding of the passing game. In other words, a team that threw for 51 touchdowns in 2011 is intent on throwing for even more.

“I think that’s a big part of it. The two biggest things that stand out to me at the running back position are protecting the football and protecting the quarterback. With the blitz packages you see now, I think it’s critical that the guy standing back there protect our franchise quarterback and understands the protection schemes,” Van Pelt added.

Fontenot can be expected to bring a kind of offensive lineman’s toughness to his new room. In turn, he’ll advance his understanding of the passing game.

“We have guys that are explosive, some guys block very well, some guys are a combination of the two. Each guy has certain talents and it’s my job to get in tune with how Ben used those guys,” Fontenot said.

“For me, career-wise, it’s a great opportunity to be able to get more involved in the pass game and get a better understanding of how that works. At the end of the day, it’s about coaching football, and that’s what I love to do.”

Can Fontenot cure star tight end Jermichael Finley of his bout of the dropsies in 2011?

“He may have had a few drops this season that may have been avoidable; just work on fundamentals. It’s going to be my job to help him get there,” Fontenot said. “I wouldn’t handle it any differently than I would a running back that might’ve had an issue holding onto the football. Holding onto the ball is job one and, for a receiver, holding onto the ball is job one, also. Jermichael has it in him.”

Additional coverage - Feb. 13
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