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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • 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.


  • 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.



Vic Ketchman

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


McCarthy: 'Our tackling will be better'

Posted Feb 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS—If Mike McCarthy’s remarks at last year’s scouting combine are any indication, then Packers fans can expect the Packers to be much better tacklers in 2012.

It was at this event a year ago that McCarthy made it a goal of his offense to score more points in 2011 than it did in 2010. When McCarthy set that goal for the ’11 season, he was only a few weeks removed from victory in Super Bowl XLV.

The result?

“Last year we definitely set a standard; second all-time in the NFL. That’s a bar in our building we’ll shoot for every year,” McCarthy said of the 560 points the Packers scored, second only to New England’s 589 in 2007.

The goal for 2012?

“We’re going to be a better tackling team,” McCarthy said in a press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday. “Our turnover stats reflect the investment we made. Our tackling does not reflect that. Our tackling will be better next year.”

How does a team become better tacklers, he was asked?

“You practice it,” McCarthy said. “We have to be a little more creative in our drill work.”

Heading into a draft evaluation season that’s expected to focus on improving the Packers defensively, McCarthy put his finger on a problem that was prominent on several occasions this past season. His comments harken memories of Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount’s long touchdown run, and of the Packers’ loss to the Giants in the playoffs, when Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks bounced off a defender at midfield and turned a short pass into a long touchdown play.

Offensively, the goal in 2012 will be to improve a running game that finished 27th in the league in ’11. McCarthy’s plan for that improvement, which he teased but didn’t fully divulge on Friday, will likely be a subject of attention.

“We’ll have some new ideas. We want to be as explosive as ever on offense. I think how we run the ball will probably change as we head into the new season,” McCarthy said.

It might be important to note that new running backs coach Alex Van Pelt is a former quarterback and quarterbacks coach.

McCarthy dedicated much of his press conference to comments on quarterback Matt Flynn, who’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13. McCarthy made it clear that he believes Flynn is ready to become a starting quarterback.

“He’d like to come back and play with Green Bay. The other side of the fence is he’s earned the position he’s in. In my opinion, he’s ready to be a starter. If I was with a club that was looking for a good young quarterback, he’d be a guy I’d talk to,” McCarthy said of Flynn.

“He’s ready. It’s his time to play. He’s improved every aspect of his game.”

McCarthy also spoke of his satisfaction that the Packers were able to sign tight end Jermichael Finley to a new contract.

“I think we forget how young he is. He has a lot of growth in front of him,” McCarthy said of Finley, a new-age type of tight end who offers his coach heightened scheme potential.

“It helps us create matchups. He’s just getting started. That’s what’s exciting about his individual play. We had a good year on offense, put up a lot of numbers, but we have to find ways to improve and he’ll be a part of it.”

Finley is a tight end/wide receiver hybrid. He mixes the size of a tight end with the speed and athletic ability of a wide receiver.

“There was a time in my career that I got away from playing with the 270-pound tight end that has to be able to block defensive ends. We’ve gone to the more athletic tight end and move them around. We’re playing those guys in space more,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy also commented on the subject of center Scott Wells’ countdown toward unrestricted free agency.

“We’ll figure that out. I’m hopeful and confident things can work out with Scott. If they don’t, we’ll have to move in a different direction,” McCarthy said.

One direction would seem to have already been determined: The Packers are going to spend some time in training camp on becoming better tacklers.

Additional coverage - Feb. 24
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