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  • 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.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

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Vic Ketchman

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

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Trgovac at home in Packers' 3-4

Posted Jun 25, 2011

Mike Trgovac was a nose tackle at Michigan in the late 1970s, and that was the last time he was with a team that used a 3-4 defense until he became the Packers’ defensive line coach in 2009.

“I love this defense. I loved it when I played in it,” Trgovac said of the 3-4, which Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers has helped popularize over the last two decades. “It gives you a lot of flexibility. They never know who the rush guy is going to be.”

Trgovac is especially fond of how the 3-4 lends itself to pass-defense, which is the reason so many teams have made the switch to the 3-4 in recent years. Today’s NFL is a passing league and the 3-4 is built to not only rush the passer, but to defend against the pass.

Here’s an example of the 3-4’s adaptability:

  • In “nickel,” the defensive ends come off the field and are replaced at the line of scrimmage by the outside linebackers in a four-down-linemen scheme.

“You have nine guys on the field that know what pass-coverage calls are, instead of seven. You can do much more out of the 3-4 because you’re teaching them coverage all the time,” Trgovac said, referring to the fact that linebackers are all involved in pass-coverage drills, whereas defensive linemen are not.

The linebackers are the stars of the 3-4 and defensive linemen must be willing to accept a lower-profile role. They must be willing to toil in anonymity.

“We’re not asked to be stars. We’re asked to do the grunt work. When you do your job right, those guys (linebackers) come free,” Trgovac said.

The perfect example of that happening is the game-changing play in Super Bowl XLV in which linebacker Clay Matthews came free and forced Rashard Mendenhall to fumble following a jarring hit. Defensive end Ryan Pickett helped make the play happen by following Matthews’ instructions to “spill it” to the outside.

“You look at Pittsburgh. Give me five guys who know who those three people are,” Trgovac said of the Steelers’ front three. “The first thing Pittsburgh does is make sure they have a good nose. Pittsburgh has Casey Hampton. New England has Vince Wilfork. We have B.J. Those guys make the Pro Bowl because the players know those guys are hard to block.”

Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji became a star when he intercepted a pass in the NFC title game and returned it for a touchdown. Trgovac said Raji disguised his drop perfectly, delaying it just enough to not have his intentions detected.

That kind of star-power play, however, is the exception, not the rule for 3-4 defensive linemen. Mostly, they are asked to take on double-teams and two-gap and keep blockers off the backers. It’s a thankless job that goes to the heart of a 3-4’s success.

“There are plenty of opportunities for them within the defense,” Trgovac said, but they have to be patient as they wait for those chances to arrive.

Trgovac is a former defensive lineman with the personality of a guy whose hand will forever be on the ground, yet, he coaches in a game that is being directed away from the line of scrimmage, even to the point of talk about eliminating three- and four-point stances. Should that happen, it would threaten to eliminate defensive linemen from the game.

“It would become even more of a passing game. They want to make it seven-on-seven. Hopefully, that’ll never fly because I love the game the way it is now,” Trgovac said. “The fans want to see who the best quarterback on the field is. I’m not for hurting quarterbacks, but you have to be careful about making it too soft.”

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