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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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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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