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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/

  • Sat., Aug. 09, 2014 7:00PM - 10:00PM CDT Packers at Tennessee Titans Packers at Tennessee Titans
  • Sat., Aug. 16, 2014 3:00PM - 6:00PM CDT Packers at St. Louis Rams Packers at St. Louis Rams


Mike Spofford

Mike Spofford has worked as a sportswriter in Wisconsin since 1995 and has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006. He has covered the Packers' last two Super Bowl appearances, XXXII and XLV.


Packers didn't play to their identity

Posted Jan 18, 2012

Having spent the last three days processing the Packers’ playoff loss and conducting exit interviews with every member of the roster, Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t have any sort of “a-ha” moment as to why last Sunday’s game went so horribly wrong.

In his season-ending press conference on Wednesday, he could only describe in greater detail the same, shorter explanation he gave immediately after the game – that his team simply failed to do what it normally does best, which is handle the football.

“I thought we emphasized it more than we ever did the last month, getting outside to prepare for this game,” McCarthy said. “But there was a reason why that ball was on the ground four or five times and we had four turnovers.

“It’s uncharacteristic of our football team, it’s uncharacteristic of our football team in the past. We weren’t good enough in areas of fundamentals to win on Sunday.”

That was true on both sides of the ball, as the poor tackling and penchant for giving up big plays that had plagued the defense all season continued against the Giants. McCarthy called tackling his defense’s “biggest fundamental flaw,” and a major part of the preparation for 2012 will be figuring out how to address it because the past season’s results were “not acceptable.”

On offense, the Packers seemingly had ball-security licked. The unit had lost only three fumbles in 16 games but matched that total in the playoff defeat. The number would have been four if not for a fortuitous replay decision on a catch by Greg Jennings in the first half.

The receiving corps got a case of the drops as well, with a handful of culprits against New York. Drops had cropped up from time to time before but appeared to have faded away as two different quarterbacks combined for 763 passing yards and 11 touchdowns in the final two regular-season games.

McCarthy brushed off rust as a possible reason, saying he believes “a fresh football player is the best football player,” and he said he had no way of knowing what effect, if any, the Philbin family tragedy had on his team.

He did say the team probably didn’t handle the highs and lows of the game itself as well as it should have, and even though the players were accountable for Sunday’s performance in their exit interviews, that doesn’t make it any easier to explain.

“What’s disappointing to me is we’re dropping and fumbling uncontested situations,” McCarthy said. “That leads me to believe it’s more of a mental focus or we’re looking onto the next element too fast. It’s a hard lesson to learn.

“We take a lot of pride in the emphasis of how we practice ball-security. We work on taking it away and protecting it, and statistically the last two years supports that. We did not play to our identity in Sunday’s game, and that’s hard to swallow.”

One key offseason question is whether any personnel changes might alter that identity. The Packers have two key free agents on offense in tight end Jermichael Finley and center Scott Wells, and though McCarthy said he won’t be sitting down with General Manager Ted Thompson until probably after the Super Bowl to address the roster, he made it clear on Wednesday he’d like both veterans back.

Finley suffered through bouts of the dropsies probably more than any other receiver, but McCarthy repeatedly spoke of Finley’s room for growth and development. To the head coach and offensive play-caller, the 24-year-old matchup nightmare for defensive coordinators will only get better, especially as he gets more distance from his season-ending knee injury of 2010.

McCarthy said he told Finley early this season that his primary goal should be to play in every game, which he accomplished, and which McCarthy seems to view as an important step in Finley’s young career.

“Jermichael probably brings a lot of criticism on himself because of his personality, but the man that I work with, he has a great work ethic,” McCarthy said. “There’s no one that’s more into the practice on a daily basis than Jermichael.

“He wants to be a great player and thinks he’s going to be a great player, and with his talent level, that’s half the battle. So I look for him to continue to develop and establish himself as one of the better tight ends, a Pro Bowl-type tight end in this league.”

As for Wells, he is going to the Pro Bowl for the first time and McCarthy called him the team’s best lineman this season.

“He’s the center in a multi-scheme offense, and more importantly, he’s a heck of a football player,” McCarthy said. “I make no bones about it. I told Scott I hope we’re working together again next year.”

It’s hard to envision next year going as smoothly as 15-1, considering only six teams in league history have won that many games in a regular season.

McCarthy admitted he’ll appreciate the team’s accomplishments more once he’s finished with the postseason evaluation process with the rest of his coaching staff, but the way the season ended won’t change one conclusion – 15-1 only goes so far.

“It means we took care of step one, but unfortunately step two is the most important,” he said. “That’s what it means to me.

“The reality is you put yourself in position to make a run in the playoffs, and we did that very well, but then once the second season started, we did not play to the identity that we were able to formulate all season, and that’s my frustration.”

News & notes

  • Two of the Packers’ Pro Bowlers were injured in Sunday’s game. Fullback John Kuhn sprained his knee and will not play in the Pro Bowl. Jennings bruised his ribs but is expected to play.

  • Various members of McCarthy’s staff, including Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin, Quarterbacks Coach Tom Clements and Assistant Head Coach Winston Moss, are reportedly in the running for head coaching jobs elsewhere. Depending on what happens, McCarthy could be facing his most significant staff changes since the end of the 2008 season. “There is activity going on around our coaching staff and rightfully so,” McCarthy said. “It’s a very talented staff. There are some men that may have some other opportunities.”

  • Safety Nick Collins has told McCarthy he “feels good” about where he is in his recovery from a season-ending and career-threatening neck injury, but everyone is waiting for the upcoming doctors’ report. “He has a big exam in March, and a lot will be riding on that exam,” McCarthy said. “He’s very optimistic and positive about his future, and so am I, but we’ll see what March brings.”

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