*Two years after he co-founded the Packers with Curly Lambeau, George Calhoun began writing a piece called The Dope Sheet, which served as the official press release and game program from 1921-24.
Honoring Calhoun, the first publicity director, the Packers are running this weekly feature as their release, which is being made available to fans exclusively on Packers.com.
A complete edition of the Dope Sheet will be available each week during the season in PDF format, located in the Packers.com Game Centers.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Chargers Preseason Week 1 Dope Sheet:*
THIS WEEK'S NOTABLE STORYLINES:
-Mike McCarthy takes Green Bay on the road for his first organized game as the 14th head coach in Packers history.
-McCarthy faces one of his mentors, Marty Schottenheimer, who gave him his first NFL coaching job as offensive assistant/quality control with the Kansas City Chiefs. McCarthy coached under Schottenheimer from 1993-98, the last four years as quarterbacks coach.
-The Packers make their first appearance in San Diego since Dec. 14, 2003, one of the more memorable contests in recent Packers history. That day, in a 38-21 triumph, three individual Packers players set significant franchise records. RB Ahman Green broke Hall of Famer Jim Taylor's single-season rushing yards record, K Ryan Longwell topped Don Hutson's career scoring mark, and one week before his dad would pass away, QB Brett Favre extended his streak of games with a TD pass to 23, ending Cecil Isbell's record.
-Green Bay opens a preseason away from home for the first time since 2003, when they kicked off in Canton. Two preseason contests that year saw long rain delays, while another road trip, to Cleveland, included the largest blackout in U.S. history.
-In the team's first-ever preseason trip to San Diego, fans get their first look at the new zone-blocking scheme and No. 1 draft choice A.J. Hawk.
TELEVISION: The Green Bay Packers Broadcast Partners, in a high-quality telecast, will air the game to an eight-station network throughout the state of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, with CBS network production, personnel and the latest network-quality technology. A top-notch broadcast team that includes CBS's Kevin Harlan calling the play-by-play alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon providing the analysis. WTMJ's Jessie Garcia serves as the sideline reporter and WFRV's Larry McCarren joins the crew for pregame segments. In addition to WFRV-TV (Green Bay) and WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee), the game will be televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire; WYOW/ABC, Eagle River, Wis.; and WJMN/CBS, Marquette, Mich.
-Out-of-state fans can catch the game live on satelite, using coordinates IA6, transponder 17 (audio 6268).
-The contest will re-air on NFL Network Monday at 11 a.m. CDT, using the television feed of the Chargers' broadcast in the first half and the Packers' broadcast in the second half.
PACKERS RADIO: Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 57-station Packers Radio Network, with versatile Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color). Spanning five states, the network covers 47 markets in six states throughout the upper Midwest. The broadcast also is available to NFL Field Pass subscribers on packers.com.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. San Diego Chargers:
All-time regular season: 7-1-0
All-time, preseason: 1-0-1
All-time, Qualcomm Stadium: 5-0
Streaks: Packers have won four straight and all five meetings in San Diego. The team's only loss in the city was to the Denver Broncos, 31-24, in Super Bowl XXXII.
Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 14, 2003, Qualcomm Stadium, Packers won, 38-21
Last meeting, regular season, Green Bay: Sept. 15, 1996, Lambeau Field, Packers won, 42-10
Last meeting, preseason: Aug. 11, 2005, Lambeau Field, Packers won, 10-7
Mike McCarthy: 0-0, first NFL season
Marty Schottenheimer: 186-124-1, .601, 20th NFL season, fifth with Chargers
Head to Head: (never met)
vs. Opponent: McCarthy 0-0 vs. Chargers; Schottenheimer 4-3 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY...Is in his first year as the Packers' 14th head coach.
-Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
-One of those previous 13 years was with the Packers, as quarterbacks coach in 1999.
-Spent six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs as an offensive assistant (1993-94) and QB coach (1995-98), all under Schottenheimer.
-Has never been a head coach at any level, having begun his coaching career as a college assistant at Fort Hays State (1987-88) and the University of Pittsburgh (1989-92) before breaking into the NFL as a quality control assistant with the Chiefs in 1993.
MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER...Named in 2002 as the 13th head coach of the Chargers, his fourth NFL team.
-In San Diego, is 33-31 (.516) in four seasons. In Cleveland, went 44-27 (.620) in 41/2 seasons from 1984-88; in Kansas City, went 101-58-1 (.634) in 10 seasons from 1989-98; in Washington, went 8-8 (.500) in one season, 2001.
-Has faced the Packers at every stop in his career, with all four wins (and no losses) coming as head coach at Kansas City.
-Has a career 5-12 record in the postseason, including 0-1 in San Diego.
THE PACKERS-CHARGERS SERIES: The two teams have met just eight times in the regular season in a series that dates back to 1970, the year of the AFL-NFL merger.
-The Packers have won four straight and seven of eight overall, including a 5-0 mark in San Diego. Green Bay's only loss in that city came in Super Bowl XXXII.
-The Chargers were the hosts for the Packers' first-ever Monday Night Football appearance, which was also the first meeting in the series and the fourth game on MNF, on Oct. 12, 1970. The Packers won, 22-20, on a 14-yard Dale Livingston field goal with 3:39 left.
-Their second meeting, in Lambeau Field in 1974, was won by the Packers 34-0 and became Dan Devine's final victory in his four-year tenure as Green Bay head coach.
-One of the more bizarre contests in Packers history was played in San Diego on Sept. 24, 1978. With the temperature 102 degrees at kickoff (tied for highest in Packers history), the teams combined for 18 quarterback sacks, including 10 by the Chargers. The Packers also created 11 turnovers - five interceptions (four by Willie Buchanon to tie a league record) and six fumble recoveries - in a 24-3 victory.
NOTABLE CONNECTIONS: Several Packers coaches have worked under Schottenheimer, most notably McCarthy, who was an offensive assistant (1993-94) and quarterbacks coach (1995-98) at Kansas City...Another is Packers secondary coach Kurt Schottenheimer, Marty's brother, who was special teams coach in Cleveland (1987-88) and Kansas City (1989-94), defensive backs coach in Kansas City (1995-98) and defensive coordinator in Washington (2001)...Others include defensive ends coach Carl Hairston (defensive line, Kansas City, 1995-96) and special teams coach Mike Stock (special teams, Kansas City, 1995-98, and Washington, 2001)...Chargers defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was interviewed for the Packers head coaching position this past offseason...Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton played nine seasons for the Packers, beginning as a first-round draft pick (sixth overall) in 1978. Lofton is the Packers' all-time leader in receiving yards (9,656) and second in receptions (530)...Chargers' third-round draft choice, quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, is the son of former Packers' QB David Whitehurst (1976-83)...Chargers safety Bhawoh Jue played for the Packers from 2001-04...Packers defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila is the older brother of Akbar, a Chargers linebacker.
INDIVIDUALLY VS. SAN DIEGO: Favre is 4-0 against the Chargers in his career and has 10 TD passes against them, his most against any AFC team, including four TD tosses on Dec. 14, 2003, at San Diego...Also in that game, Robert Ferguson had a career-high two touchdown catches, including a 40-yarder, and Najeh Davenport had a career-high 125 yards on four kickoff returns, including a 45-yarder...While playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, Marc Boerigter had a career game against the Chargers (Dec. 22, 2002), setting career highs with 5 catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns, including a 99-yard TD strike from Trent Green...While playing for the Oakland Raiders, Charles Woodson notched a career-high five passes defensed at San Diego (Dec. 20, 1998).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON: Dec. 14, 2003, Qualcomm Stadium, Packers won 38-21:
-Brett Favre threw a season-high four TD passes, including three in the fourth quarter, as the Packers rallied from a 21-17 deficit.
-San Diego took the lead early in the fourth on a 68-yard catch-and-run by LaDainian Tomlinson, but the Packers regained the lead for good when Najeh Davenport returned the ensuing kickoff 45 yards and Favre threw a 40-yard TD pass to Robert Ferguson two plays later. Ahman Green and Ferguson added TD catches later in the quarter.
-Green rushed for 75 yards on 19 carries with one TD, plus the TD reception, and broke Hall of Famer Jim Taylor's single-season team rushing record of 1,474 yards set in 1962.
-Favre finished 23 of 33 for 278 yards and threw at least one TD pass in his 23rd straight game to break the previous franchise record of 22 by Cecil Isbell. The streak eventually reached 36 games.
-Kicker Ryan Longwell scored eight points (one FG, five PAT) to break Don Hutson's career scoring record of 823 points. Longwell got his 824th career point on a PAT following Ferguson's 40-yard TD catch.
LAST MEETING, PRESEASON: Aug. 11, 2005, Lambeau Field, Packers won 10-7:
-Brett Favre completed 9 of 10 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. He guided Green Bay on an 80-yard scoring drive in the second quarter, in which he capped with a 23-yard strike to Donald Driver.
-Green Bay's line protected Favre but didn't open many holes for its ground game. The Packers also fumbled six times on a rainy night.
-The Chargers didn't fumble at all. But Nate Kaeding missed three FG attempts in the fourth quarter and Ryan Longwell hit a late 53-yarder.