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  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • 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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Defense is unit in ascent

Posted Aug 28, 2012

There’s more than one reason to like the depth the Packers appear to be developing on defense in 2012.

Injury insurance is the one fans most readily think of, and the Packers are being tested in that area already with inside linebacker Desmond Bishop (hamstring) out for the season and promising young cornerback Davon House (shoulder) uncertain about when exactly he can return.

Just as important to Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers, though, is depth as a synonym for flexibility, which can breed creativity, unpredictability and a host of other characteristics to a defense striving to get back to its Super Bowl-winning ways of two years ago.

In other words, the more players Capers has who are capable of contributing at a high level, the more roles he can devise for them and the more packages on which he can call at any given time. That keeps both the scheme from getting stale and individuals from wearing down.

“You bet, I think that’s one of the keys,” Capers said. “If the guys you’re playing against are constantly subbing and getting fresh people in there, you have to have the ability to do the same. I think we’ll have more flexibility that way.”

The proof will have to come in the games, but there’s compelling evidence simply in how the defense, at all three levels, is shaping up as the final cuts approach.

On the defensive line, Jarius Wynn didn’t even survive the first roster reduction, and he played in all 16 games a year ago. At outside linebacker, rookies Nick Perry and Dezman Moses are among the top four at the position, while 2011 starter Erik Walden just concluded his best training camp as a Packer. In the secondary, a 25-game starter over the past two seasons in Charlie Peprah was released before camp and Capers has practiced more dime defense – with six DBs and steady rotations – than in any of his previous three summers here.

Perry and Moses especially are in the spotlight because they man one of the playmaking positions in Capers’ 3-4 scheme, and developing outside rushers to complement Pro Bowler Clay Matthews has been a priority from the start.

“The more reps they see, they will improve,” position coach Kevin Greene said of the two rookie outside linebackers. “In this defense, you really have to crawl, then start walking, then fast walking and slow jog, then fast jogging. It’s really a progression. It’s a vision thing, a knowledge thing. They’re going to progressively get better.”

Capers didn’t specifically say the Packers lacked this kind of depth last year, but he didn’t have to. It showed in the way the season played out. The nickel defense became Capers’ de facto base. Lineman B.J. Raji played too many snaps, Matthews’ sack total was more than cut in half as offenses could afford to key on him, and cornerback Tramon Williams battled through the entire season with one healthy arm. In short, Capers’ options were sorely limited.

The caveat to the depth this year is the youth that dominates it. Over the final two weeks of training camp, Capers’ primary nickel and dime groups have, at times, included four rookie draft picks among the 11 players on the field – Perry, linemen Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels, and safety Jerron McMillian. A fifth draft pick, cornerback Casey Hayward, got his share of snaps with the ones earlier in camp and will factor into the picture, as well.

But without hesitation, Capers will take that youth for the depth and flexibility it provides after seeing his defense fall to last in the league in total yards and passing yards allowed last year.

“We’re going to be very young, but I think there are more possibilities, more options, more guys that you say, hey, if we work hard and these guys really apply themselves, the arrow should be pointing up as we go through the season,” Capers said.

That steady climb is what Capers recalls from his first two seasons in Green Bay. In 2009, as the Packers won seven of their final eight games, a run defense that allowed back-to-back 100-yard rushers early in the season clamped down and set a franchise record as it finished first in the league against the run (83.3 yards per game).

Then in 2010, after opponents scored at least 20 points against the Packers in five of the first seven games, they did so just twice over the next 10 contests, including the opening playoff win that began the title run.

“You saw it kind of kick in. I’ve seen us do this,” Capers said, using his hand to mimic a plane taking off. “I think we’ve got more guys with the potential to ascend.”

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