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  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • 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.


  • 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.



Mike McCarthy says Packers’ window not closing

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Head coach gives season-ending, state-of-the-team address

GREEN BAY—Mike McCarthy called 2013 “clearly” his most challenging season as a head coach, but he believes overcoming those challenges to win a division title identified the players, coaches and others who will help the Packers the most moving forward.

As is McCarthy’s custom, he didn’t get into the specifics of his postseason evaluations on Wednesday, but he suggested the “culture” of his team was on trial through various stages – emerging from an injury-riddled training camp with a sluggish start, hitting stride in the season’s second month, dealing with the franchise’s first major injury at quarterback in over two decades and then losing at the wire in the playoffs – and the experience will prove invaluable for him and those around him.

“When adversity hits, people go one way or the other,” McCarthy said. “A lot of it was good, some of it wasn’t so good. Everybody has to buy into the program, and when you do that, you’re able to get through times like we were able to get through this year. But things show up you may not think were there. It gives you more information, more opportunity to grow.”

Following the playoff loss to the 49ers on Sunday, McCarthy spent Monday and Tuesday doing exit interviews with the players, which he said were informative as well as emotional. More thorough player evaluations will go on as all the film is studied over the next month or more.

For now, he’ll move on to evaluating the coaching staff in the coming weeks. The Packers could lose an assistant or two to promotions with other teams, as quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo is reportedly interviewing for the head coaching job in Cleveland and is rumored to be a candidate for other teams’ offensive coordinator positions.

But as for public speculation regarding defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ job security, McCarthy gave no indication anything imminent will happen.

“No one will be evaluated today. I’m not going into this thing looking to make big changes,” he said. “I think Dom Capers is an outstanding football coach, and I’m glad he’s on our staff.”

Roster turnover is a given, and with the current number of free agents and the shortcomings revealed on defense after quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured on Nov. 4, more personnel changes are likely on the defensive side of the ball.

“We need more impact players,” McCarthy said. “We need more players making plays on defense. I think that’s stating the obvious. I feel those guys are here. Do we have more coming in? That’s really what the offseason is for.”

The offense managed to win the NFC North despite playing four different QBs – only the fourth NFL team to do so, according to McCarthy – but that side of the ball became a case of what might have been.

Finding a power, workhorse running back in Eddie Lacy balanced Green Bay’s offense, and after a 4-0 October, McCarthy felt the unit was on its way to a historic season.

“I felt that this was going to be the best offense that we’ve ever had here. I thought we were going to go past 2011,” he said. “When we came out of the Minnesota game, I thought we really, really hit our stride.

“I felt very, very good about our offense, … and the defense was playing very well. The special teams, we had a lot of change, and that kind of caught up to us down the stretch.”

Injuries up and down the roster created a trickle-down effect that made it a struggle for the coverage and return units to maintain consistency. Punter Tim Masthay and kicker Mason Crosby had solid, impressive seasons, but otherwise the constant rotating of players affected the units’ performances.

“(Injuries) have a large effect because you have to change guys, and then you have guys playing next to guys they haven’t played with before,” special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum said. “It hurts you a little bit with continuity.

“I think we’d all be naïve if we thought we were going to line up with the same 11 players every game. At times, we did a good job adjusting. At times, we didn’t do such a good job. We were up and down.”

That mirrored the team as a whole, mostly due to the long injury list. For the third time in the last four seasons, the Packers had a seemingly inordinate number of injuries, and Rodgers’ absence on top of that led to a winless November.

McCarthy said the team’s studies of the nearly annual injury epidemic haven’t revealed a viable explanation, but that won’t stop those involved from trying to understand everything behind the unfavorable statistics.

“Do I like it? No. It’s a challenge,” McCarthy said. “It’s a challenge when you can’t get guys to practice. It’s a challenge when you’ve got a young football team and the same guys aren’t playing together each and every week. It shows up, and it definitely showed up this year.”

That said, McCarthy reiterated that he was proud of his team for what it accomplished, despite the disappointment of standing in front of the media for the final time during just the second week of the playoffs.

Only once since his first season as head coach in 2006 have the Packers not made the postseason, but all the trials in 2013 had McCarthy at times flashing back to that rookie year, which featured 1-4 and 4-8 records before a strong final month.

“Certain points in that season I felt like I got ran over by a truck, but this year it seemed like it never stopped,” McCarthy said.

Just as it did seven years ago, continuing to battle and finishing the season with something to hang the proverbial hat on matters in McCarthy’s eyes.

“I don’t see any windows closing,” he said. “We’re built the right way.”

Additional coverage - Jan. 8

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