On Now
Coming Up
  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT Aaron Adams appearance Aaron Adams will make an appearance at the Ohio Valley Regional Event in Pedersen Park in Marinette, WI on Wednesday, July 23, from 8-9:30 p.m.
  • 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.

    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.

News

Print
RSS

Mike McCarthy talks of plans for Julius Peppers

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Packers coach believes his team is better than it was last spring

Julius Peppers

ORLANDO—Mike McCarthy believes his football team “on paper” is better now than it was at this time a year ago, and that would suggest that McCarthy is expecting improvement on defense, just as he accurately predicted an improved running game last spring.

It would seem the recent acquisition of free-agent defensive end Julius Peppers is at the heart of McCarthy’s on-paper assessment of his team, which he provided on Tuesday to Packers media covering the NFL “Annual Meeting” in Orlando, Fla. McCarthy offered a snapshot of how he plans to use Peppers in Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers’ scheme.

“He’ll be a multiple-position player,” McCarthy said. “Elephant is a term used for a multiple-position player. Julius will be part of that group.”

That could mean many roles for Peppers. He could be used as a hand-on-the-ground defensive end in 3-4 and 4-3 alignments, or as a linebacker, much as Mike Neal was used last season.

Does that mean more scheme? Just the opposite, McCarthy said.

“We want more personnel groups, less schematically,” the Packers head coach said. “The scheme is there. We’re not putting a whole new scheme in. If anything, we’re taking things out.”

So, are the Packers still, by design, a 3-4 defense? It’s a question McCarthy answered with a question that only served to raise more questions.

“Are we a 3-4 team now? Our origin is. How much 3-4 defense do we actually play? We’re a sub personnel defense,” he said.

McCarthy was understandably unwilling to provide specific details of his plans for his defense in 2014, but it’s clear to see changes are in the works and that Peppers is at the root of those changes.

“He has more to offer, in his opinion, from an assignment standpoint, and I agree with him. We’ll have more flexibility with him,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy answered questions that ran the gamut of issues confronting the Packers as they head into a spring offseason program that’s to begin on April 22.

The team’s perceived need at safety and the potential for cornerback Micah Hyde to join Morgan Burnett at one of the two safety spots?

“I’m very comfortable with Morgan Burnett. Morgan has a lot of high value to our football team. Micah Hyde deserves the opportunity to be an every-down player. Micah was standing on the sideline too much. We’re going to give Micah a chance to play on all three downs,” McCarthy said.

B.J. Raji’s role?

“I want to keep him over the center, the A gap, more. The way he’s been used in the past, we can do less of that. I think we need to get him back over center,” McCarthy said.

Jermichael Finley?

“He’s still being evaluated,” McCarthy said of the tight end, who’s a free agent as he rehabs from neck-fusion surgery. McCarthy repeatedly cautioned as to the seriousness of Finley’s injury.

Matt Flynn?

“I’d like to have Matt back. I hope financially it’ll work out,” he said of the free-agent quarterback, who replaced Aaron Rodgers late last season and rallied the Packers to a record-setting win in Dallas that helped propel the team to the NFC North title.

Datone Jones?

“He was really starting to take off in training camp. The ankle injury was worse than we probably thought. I thought he came on strong at the end of the season but didn’t have the opportunity,” McCarthy said of the Packers’ 2013 first-round draft pick.

The center position, where the Packers have lost Evan Dietrich-Smith in free agency?

“We have options,” McCarthy said, mentioning J.C. Tretter, Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang and Don Barclay as providing those options.

The decision to play Bryan Bulaga at right tackle?

“It’s where he has the most experience. We had a full season of David (Bakhtiari) and Josh (Sitton) (on the left side). You want to play your best five,” McCarthy said.

Injuries?

“When you look at injuries, I don’t feel I’ve hit the target. The offseason program will be different and training camp will be, too,” McCarthy said.

Change is clearly at the heart of the Packers’ offseason plans, and it would seem to begin on defense.

More from the Annual Meeting

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • All roads lead to Lambeau Field: Mike McCarthy Way

    (2:25) Posted 40 minutes ago

    The announcement of Mike McCarthy Way was made Wednesday, July 23 at the Green Bay Distillery. Ashwaubenon Village President Michael W. Aubinger, Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy were present during the ceremony.

  • Mike McCarthy Way Dedication Press Conference

    (14:03) Posted 1 hour ago

    The announcement of Mike McCarthy Way was made Wednesday, July 23, at the Green Bay Distillery. Ashwaubenon Village President Michael W. Aubinger, Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy made remarks during the press conference.

  • Aaron Rodgers tops the list of 2013 clutch plays

    (1:41) Posted Jul 22, 2014

    Where does it rank on NFL.com's list of the top clutch QB moments of the season?