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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/




Packers defense has come a long way

Posted Jan 9, 2013

Performance in opener vs. 49ers was not the defense Green Bay became in 2012

GREEN BAY—Back in Week 1, all sorts of red flags flew the first time the Packers defense tried to match up with the 49ers offense.

A coverage bust left receiver Randy Moss all alone for a 14-yard touchdown pass, tight end Vernon Davis was seen running free for a 29-yard reception, and running back Frank Gore turned the corner late for an all-too-easy 23-yard TD run.

San Francisco was sharp and efficient in compiling 377 total yards. Quarterback Alex Smith was calm and comfortable, completing 20 of 26 passes on his way to a 125.6 passer rating.

Outside observers were questioning whether the Packers were in for another long year on defense, whether anything or anyone was going to prevent a repeat of the never-ending hemorrhage of yardage and big plays from 2011.

Immediately after the game, a 30-22 Packers loss, the players insisted the defense would get better, that it wouldn’t be the same story from the prior year, and they were right. The Packers finished the regular season ranked 11th in both yards allowed and points allowed, impressive improvements from the year before.

So, what changed? Mainly two things – communication and experience, and they went hand in hand.

“Every rep you get together as a team, the communication errors go down, and the missed assignments,” linebacker A.J. Hawk said. “Our defense is very keyed on communication between each other, and if you’re not all on the same page, bad things can happen.”

In part, that’s what led to Week 1 looking an awful lot like the previous season, with big plays gashing the defense. But the communication steadily improved.

Players who received a call or check on the field began relaying it back to the source, to emphasize they heard and understood it. That’s not always possible in the fast-paced heat of battle, but when time allowed, it became the procedure.

“Everyone knows what’s going on out there, everyone’s understanding the defense,” cornerback Tramon Williams said. “It’s a whole lot better than it was. We put a lot of focus on it.”

The Packers also emphasized bringing along all the young defenders they threw into the fire early. The first two draft picks, Nick Perry and Jerel Worthy, would eventually get hurt, and they’re not around for the playoffs.

But cornerback Casey Hayward grew into a playmaker, outside linebacker Dezman Moses added to the pass rush, defensive lineman Mike Daniels found a role in the sub packages, and safeties M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian became steady presences in the back end.

“We’ve grown a bunch since that first game,” Hawk said. “We’ve definitely taken some big steps since Week 1, but so have they.”

Indeed, the 49ers’ biggest change is the mobile and athletic Colin Kaepernick in place of the pocket passer, Smith. Kaepernick adds a running threat when the play breaks down and with a package of zone-read option calls involving running back Frank Gore.

Being assignment-sound against Kaepernick and his zone-read looks is critical.

“You can’t get nosy,” safety Morgan Burnett said. “You have to do your responsibility. If you have the running back, you have to stay on the running back. If you have the quarterback, you have to stay on the quarterback. Because if you get to guessing and just running around, they can make you pay for it.”

The 49ers also like to exploit mismatches with their two tight ends, Davis and Delanie Walker. Against the Packers in Week 1, Walker didn’t catch a pass, but since Kaepernick took over at QB in Week 11, Walker has 14 of his 21 receptions, 255 of his 344 yards and two of his three TDs.

“Those guys are not like your normal tight ends,” Burnett said. “They can split them out, and you really have to treat them like wide receivers, because they have speed like wide receivers. They’re a big factor in their offense.”

They are factors among the many the Packers must account for in this playoff showdown, but compared to Week 1, they’re all the more prepared to do so.

“They can cause some problems for you,” Hawk said. “But that’s why we’re here. That’s why there’s only eight (teams) left.”

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