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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • 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.

     

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Packers style is to throw 'punches' and beat you bad

Posted Jun 5, 2013

Dom Capers speaks enthusiastically of young defenders

GREEN BAY—Dom Capers grew up as a young, fast-rising coach for defensive-minded head coaches steeped in the philosophy of run-the-ball, shorten-the-game and force your opponent to play from behind.

In his first coordinator’s job, Capers rose to the top of the coaching ranks as Bill Cowher’s defensive genius in a zone-blitz scheme that benefited from an offense that led the league in rushing and dominated time of possession. It got Capers hired as the first coach of the Carolina Panthers, and he used that same philosophy to lead the Panthers to the NFC title game in just the franchise’s second year of existence.

The game has changed dramatically for Capers, who is now the defensive coordinator for an offensive-minded coach whose style is the polar opposite of that which brought Capers to prominence.

“Running the football is important, but at the end of the day, the offense’s responsibility is scoring points,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said when asked if recent changes in how the game is played has lessened the importance of the running game. “You have to score as many points as you can.

“I don’t play keep away. I want to play as fast as we can, throw as many punches as we can and beat you as bad as we can,” McCarthy said.

That’s the new game. That’s how the good offenses play; that’s how the winning teams play. Even the Baltimore Ravens have joined those ranks, which might be the reason they’re the reigning Super Bowl champions.

It’s a style of football, however, that makes Capers’ job and any defensive coordinator’s job more difficult because it adds plays to the game and sets the scoring bar higher for the opponent.

“What you do has to complement whatever your team’s philosophy is. It has to tie in with the head coach’s philosophy. When you have a quarterback like Aaron (Rodgers), you’re going to try to play to the strength of your personnel,” Capers said.

Taking the ball away is the key. That’s what the good defenses do in today’s game, and that’s why Capers is emphasizing a need for his Packers defense to force more fumbles this year. The Packers were tied for third from the bottom of the league in fumble takeaways last season. That won’t work in today’s game.

Wednesday’s minicamp practice was another example of the Packers’ emphasis on creating takeaways, especially fumbles. Any time the ball has left the grasp of an offensive player and has reached the ground, whether it be outside on Clarke Hinkle Field or inside the Don Hutson Center, Packers defenders have rejoiced loudly.

Energy levels are peaking as summer nears. A Packers defense brimming with youth is also giving Capers a youthful glow, as he speaks enthusiastically of the young talent on his defense.

“We’ve got a group of big guys and a group of not-so-big athletic guys. It’ll be interesting to see how that combination works out,” Capers said. “A young guy like Datone Jones … one of the things about him that’s appealing is you can see he has a lot of athletic ability for a guy his size.”

Wednesday, Jones nearly intercepted a pass, as he dropped into coverage from his defensive end position. Was that Capers’ famed zone-blitz Jones was executing? Yes, it was.

“Our No. 1 goal is always going to be to lead the league in scoring defense. We’ve got to create more fumbles,” he said.

Meanwhile, McCarthy guides an offense that has the league’s top quarterback and a stable of receivers with dreams of catching a hundred passes, each.

“I hope they all catch a hundred balls,” McCarthy said, then adding, “but we have to run the ball, of course.”

It got a chuckle from the media.

McCarthy told reporters running back DuJuan Harris would not be available for anymore practices this spring, which amounts to just two OTA practices next week. McCarthy would not disclose the specific nature of Harris’ injury.

Thursday’s third and final day of minicamp will be spent mainly on a team-building activity, which McCarthy said was still undecided as of his meeting with the media on Wednesday.

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