Coming Up
  • 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.

  • 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.

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Tuesdays with McCarthy

Posted Nov 22, 2011


In this week's "Tuesdays with McCarthy," the head coach discusses playing on Thanksgiving, adversity football and sideline heaters, among other topics.

Three fan questions will be selected each week and presented to Coach McCarthy. Go to the Green Bay Packers' official Facebook page on Monday mornings to post your question.

Wyatt from Valencia, CA

Q. How is preparation different during the week with only three full days to prepare?

The difference with the short week is in our physical preparation, because you have to be smart with the players’ workload. We’ll have practices today and Wednesday before we fly to Detroit, but they’ll be shorter because we have to monitor the stress we’re putting on the players’ bodies. As it pertains to the coaching staff, it helps that our opponent on a short week is in the same division because we already know so much about them. We took some time during the bye week and the eight-day week leading into the Monday night game against Minnesota to do some early work on the Detroit game plan. We’ve been able to finalize the plan over the last couple of days. We received the film of Detroit’s last game, against Carolina, late Sunday evening and the coaches stayed here to review it. It will be a quick work week, but we took advantage of any opportunities we had to get a head start and we will be ready.

Doug from Marquette, MI

Q. Why is play-action so effective?

To be effective, the play-action has to look like the run. That’s how I would define it. You want to get the initial reaction of the defense to be playing their run responsibilities, followed by a transition into their pass responsibilities. The hope is that by the time the defense makes that transition, the receivers and protection unit have gained an advantage for a potential successful pass play.

Joan from Wausau, WI

Q. What did the win over the Bucs mean to the team?

The team has high standards. There are interesting dynamics in the locker room. I think everybody is very in tune with the two goals every week – winning and quality of play. Everybody felt good about the win, and we’re 10-0, but the quality of play was not what we’re looking for. We played very well against Minnesota. However, we didn’t reach that level against Tampa Bay. We were able to handle adversity well, and that’s a positive. We have faced some adverse situations throughout the season and again versus Tampa, and I think that’s healthy. It reveals the character of your team, and our guys answered the bell.

Q. In the postgame press conference you mentioned “adversity is good for us.” Why?

Because you can’t teach it and you can’t coach it. It’s a variable that’s important to winning that you can’t create on the practice field. The only way to actually get adversity experience is game action. There are certain situations in any game, whether it’s a key fourth down, your defense in the red zone or after a turnover, or the offense needing to respond with a long drive, that are great character-builders for your team. You’re foolish not to take the opportunity to learn and grow from adversity and use it as valued experience. Anytime you gain experience like that, it’s an investment toward success.

Q. Tackling seems to be a leaguewide issue. Why?

I can’t speak leaguewide, but there are times in my career I’ve felt – and I don’t have statistics to quantify this – that when the temperature goes down, there is an increase in the lack of fundamentals. Guys tend to lose their fundamentals and tackle higher. We will emphasize, like we do every week, low tackling. Our tackling was too high in Sunday’s game. We played a big running back and we weren’t wrapping with our arms and we were tackling too high. Those are basic fundamentals that we work on all the time. We do a good job of coaching it and I think our players are good tacklers, but we didn’t do that very well as a team on Sunday.

Q. What’s your philosophy on sideline heaters and such?

The use of heaters on the sideline doesn’t bother me. There’s a fine line between being ignorant and being tough. If you’re able to keep your body warm and display toughness on the field while performing at a high level, that’s what matters. I’m not interested in seeing guys freeze while trying to be tough. I mean no disrespect to the philosophies of the past. It is important to realize there’s a difference between keeping warm and staying in the game mentally and keeping warm and being mentally absent. I don’t like a bunch of guys hovering around the heaters by themselves not focused on the game. You have to make sure you’re in the game. If you need heaters and hats, use them, but stay in the game. If anything, we have the opposite issue; our guys crowd the sideline too much. They want to be part of the game. We talk about boundary discipline and awareness a lot.

Q. What does the team need to do to be 1-0 on Thanksgiving?

Stay true to our identity and understand the challenges that the opponent is going to create. It’s as simple as that every week. It’s an honor to play in this game. There’s nothing like Thanksgiving and what it stands for, and the National Football League has always been part of that day. As long as I can remember, I was watching Detroit and Dallas play on Thanksgiving. Now, having the opportunity to play in the game, I enjoy it. It’s an advantage to the home team, but I don’t feel it’s a huge disadvantage for us because it’s a short trip. If you’re able to be part of any NFL tradition, it’s an honor. The game is still a big division game, but I think it’s a big game because it’s Thanksgiving and what that day means to everybody.

Q. What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory?

Every year my mother would start cooking early in the morning. We’d eat the meal between the first and second game, and then at halftime of the second game we’d go back to get more food. I probably caught a nap or two in between meals as well. The memories revolve around having our family together. A few times we’d travel to Syracuse to see my Aunt Edie and her family and that was always a fun trip. We were always together as a family on Thanksgiving. I have great memories of Thanksgiving as a kid.

Q. What will you personally give thanks for this year?

I always start with my family. I’m very blessed to have my children, my wife, my parents and my siblings in my life. Personally, my cup runneth over. Professionally, I’m thankful for the opportunity to work here in Green Bay, for the players and coaches and what they stand for as people. They are tremendous representatives of not only the Packers, but of their families. I’m very thankful.

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