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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/




Tuesdays with McCarthy

Posted Nov 8, 2011

In this week's "Tuesdays with McCarthy," the head coach discusses the rainy weather in San Diego, the communication on defense, and the team chemistry, 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.

Nick from Conneaut, OH

Q. When the weather conditions are rainy, such as they were in San Diego, does that change your game plan at all?

Yes, rain does change your game plan. However, what is most important is the wind and/or the amount of rain and how it affects the playing surface. I believe the offense has the advantage in bad-weather games because they know where they’re going and the defense is forced to react on potentially poor footing. The field in San Diego is Bermuda grass and is in excellent shape, and as a result, the footing didn’t change much. The biggest challenge in those conditions was the ability of our perimeter players to catch and secure the football. I thought our players did an excellent job of that throughout the game, particularly in the first half. You could see the emphasis of securing the ball with both hands and protecting it after the catch. As it relates to changing the game plan, you typically look to put more stress on the perimeter of the defense in bad-weather games. Anytime you can get the ball in space in those conditions, it definitely gives the advantage to the offense.

Justin from Coldwater, KS

Q. The Packers have a stretch of three games in 11 days coming up. Do you change how practices are conducted during a stretch like that to avoid the players getting burned out, injured or fatigued?

Absolutely. Fortunately, we benefitted from having our bye week prior to the San Diego game and an extra day before we play Minnesota on Monday night as we head into our stretch of three games in 11 days. We’ve been very smart with our players prior to these two games, giving them an extra day of rest because of the impending demands our schedule presents. Following the Monday night game, it’s a short week leading into the Tampa game. However, it is a home game so our players will be able to stay on their routine. The only change that week will be to the Wednesday practice because it will be a Tuesday to the players’ body clocks. You have to be smart with what you ask them to do physically, and you have to pay particular attention to the medical report before practice on Thursday. Following the Buccaneers game and leading into the Thursday game in Detroit, we’ll be especially cognizant of what we ask them to do physically. It’s primarily a mental challenge to focus on the game plan and turn it around in four days for the Detroit game.

Q. You talked about communication problems on Sunday. What does that mean?

Communication is the fuel that generates execution and action. There is a process for giving the play to the quarterback or the defensive call to the linebacker. Are you recognizing what the opponent is doing? How do you align to it? Is there an adjustment to their alignment? The process wasn’t as crisp as it needed to be against the Chargers. In terms of managing the game, the coaching staff has a high priority to ensure we put the players in a clean game. That was not the case in San Diego. Offensively, we burned two timeouts in the second half. You don’t want to be in the situation where you have two replay challenges available, but only one timeout remaining. Whether it’s the defense making the right adjustment to an opponent’s formation or the offense getting the play in quickly, proper communication is essential in boundary discipline to ensure clean pre-snap responsibility.

Q. Aaron Rodgers is on pace to threaten Brady’s NFL touchdown passes record. Is it a consideration?

I don’t let individual records dictate the team’s preparation or performance. Now, if we’re in Week 15 or 16, we could have that conversation. I’m not going to call the game and Aaron’s not going to play the game based on an individual record. That’s not the way we’re wired. We know if the offense operates at maximum efficiency, those opportunities will continue to present themselves. We just have to take advantage of them. When you start playing for individual records, you’re offensive production will suffer and your opportunities will decrease. It’s a negative road to travel. If we’re sitting on the doorstep in Week 16, you can ask me that question again.

Q. What has to happen for the defense to improve?

On defense, our issue has been surrendering big plays. If you look at the breakdown of the big-play tape, a lot of it has been because of poor communication. That can manifest in a few ways, including the initial defensive call or getting to the correct adjustment. We need to keep the communication clean and make sure we’re focused and detailed. Additionally, we need to play with the right leverage and play to our help on defense. It comes down to focus. We have excellent players on defense and an excellent coaching staff. I look for us to gain confidence as we move forward and be a great defense down the stretch.

Q. Does it aid your preparation for the Vikings that you’ve already played against Christian Ponder?

Yes, I believe it does. Anytime you are facing an unfamiliar player, particularly a primary carrier of the football, it is beneficial to have film on that player and an understanding of their tendencies during preparation. Now that Christian has played in two games, including one against us, we feel we have a better understanding of him and how they want to use him in the offense. It definitely helps you when you’re not seeing a quarterback for the first time.

Q. What does it mean for you and the team to have the fan support you had in San Diego?

A lot has been said about our fan support in San Diego, and I don’t think you can say enough. It was a unique environment to experience on the road. It was exciting to come out in pre-game to see our fans in the green and gold and letting their team know they were there to cheer them on. Throughout the game we continued to hear the ‘Go, Pack, Go’ chants. The support is unique to the Green Bay Packers and it’s very helpful to our football team.

Q. How would you describe the character and chemistry of this team?

Our football team possesses high character and great chemistry, there’s no question about that. We’re also undefeated, so you would expect that. True adversity exposes character, and that’s something on the playing field I’ve been very impressed with. Through our first eight games we’ve repeatedly had adversity situations, and we’ve answered the bell at a very high level. In terms of performance, that says a lot about the character of our team. Also, off the field, it’s a very healthy locker room. The guys genuinely like each other and enjoy spending time together. There’s a lot of interaction and a lot of energy. It’s definitely a fun group to coach, and I think this group has a chance to be something special.

Q. Minnesota is coming off the bye week. Is that in their favor for Monday’s matchup?

It always helps to come off a bye week. It was no different for us in San Diego. The Chargers were coming off a Monday night game and we were coming off a bye week. We were the healthier team in San Diego, and that will probably be the case for Minnesota coming into this game. The bye week gives you a little advantage in preparation, but I don’t know how much advantage it will give the Vikings because we’ve each only played one game since our last game against each other. This is really just a continuation of our game a couple of weeks ago.

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