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  • 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.

  • 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/




Winston Moss to bring linebackers into same room

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Alex Van Pelt’s new job is to challenge Aaron Rodgers

Winston Moss & A.J. Hawk

GREEN BAY—In discussing what needs to improve with the Packers defense moving forward, Winston Moss kept referring to the word “consistency.”

Now that the responsibility for coaching both the inside and outside linebackers has been conferred to Moss, the Packers assistant head coach hopes that having all of the linebackers in the same meeting room together will help generate that consistency.

“Those guys really get along well,” Moss said, referring to the inside linebacker group led by A.J. Hawk and the outside linebacker group led by Clay Matthews. Moss met with the media on Monday for the first time with his expanded job title, which came about following the departure of Kevin Greene from the coaching staff.

“Now, those guys just being in the same room, I think they’ll really be able to share, more than anything. That should really help out, just the continuity, the chemistry, the camaraderie. Those are all positive things.”

Scott McCurley will assist Moss with the linebackers, and for the first time since Dom Capers brought his 3-4 defense to Green Bay in 2009, the inside and outside linebackers will have the same position coaches.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Capers has used this structure in the past, so it’s not a huge departure for the veteran coordinator. As the coaching staff continues with its annual scheme evaluation from this past season, McCarthy said one focus is to become more “multiple” again, a trait that faded last season as injuries on defense mounted.

“Our defense is going to change some. You don’t ever stay the same,” McCarthy said. “I’ll set the vision for the defense, Dom Capers and the defensive staff will carry it out. There will be some adjustments. I don’t know if you’ll notice them or not. Based on our personnel, too, that always plays in.

Moss emphasized that under Green Bay’s draft-and-develop philosophy, improvement in young players from one year to the next is a must, and that’s what he must continue to demand from the entire position group.

“It’s very important that the guys we work with understand that they’ve got to grow,” Moss said. “They’ve got to get into this scheme, they’ve got to be able to comprehend it, and they’ve got to be able to work very, very hard. At the end of the day, it’s going to be about production and consistency. That’s the bottom line.”

As for new quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, the bottom line is McCarthy brought him to Green Bay two years ago with an eye toward replacing Ben McAdoo, whom McCarthy strongly believed would soon be moving up the coaching ranks.

With McAdoo taking the offensive coordinator job with the New York Giants, Van Pelt’s time is now.

Calling Van Pelt “a damn good football coach that was out there” when he hired him to coach the Packers running backs in 2011, McCarthy believes the former quarterback he coached at Pitt a quarter century ago can bring even more to his more natural job now.

“I think it definitely has broadened his horizons as far as coaching offense,” McCarthy said of Van Pelt’s two years at a different position. “But he’s a quarterback coach. You’re talking about a very talented football coach, played the position, knows this offense. I learned the offense with Alex back in 1989. We’ve learned the foundation together.”

Van Pelt said he learned “the game as it’s played through the running back’s eyes” over the past two seasons, which will blend well in the QB room given the offense’s newfound running game in 2013.

Given the Packers’ struggles last season when Aaron Rodgers missed seven starts due to a broken collarbone, one of Van Pelt’s key duties will be solidifying the backup QB spot. He spoke of Matt Flynn’s “understanding of the system” and Scott Tolzien’s “toughness” in a difficult situation as components to build on with them, provided Flynn returns to the team. He’s a pending free agent.

“I think that position is undervalued until it’s needed,” said Van Pelt, a backup QB for most of his nine-year playing career in Buffalo, one of two places he also coached quarterbacks, the other being Tampa Bay. “Obviously that’s the case throughout the league. It’s critical.”

Equally challenging for Van Pelt will be pushing the right motivational buttons with Rodgers, which McAdoo was very good at. Rodgers has often said he wants his position coach to help him get as prepared as possible for every game, which at times requires new approaches and new ways of looking at things.

“It’s tough to say you’re going to teach Aaron Rodgers how to go out and throw the football,” Van Pelt said. “For a guy like Aaron, it’s really just to continually challenge him, and make him come to work and have to think differently than he has in the past, to stimulate him and keep him growing as a quarterback.

“I can’t wait to get in the room and get down to some football with him.”

Additional coverage - Feb. 10

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