What surprised you most when you came to Wisconsin? To Green Bay? (And yes, “amazing fans” is already a given.)
James Jones: I was really surprised at how far apart the houses were, and how much space everyone had.
Mason Crosby: I was surprised to see how many quality golf courses there were in the area, especially because the season is so short up here. Really great quality golf.
Tim Masthay: I couldn’t believe how efficiently everything runs in the wintertime. Even if a snowstorm drops a foot of snow on the area, everything is up and running the next day.
Josh Sitton: The amount of snow that comes down at one time. My rookie year we were absolutely pelted with snow.
Here is more on golf in Wisconsin, provided by Travel Wisconsin:
Featuring many championship courses – including some designed by professional golf legends Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino – Wisconsin is a renowned golfing state. Wisconsin is home to Wild Rock Golf Club, a 7,414-yard Hurdzan/Fry design that was laid out to take advantage of the area’s rolling hills, plentiful water, and limestone bluffs and outcroppings. Hurdzan calls this “one of the top 10 we’ve ever done.” Hurdzan/Fry also had their hand in designing Erin Hills, which has been selected for the 2017 U.S. Open. Among the state’s top courses are Blackwolf Run in Kohler (site of the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open); Erin Hills near Hartford (site of the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship and 2017 U.S. Open); and Whistling Straits in Sheboygan (site of the 2010 PGA Championship and 2007 U.S. Senior Open).
Posted in Packers.com Blog | No Comments »
Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett and QB Tony Romo were made available to the media via conference call Wednesday. Listen to Garrett and Romo talk about Sunday’s game.
Posted in Packers.com Blog | No Comments »
Packers S Sean Richardson is just happy to be wearing a uniform after all he’s been through in the past year to come back from neck surgery.
But he may be more than just a contributor down the stretch this season. He could be moving into the No. 2 safety spot.
Richardson took the bulk of the snaps in last Sunday’s game alongside Morgan Burnett after M.D. Jennings missed an open-field tackle on Atlanta WR Drew Davis’ 36-yard TD catch.
Asked on Wednesday if he expects to start on Sunday in Dallas, Richardson said he didn’t know.
“It’s up to the coaches,” he said. “I’m just taking it every day, preparing myself, just like I always do. If my name is called, I’ll be ready.”
Calling it “a long journey” to come back from his neck fusion surgery, Richardson — who missed all of the offseason and training camp and began the regular season on the PUP list — said even with limited on-field time in his second season, he still feels like a much better player than he did last year as an undrafted rookie.
“I know the defense a lot better, and I know the offensive tendencies,” he said. “I learned how to study film a little more, and I’m still learning, but (the game is) a lot slower as opposed to last year.”
Now, should he indeed seize a larger role on defense the rest of the way, Richardson has to take advantage of it. His window of opportunity to play this season seemed small given the type of injury he was recovering from, but now here he is. He’ll be one of the more intriguing players to watch as the season winds down.
“I always kept high hopes, prayed about it, kept faith, had a lot of support,” he said. “I didn’t have any doubts. I felt good, my neck felt great, I was confident in it. The doctors and coaches liked the results, so I was just waiting for the green light.”
Tags: sean richardson
Posted in Packers.com Blog | 7 Comments »
GREEN BAY–No news would seem to be bad news. Aaron Rodgers was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, but he is still not medically cleared to play in this Sunday’s game in Dallas.
“Aaron Rodgers practiced today in a limited fashion. We’ll see how he is tomorrow and we’ll set a plan. Aaron is still not medically cleared. Is he playing in the game or is he medically cleared? They are two different issues. My interest is to see how he feels tomorrow after his work today,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday.
“We have to make sure we do our due diligence and get him fully recovered. His health is the primary focus.”
“Randall’s doing more. He’s starting to bounce around. He took a step. He’s still in rehab. He’s not medically cleared,” McCarthy said of the Packers wide receiver, who sustained a leg injury in Baltimore and was put on injured reserve, though he was designated for return.
Posted in Packers.com Blog | 123 Comments »
An episode of the animated series “NFL Rush Zone: Guardians Unleashed” featuring an animated cameo of Packers WR Jordy Nelson will air on Nicktoons at 7:30 p.m. CT Wednesday.
The episode will be re-aired throughout the week and on NFL Network at 7 a.m. CT Saturday.
For a promo of the episode, click here.
Packers.com is working on a behind-the-scenes video regarding this production that will be posted on our website within the next week or so.
Tags: jordynelson, nicktoons
Posted in Packers.com Blog | 2 Comments »
Packers WR James Jones was miked up by NFL Films for this past weekend’s game and will be part of NFL Network’s “Sound FX” program on Wednesday at 9 p.m. CT.
Others in this week’s edition include coaches John Harbaugh of the Ravens and Greg Schiano of the Buccaneers, plus Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder.
Tags: james jones, sound fx
Posted in Packers.com Blog | 5 Comments »
Packers.com’s Mike Spofford conducted his weekly chat with readers on Tuesday. If you missed it, you can read the transcript right here.
Tags: chat transcript, mike spofford
Posted in Packers.com Blog | 1 Comment »
What is the No. 1 thing first-time visitors to Lambeau Field should see or do?
Clay Matthews: The overall game day experience. Whether it’s tailgating, going to the Pro Shop, taking the tours or seeing the Hall of Fame*, to experiencing everything that goes on during a Packers game at Lambeau Field. It’s a must see.
Aaron Rodgers: They definitely need to check out the Hall of Fame* and Lambeau Field Tour.
Randall Cobb: Hall of Fame* and Stadium Tour, I loved to see all the old pictures from the Lombardi Era.
Jordy Nelson: Definitely hit up the Hall of Fame Tour*.
James Jones: If possible, they should get to see the locker room and the field.
Mason Crosby: Stadium Tour and Hall of Fame*.
Here is more on Lambeau Field, provided by Travel Wisconsin:
Nothing says Wisconsin like attending a Green Bay Packers football game. If you make it to a game, it’s bound to be an unforgettable experience. And, if you’re an extreme fan you must wear a foam cheese hat. While in Titletown, check out the Packers Hall of Fame* where you’ll see four Super Bowl trophies and a re-creation of Vince Lombardi’s office. You can also take a stadium tour of Lambeau Field, a great way to see the stadium’s new expansion and behind-the-scenes areas.
* The Packers Hall of Fame is now closed for ongoing Atrium renovations. The new Hall of Fame will open in 2015. While the Packers Hall of Fame is closed, fans may still experience Packers history though stadium tours, other youth programs and the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, Wis., which will be showcasing various Packers Hall of Fame artifacts during the renovation.
Posted in Packers.com Blog | 13 Comments »
The Packers coaching staff has awarded game balls to four players for their performances in the 22-21 victory over Atlanta on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
TE Andrew Quarless was honored on offense as he posted career highs with six receptions for 66 yards. Quarless also caught a 2-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter — his first touchdown since his rookie season of 2010 — that provided the winning points.
On defense, DE Johnny Jolly and CB Jarrett Bush were the recipients. Jolly was credited with a handful of tackles, including one for loss, plus a fumble recovery and a batted pass. Bush, who played the dime defensive back spot, made two huge plays down the stretch. He broke up a fourth-down pass to TE Tony Gonzalez with the Falcons on the edge of field-goal range with just under two minutes left, and then he intercepted QB Matt Ryan with four seconds left to seal the win.
S Sean Richardson received the game ball on special teams. Richardson, who got his most extensive action of the season on defense, taking over at safety for M.D. Jennings, was credited with one coverage tackle, and he was part of a solid day for the return units, as CB Micah Hyde averaged 25.3 yards on three kickoff returns and added a 12-yard punt return.
Tags: andrew quarless, game balls, jarrett bush, johnny jolly, sean richardson
Posted in Packers.com Blog | 46 Comments »
GREEN BAY–An almost certain week-long drama involving the availability of quarterback Aaron Rodgers for Sunday’s game in Dallas, began on Monday with Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy announcing a plan.
“The plan for Aaron is he’ll work out tomorrow as part of his rehab. He’ll be evaluated Wednesday morning by Dr. Pat McKenzie. He’s still not medically cleared,” McCarthy said. “He’s progressing. The biggest thing is his strength and comfort.”
Rodgers has been out of action since breaking his left collarbone on Nov. 4. The Packers won on Sunday for the first time since Rodgers was injured.
“He has hurdles to get over. We’re planning for Matt Flynn,” McCarthy added.
“Randall had a good workout today. He still hasn’t been medically cleared. He’s progressing,” McCarthy said.
Posted in Packers.com Blog | 89 Comments »