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  • Sat., Apr. 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Scott Tolzien appearance Big Event for Little Kids – Bellin Health
  • Tue., Apr. 14, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Tailgate Tour (Menomonie)

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 10th anniversary ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 14-18. This year’s tour includes three stops in western Wisconsin, in addition to stops in southern and eastern Wisconsin, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward, and Packers alumni Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder. The tour will also feature special alumni in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tailgate Tour, Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer.

  • Wed., Apr. 15, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Tailgate Tour (Prairie du Chien)

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 10th anniversary ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 14-18. This year’s tour includes three stops in western Wisconsin, in addition to stops in southern and eastern Wisconsin, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward, and Packers alumni Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder. The tour will also feature special alumni in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tailgate Tour, Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer.

  • Thu., Apr. 16, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Tailgate Tour (Baraboo)

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 10th anniversary ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 14-18. This year’s tour includes three stops in western Wisconsin, in addition to stops in southern and eastern Wisconsin, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward, and Packers alumni Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder. The tour will also feature special alumni in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tailgate Tour, Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer.

  • Fri., Apr. 17, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Tailgate Tour (Elkhorn)

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 10th anniversary ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 14-18. This year’s tour includes three stops in western Wisconsin, in addition to stops in southern and eastern Wisconsin, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward, and Packers alumni Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder. The tour will also feature special alumni in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tailgate Tour, Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer.

  • Sat., Apr. 18, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Tailgate Tour (Sheboygan)

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 10th anniversary ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 14-18. This year’s tour includes three stops in western Wisconsin, in addition to stops in southern and eastern Wisconsin, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward, and Packers alumni Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder. The tour will also feature special alumni in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tailgate Tour, Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer.

Green-Beckham seeking forgiveness at combine

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 19, 2015 – 10:57 am

150219-sooners-blog-300INDIANAPOLIS–Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is one of the two big risk-reward players in this year’s NFL draft, the other one being quarterback Jameis Winston. Green-Beckham has been projected as high as a top-five pick, should he perform well at the scouting combine and convince teams he’s left his off-field troubles in the past.

“All the decisions I made, I wish I could take it back,” he told reporters during a media session at the combine that could only be described as an appeal for forgiveness.

At 6-6,. 225, he’s been compared to Calvin Johnson, but Green-Beckham was involved in several incidents at Missouri, including an alleged burglary. He transferred to Oklahoma but didn’t play in 2014; his talent, however, makes him a potential high pick in this year’s draft.

“I know what’s at stake. I know what kind of person I am. I feel like these mistakes have put me back. It’s tough for me to stand up and speak to you guys,” he said, nervously.

His past will no doubt unnerve teams, but he might be too much of a talent to pass up.


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Vikings GM thanks media for causing Bridgewater to fall

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 18, 2015 – 2:15 pm

150218-spielman-blogINDIANAPOLIS–Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman thanked the media for causing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to fall to the Vikings late in the first round of last year’s draft.

“I’m thankful the media did him a disservice, in my opinion, by judging him on his pro day. But we spent six different occasions with Teddy last year. One thing we try to do, our process, is that we had our draft meetings before we came down and we put all the players on a board and graded him purely off what we saw off tape or what we saw live as football players. All this other stuff that will accumulate here and over the next couple months will start to add into it, but it’s not going to be a situation where a guy having a sixth-round (grade) goes all the way up to the first round because he comes out here and runs fast in his shorts,” Spielman said.

Bridgewater’s pro-day workout a year ago was widely pulicized to be disappointing effort, and it caused a player that had been considered a possible first overall pick to fall to the bottom of the first round.

“You’ve just got to be careful. It’s part of the process. All the information to gather that you use to make your decisions, but it has to come back to what he is, not only his character but what he is as football player,” Spielman said.


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Gary Kubiak wants Peyton Manning to return

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 18, 2015 – 12:33 pm

150218-kubiak-blogINDIANAPOLIS–New Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak wants Peyton Manning to be the team’s quarterback in 2015.

“No doubt, I want him to be. I think all indications are that (through) everything that he said and through his conversations with John (Elway) he feels good. He’s had his self-assessment or however you want to label that, and he feels good about moving forward. So, we’ll just continue with the process,” Kubiak said at scouting combine on Wednesday.

Kubiak was also asked about another quarterback, Joe Flacco, who Kubiak coached as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator last season.

“Is Joe Flacco elite? You bet he is. That’s why I’m standing up here today. Joe is tremendous. I really enjoyed working with him. (He’s) as talented a young man as I’ve ever coached and he’s as good a person as I’ve ever coached and I think we’ll be talking about Joe for a long, long time. So I really appreciated my time with him and I wish him the best.”


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John Fox noncommital on Jay Cutler’s future

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 18, 2015 – 11:57 am

150218-fox-blogINDIANAPOLIS–New Chicago Bears Coach John Fox met with media at the scouting combine on Wednesday, and Fox was noncommital on the future of Jay Cutler as the team’s quarterback.

“Like I said, we’re not up against a deadline. My experience has always been that you need to gather the information and in turn you usually make better decisions. We’re in that process and we’ll keep you posted,” Fox said when asked if he would move forward with Cutler.

One of the other top issues with Fox as the Bears’ new coach is what defensive alignment he’ll use, 3-4 or 4-3.

“It’s a little hard to say right now. We’re going to be a 3-4 terminology wise. We’ve looked at a whole lot of tape. That’ll help us define what we’re going to be and how we’re going to use the pieces. I’m confident we’ll piece together a good defense. It’s still too early in the process,” Fox said.


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Packers’ 2015 free agent list

Posted by Mike Spofford on February 12, 2015 – 5:07 pm

WR Randall CobbFree agency doesn’t officially begin until March 10, but here are the Green Bay Packers players who, if not re-signed by March 10, will become free agents (in alphabetical order by category):

Unrestricted
T Bryan Bulaga
CB Jarrett Bush
WR Randall Cobb
QB Matt Flynn
DT Letroy Guion
CB Davon House
FB John Kuhn
LB Jamari Lattimore
DT B.J. Raji
QB Scott Tolzien
CB Tramon Williams

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T/G Don Barclay
WR Jarrett Boykin
S Sean Richardson

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RB DuJuan Harris

 


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News now! McCarthy begins staff evaluation process

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on January 28, 2015 – 1:19 pm

150128-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he’ll evaluate his coaching staff.

“I haven’t had that opportunity. We’ll look at everything. We’ll look to make changes. The changes we made (last year) were in the best interests of the team,” McCarthy said at his season-ending press conference on Wednesday, when he was asked about the potential for change on his coaching staff, especially as it might relate to special teams.

McCarthy returned to Green Bay this week after spending last week in Pittsburgh, where his brother, Joe, died unexpectedly. He began Wednesday’s press conference by volunteering this capsule analysis:

“Excellent season for us; something we’re very proud of. Our fans, I understand your disappointment; I’m right there with you, but our home field advantage is second to none. My thoughts on the NFC championship game, a very disappointing loss. I felt we let it get away.  Special teams, definitely a tough performance by us. Defensively, we felt very confident we would be able to handle Seattle, hold them to 17 points. Running the football was a priority. Tough loss. The evaluation process starts now. We’ll start the process of change, adjustment and emphasize.”

McCarthy made a point of emphasizing a fresh start for his team in 2015.

“The 2015 football team won’t bear the burden of what happened in 2014,” McCarthy said.

 Click here for the full story from McCarthy’s season-ending press conference.


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Wisconsin Favorites: Packers discuss where they would retire in Wisconsin

Posted by Paige Curtis on January 27, 2015 – 2:30 pm

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If you could live anywhere in Wisconsin after you retire from the NFL, where would it be?

No. 12 Aaron Rodgers - Door County. It’s right by the water and the summers are nice on the lake. You can put the boat in, jet ski, stand up paddleboard, and there’s some nice golf up there. It’s really pretty.

No. 75 Bryan Bulaga – Lake Geneva because it’s close to where I grew up (Crystal lake, IL) and it’s a great part of the state.

No. 16 Scott Tolzien – Either Green Lake, Madison, or Sturgeon Bay; all would be nice.

No. 31 Davon House – Wisconsin Dells.

The state of Wisconsin welcomes visitors from far and wide with countless yearly travel options. Enjoy the natural wonders, such as Cave of the Mounds or the Apostle Islands. Experience outdoor Wisconsin, an incomparable paradise for hunters, fishermen and campers. Foodies, wine and beer lovers will delight in discovering Wisconsin’s artisan cheese makers, wineries, and breweries, as well as farmers markets and award-winning restaurants. Great places like Wisconsin Dells not only offer a playground for kids, but for adults too. Book a massage at the adults-only Sundara Spa, grab a seat at the swim-up bar at the Wilderness Resort or enjoy a romantic dinner at House of Embers. Door County and Lake Geneva also offer options for family fun as well as resorts and cabins for romantic getaways. Wisconsin has something special in store for everyone!

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Packers at the 2015 Pro Bowl

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on January 23, 2015 – 2:24 pm

Several Green Bay Packers players are currently in Arizona for the 2015 Pro Bowl. Packers Pro Bowlers in attendance include WR Randall Cobb, FB John Kuhn, LB Clay Matthews, WR Jordy Nelson, CB Sam Shields and G Josh Sitton. QB Aaron Rodgers was also selected but is not participating due to a calf injury.


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Final chat transcript: Thoughts on play-calling, decision-making and more in Seattle

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 21, 2015 – 12:57 pm

Packers.com’s Mike Spofford wrapped up the 2014 season with his final chat on Wednesday. If you missed it, you can read the transcript here:

If you are having trouble reading the transcript as posted, click here.

 


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Wisconsin Favorites: Green Bay

Posted by Paige Curtis on January 20, 2015 – 11:31 am

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No. 2 Mason Crosby – If you have kids the railroad museum is a really fun time. My family likes the Bay Beach amusement park on the east side of town.

No. 37 Sam Shields – Lambeau, because it’s history people need to know about.

No. 24 Jarrett Bush – Of course you gotta see Lambeau Field. And favorite restaurants in the Green Bay area are Plae Bistro and Nakashima’s.

141104-Week-19-National-Train-Museum,-Green-BayNo. 42 Morgan Burnett – The first thing you have to do is see Lambeau, of course, and my favorite restaurant in Green Bay has to be Plae Bistro.

Green Bay is Wisconsin’s oldest community, settled originally by the French as a fur-trading center. Today the city may be most famous for its namesake Green Bay Packers whose legendary past and present can be viewed at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame at Lambeau Field (reopening in the spring). Yet, the city’s appeal rests on a blend of many more elements that combine small town charm with big city excitement. Its attractions include the performing arts, gambling and one-of-a-kind museums. All-aboard the National Railroad Museum where artifacts on display give visitors a visual reminder of the role rail played in forging our nation. Want a little more history? Visit Hazelwood Historic House, an authentically furnished, 1837 Greek-Revival home. Heritage Hill State Historical Park groups 25 historic buildings in four period “villages” dating from 1672-1905. The Neville Public Museum is an excellent repository of regional history. South of town, on the Oneida Indian Reservation, the cultural history of this Native American tribe is displayed at the Oneida Nation Museum.

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