Thursday, May 14, 2015

Brett Favre Packers Hall of Fame Event July 18 | Favre Honored By Packers Fans

Brett Favre returns to Lambeau field for his own Packers Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The event will take place inside the atrium of the stadium, with 65,000 fans supporting him by sitting in the actual stadium and watching it on the end zone screens. Tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony sold out in just a day.  It seems that all the baggage that comes along with being a Favre fan have gone away.  It's just time to celebrate what he did for the Green Bay Packers on July 18, 2015. 

Favre Records Will Stand 

With over five hundred touchdown passes to his name, 71,000+ yards passing, and so many other numerous records, Favre's a sure bet to make the NFL Hall of Fame in the first round. One of Favre's best seasons came in 1995.  He had a passer rating of 99.5 that season, with 570 attempts, and 38 touchdowns. He had a 99 yard touchdown pass that season, with 59 passes of 20+ yards. It was one of many great seasons for Brett. 

Favre surprised Packers fans when he announced his departure in early 2008. He spent one season with the Jets, then a pair of seasons with the Vikings. In 2009, he made it all the way to the NFC Championship game, losing in the end, as he's done before, by throwing an ill advised pass rather than tucking the ball and running for a first down.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Coaching Changes For Green Bay Packers in 2015 | McCarthy Gives Up Play Calling Duites

Packers Head Coach
The Green Bay Packers shook-up their coaching staff this weekend, revealing a number of surprise moves that have sent the off-season football lull into a dust up. The biggest news came when it was reported on Sunday that the team will promote offensive coordinator Tom Clements to assistant head coach for the 2015 season, where he will take over play-calling duties from veteran head coach Mike McCarthy. It will be the mark the first time in McCarthy's nine year tenure with the team that he will not be the one solely responsible for the play-calls. Edgar Bennett, the Packers wide receiver coach, is expected to fill the vacancy at offensive coordinator left by Clements.

Despite the easy assumption that somebody in the front-office was not happy with McCarthy's abilities with the play sheet in 2014, it was in fact the head coach himself who first touted the idea of giving some assistants more exposure. In an interview last month, McCarthy questioned why the Packers coaching staff are rarely plucked for head coaching positions on other teams when many of the talented coordinators and assistants from other successful franchises are. He cited Seattle's Dan Quinn and the Patriots Josh McDaniels as examples of the trend, both of whom were interviewed for coaching opportunities last off-season while Packers coaches sat idle.

This move towards giving Clements a bigger share of the responsibility no doubt had the blessings of McCarthy. He even alluded to the exact idea of deferring play-calling to an assistant during a press-conference a year ago.

Functionally and aesthetically, experts are not expecting much of a noticeable change with Clements taking the reins. Under McCarthy, the Packers have improved from twenty-second in the league in points in 2006 to first last season. In 6 of the last 8 seasons, the team has been in the top-5 in that category. And, most importantly say many analysts, is that Aaron Rodgers remains the team's quarterback. Rodgers has enjoyed unprecedented autonomy as a quarterback who is able to call on the fly plays and often runs no-huddle drives. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Which Packers Are Going to the 2015 Pro Bowl?

2014 Packers Pro Bowl
Six Green Bay Packers players were selected to play in the upcoming Pro Bowl this week. Out of the seven that were initially named as eligible, Jordy Nelson, Sam Shields, Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews, John Kuhn, and Josh Sitton will all suit up on January 25 in Glendale. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers declined the invitation after an injury to his calf nagged him throughout the team’s playoff run. Rodgers, Nelson, Matthews, Kuhn, and Sitton were the first Packers chosen for the Pro Bowl, prior to the playoffs. Shields and Cobb were added to the roster just this week, Cobb replacing Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant due to injury and Shields taking the spot of the Patriots Darrelle Revis.
2014’s Pro Bowl game will be the 64 consecutive years that the event has been held. It will be the second non-conference Pro Bowl, the first being last year, the league opting to again replace the traditional AFC versus NFC format with a draft system, led this year by Hall of Fame inductees Cris Carter and Michael Irvin. Head coaches for the 2014 Pro Bowl will be Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and Jason Garrett of the Cowboys.
Packers Long History Of Pro Bowl Appearances
For Green Bay, 2014 marks the 9 straight year that at least one player has been selected from the team to play in the Pro Bowl. The seven players nominated are also the most of any year since 2011, when there were eight names chosen. Prior to that year, 1967 was the last time at least seven Packers were taken to the annual all-star game. The franchise’s best year for representation in the Pro Bowl dates back all the way to 1939 when a whopping 30 players were chosen, including Hank Bruder, Don Hudson, Ed Jankowski, and Ernie Smith. Former Packer defensive end Reggie White holds the team record for most appearances at 13, just one less than both Merlin Olson and Bruce Matthews, who share the NFL record for most trips to the Pro Bowl.
Following the last day of the draft on Wednesday, both Irvin’s and Carter’s teams were finalized for the January 25 game at the University of Phoenix Stadium. For the second consecutive year, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was selected first overall. Luck went to Carter, who selected from the Packers Sitton and Kuhn on Tuesday, followed by Nelson and Shields on Wednesday night. Irvin’s first pick went to Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. Matthews and Cobb will represent the Packers on Irvin’s team. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NFL Training Camp Notes | NFC North Status Report

NFC North Training Camp
The Packers have had a very boring camp so far, outside of one season ending injury and a few minor ones. Nothing good, or bad, just boring, and that in and itself may actually be a good thing. Let’s take a quick look around the division to see how everyone else’s camp is going.

Minnesota- The biggest thing going on here is the quarterback battle. The Minnesota Vikings drafted Teddy Bridgewater with the last selection in round one this year. This was originally supposed to be a three way competition. Well it has turned into a two-way competition as former first round draft choice Christian Ponder has basically taken himself out of the competition with his play. Ponder has performed poorly in camp and looked even worse in the first preseason game,. Now there is talk that he may not even make the roster. Well enough of Ponder, lets talk about that two-way competition. Matt Cassel has looked exactly as expected, solid. Not great, or good, or even bad, but solid. Teddy Bridgewater has looked on and off, as expected as well. The Vikings will need to decide if Bridgewater should start week one. I believe he should sit for the entire season. Then there is the safety position. The Vikings really do not have a second safety to go along with Harrison Smith, so Mike Zimmer got Chris Crocker out of retirement for the third time. Crocker is expected to start week one.

Detroit- The Lions theme this offseason has been to get the locker room under control and get healthy. They fired Jim Schwartz and hired Jim Caldwell to address the locker room issue. Now, they are finally beginning to get healthy. Third year wide receiver Ryan Broyles looks to be finally healthy for the first time since early on in his college days, and will add a punch to the Lions passing game. Ezekiel Ansah is also of the PUP list and may be ready for week one. Matthew Stafford has looked very good so far this camp, and needs to continue that if he is finally going to join the list of the NFL’s elite at his position. After a slow start to his first training camp, rookie tight end Eric Ebron has finally picked it up and is looking good.

Chicago- This offseason the Chicago Bears made a loud statement when they signed Jay Cutler to a seven year, 100 million dollar contract. With that settled, the backup quarterback position is wide open. The battle is currently between Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer. Clausen will be the first quarterback off the bench in the second preseason game, and that should tell us something. The defense also has gotten back to its nasty approach that the Bears have always been known for during camp, which will bode well for them come week one. Other than that, there is not much to say about the Bears training camp.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Packers Family Night 2014 Format Change Details

Packers Family Night 2014

The well-anticipated Green Bay Packers Family Night will be held on August 2. Announced by the team earlier this week, tickets for the event, which draws thousands to Lambeau Field for the first public admittance of the season, have already sold quick. Fans were lined up at the ticket office on Monday hours before they went on sale, and organizers expect 2014's Family Night to be the biggest ever.

Now one of the Packers most popular fan-interactive events, Family Night was started in 2000 as an introduction of the team's final regular season roster. It featured an intra-squad scrimmage as the highlight of the day, which regularly sells-out Lambeau's bowl seating. Over 60,000 fans attended Family Night in 2005, when the Buffalo Bills visited to play an exhibition game. TV stations in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, and elsewhere air the scrimmage statewide.

This year's Packers Family Night will offer a format change for attendees. At behest of head coach Mike McCarthy, the team will forgo the traditional scrimmage, instead opting for a full practice session. Coaches insisted that the extra day of workouts are essential to meet their off-season goals, though the practice will be modified to make it more spectator-friendly. In the Packers official announcement, the team promised that the event will include full-pads and 11-vs-11 drills.

Like past Family Nights, music, food, and even a fireworks show will compliment the football on August 2. Lambeau Field will be up-an-running at full capacity for the event, including video boards, the sound system, and concessions. Grocery store chain Copps-Pick 'n Save will host a fireworks show to end the night and Chili's restaurant will sponsor a raffle to win the jerseys worn by the players during the practice. The 2014 Green Bay Packers Family Night will begin at 5:30PM at Lambeau Field on August 2. Parking is available in the parking lot.