2 FRONT OFFICE MARK MURPHY PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER MISC REVIEW VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FREE AGENTS FIELD Mark Murphy, possessor of extensive experience in professional football and sports administration, is in his sixth year as the Packers President and CEO. Under Murphy s guidance, the organization continues to rank as one of the NFL s premier franchises, with highly successful operations both on and off the field. On the field, the team has compiled a overall record (.659), made four straight playoff trips, captured two consecutive division titles and earned a victory in Super Bowl XLV. Off the field, the club continues to perform well in its business efforts, which allows the organization to support football operations. The fan experience at Lambeau Field, a top priority for the organization, continues to be ranked among the best in sports. It was a direction both Murphy and the organization envisioned when Murphy was elected by the Packers Board of Directors as the franchise s 10th Chief Executive Officer on Dec. 3, He began his work with the organization as president-elect on Jan. 1, 2008, and then formally took over on Jan. 28, I am honored to have been selected and very appreciative of this tremendous opportunity, Murphy said the day of his election. The Packers are one of the great franchises in all of professional sports, with a rich history and incredible fan support. These are successful times for the Packers. On the field they re performing well, and off the field, they re in great shape, too. I look forward to being a part of that continued success. Murphy, who holds a law degree and an MBA in finance, brought a unique and highly qualified background to his role as head of one of the NFL s flagship franchises, first drawing from a deep understanding and appreciation of the game that comes from an eight-year playing career with the Washington Redskins. Later, he served a combined 16 years as director of athletics at Colgate University and Northwestern University, and was an assistant executive director of the NFL Players Association and a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to his playing career and work with the NFL Players Association, Murphy had maintained his ties to the NFL through his work on the Commissioner s Player Advisory Committee ( ) as well as the NFL Youth Football Committee ( ). Additionally, his NFL experience now includes Super Bowl wins as a player (XVII, 1982) and as a CEO (XLV, 2010), believed to be the first such achievement in NFL history. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, recognizing the unique experience and skills Murphy brought to the NFL as the Packers CEO, in 2008 appointed him to the NFL s Management Council Executive Committee, the NFL owners committee whose responsibility was to serve as the bargaining team during negotiations with the NFL Players Association which resulted in a new, 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement in The position has allowed Murphy to increase his involvement and contributions at the league level, ensuring the organization has a voice in NFL matters. Mark s rare blend of experiences makes him integral to the future of the Packers and the NFL, said Goodell when appointing Murphy. His accomplishments as an NFL player, his work with the NFLPA, and now his leadership of the Packers, provide a unique perspective to the league and also to the players. He s very effective in discussions with NFLPA executives. Mark is a bright and thoughtful individual who understands what needs to get done to create a system that 14 AT A GLANCE Named Packers President/CEO on Dec. 3, 2007, by Packers Board of Directors; formally assumed position on Jan. 28, Serves on the NFL s Management Council Executive Committee, Competition Committee and Health and Safety Committee. Served a combined 16 years as director of athletics at Northwestern University ( ) and Colgate University ( ) prior to joining Packers. Enjoyed an eight-year NFL playing career with the Washington Redskins ( ); served as co-captain from , including the Super Bowl championship team of Earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in Is believed to be the first person to earn a Super Bowl ring as a player (XVII, 1982) and as a team chief executive (XLV, 2010). Served as the Redskins player representative to the NFL Players Association from , including the position of vice president of players union ( ). Holds law degree from Georgetown University (1988) and MBA in finance from American University (1983). Served as assistant executive director of the NFL Players Association ( ) and as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice ( ). Served on the NFL Commissioner s Player Advisory Committee ( ), the NFL Youth Football Committee ( ) and currently serves on USA Football s board of directors. While a player with the Redskins, participated in the highestscoring game in Monday Night Football and Green Bay Packers history, a defeat to the Packers on Oct. 17, 1983, at Lambeau Field. benefits all sides for years to come. He is very reasonable and wants what s best for fans, the game and players, as we all do. In 2012, Goodell added to Murphy s NFL-level involvement by naming him to the important Competition Committee, the group composed of team executives and coaches that studies all aspects of the game and recommends rules and policy changes to NFL clubs. Goodell also placed Murphy on the NFL owners new Health and Safety Committee. Upon joining the Packers, Murphy broadened his knowledge of the franchise, its operations and its standing in the community by meeting with employees, shareholders, fans and members of the Board of Directors, as well as many community groups. Among his first initiatives was to update the organization s strategic plan, a process involving all the leadership positions of the organization, including the Executive Committee and football operations. The process created core objectives to serve as a backdrop for all key business decisions. In a move to enhance those objectives, Murphy restructured the management of the organization, which included creating a new senior-leadership staff overseeing administration, finance, football operations and sales and marketing. The structure reflected the growth the organization has experienced in recent years and gives broader coverage across all operations with more people involved on a senior-management level. Murphy also is directing the organization s master plan involving Lambeau Field, the Lambeau Field Atrium, the practice facilities and property the organization owns adjacent to the stadium. Lambeau Field and the Atrium currently are
3 undergoing a $286.5 million, five-year expansion and renovation that includes a new distributed-audio sound system (2011), two new HD video boards and a new Bellin Health Gate on the north end of the stadium (2012), and approximately 7,000 additional seats in the south end zone served by the Shopko Gate (2013). The Atrium phase includes a larger Oneida Nation Gate (2013), new football facilities (2014) and a new Packers Pro Shop, Hall of Fame and restaurant (2015). To support the Lambeau Field expansion project, Murphy directed the Packers fifth stock sale, an effort that netted the organization more than $64 million. More than 268,000 shares were sold during the offering, from Dec. 6, 2011, through Feb. 29, 2012, with more than 250,000 new shareholders joining the Packers family. All stadium improvements are being financed without public tax money. Among the other initiatives Murphy has directed is the enhancement of the organization s retail operations, including the purchase of a new warehouse for the Packers Pro Shop, and the establishment of a customer relationship management (CRM) program, with both efforts upgrading customer service to Packers fans. Murphy also has worked to increase the number of outside events utilizing Lambeau Field, including a Kenny Chesney concert in June 2011, the venue s first major concert since its redevelopment; and LZ Lambeau in May 2010, a welcome back for Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans. Additionally in the community, Murphy has ensured the organization remains a strong community partner, with a charity impact of $6 million in the past year. Inside the organization, Murphy continues to grow and develop the team s human resources, with new programs for employees such as leadership development. The 58-year-old Murphy joined the Packers after 4½ years ( ) as director of athletics at Northwestern University. At the Big Ten Conference school, Murphy oversaw a 19-sport program with a $40 million budget and 160 fulltime employees. During his tenure, the school won eight individual national championships and three NCAA team THE GREEN BAY PACKERS ORGANIZATION NO. 1 ACROSS ALL OF SPORTS: Each year since 2003, ESPN The Magazine has ranked all 122 franchises in the four major sports based on eight major categories: bang for the buck, ownership, stadium experience, on-field leadership, fan relations, affordability, players effort and likability, and championships won/ expected to win. The Packers finished first in the inaugural rankings in 2003 and also in June 2011, joining the NBA s San Antonio Spurs (2004, 2006) as the only team to have garnered the distinction more than once. The franchise also placed in the top 10 in 2004 (third), 05 (eighth), 08 (fourth), 10 (ninth) and 12 (second). Lambeau Field has ranked as the top NFL venue in six of the 10 rankings and landed in the top overall spot across all sports six times, including four of the last five years ( , ). PLAYERS NAME PACKERS CLASSIEST ORGANIZATION: In October 2004, Sports Illustrated published results of a poll in which the majority of NFL players chose the Packers as the classiest organization in the league. Featured in the magazine s SI Players section, the poll surveyed 354 players. Results: Green Bay Packers 18 percent San Francisco 49ers 15 percent Dallas Cowboys 10 percent New England Patriots 10 percent titles. Additionally, the university won nine conference team championships and 34 individual Big Ten titles. A total of 49 Wildcats earned first-team All-America distinction. On the football field, the Wildcats participated in two bowl games during Murphy s tenure after playing in just four previous such contests in the program s history. In , Northwestern finished 30th in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors Cup standings with a school-best points. The Wildcats ranked among the top 30 in the standings for the last three years of Murphy s tenure and in 2007 finished sixth among Big Ten schools for the third straight year after previously not placing higher than ninth. The school s athletic success under Murphy was achieved while its student-athletes continued to excel off the field. The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data released in October 2007 reported Northwestern s rate at 98 percent, tying it with Notre Dame and Navy for tops in the nation. Prior to his tenure at Northwestern, Murphy served as director of athletics at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. ( ), the school from which he graduated in During his 11 years at the helm, the university experienced a renaissance of its football program, going from 0-11 in 1995 to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. In 2003, the year after Murphy s departure to Northwestern, the team made it to the championship game; the achievement of that squad a non-scholarship program remains one of Murphy s proudest moments. Colgate s other teams experienced success as well, with men s basketball, women s soccer, women s volleyball, women s softball and men s ice hockey teams making NCAA Tournament appearances. The school also achieved graduation rates among the highest for student-athletes in Division I during Murphy s tenure. A proud alumnus, Murphy had the honor of delivering the commencement address for the university s 2012 graduation ceremony. A former All-Pro safety for the Washington Redskins, Murphy enjoyed an eight-year career ( ) after originally signing with the team as a non-drafted free agent in He was a co-captain from , a period that included MOST POPULAR FRANCHISES: In March 2009, the NFL and ESPN Sports Poll released a study in which it aimed to determine the nation s most popular individual pro sports franchises across all sports. The Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, always among the top vote-getters in the annual Harris Interactive Poll determining America s favorite football team, finished Nos. 1 and 2 across all franchises. NFL teams held six of the top 10 spots in the poll. 1. Dallas Cowboys 6. Los Angeles Lakers 2. Green Bay Packers 7. Indianapolis Colts 3. Pittsburgh Steelers 8. Boston Red Sox 4. New England Patriots 9. New York Giants 5. New York Yankees 10. Atlanta Braves FIELD RANKED NO. 1 GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE: In a November 2007 Sports Illustrated poll on SI.com rating the gameday atmosphere for each NFL team, the experience of seeing the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field ranked first. Lambeau Field topped the rankings for a second consecutive season in 2008, according to the SI.com poll. It was the only stadium to achieve a top-five ranking in each of the five categories: affordability & food, tailgating, team quality, atmosphere and accessibility. For all the glitz and money the NFL exudes nowadays, the poll summarized, football s heart is still on that frozen tundra, where tough guys grapple with each other while fans warm themselves on cold bleachers with hot chocolate and fullthroated cheering. And that is still the essence of Lambeau. ADMINISTRATION FRONT OFFICE VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC. 15
4 FRONT OFFICE MISC REVIEW VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FREE AGENTS FIELD two Super Bowl teams ( ). He enjoyed his finest season in 1983, leading the NFL with nine interceptions and earning consensus All-Pro honors as well as a trip to the Pro Bowl. Murphy was named as one of the Redskins 70 Greatest Players, as well as one of the 80 Greatest Redskins, and also is a member of the club s 50th Anniversary Team. Joe Gibbs, the Hall of Fame former coach of the Redskins who led the team during Murphy s seasons, was appreciative of the player s contributions and lauded the Packers hiring of Murphy. Mark meant a lot to the Redskins organization the years he was here and played, Gibbs said. He was a great person along with being one of the brightest and most competitive people we ve had here at the Redskins. Gibbs had an influence on Murphy as well, as the Packers CEO attributes much of his leadership style to what he learned from the successful Redskins coach. He had many leadership traits that I admired and tried to incorporate into my own leadership style, said Murphy. He had a very natural way about him with the way he related to people, and he tried to be accessible. He was a very effective communicator, too, as most great leaders are. And when he worked with you, he was very fair and sincere. All those skills and traits fueled his awesome ability to motivate his teams. A natural leader among his teammates, Murphy served as the Redskins player representative to the NFL Players Association from , including the position of vice president of the players union ( ). While a representative, he served on the players bargaining committee during the 1982 players strike. Those experiences have served him well in his role on the NFL s Management Council Executive Committee. During his days with the Redskins, Murphy earned an MBA in finance from American University in Washington, D.C., attending classes full-time in the offseason and evening classes in-season. Upon completion of his playing career in 1985, he joined the NFL Players Association as assistant executive director. While with the NFLPA, Murphy served on the bargaining team, including during the 1987 players strike, developed the agent-certification system and strengthened the PA s degree-completion and career-counseling programs. While with the NFLPA, he started work on a law degree from Georgetown University and ultimately finished his studies full-time after leaving the Players Association. Upon receiving his law degree in 1988, he worked at a Washington, D.C., law firm (Bredhoff and Kaiser) before becoming a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in During a four-year career with the Department of Justice, he primarily represented government agencies in trials. Then, in 1992, his alma mater called and he returned to the sports realm. At ease in public settings and with the media, Murphy enjoyed hosting a weekly radio show during his playing days and later became a sports commentator for National Public Radio ( ) and the Anheuser-Busch Radio Network ( ), offering his insights into football and sportsrelated legal issues in general. Born July 13, 1955, in Fulton, N.Y., Murphy spent some of his formative years in the Houston area before moving back to the Buffalo-area community of Clarence. He was a threesport star (football, baseball and basketball) at Clarence Central High School and was named the best all-around athlete in Western New York during his senior year. His baseball 16 talents drew attention from Major League scouts. In 2002, he was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievements both on and off the field. Murphy and his wife, Laurie, who also is a Colgate graduate, have been involved in the communities in which they ve lived. Over the years the couple has donated their time to numerous organizations, including local schools, the United Methodist Church in Hamilton, N.Y., and the First Congregational Church of Evanston, Ill. Also while in Chicago, Murphy served on the bid committee for the 2016 Olympics which eventually was awarded to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While at Colgate University, Murphy formed the Hamilton Youth Basketball League and served as its commissioner. Heavily involved in the community while with the Redskins, Murphy was named the team s Miller Man of the Year in 1984 in honor of his work off the field. In Green Bay, Murphy continues a busy schedule of meeting with fans and shareholders, as well as speaking to a variety of business and community groups. He also has given his time to several community organizations to help their causes, including Big Brothers Big Sisters. Murphy also serves on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay s council of trustees and on the boards of directors of USA Football and the Positive Coaching Alliance, the latter an organization created to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, characterbuilding experience. Mark and Laurie are also active supporters of foster-care services in Brown County. Additionally, Laurie established Ladies of Lambeau, a group composed of female employees and board members, and wives or partners of employees, board members, players and coaches. The group undertakes projects that will make a difference in the lives of people near and far, including packaging meals for the hungry in Africa and making blankets for residents at area nursing homes. The group also distributes grants to Wisconsin charities chosen by its volunteers. Mark and Laurie have four children: Katie, 30, a graduate of Harvard who played basketball for the Crimson and now works at Credit Suisse in New York City; Emily, 28, a 2008 graduate of Middlebury (Vt.) College with a Chinese degree who now works for Digitaria in San Diego; Brian, 24, a graduate of Amherst (Mass.) College who played football for the Lord Jeffs and now works for Woven Digital in New York City; and Anna, 22, a recent graduate of Northwestern University who now works for Fox Sports in Los Angeles. Away from work, Mark enjoys playing golf, fishing and participating in various forms of exercise, including bicycling, cross-country skiing and jogging.
5 TED THOMPSON EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER & DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS FRONT OFFICE Ted Thompson firmly believes that the best way to build a successful team is by drafting and developing players, with free agency playing a complementary role in addressing specific needs. Now eight-plus years into his tenure as Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations, Thompson s philosophy was further validated in 2010 with a win in Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay s fourth Super Bowl title and 13th world championship. A look at the Packers roster for Super Bowl XLV indicates a team truly built by Thompson. Nineteen of 22 starters and 49 of 53 players on the roster were acquired by Thompson via the draft, free agency, trades or the waiver wire during his time in Green Bay. Thompson s approach was reaffirmed in 2011 and 2012 as Green Bay added to one of its most successful stretches in team history. While the Packers came up short in their quest to win another Super Bowl championship the past two seasons, Green Bay finished with a franchise-best 15 regular-season wins in 2011 while also capturing back-to-back division titles in for the first time since it won three straight from The 2012 season also marked the Packers fourth straight playoff appearance and fifth in the last six seasons, making them the only NFC team to accomplish those feats. Following the 2012 season, four players acquired by Thompson, LB Clay Matthews, QB Aaron Rodgers, C Jeff Saturday and G Josh Sitton, earned Pro Bowl honors. A first-round selection by Thompson in 2009, Matthews became the first Packer to earn Pro Bowl recognition in each of his first four seasons in the NFL. For Rodgers, it marked his second consecutive selection and third overall (also 2009). Thompson s first draft selection as Green Bay s GM in 2005, Rodgers also earned Most Valuable Player honors for Super Bowl XLV and captured the prestigious NFL MVP award following the 2011 campaign. A fourth-round pick by Thompson in 2008, Sitton made his first appearance in the postseason all-star game. The combined achievements authored by the 2010 and 11 teams assembled by Thompson have a prominent place in Packers and NFL history. Covering a span of 364 days, Green Bay won 19 consecutive games (including postseason) over the two seasons. The 19-game winning streak began in Week 16 of 2010 and lasted until Green Bay suffered its lone regularseason defeat at Kansas City in Week 15 of the 2011 season. The streak was the longest in franchise history and was the second-longest winning streak in NFL history (including playoffs) behind only the New England Patriots (21 games). Perhaps most impressively, the Packers never trailed in the fourth quarter during their 19-game winning streak. The 2011 Packers captured their second NFC North title under Thompson and first since 2007, and as a result, earned the NFC s No. 1 seed for the first time since The Packers finished the 2011 campaign with a perfect 8-0 record at Lambeau Field for the first time since Seven of Thompson s players were selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2011 campaign, the most the Packers have had voted to the all-star game since The selections included WR Greg Jennings, FB John Kuhn, Matthews, NT B.J. Raji, Rodgers, C Scott Wells and CB Charles Woodson. Six of the selections were acquired by Thompson as Jennings, Matthews, Raji and Rodgers were draft picks while Kuhn was claimed off waivers and Woodson was signed as a free agent. It was the fourth straight Pro Bowl selection for Woodson, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 who was signed by Thompson in AT A GLANCE Of the 53 players on Green Bay s Super Bowl XLV championship roster, 49 of them had been acquired by Thompson since Green Bay s seven Pro Bowl selections in 2011 were the most the Packers had voted into the game since 1967, with six of those players either drafted or signed by Thompson. Named NFL Executive of the Year in 2008 and 2011 by Sporting News in a vote of his peers will be the first season during his Green Bay tenure in which every player on the roster was acquired by Thompson. Since 2005, 16 rookie free agents have made the opening-day roster under Thompson, including 10 over the past three seasons ( ), tying the Packers for second most in the NFL over that span. Named to his position on Jan. 14, 2005, his second stint with the organization. Earlier served eight years with Packers ( ) as assistant director of pro personnel (1992), director of pro personnel ( ) and director of player personnel ( ). Served five seasons ( ) as the Seattle Seahawks vice president of football operations. Combining the drafts he has run in Seattle and Green Bay, 22 of Thompson s selections have earned Pro Bowl, All-Pro or All-Rookie honors. Nine starters on Seattle s Super Bowl XL team, including league MVP RB Shaun Alexander and K Josh Brown, were drafted by the Seahawks during Thompson s tenure. Enjoyed a 10-year playing career with the Houston Oilers ( ), becoming one of the most durable players in Houston annals by playing in 146 of 147 games, missing just one contest due to injury. Originally signed by Bum Phillips as a non-drafted free agent. Was a three-year starter ( ) at linebacker and team captain ( 74) for SMU, gaining Academic All-Southwest Conference honors, graduating with a bachelor s degree in business administration, and also lettering in baseball as a senior. In 2010, the Packers posted a 10-6 mark and qualified for the postseason for the third time under Thompson. Winners of three straight playoff games on the road, Green Bay became just the second No. 6 seed (2005 Steelers) to win a Super Bowl since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in The Packers featured eight Pro Bowl selections in 2010, with five of the players being voted to the initial squad. Four of the eight players were draft picks of Thompson s and two more were signed as free agents. What made the Packers championship season in 2010 even more notable was the adversity the team faced due to injuries. Green Bay finished the year with 15 players on injured reserve, and eight of them had started at least one game on the season. Six starters from the opening-day depth chart sustained season-ending injuries in the first seven games. Because of those injuries, the roster depth that Thompson had built during his tenure came to the fore. Rookies such as T Bryan Bulaga, a first-round draft pick in 2010, and CB Sam Shields and LB Frank Zombo, both non-drafted free agents in 10, were called upon to step into prominent roles. A pair of fourth-year players, LB Desmond Bishop and S Charlie Peprah, moved into the starting lineup and became key cogs on defense after contributing primarily on special teams earlier in their careers. RB James Starks, a sixth-round pick in 2010 ADMINISTRATION VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC.
6 FRONT OFFICE MISC REVIEW VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FREE AGENTS FIELD who was limited to just three games during the regular season because of an injury, led the NFL with 315 rushing yards in the postseason, third most in league annals by a rookie RB in the playoffs. The Packers Super Bowl XLV team was a direct reflection of the philosophy that Thompson has held true to throughout his Green Bay tenure, one that should put the franchise in good position to contend for championships on an annual basis. Since taking over as GM in 2005, Thompson has focused on rebuilding and improving the bulk of the roster, mostly through the draft. In his first four drafts from , Thompson utilized 14 trades, all but one of them down, to turn 31 picks into 43 selections, plus an extra choice in 09. In , however, his trades went in the other direction as the improved roster core allowed him to focus less on the overall quantity of picks. Those two years, Thompson traded up for specific players he had targeted in certain rounds. In 09, after selecting Raji out of Boston College with the No. 9 overall selection in the first round, Thompson traded a second-round pick and two third-round selections Nos. 41, 73 and 83 overall to New England to get another crack at a first-round talent. He moved up 15 spots to No. 26 overall and nabbed Matthews out of Southern California, while also receiving a 2009 fifth-round pick in return from the Patriots. Just like that, not only did Thompson give the Packers two first-round draft choices for the first time in 16 years, he added highly touted prospects at the two linchpin positions in the 3-4 defense a middle anchor and outside pass rusher. In addition to Matthews earning a Pro Bowl bid as a rookie, both he and Raji made the prestigious Pro Football Weekly All- Rookie team. Their success has continued in the subsequent seasons following their rookie campaigns. Matthews has earned four consecutive Pro Bowl invitations ( ) while also finishing as the runner-up to Steelers S Troy Polamalu for 2010 Defensive Player of the Year honors from The Associated Press. In 2010, Raji posted 6½ sacks, the most by an NFL nose tackle since 1990, and following the 2011 season, he earned PACKERS GENERAL MANAGERS Curly Lambeau Gene Ronzani Verne Lewellen Vince Lombardi Phil Bengtson Dan Devine Bart Starr Tom Braatz* Ron Wolf Mike Sherman Ted Thompson present * Executive Vice President/Football Operations 18 his first Pro Bowl selection. Bulaga, the No. 23 overall pick in 2010, went on to start the final 12 regular-season contests at RT as a rookie in place of injured veteran Mark Tauscher, and also opened all four playoff games. Bulaga was named to the All-Rookie team by PFW, joining Raji and Matthews as three straight first-round picks by Thompson to be honored by the publication. Since solidifying his role as a starter in 2011, Bulaga has developed into one of the best young tackles in the league. Despite coming off a world championship in 2010 and featuring one of the deepest rosters in the league, the Packers received consistent contributions from Thompson s 2011 draft class in their rookie seasons. Second-round pick WR Randall Cobb made an immediate impact in his pro debut vs. New Orleans with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that matched the NFL record. He finished the season ranked No. 2 in the NFL (No. 1 among rookies) with a 27.7-yard kickoff return average and No. 7 in the league (No. 2 among rookies) with an 11.3-yard punt return average. For his efforts, Cobb was named to the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie team as the kick returner. Cobb continued to excel in 2012, setting a franchise record and ranking first in the NFL with 2,342 combined net yards. Additionally, Cobb led the team with 80 receptions and 954 receiving yards last season. Never afraid to be aggressive on draft day, Thompson was at it again during the 2012 and 2013 NFL drafts. The 2012 draft saw him trade up three times over the course of the weekend. Highlighted by first-round pick LB Nick Perry of USC and second-round pick DE Jerel Worthy of Michigan State, Thompson used the first six of the team s eight picks overall on defense. While Perry and Worthy look to rebound from injuries that ended their promising rookie campaigns, second-round pick CB Casey Hayward produced one of the finest seasons by a rookie in team history. Hayward s six interceptions led the team and were tied for fifth in the NFL, en route to him becoming the first Packers cornerback to be named to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie Team (since 1974). Combining the drafts he has run in Seattle and Green Bay, 22 of Thompson s selections have earned Pro Bowl, All-Pro or All-Rookie honors. The Packers entered the 2013 draft with eight picks, but Thompson again relied on trades to finish the weekend with 11 selections. In all, Thompson made four trades, including three down, to produce the 2013 draft class. The first round saw the Packers draft a defender out of the state of California for the second year in a row in UCLA DE Datone Jones. However, by the end of the weekend, Thompson had also injected some youth into the offense by selecting two high-profile running backs in Eddie Lacy of Alabama and Johnathan Franklin, also of UCLA. In addition to building through the draft, Thompson has developed his roster through the signing of undrafted free agents. Since 2005, 16 rookie free agents have made the opening-day roster under Thompson. More impressively, 10 non-drafted rookies have made the opening-day roster in the past three seasons ( ), tying the Packers for second most in the NFL over that span. Thompson followed in the footsteps of his mentor, Ron Wolf, in becoming Green Bay s GM, and in 2008 he joined Wolf in becoming only the second person in the history of the organization to be recognized as the best in his field in a vote of his peers as the NFL Executive of the Year by Sporting News. He further cemented his reputation in the NFL by winning the award for a second time following the Packers record-setting 2011 season. Preceding his first award, Thompson left an undeniable stamp on the Packers successful 2007 season. In just his third campaign as GM, he assembled a roster that was the youngest yet one of the most talented in the NFL, and the Packers went 13-3, won the NFC North Division title, and
7 advanced to the NFC Championship Game for the first time in a decade. I m honored to receive this award on behalf of the Green Bay Packers, the humble Thompson said in We view this as a team honor and feel the coaches, players and staff should all be very proud of the job they ve done in helping this franchise succeed. The prestigious award acknowledged Thompson for his diligence and success as the team came within an overtime field goal of advancing to the Super Bowl. But it also served as recognition for Thompson s overall body of work since taking his current position in One of the biggest additions to the playoff-bound team came from a key trade. Thompson acquired RB Ryan Grant from the New York Giants at the end of training camp for a sixth-round draft choice, adding the former Notre Dame standout to a crowded but banged-up backfield. Grant eventually took over as the feature back midway through the season and proceeded to rush for nearly 1,000 yards, adding 201 yards and three TDs in the NFC Divisional playoff victory over Seattle, both Green Bay postseason records. He went on to add back-to-back 1,200-yard campaigns in Surprising many with the hiring of Mike McCarthy as head coach in January 2006, Thompson embarked on turning around a 4-12 team beset by injuries and salary-cap concerns in his first season. The improvement to an 8-8 mark in 2006, followed by the playoff run in 2007, netted McCarthy the Motorola NFL Coach of the Year award and placed both Thompson and his chief hire at the top of their professions. Thompson s career as a football executive came full circle on Jan. 14, That day, former Green Bay Packers CEO Bob Harlan gave him full authority over all aspects of football operations for the storied franchise. In becoming the 10th general manager in club history, Thompson rejoined the team with which he received his start under Wolf in After working for the legendary general manager through the 1999 season, Thompson spent five years as vice president of football operations for the Seattle Seahawks. It s almost a dream come true-type job, Thompson said. You think about, when you re a young kid, some of the things you d like to do when you grow up and you think maybe manager of the New York Yankees or maybe the general manager of the Green Bay Packers. So it s a thrill, it s an honor. For Harlan, the selection of Thompson to lead Green Bay s football fortunes was an easy choice, and Thompson has validated that confidence in his selection by successfully remaking the roster into one he and the organization believe is built for long-term success. I feel Ted is a perfect fit for the Packers, Harlan said, introducing Thompson in He is a respected National Football League veteran who is a proven talent evaluator and an efficient administrator. He knows the people in our personnel department and he is familiar with how we run our football operation. He embraces the Packers championship tradition, and he was very anxious to have the opportunity to return to Green Bay. Now in his 32nd NFL season, including 10 years as a player, Thompson knows and respects the position the Packers hold in the hearts of the fans, and around the league. The history and tradition of this place is unrivaled in professional sports, Thompson said. I understand the passion the people here have for their team. Ron (Wolf) told me this is the best job in the National Football League. I never forgot that. The 60-year-old Thompson not only joined an organization with which he was familiar, but also oversees a respected staff that includes Eliot Wolf, director of pro personnel, Brian Gutekunst, director of college scouting, and Alonzo Highsmith, senior personnel executive. Former Thompson staffers include current Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, Raiders director-college scouting Shaun Herock and Seattle Seahawks executive vice president/ general manager John Schneider. Almost immediately upon taking over, Thompson made a crucial choice for the long-term benefit of the club. In the 2005 NFL Draft, Rodgers had been projected as high as the No. 1 overall pick, but he wasn t taken there and ended up sliding all the way down to the Packers at No. 24. One year later, Thompson handed Rodgers to an accomplished quarterback mentor in McCarthy to mold him into the team s signal caller of the future. In , following the retirement and subsequent trade of Brett Favre, Rodgers became the first quarterback in league history to eclipse 4,000 yards passing in each of his first two seasons as a starter. Rodgers surpassed the 4,000-yard mark again in 2011 and 2012 and has posted 21,332 passing yards the past five seasons. That total ranks first in NFL history for the most passing yards by a QB in his first five seasons as a starter, surpassing the previous mark held by Peyton Manning (20,618, ). Rodgers career passer rating of ranks No. 1 in NFL history, and his passer rating in 2011 set a single-season NFL record, topping Manning s mark in Additionally, Rodgers 1.73 career interception percentage is tops in NFL history. Although Thompson prefers to shift the spotlight in another direction, his fingerprints were also all over the Seahawks road to Super Bowl XL during the 2005 season. NFL MVP Shaun Alexander, Thompson s first draft pick in Seattle, in 2000, captured the 2005 league rushing title and established a then-single-season NFL record with 28 touchdowns. Nine of Seattle s Super Bowl starters, as well as K Josh Brown, were drafted by Thompson. That list included G Steve Hutchinson, a Pro Bowler in seven of his 12 NFL seasons. Seattle could ve gone in another direction in the 2000 draft. With perennial 1,000-yard rusher Ricky Watters on the roster, the club didn t need a running back in the first round. But with the Seahawks on the clock holding the 19th overall choice, Alexander was the best player available. One year later, in the 2001 draft, Thompson wanted Hutchinson in a similar situation. You have to do what you think is best for the organization, Thompson said before the 2006 draft, when he chose LB A.J. Hawk with the fifth overall selection. A draft is an investment ADMINISTRATION FRONT OFFICE VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW DRAFT PICKS BY SCHOOL, A breakdown of the 87 draft picks under Ted Thompson and the personnel staff since BCS schools are those colleges and universities that currently compete in the Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences. BCS: 60 Iowa 4, Colorado 3, Louisville 3, Texas A&M 3, UCLA 3, Boston College 2, California 2, Louisiana State 2, Michigan State 2, Mississippi State 2, Southern California 2, Texas Christian 2, Virginia Tech 2, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest Non-BCS: 27 Boise State 2, San Diego State 2, Albany, Appalachian State, Bethune-Cookman, Brigham Young, Buffalo, Central Florida, Cornell, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Furman, Grand Valley State, Hawaii, Illinois State, Maine, Missouri Southern State, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Carolina A&T, Northwest Missouri State, San Jose State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Western Michigan FIELD MISC. 19
8 FRONT OFFICE MISC REVIEW VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FREE AGENTS FIELD in a player that s going to be here for a number of years. Thompson s philosophy on building a successful team relies heavily on drafted players as a foundation. In today s NFL, teams can t win consistently with free agency as their primary tool. And in building through the draft, the Packers place a premium on character. But despite how much value he places on the draft, Thompson also will use the free-agent market as another tool to build the roster. In Green Bay, he has brought in players like Woodson and DT Ryan Pickett, among others, to either take over starting jobs or provide valuable, experienced depth at their positions. I think free agency is a very interesting tool to use to help you patch some holes and do some things, said Thompson, who signed five unrestricted free agents in 2006, the Packers most since There s no reluctance on our part. We do try to make certain that what we do is not just fantasy football. We re investing in a player that s got to come in and play a particular role. If we don t think that player can perform to that contract, then it doesn t make sense for us to do it just to say, Look what we ve spent. In Green Bay annals, Thompson is only the fourth general manager to serve exclusively from the front office, joining Verne Lewellen ( ), Vince Lombardi (1968) and Wolf ( ). The low-profile Thompson has a proven track record as an evaluator. Overseeing Seattle s draft board from 2000 through 04, Thompson provided the Seahawks a solid foundation which they used to make three straight playoff appearances ( ). His 2003 draft saw Thompson land three players Brown, CB Marcus Trufant and S Ken Hamlin who not only made immediate front-line contributions as rookies, but who also became cornerstone players for years to come. Just one year later, those three were instrumental in Seattle s 2004 NFC West championship. In the Seahawks playoff game that year, 11 of 22 starters were acquired through Thompson s drafts. In his first two Green Bay drafts, Thompson selected S Nick Collins in 2005 and Hawk, Jennings and G Daryn Colledge in All four were named to the PFW All-Rookie Team. In 07, he drafted K Mason Crosby, whose 762 career points from are the most in NFL history by a player in his first six seasons. Prior to 2009, Thompson selected 43 players in his first four drafts as GM, signaling the rebuilding of the roster core that had seen only 27 draft picks in the four years ( ) before Thompson returned to Green Bay. As a result, offseason competition for positions on Green Bay s 53-man roster has been fierce since Thompson took over, and should only become more intense in training camp in The goal is to improve the team s play through competition, just as it was when Bum Phillips annually brought in younger talent to try to take Thompson s job during the former linebacker s 10-year playing career with the Houston Oilers. A former Oilers teammate, Mike Reinfeldt, helped to launch Thompson s second football career. In 1992, Reinfeldt, then the Packers vice president of administration, recommended that Wolf take a look at Thompson as a potential pro scout for his staff. Wolf subsequently brought Thompson in to audition as a personnel evaluator, and Thompson always has felt he learned a lot from Wolf. He taught me passion, he taught me work ethic, he taught me believing in yourself, to have confidence, to write down what you see, not what other people see, and to trust yourself. During his first tenure in Green Bay, Thompson was instrumental in providing talent that produced an record (.648), six straight playoff berths, two Super Bowl appearances and the 1996 world championship. With his help, the team acquired free agents Reggie White, Sean Jones, Don Beebe, Santana Dotson and Desmond Howard. Through the draft, Green Bay added Darren Sharper, Vonnie Holliday and Donald Driver, one of the franchise s lowestdrafted Pro Bowlers. A possessor of strong football credentials and keen knowledge of the game gleaned from his decade-long playing career, Thompson credits Wolf with deepening his understanding of the scouting process and cites his experience in Seattle working with Mike Holmgren as very valuable in terms of his growth as a football person, running an organization and making decisions that affect the team in the present and in the future. A versatile linebacker during his 10-year NFL playing career with the Oilers ( ), Thompson also was one of the most durable players in team annals, missing just one of 147 contests due to injury. He started eight games over the course of his career and also played in seven postseason contests ( ), with the Oilers going 4-3 in those games, losing the AFC Championship to the Steelers in both 1978 and 79. He originally was signed by Phillips as a non-drafted free agent. Thompson s Oilers teammates included Pro Football Hall of Famers Earl Campbell, Mike Munchak, Elvin Bethea, Warren Moon and Bruce Matthews (current Packer Clay s uncle). Thompson also served as a reserve kicker and converted all four PATs he attempted in an emergency situation vs. the New York Jets in a 1981 contest. Collegiately, Thompson was a three-year starter ( ) at linebacker and team captain ( 74) for SMU. As a sophomore, he played under head coach Hayden Fry, and Phillips, his eventual pro coach, was defensive coordinator. He also served as the team s placekicker as a senior. Following his football career, in the spring of 75, he lettered as an outfielder for the Mustangs baseball team. Thompson gained Academic All- Southwest Conference honors and graduated with a bachelor s degree in business administration. Born Jan. 17, 1953, in Atlanta, Texas, Thompson was an all-region player at the city s high school, lining up at running back, linebacker and placekicker. He also lettered in basketball, baseball, track and golf. He is single and enjoys an occasional round of golf in times of leisure.
9 RUSS BALL VICE PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL ADMINISTRATION/ PLAYER FINANCE FRONT OFFICE Russ Ball, entering his 25th season in the NFL, begins his sixth season in Green Bay as the organization s vice president of football administration/player finance. Named to the position on Feb. 13, 2008, Ball brings a vast array of experience to the Packers front office and is highly involved in all team decisions both on and off the playing field. He is responsible for negotiating player contracts and managing the salary cap, in addition to the daily supervision of football-administration departments including athletic training, equipment, video, corporate travel, player development, family programs and public relations. The first thing that needs to be said is that Russ Ball is a good man, said Ted Thompson, Packers Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations. He is a tremendous help to all of us here with the Packers, and his influence is felt throughout the organization. He does a lot of valuable work that often goes unnoticed by many. Russ is also a steady hand and a valued friend that we all come to for advice. He represents the Packers proudly, and we are fortunate to have him with us. Before coming to Green Bay, Ball spent six seasons ( ) with the New Orleans Saints, the final two as vice president of football administration and the first four as senior football administrator. His responsibilities with the Saints included monitoring the salary cap, contract negotiations and roster management, as well as maintaining the team s compliance with NFL and Management Council regulations. Ball also coordinated different areas of the football operations, and was involved in several other administrative functions with the club. During his time in New Orleans, Ball also served in a similar capacity with the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League from He was selected by the Saints to attend the 2005 NFL Managers Program at Stanford University s Executive Education Graduate School of Business. AT A GLANCE Joined the Packers organization as vice president of football administration/player finance on Feb. 13, Entering his 25th season in the NFL, having previously worked for the New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs. Was selected by the Saints to attend the 2005 NFL Managers Program at Stanford University s Executive Education Graduate School of Business. Began his NFL career with the Chiefs in 1989 as assistant strength and conditioning coach. Ball, 54, spent the 2001 season as director of football administration for the Washington Redskins, where his duties included managing the salary cap as well as team operations, as he oversaw the video, athletic training, equipment, strength and conditioning and player development departments. Ball served as senior football administrator for the Minnesota Vikings from , where he assisted with salary-cap management and player contracts. He began working in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and spent 10 seasons ( ) there, the final two in football operations as administrative assistant to then-head coach Marty Schottenheimer. Ball began his career with the Chiefs as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. A 1981 graduate of the University of Central Missouri, Ball was a four-year letterman at center for the Mules. He served as head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Missouri from and earned his master s degree in human performance from Missouri in Ball was born Aug. 28, 1959, in Moberly, Mo. He and his wife, Diana, reside in Green Bay and have two children, Joe, 27, and Andrea, 15. Away from work, Ball enjoys spending time with his family. ADMINISTRATION VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW RIDING BIKES TO PRACTICE No one is sure exactly when it started, but Packers players have been riding kids bikes to training-camp practice for more than half a century. The tradition is believed to have originated in 1961, when the Packers constructed a new administration building on the stadium s north concourse. Vince Lombardi was the first coach to ask his players to ride bikes to practice, in an effort to further the Packers unique relationship with their fans. FIELD MISC. 21
10 FRONT OFFICE PAUL BANIEL VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION MISC REVIEW VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FREE AGENTS FIELD Paul Baniel is in his fifth year heading up the Green Bay Packers financial operations and is in his second year serving as vice president of administration for the organization. In addition to leading the daily operation of the club s finance, facility and information technology departments, Baniel represents the Packers at the NFL level on economic issues and leads strategic initiatives of the organization. He is integrally involved in Lambeau Field s $286.5 million expansion project, drawing on his experience with major projects with the Milwaukee Brewers and Potawatomi Bingo Casino while in leadership roles in those organizations. Baniel, a certified public accountant, also oversees the audit process and works closely with the organization s treasurer, the Board of Directors audit and investment committees, and the stadium district. Paul is a valuable member of our senior staff, said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. His experience in professional sports has been an important asset to the organization as both the team and the league have worked through some challenging economic times. We appreciate his strong leadership within the organization and the impact he has on our development efforts in and around Lambeau Field. Baniel (pronounced BAN-yel), who joined the Packers on July 30, 2009, moved to Green Bay from Milwaukee, where he had spent more than six years ( ) as the chief financial officer of Potawatomi Bingo Casino. At Potawatomi, he helped lead the planning and construction of a $240 million expansion of the facility, which opened in Prior to that, Baniel worked 16 years for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1986 through He served as the team s vice president of finance as well as treasurer and secretary for the final seven years of his tenure ( ), coordinating the financing for the construction of Miller Park. OVERTIME PROCEDURES MODIFIED SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME For the 2010 postseason, the NFL installed a modified sudden death system to determine the winner when the score is tied at the end of regulation. Beginning in 2012, the system has been expanded to cover all NFL games, including regular-season and preseason games. Modified sudden death guarantees each team a possession or the opportunity to possess, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Possession: Actual possession of the ball with complete control. The defense gains possession when it catches, intercepts, or recovers a loose ball. Opportunity to possess: The opportunity to possess occurs only during kicking plays. A kickoff is an opportunity to possess for the receiving team. If the kicking team legally recovers the kick, the receiving team is considered to have had its opportunity. A punt or a field goal that crosses the line of scrimmage and is muffed by the receiving team is considered to be an opportunity to possess for the receivers. Normal touching rules by the kicking team apply. REGULAR SEASON At the end of regulation time the Referee will immediately toss coin at center of field in accordance with rules pertaining to the usual pregame toss. The captain of the visiting team will call the toss prior to the coin being flipped. Following a three-minute intermission after the end of the AT A GLANCE Last name is pronounced BAN-yel. Joined the Packers as vice president of finance in August 2009; named vice president of finance and administration in July Beginning his 27th year in the sports and entertainment industry, including 16 years with the Milwaukee Brewers and six years with Potawatomi Bingo Casino. A CPA, received his accounting degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Baniel, 51, also worked for three years ( ) at the Milwaukee office of Price Waterhouse, a national public accounting firm, before joining the Brewers. A Milwaukee native, Baniel graduated from Hamilton High School in nearby Sussex and earned his accounting degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in He earned his CPA certification that same year and is a member of several financial and accounting organizations, including Financial Executives International, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Institute of Management Accountants. In the community, he is a board member and chairman of Special Olympics Wisconsin and a board member of New North. Baniel was born Nov. 10, He and his wife, Nancy, have four children: son Nick, 23, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a current MBA student at the school, and three daughters Claire, 20, a junior at Michigan State University; Mary, 19, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota; and Abby, 17. In his spare time, Baniel enjoys music, traveling, golf, bicycling, rappelling (Special Olympics Lambeau Leap!) and spending time with friends and family. regulation game, play will continue for one 15-minute period or until there is a score. Each team has two timeouts. General timing provisions that apply for the fourth quarter will prevail. Try is not attempted if touchdown scored. Disqualified players are not allowed to return. If the score is tied at the end of the 15-minute overtime period, the game shall result in a tie. Instant Replay: No challenges. Reviews to be initiated by the replay assistant. POSTSEASON At the end of regulation time the Referee will immediately toss coin at center of field in accordance with rules pertaining to the usual pregame toss. The captain of the visiting team will call the toss prior to the coin being flipped. Following a three-minute intermission after the end of the regulation game, play will be continued in 15-minute periods until a winner is declared. Each team must possess or have the opportunity to possess the ball unless the team that has the ball first scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Play continues in sudden death until a winner is determined, and the game automatically ends upon any score (by safety, field goal, or touchdown) or when a score is awarded by the Referee for a palpably unfair act. Each team has three timeouts per half and all general timing provisions apply as during a regular game. Try is not attempted if touchdown scored. Disqualified players are not allowed to return. Instant Replay: No challenges. 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11 TIM CONNOLLY VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING FRONT OFFICE Tim Connolly, possessor of significant experience in sales and marketing, including a combined 16 years with three NFL teams prior to coming to Green Bay, is in his fourth year as the Packers vice president of sales and marketing. Connolly, who joined the team on May 10, 2010, provides strategic leadership for the organization s overall marketing efforts and spearheads the Packers revenue-generating operations that include marketing and sponsorships, retail operations, ticketing, restaurants, concessions, and premium sales and guest services. Connolly, who joined the team on May 10, 2010, provides strategic leadership for the organization s overall marketing efforts and spearheads the Packers revenue-generating operations. This includes marketing and sponsorships, retail operations, ticketing, food and beverage operations, premium seating sales and service, Packers Hall of Fame and Stadium Tours, Packers Media Group, and stadium services. These areas have enjoyed significant revenue increases year over year during Connolly s tenure. Tim s leadership has been very beneficial to the Packers, said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. He has a wealth of knowledge of the NFL with his vast experience and understanding of the league s marketing operations, and is highly respected within the league. His understanding of the rich history of the organization and what the Packers unique brand represents to our fans and to our partners is a great benefit in helping us enhance our fans experiences with the team. Among Connolly s initiatives with the club has been the development of the Packers Media Group, the team dedicated to providing Packers.com with innovative and enhanced content. The effort, which continues to evolve, has resulted in a highly engaging experience for fans and has increased visits and time spent on the team s website, resulting in the site being ranked among the NFL s best. Connolly also is intimately involved in the expansion of Lambeau Field and the renovation of the Lambeau Field Atrium, particularly with the development of the new sound system, new HD video boards, new concession-sales system, new seating areas and renovated Hall of Fame, retail and restaurant areas in the Atrium, all of which will greatly benefit the top-rated fan experience on gameday, as well as every day at the iconic stadium. AT A GLANCE Joined Packers organization as vice president of sales and marketing on May 10, Has 19 years of NFL experience, including 16 years with three teams Jacksonville ( ), Minnesota ( ) and Kansas City ( ) prior to joining Green Bay. Sales and marketing background includes significant experience and positions with IBM and Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). Native of San Diego and a graduate of George Washington University. Connolly joined the Packers from the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he spent seven years ( ), serving the final six years as senior vice president for business development, a position that saw him direct the club s marketing operations, including ticket sales, customer service and special events, in addition to developing and sustaining new branding and business opportunities. He initially joined the club as vice president of development in 2003 and was responsible for the Jaguars Super Bowl XXXIX project, an effort to help fund the capital improvements to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for the 2005 Super Bowl. Prior to his work in Jacksonville, Connolly s other NFL experience included two years with the Minnesota Vikings ( , executive vice president and general manager) and seven years with the Kansas City Chiefs ( , executive vice president and chief operating officer). With each team, Connolly s work greatly enhanced stadium revenues and delivered significant gains in the number of season-ticket holders. Connolly began his business career with the IBM Corporation and frequently was recognized as a top sales performer and manager. In January 1986 he was named president and CEO of Bell Atlantic s Cellular Phone Company, and in 1987, Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) became the first major cellular company in the world to achieve profitability. The George Washington University graduate has been very active in the community through work on several boards, including the Ronald McDonald House (Jacksonville and Washington, D.C.) and the Governor s Small Business Advisory Board (New Jersey). Connolly, a San Diego native, has three grown children. He and his wife, Nyunok, live in Green Bay. ADMINISTRATION VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW THE GREEN BAY PACKERS BRAND Created in 2007, the Turnkey Team Brand Index serves as the first-ever brand report card of all professional sports teams throughout the four major sports. It aims to better understand team brands, including their strengths and weaknesses as well as the attributes most closely associated with the team. Results are based upon fan polls in a team s home market. After finishing 10th in 2007, the Green Bay Packers took the top overall spot in the 2008 standings, finishing ahead of the Boston Red Sox (second) and Pittsburgh Steelers (third). The Packers finished second in the out-of-market rankings behind the New York Yankees, indicating the strength of the Packers brand across the country. FIELD MISC. 23
12 FRONT OFFICE ED POLICY VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL MISC REVIEW VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FREE AGENTS FIELD Ed Policy, an attorney with significant sports experience, is in his second year as the Green Bay Packers vice president and general counsel. Policy, who started with the Packers Aug. 1, 2012, has an extensive background that includes work in professional football with the Arena Football League and NFL, and brand legal experience with litigation, sports labor relations, sports facility construction and commercial real estate. Ed has been a great addition to the organization, Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said. His legal experience in sports and real estate, along with his knowledge of the NFL, has served the Packers very well. Ed s diverse skills are a great asset not only to help lead our development efforts around Lambeau Field, but also to be integrally involved in the club s overall continued success. In addition to directing the corporation s legal affairs, Policy has a leadership role in the organization s development efforts in the area surrounding Lambeau Field and represents the Packers at the NFL level on legal matters. He also oversees the club s community outreach, human resources, public affairs, shareholder relations and security departments. Policy s professional sports experience includes nine years ( ) with the Arena Football League, including a period ( ) in which he served as commissioner, president and CEO. He also served as deputy commissioner and president ( ), chief operating officer ( ) and executive vice president strategic league development and legal affairs ( ). During his tenure with the league, he oversaw all business and operations of the AFL, including strategic development, legal affairs, sales, finance, marketing, broadcasting, digital media, football operations, labor relations, events and human resources. Policy also served as an executive consultant with the NFL ( ), a position in which he advised and assisted NFL senior management in strategic and development matters and also worked with senior executives on special projects within various business areas. Before joining the Packers, the 42-year-old Policy served as president of a fully funded startup company that is developing a sports media and entertainment property. He had served in that role since September PLANE PIONEERS The Packers in 1940 became the first NFL team to fly to a road game. Fearing an air disaster would wipe out the entire team, the NFL forced the Packers to split the squad, and fly on two DC-3 s (at right, Coach Curly Lambeau posed with half his team and their plane at Austin Straubel Field before a road trip in the early 1940s). In those days, many fans turned out to see the humongous plane, more than the team. Players also took out life insurance policies. Al Carmichael and Howie Ferguson, for instance, each took out $50,000 policies, making each other the beneficiary. Players dined on food such as cocktail-grilled sirloin. AT A GLANCE Joined Packers organization as vice president and general counsel Aug. 1, Professional experience includes nine years in executive leadership roles with the Arena Football League, including commissioner, president and CEO, and a year as an executive consultant with the NFL. Brand legal experience includes litigation, sports labor relations, sports facility construction and commercial real estate. Three-time recipient of the SportsBusiness Journal s Forty Under 40 award in recognition of his achievements in sports business, and a member of the Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame. Native of Youngstown, Ohio, and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Stanford University Law School. Earlier in his professional career, Policy practiced law at Thompson Hine LLP in Cleveland ( ), where his work included litigation, sports labor relations, sports facility construction and commercial real estate, and also at Heller Ehrman in San Francisco ( ). He is a member of the state bars of California and Ohio, and a member of the Sports Lawyers Association. He is a three-time recipient of the SportsBusiness Journal s Forty Under 40 Award in recognition of his achievements in sports business, and a member of the Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame. A Midwestern native, Policy was born Oct. 6, 1970, and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He earned a bachelor s degree with honors in accounting with an emphasis in finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1993 and a law degree from Stanford University in In the Green Bay community, he serves on the board of directors of the Brown County United Way. He and his wife, Christy, have two sons, Carmen, 5, and Luke, 2. 24
13 ELIOT WOLF DIRECTOR OF PRO PERSONNEL FRONT OFFICE Eliot Wolf enters his 10th season with the Packers and second as the director of pro personnel after being promoted on May 23, Prior to his current role, Wolf spent the 2011 season as the team s assistant director of player personnel and the previous three seasons as assistant director of pro personnel ( ). Originally named as a pro personnel assistant on Feb. 26, 2004, by then-general Manager/Head Coach Mike Sherman, Wolf spent four seasons in that position. Currently the youngest pro personnel director in the NFL, his primary duties include scouting teams in the NFL and in-season advance scouting of upcoming Packers opponents. Wolf also is involved with college scouting during the season and is very active in the Packers draft. The son of former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, Eliot s scouting career unofficially began at age 10, when he joined his father in film sessions at Lambeau Field. He has also worked 21 consecutive Packers drafts (since 1993), and nine NFL scouting internships five with the Packers, three with the Atlanta Falcons and one with the Seattle Seahawks. Wolf has attended 21 consecutive NFL scouting combines. Those internships and prior unofficial experiences have provided significant knowledge. Wolf, for example, is familiar with the history of every NFL player, having prepared Packers details for every draft since The 31-year-old Wolf filed his first report at age 14 for the Falcons, and has provided valuable information for the Packers pro personnel department during previous internships. AT A GLANCE Named director of pro personnel on May 23, First joined Packers in 2004 as a pro personnel assistant ( ); named assistant director of pro personnel ( ) and assistant director of player personnel (2011). Currently the youngest director of pro personnel in the NFL. The son of former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, Eliot s scouting career unofficially began at age 10, when he joined his father in film sessions at Lambeau Field. Has worked 21 consecutive Packers drafts (since 1993) and 21 consecutive NFL scouting combines. Graduated from the University of Miami (Fla.) in December 2003 after just 3½ years in order to begin his NFL career before the 2004 NFL Draft. Born in Oakland, Calif., he is a 2000 high school graduate of Green Bay s Notre Dame Academy. Wolf owns a B.A. degree in creative writing from the University of Miami (Fla.), graduating in December 2003 after just 3½ years in order to begin his NFL career before the 2004 NFL Draft. At Miami, he volunteered in the football office s recruiting department. Wolf is a 2000 high school graduate of Green Bay s Notre Dame Academy. Born March 21, 1982, in Oakland, Calif., Wolf is single and resides in De Pere, Wis. He enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES AT FIELD IN 2013 In 2003, the Packers unveiled a completed renovation of Lambeau Field that included additional seating in the stadium bowl, new club seats and luxury boxes, and the construction of the Atrium and its encompassing businesses on the stadium's northeast side. The resulting revenue streams have helped the franchise remain competitive in the ever-evolving landscape of the NFL, despite competing in the league's smallest market and without traditional ownership. The renovation also helped to enhance the fan experience at the stadium, both on gamedays and with year-round attractions like stadium tours and the Packers Hall of Fame. It was in that very vein that the organization announced another, albeit less extensive, renovation project on Aug. 25, 2011, highlighted by the addition of approximately 7,000 seats in the stadium's south end. The renovation also features the addition of two new entry gates, the Bellin Health and Shopko gates, a rooftop viewing terrace The North Loft for club-seat holders on gamedays, two new high-definition Mitsubishi Diamond Vision video boards and a new sound system. The $146 million project was funded by the 2011 stock sale ($64 million), a loan from the NFL G4 program ($61 million) and a contribution from the Stadium District. In 2013, the Packers announced the second phase of the Lambeau Field renovation that began in 2011, which will focus on the Atrium. Highlights of the project, expected to be fully completed in June 2015, include a new Packers Pro Shop, located in what will be a revamped lower level of the Atrium, new locations for the Packers Hall of Fame and restaurant, a new east-side entry gate to enhance ingress and egress, and a larger Oneida Nation Gate that includes a plaza area and a more prominent connection to Oneida Street. Additionally, the players parking lot will move to the south side of the Oneida Nation Gate, with access via a tunnel under the enlarged gate. This enhancement will further open up access to the east side of the Atrium, with parking adjacent to the new east side entrance. The project will cost $140.5 million, with funding coming from the Packers through private financing ($85.5 million) and an NFL G4 program ($55 million) loan. ADMINISTRATION VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC. 25
14 FRONT OFFICE BRIAN GUTEKUNST DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE SCOUTING MISC REVIEW VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FREE AGENTS FIELD Promoted to director of college scouting on May 23, 2012, Brian Gutekunst enters his 15th season with the Green Bay Packers player personnel department. He spent his first 13 seasons with the club as a college scout in the Southeast region ( ) and two years in the East Coast region ( ). Possessor of prior professional scouting and college coaching experience upon joining Green Bay on a full-time basis late in 1998, Gutekunst gained his first NFL experience in the summer of 1995, when he assisted the coaching staff of the New Orleans Saints with the offensive line during training camp. Gutekunst s initial exposure to the Packers came in the summer of 1997, when he worked as an intern in the team s scouting department. His first full-time appointment in professional scouting was in 1998 as a scouting assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs. After one year with the Chiefs, Gutekunst returned to the Packers when he was named as a college scout for the East Coast on Dec. 30, 1998, by then-executive Vice President/General Manager Ron Wolf. The 40-year-old Gutekunst earlier had played two years of college football for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He then became an assistant coach for the team during his final two years at the school ( ) after a shoulder injury cut short his playing career. Serving as a linebackers coach during the 1995 season, he helped the school to the Division III national championship as the Eagles finished with an unblemished record of Gutekunst majored in sports management. THE LEAP Defensive back LeRoy Butler s spontaneous gesture after scoring a 1993 touchdown has turned into the team s most prominent modern tradition, emulated by many other NFL players. It also symbolizes the team s unique relationship with its fans. No doubt, the initial Lambeau Leap will go down as one of the most memorable moments of Butler s 12-year career. Butler s leap took place late in a frigid game vs. the Los Angeles Raiders, Dec. 26, 1993, at Lambeau Field. The touchdown gave the Packers a commanding fourth-quarter lead, en route to a 28-0 shutout that clinched a playoff berth, their first of six consecutive postseason trips. Chronology of the play: QB Vince Evans completes seconddown swing pass to RB Randy Jordan, who takes ball to Raiders 40-yard line. Butler forces fumble, recovered by Reggie White at Raiders 35. White returns ball 10 yards before lateraling to Butler, who covers the remaining 25 yards into the end zone and leaps into arms of fans in south bleachers. AT A GLANCE Named director of college scouting on May 23, First joined the Packers in 1997 as a scouting intern before being hired full-time in December 1998 as the East Coast scout; spent one year as a scouting assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs in Played two years of college football for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He then became an assistant coach for the team during his final two years at the school ( ) after a shoulder injury cut short his playing career. Recently retired, his father, John, was the head coach at the University of Minnesota from , taking over the reins of the Golden Gophers program when Lou Holtz left to assume the head-coaching position at Notre Dame. His father, John, recently retired after spending two seasons as the secondary coach at Columbia University. The elder Gutekunst previously was the head coach at the University of Minnesota from , taking over the reins of the Golden Gophers program when Lou Holtz left to assume the head-coaching position at Notre Dame. Gutekunst was born July 19, 1973, in Raleigh, N.C. He and his wife, Jen, reside in Green Bay with their daughters, Marley, 8, Joie, 7, Kacey, 2, and son, Michael, 4. In his spare time, Gutekunst enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time at the beach. 26
15 ALONZO HIGHSMITH SENIOR PERSONNEL EXECUTIVE FRONT OFFICE An NFL player for six seasons, Alonzo Highsmith enters his 15th year with the Green Bay Packers personnel department. He was promoted to senior personnel executive in May 2012 after 13 years on the Packers college scouting staff, where he maintained primary responsibility for the Southwest region. First named as a college scout by then-executive Vice President/General Manager Ron Wolf on Feb. 1, 1999, Highsmith originally had entered the professional ranks as the third overall pick in the 1987 NFL Draft by the then- Houston Oilers, behind only college teammate Vinny Testaverde (Tampa Bay) and Cornelius Bennett (Indianapolis). The 48-year-old Highsmith began his pro career by playing three seasons in Houston ( ), starting 40 straight games with the Oilers. Following offseason knee surgery, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys prior to the 1990 campaign. He was with Dallas for 1½ seasons before being waived by the Cowboys on Oct. 4, Claimed by Tampa Bay, Highsmith spent the remainder of his pro career with the Buccaneers. Due to a series of knee injuries, he retired from the NFL at the end of the 1992 season. Highsmith s NFL totals include 65 games played, 283 rushing attempts for 1,195 yards (4.2 avg.) and seven touchdowns. He also made 42 receptions for 428 yards (10.2 avg.) and three TDs during the course of his pro career. After the conclusion of Highsmith s NFL career in 1992, he turned his sights to boxing. As a professional boxer, he competed as a heavyweight across the country, compiling a career record over a four-year period. Earlier a four-time letterman ( ) for the University of Miami (Fla.), Highsmith was a member of the 1983 Hurricanes squad that captured the collegiate national championship with a triumph over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. As a sophomore in 1984, he led Miami in rushing with 906 yards on 146 carries (6.2 avg.), and repeated that feat during his senior season, gaining 442 yards on 105 attempts (4.2 avg.). Highsmith graduated in 1987 with a degree in business administration. AT A GLANCE Named senior personnel executive on May 23, First joined Packers in 1999 as a college scout. The third overall pick in the 1987 NFL Draft from Miami (Fla.), he enjoyed six seasons in the NFL with the then-houston Oilers ( ), Dallas Cowboys ( ) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( ). Was a member of the 1983 Hurricanes squad that captured the collegiate national championship with a triumph over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Spent four years as a professional heavyweight boxer after retiring from the NFL. Highsmith was the 1982 Florida high school Defensive Player of the Year as a linebacker at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, where he was a teammate of former Alabama head coach and current Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula. A three-time letterwinner for the school s basketball team as a guard, Highsmith also competed in the 100- and 200-meter races in track for three years. Highsmith was born Feb. 26, 1965, in Bartow, Fla. He and his wife, Denise, are the parents of three children, Alonzo, 23, A.J., 22, and Jordan, 19. Highsmith has two other children, Jasmine, 27, and Brandon, 25. Brandon (Thermilus) played collegiately as a running back at the University at Buffalo, Alonzo just finished his playing career as a linebacker at the University of Arkansas, A.J. is a senior defensive back at the University of Miami and Jordan is a sophomore track and field student-athlete at Oklahoma State. Highsmith resides in Missouri City, Texas, and enjoys playing golf in his spare time. ADMINISTRATION VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW LOWEST-DRAFTED PACKERS PRO BOWLERS, Drafted Player Pro Bowls 1973 (12, 308) Larry McCarren 2 ( ) 1987 (10, 255) Don Majkowski 1 (1989) 2004 (7, 251) Scott Wells 1 (2011) 1999 (7b, 213) Donald Driver 4 (2002, 06-07, 10) 1997 (6, 208) Marco Rivera 3 ( ) 1956 (17, 200) Bart Starr 4 ( , 66) 1939 (20, 189) Charles Schultz 1 (1939) 1995 (5b, 170) Travis Jervey 1 (1997) 1939 (18, 169) Frank Balasz 1 (1939) 1990 (6, 159) Bryce Paup 1 (1994) 1992 (6, 157) Mark Chmura 3 (1995, 97-98) 2002 (5a, 156) Aaron Kampman 2 ( ) 2000 (5a, 149) Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila 1 (2003) 1994 (5b, 149) Dorsey Levens 1 (1997) NON-DRAFTED FREE AGENT PACKERS PRO BOWLERS Name Pro Bowls Signed Arnie Herber 1 (1939) 1930 Hank Bruder 1 (1939) 1931 Milt Gantenbein 1 (1939) 1931 Clarke Hinkle 3 ( ) 1932 Buckets Goldenberg 1 (1939) 1933 Joe Laws 1 (1939) 1934 Don Hutson 4 ( ) 1935 Carl Mulleneaux 2 ( ) 1938 Willie Wood 7 (1962, 64-67, 69-70) 1960 Bob Brown 1 (1972) 1966 Paul Coffman 3 ( ) 1978 Includes players drafted or signed by Green Bay FIELD MISC. 27
16 FRONT OFFICE GREEN BAY PACKERS, INC. MISC REVIEW VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FREE AGENTS FIELD The seven-member Executive Committee of the Green Bay Packers presently is composed of: (back row) Larry L. Weyers, Vice President and Lead Director; Edward N. Martin, Member; Mark H. Murphy, President; Daniel T. Ariens, Secretary; John F. Bergstrom, Member; (front row) Mark J. McMullen, Treasurer; and Thomas L. Olson, Member. Now in their 95th season of professional football (their 93rd in the National Football League), the Green Bay Packers are a team and an organization unique in both structure and accomplishment. They represent from an organizational standpoint the only publicly owned franchise in the 32-team NFL. On the field, they have won more world championships 13 than any other team in the league s history. Green Bay Packers, Inc., was founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1922 under the leadership of A.B. Turnbull, thenpublisher of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, who became the organization s first president. There are 5,014,545 shares of stock owned by 364,114 stockholders. The corporation is governed by a seven-member Executive Committee, elected from a board of directors. The committee directs corporate management, approves major capital expenditures, establishes broad policy and monitors management s performance in conducting the business and affairs of the corporation. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Daniel T. Ariens Thomas D. Arndt John F. Bergstrom Ave M. Bie Thomas J. Cardella Richard J. Chernick Casey Cuene Valerie Daniels-Carter Ricardo Diaz Craig S. Dickman Andrew E. Farah Susan M. Finco Beverly A. French Terrence R. Fulwiler Gerald L. Ganoni DIRECTORS EMERITUS Terry J. Bogart John E. Broeren Robert C. Buchanan Robert G. Bush James M. Christensen Virgis W. Colbert Willie D. Davis Richard Dougherty Warren H. Dunn John J. Fabry Robert C. Gallagher Dr. Donald F. Harden Johnnie L. Gray Jeffrey A. Joerres George F. Kerwin David Kohler William F. Kress Thomas G. Kunkel Charles R. Lieb Donald J. Long Jr. Thomas J. Lutsey John N. MacDonough Edward N. Martin Michael J. McClone Mark J. McMullen John C. Meng Mark H. Murphy Robert E. Harlan George F. Hartmann Philip J. Hendrickson Rosemary Hinkfuss Thomas J. Hinz James F. Kress Bernard S. Kubale Carl W. Kuehne C. Patricia LaViolette Theodore M. Leicht Dr. Thomas A. Manion Stewart C. Mills Jr. Thomas M. Olejniczak Thomas L. Olson Michael R. Reese Gary M. Rotherham Diane L. Roundy Michael D. Simmer Mark D. Skogen John L. Skoug Albert L. Toon Jr. Mike L. Weller Larry L. Weyers Michael A. Wier Hon. John P. Zakowski Hon. Robert J. Parins Peter M. Platten III Herman J. Reckelberg Pat Richter Leo J. Scherer Paul J. Schierl Allan H. Bud Selig George J. Stathas K.C. Stock Edward A. Thompson John R. Underwood Hon. Donald R. Zuidmulder 28
17 When Mike McCarthy was named head coach of the Green Bay Packers in January 2006, he said the goal for the franchise would be to win a Super Bowl, and that would never change. In 2010, McCarthy led the Packers back to the pinnacle of the sport, joining Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches in team history to lead the Packers to a Super Bowl title, with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. The path to that world championship was not an easy one as McCarthy joined Pittsburgh s Bill Cowher (2005) as the only Super Bowl-winning coaches to lead their respective teams to three road victories as the No. 6 seed in the playoffs en route to a title. Since taking over as head coach in 06, McCarthy has an overall record (.656), including a 6-4 mark (.600) in the postseason. Entering 2013, his overall winning percentage ranks third among current NFL head coaches (min. 50 games). The past four seasons ( ) under McCarthy mark one of the most successful stretches in team history as Green Bay posted a record (.722), including the playoffs. Green Bay s 47 regular-season victories from rank No. 2 in the NFL behind only New England (49), and are the second most by the Packers over a four-year span, trailing only the 48 victories from While the Packers ultimately fell short of the Super Bowl the past two seasons, McCarthy s team was still one of the best in the NFL. Green Bay captured back-to-back division titles in for the first time since it won three straight from The 2012 season also marked the Packers fourth straight playoff appearance and fifth in the last six seasons, the only NFC team to accomplish those feats. In 2011, McCarthy led Green Bay to a franchise-best 15 regularseason wins, as the Packers became just the sixth team in NFL history to reach that mark in the regular season. The Packers began the 11 campaign reeling off 13 consecutive wins, easily eclipsing the previous franchise record of 10-0 starts in 1929 and Dating back to Week 16 of the 2010 season, and including the playoffs, Green Bay won 19 consecutive games before suffering its lone regular-season defeat at Kansas City in Week 15. Covering a span of 364 days, the 19-game winning streak was the longest in franchise history and was the second-longest winning streak in NFL history (including playoffs) behind only the New England Patriots (21 games). Perhaps most impressively, the Packers never trailed in the fourth quarter during their streak. The Packers 2011 regular-season success culminated with their second NFC North title under McCarthy and first since Green Bay s 6-0 mark in the division marked the first time in team history that the Packers posted an undefeated record in their division since the NFL went to the divisional format in Green Bay also became the first team since the 1987 Chicago Bears to sweep the NFC North/Central. Additionally, Green Bay earned the NFC s No. 1 seed for the first time since 1996 and finished with a perfect 8-0 record at Lambeau Field for the first time since McCarthy was runner-up in Coach of the Year voting by The Associated Press and saw seven of his players earn Pro Bowl nods following the 2011 campaign, the most the Packers had voted to the all-star game since McCarthy guided the Packers to a 10-6 campaign in 2010, highlighted by seven wins in the final 10 games. What made the Packers championship season even more impressive was the adversity the team faced due to injuries. Green Bay finished the year with 15 players on injured reserve, and eight of them had started at least one game during the season. Six starters from the opening-day depth chart sustained season-ending injuries in the first seven games. The Packers became just the third 10-6 team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl, and their six losses on the season came by a MIKE MCCARTHY HEAD COACH 21st NFL Season Ninth Packers Season Eighth as Head Coach AT A GLANCE Named the Packers 14th head coach on Jan. 12, Joined Pittsburgh s Bill Cowher (2005) as the only Super Bowlwinning coaches to lead their respective teams to three road victories as the No. 6 seed in the playoffs en route to a world title. Has guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring in each of the past six seasons ( ), joining New England as the only other team to accomplish the feat. The team s 2,696 points from are the most in franchise history over a six-year span. Has led the Packers to a top-10 ranking in total offense in six of his seven seasons ( ). In 2011, guided the team to a franchise-record 15 wins as well as team marks for points (560), touchdowns (70), total net yards (6,482), passing TDs (51) and fewest giveaways (14). Became the first Packers coach since Vince Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season (2007), and tied Mike Sherman for the most regular-season wins by a Packers coach in his first two years (21). Has worked with a stable of quarterbacks that has combined for 38 Pro Bowl selections, 10 Super Bowl starts, and seven Most Valuable Player awards. Prior to Green Bay, had never been a head coach at any level, breaking into the NFL as a quality-control assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993, his first of 13 years as an NFL assistant, which included six seasons as an offensive coordinator calling plays in New Orleans ( ) and San Francisco (2005). Was inducted into the Baker University (Kan.) athletic hall of fame in October Born and raised in Pittsburgh, one of five children. His father, Joe, was a longtime firefighter and police officer. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached Fort Hays State... Graduate Assistant 1989 Univ. of Pittsburgh...Volunteer Assistant (QBs) Univ. of Pittsburgh...Graduate Assistant (QBs) 1992 Univ. of Pittsburgh...Wide Receivers Kansas City Chiefs...Off. Assistant/Quality Control Kansas City Chiefs...Quarterbacks 1999 Green Bay Packers...Quarterbacks New Orleans Saints...Offensive Coordinator 2005 San Francisco 49ers...Offensive Coordinator Green Bay Packers...Head Coach combined 20 points. Green Bay never lost a game by more than four points, but even more impressive, it never trailed by more than seven points at any point in a game all season. The Packers became the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to never trail by more than seven points at any point during the regular season, and became the first championship-winning franchise to do so since the 1942 Washington Redskins. It was a shining example of the steady, consistent approach that McCarthy has taken in leading the Packers throughout his tenure, one that culminated with the organization s fourth Super Bowl title and 13th world championship in PROLIFIC OFFENSES Prior to coming to Green Bay in 2006, McCarthy was known in NFL circles for his innovative offensive mind and his ability to develop young quarterbacks. Seven seasons into his tenure with the Packers, that reputation has become firmly entrenched, if not enhanced, by the Packers offensive prowess before and during Aaron Rodgers tenure as the team s starting quarterback. COACHES COACHING STAFF/MIKE MCCARTHY VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC. 29
18 COACHING STAFF/MIKE McCARTHY MISC REVIEW VETERANS COACHES FREE AGENTS FIELD During McCarthy s stint in Green Bay, the Packers have registered 2,997 points, the third-highest total in the NFL over the past seven seasons ( ). Additionally, the team s 146 total turnovers from were tied for the second fewest in the league. Six of the seven Packer teams led by McCarthy have ranked in the NFL s top 10 in total yardage checking in at ninth in 2006, second in 07, eighth in 08, sixth in 09, ninth in 10, third in 11 and 11th in 12. Additionally, three of the franchise s top five singleseason yardage totals have occurred during McCarthy s tenure. In , the Packers were the first team in NFL history to produce a 4,000-yard passer (Rodgers), two 1,000-yard receivers (Greg Jennings, Donald Driver), and a 1,200-yard rusher (Ryan Grant) in two consecutive years. The Packers have also finished in the top 10 in the NFL in total points each of the past six seasons ( ), highlighted by a franchise-record 560 points in The franchise mark also ranks as the second-highest point total in NFL history behind only the 589 points posted by the New England Patriots in The Packers 2,697 points over the past six seasons were the most in franchise history over a six-year span, while their 113 turnovers were the fewest over a six-year period. In 2011, Green Bay set a franchise record for fewest giveaways in a season with 14, while ranking second in the NFL. The Packers again took care of the ball TOP 10 AGAIN In Green Bay ranked No. 5 in the league in scoring with an average of 27.1 points per game. It was the sixth straight season that the Packers finished in the top 10 in the NFL in scoring offense, with New England the only other team in the league to do so over that span ( ). The Packers were tied for No. 2 in the league in fewest giveaways with 16, which also tied for the second-fewest turnovers in a season in franchise history (also 16 in 2009). The offense ranked No. 3 in the league in red-zone efficiency with a 68.1 TD percentage and led the league in scoring outside the red zone for the second straight season with 155 points. QB Aaron Rodgers led the league in passer rating (108.0) and TD/ INT ratio (4.88), while ranking second in passing TDs (39) and third in completion percentage (67.21). WR James Jones became the first Packer to lead the NFL in TD catches (14) in a season since WR Sterling Sharpe did so with a franchise-record 18 in In The Packers averaged a team-record yards per game to rank No. 3 in the NFL while statistically registering the most prolific offensive season in team history. The Packers scored a franchise-record 560 points, which also ranked as the second-highest point total in NFL history behind only the 589 points posted by the New England Patriots in The team also set a franchise record for fewest giveaways in a season with 14, while ranking second in the NFL in that category. Additionally, the offense set new single-season marks for touchdowns (70), total net yards (6,482) and net passing yards (4,924). The Packers outscored their opponents , a 201-point differential that ranked No. 2 in the NFL (New Orleans, plus-208). It marked the third straight season that the Packers outscored their opponents by at least 145 points. The last NFL team to accomplish that feat was the San Francisco 49ers from Green Bay scored 42 points or more six times on the season, establishing a new NFL record for the most 42-point games in a season since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. QB Aaron Rodgers earned NFL MVP honors after posting an NFL singleseason record passer rating and setting franchise records with 45 TD passes and 4,643 passing yards. In Despite the loss of critical playmakers to various injuries, the offense still managed a top-10 finish (No. 9), averaging just over 358 yards per game during the regular season. Green Bay was one of four teams in the NFL to have both the offense (No. 9) and defense (No. 5) rank among the league s top 10. It was the first time the Packers accomplished the feat in back-to-back seasons since Rodgers narrowly missed his third consecutive season of surpassing the 4,000-yard passing plateau, falling just 78 yards short (3,922) after missing 1½ late-season games due to injury. The QB still finished the season ranked in the top 10 in nearly every major passing category. The offense featured a particularly balanced passing attack throughout the season that included three WRs (Greg Jennings - 76, Donald Driver - 51, James Jones - 50) posting 50-plus catches for the first time in franchise history. The unit maintained its prolific pace throughout the team s extended postseason run, averaging 30.3 points per game and scoring in 2012, finishing tied for second in the league and tied for second in single-season franchise history with just 16 turnovers. En route to earning NFL Most Valuable Player honors, Rodgers guided one of the most successful offenses in NFL history in In addition to setting a new franchise single-season record for points and fewest giveaways, the 11 Packers set new singleseason marks for touchdowns (70), total net yards (6,482) and net passing yards (4,924). The 70 TDs were also tied with the 1984 Miami Dolphins for the second-most TDs in a season in NFL history behind only the 2007 Patriots (75). Green Bay outscored its opponents in 2011, a 201-point differential that ranked No. 2 in the NFL (New Orleans, plus-208). It marked the third straight season ( ) that the Packers outscored their opponents by at least 145 points. The last NFL team to accomplish that feat in three-plus consecutive seasons was the San Francisco 49ers from MAJOR CHANGE In 2009, McCarthy embarked upon the first major alterations to his coaching staff since his arrival, hiring Dom Capers to be his new defensive coordinator and change the unit from a 4-3 base alignment to the 3-4 scheme that has been the staple of Capers career. In six of seven seasons under Mike McCarthy, the offensive play-caller, the Green Bay offense ranked in the NFL s top 10. The only season in which the Packers failed to rank in the top 10 (2012), they ranked 11th. New Orleans is the only club in the league to finish in the top 10 in overall offense each of the last seven seasons, while Green Bay and New England are the only teams to register top-10 rankings in six of the last seven seasons. points in the four playoff contests, the fourth-highest total for a single postseason in NFL history. In Averaging more than 379 yards per game, the highest total in McCarthy s four seasons, the Packers offense finished the year No. 6 in the NFL. Green Bay scored 461 points, the second most in team history. For the third time in franchise history, the club surpassed 6,000 total net yards, now ranking No. 4 in team annals with 6,065. Green Bay became the first team in NFL history to have a 4,000-yard passer, 1,200-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers in back-to-back seasons. The Packers established a then-franchise record with just 16 giveaways, fewest in the NFL. Rodgers threw for 4,434 yards, finishing just shy of Lynn Dickey s team record (4,458, 1983). RB Ryan Grant also had a career-high 1,253 yards, sixth most in team history. In The Packers finished the season ranked No. 8 in the NFL in total offense, averaging more than 351 yards per contest. Green Bay s 419 points was the fifth-highest total in the league. For the first time in franchise history, the club had a 4,000-yard passer (Rodgers), 1,200-yard rusher (Grant), and two 1,000-yard receivers (Driver and Jennings). Some players etched their names among the greats in Packers history, establishing some of the top single-season marks in passing yards (Rodgers, 4,038, 10th), rushing yards (Grant, 1,203, eighth) and receiving yards (Jennings, 1,292, 10th) in team history. The Packers had just 21 giveaways, tying the 95 team for the fifth fewest in club history. In The Packers had their highest finish since 1983, ranking as the No. 2 offense in the NFL. The unit produced more than 370 yards per game. Green Bay scored 435 points, fifth on the Packers all-time single-season list. The total ranked fourth in the NFL. The Packers produced 5,931 total net yards (1,597 rushing, 4,334 passing), which ranks fifth in club history. McCarthy designed an offense to highlight his receivers ability after the catch. The league s No. 2 passing offense amassed 2,294 yards after the catch, tops in the league. The NFL average in 2007 was 1,596 yards. The Packers finished with 67 plays of 20 yards or more, second only to Dallas (68). Fifteen of those big plays came on the ground, and 52 were through the air. In Green Bay finished No. 9 in total offense, averaging over 341 yards per contest. The Packers were 4-0 when reaching 30 points. They were 9-0 when reaching 30 points in 07, 4-1 in 08, 6-1 in 09, 5-0 in 10, 11-0 in 11 and 4-1 in 12, making the club 43-3 in regular-season games under McCarthy when reaching the 30-point mark. In its first year in McCarthy s West Coast offense, Green Bay began to show some of its big-strike capability. Its skill players produced 2,161 yards after the catch, second most in the NFL. The Packers had just 77 negative plays all season, the third fewest in the NFL and the fewest under McCarthy.
19 The results have been incredibly impactful. With a No. 2 ranking in 2009 and a No. 5 ranking in 10, the Packers finished in the top five in the league in overall defense in back-to-back seasons for the first time since Since 09, Green Bay ranks third in total takeaways (133), first in interceptions (103), second in opponent passer rating (73.8) and fourth in points allowed per game (19.3). The 2012 defense was led by LB Clay Matthews and the pass rush as he tallied 13 sacks in just 12 games, pacing the defense to 47 total sacks, good for fourth in the NFL. The Packers sack total last season also tied for fifth best in franchise history (since 1963). Green Bay was No. 4 in the NFL in opponent passer rating (76.8) while limiting its opponent to 20 points or less in eight of the last 10 regular-season games, propelling the Packers to a No. 11 ranking in scoring defense (21.0 ppg). Green Bay finished the season tied for eighth in the NFL with 18 interceptions, contributing to a plus-7 turnover margin in 2012, good for 10th in the league. Green Bay is the only team in the NFL to finish in the top 10 in the league in turnover differential each of the past six seasons ( ). Additionally, the Packers have a 56-6 regular-season record (.903) when holding the advantage in turnover ratio during McCarthy s tenure. In 2011, the defense was at its ball-hawking best as the Packers posted a league-high 31 interceptions, the second time in three seasons (2009) that they led the league in that category. The INT total was the most posted by Green Bay since it registered the same total in The Packers finished tied for the league lead with 38 total takeaways, leading to a plus-24 turnover ratio that ranked second in the league and tied for second in franchise history. In 2010, the Packers ranked No. 2 in the NFL in scoring defense at 15.0 points per game, the team s best mark since leading the league in the category in 1996 (13.1). Green Bay tied for No. 2 in the NFL with 47 sacks in 10, its highest league ranking since sacks began to be recorded as a team statistic in The defense improved from 20th in total yards allowed in 08 to second in 09, and from 26th in run defense to the top spot, becoming the first Green Bay defense to lead the league against the run and setting a franchise record by allowing just 83.3 yards rushing per contest. The defense also led the league in interceptions (30) and total takeaways (40) in 09. The 09 season was not a smooth road back to playoff contention, however. Back-to-back losses in early November dropped the Packers to 4-4, and a promising season suddenly appeared in doubt. But McCarthy kept building on the identity that was forming a team that could attack with multiple threats offensively, stop the run defensively and win the turnover battle and led the Packers out of the adverse stretch to a 7-1 record over the second half of the schedule. Meanwhile, Rodgers earned his first Pro Bowl berth, nearly breaking the franchise s single-season record for passing yards, and veteran cornerback Charles Woodson was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Unfortunately, the late-season surge ended abruptly with a sudden-death overtime loss at Arizona in the NFC Wild Card contest, but McCarthy had gotten the Packers back on track toward the goal they would reach just a year later. ON THE BRINK McCarthy brought the Packers to the brink of accomplishing that Super Bowl goal in just two years. Coming off an 8-8 rookie season that ended with a momentum-building, four-game winning streak, McCarthy led the Packers to a 13-3 mark in 2007 that was groundbreaking in many respects. The Packers tied the then-franchise record for victories in the regular season and won the club s first NFC North Division title since They also captured an NFC playoff bye and advanced to the conference championship game for the first time in a decade. It all earned McCarthy 2007 NFL Coach of the Year awards from Motorola and NFL Alumni, and he also was runner-up in Coach of the Year voting from The Associated Press. The championship he had set as the goal was within reach, as the Packers hosted the New York Giants in the NFC title game on a frigid January day at Lambeau Field. The hard-fought, overtime defeat was an opportunity missed, but one McCarthy vowed his team would learn from. 31 On its way to 13-3, Green Bay secured the team s first playoff bye since 1997, and McCarthy tied Mike Sherman for the most wins by a Green Bay coach in his first two seasons with 21. Behind Brett Favre s superb final year in Green Bay and the emergence of Grant as the feature back, the Packers with McCarthy as the play-caller finished with the league s second-ranked offense, their highest ranking since They also compiled season totals in points (435) and net yards (5,931) that rank fifth on the franchise s all-time list. The postseason began in startling fashion, with Grant fumbling twice in the first minute of the game, setting up two Seattle scores for a 14-0 Seahawks lead in the NFC Divisional playoff. Drawing on a steadfastness that served the team well during some rough spots the previous year, McCarthy and the Packers never panicked and rallied for a dominant victory in the snowy winter wonderland of Lambeau Field. In advancing to the NFC Championship Game, McCarthy became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a title game in his second season at the helm. Though the quest for that championship came up short, McCarthy had returned the Packers to playoff prominence just two years after the 4-12 season that preceded his arrival. A LEADER OF QUARTERBACKS In his first two seasons as head coach, McCarthy simultaneously oversaw a mini-renaissance of Favre s career and the development of Rodgers as his backup. Charged with learning McCarthy s version of the West Coast offense and given more latitude in making decisions at the line of scrimmage, Favre concluded his brilliant Green Bay career with a 95.7 passer rating in 2007, his best in 11 years and fourth best in his career, while completing a then-career-high 66.5 percent of his passes. Buying into McCarthy s aggressive but controlled approach, Favre s interceptions dropped from 29 in 2005 to 18 in 2006 to 15 in He finished second in the voting for what then would have been an unprecedented fourth NFL MVP award, and he subsequently passed the torch to Rodgers, his understudy for his final three years in Green Bay and McCarthy s prime pupil for the last five seasons. Since taking over as the starter in 08, Rodgers hasn t disappointed his main tutor or team as he has developed into arguably the league s best quarterback. Rodgers has topped 4,000 yards passing four times ( , ), which in 08, combined with Favre s total in 07, marked the first time in league history a team had two different quarterbacks throw for 4,000 yards in consecutive years. In the process, he also became the first quarterback in league history to surpass the 4,000-yard plateau in each of his first two seasons as a starter. In total, McCarthy has been on the coaching staff for six of the 11 4,000-yard passing seasons (1999, , ) in franchise history. Rodgers posted 21,332 passing yards from to rank COACHES COACHING STAFF/MIKE McCARTHY VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC.
20 COACHING STAFF/MIKE McCARTHY MISC REVIEW VETERANS COACHES FREE AGENTS FIELD first in NFL history for the most passing yards by a QB in his first five seasons as a starter, surpassing the previous mark held by Peyton Manning (20,618, ). His career passer rating of ranks No. 1 in NFL history, and he is the only QB in franchise annals, and just the second in league history, to post a 100-plus passer rating in four consecutive seasons ( ). Additionally, his 1.73 career interception percentage is tops in NFL history. Following his 2011 MVP performance, Rodgers continued to amaze under McCarthy in Rodgers led the league in passer rating (108.0) and TD/INT ratio (4.88), while ranking second in TD passes (39) and third in completion percentage (67.21). He became the first quarterback to lead the league in passer rating in consecutive seasons since Manning did so for three straight seasons ( ). Additionally, his combined passer rating of from was the best two-season passer rating in league history (min. 700 att.). In 2011, Rodgers and McCarthy teamed up to author one of the greatest offensive seasons in NFL history, highlighted by the former Cal standout s passer rating that set a new NFL singleseason record. He finished the season connecting on 343 of 502 SUCCESS WITH QUARTERBACKS passes (68.3 percent) for 4,643 yards and a career-high 45 TDs with six INTs on his way to earning NFL MVP honors. His 45 TD passes obliterated the franchise single-season record (Favre, 39 in 1996) and is the fifth-highest total in NFL annals, while his 4,643 passing yards also set a new franchise record. He is the only 4,000- yard passer in NFL history to throw six or fewer INTs in that season. Rodgers also set an NFL single-season record with 11 consecutive 110-rating games, topping 49ers QB Steve Young s mark of seven straight in 1994, and 12 consecutive 100-rating games, besting Manning s mark of nine in Rodgers finished the 2011 season ranking second in the league in TD passes (45), first in yards per attempt (9.25), second in completion percentage (68.3), fourth in yards per game (309.5) and first in TD/INT ratio (7.50). Rodgers has also enjoyed success in the postseason under Mc- Carthy, setting an NFL record with 10 passing TDs in his first three postseason starts. He also became only the fourth signal-caller to throw for 300 yards and three TDs with no INTs in a Super Bowl on his way to earning game MVP honors for Super Bowl XLV. Mike McCarthy has worked with quarterbacks who have collectively earned 38 Pro Bowl selections and seven NFL Most Valuable Player awards. Those passers also have made 10 Super Bowl starts and won six world championships. Year(s) Team Title Notable QBs Notes Univ. of Pittsburgh Graduate Asst. (QBs) Alex Van Pelt Four-year starter who threw for more than 2,000 yards in each season and went on to break Dan Marino s school records for career and single-season passing yards 1993 Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Assistant Joe Montana Montana named to his final Pro Bowl in 1993, Dave Krieg Chiefs advanced to AFC Championship Game 1994 Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Assistant Joe Montana Steve Bono 1995 Kansas City Chiefs Quarterbacks Coach Steve Bono Bono named to Pro Bowl Rich Gannon 1996 Kansas City Chiefs Quarterbacks Coach Steve Bono Rich Gannon 1997 Kansas City Chiefs Quarterbacks Coach Elvis Grbac Chiefs advanced to AFC Divisional playoffs Rich Gannon 1998 Kansas City Chiefs Quarterbacks Coach Rich Gannon Elvis Grbac 1999 Green Bay Packers Quarterbacks Coach Brett Favre Matt Hasselbeck Aaron Brooks 2000 New Orleans Saints Offensive Coordinator Jeff Blake Saints advanced to NFC Divisional playoffs Aaron Brooks Marc Bulger 2001 New Orleans Saints Offensive Coordinator Aaron Brooks 2002 New Orleans Saints Offensive Coordinator Aaron Brooks Jake Delhomme 2003 New Orleans Saints Offensive Coordinator Aaron Brooks Todd Bouman 2004 New Orleans Saints Offensive Coordinator Aaron Brooks 2005 San Francisco 49ers Offensive Coordinator Alex Smith Helped tutor NFL s No. 1 overall draft pick Tim Rattay Ken Dorsey Cody Pickett 2006 Green Bay Packers Head Coach Brett Favre Aaron Rodgers 2007 Green Bay Packers Head Coach Brett Favre Packers advanced to NFC Championship Game; Aaron Rodgers Favre named to Pro Bowl 2008 Green Bay Packers Head Coach Aaron Rodgers 2009 Green Bay Packers Head Coach Aaron Rodgers Became the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons as a starter; named to first Pro Bowl; again ranked in league s top 10 in nearly every passing category 2010 Green Bay Packers Head Coach Aaron Rodgers Rodgers takes over highest career passer rating in Matt Flynn league history (98.4); Packers win Super Bowl XLV 2011 Green Bay Packers Head Coach Aaron Rodgers Posted a passer rating, setting a new NFL singleseason record and raising his career rating to an all-time NFL best Also earned NFL MVP honors while setting new franchise records with 45 TD passes and 4,643 passing yards Matt Flynn Set new franchise single-game records with 480 passing yards and six touchdown passes in Week 17 start 2012 Green Bay Packers Head Coach Aaron Rodgers Led the league in passer rating (108.0) and ranked second in TD passes (39), first in TD/INT ratio (4.88) and third in completion percentage (67.21). His combined passer rating of from was the best two-season passer rating in NFL history (min. 700 att.) 32
21 SOLID FIRST YEAR Blending a mix of young players with seasoned veterans at key positions, McCarthy fostered a strong team dynamic in his maiden season that helped the team battle back from a slow start. McCarthy stuck to his plan and his vision as his team stood 1-4 at the bye week and 4-8 with one quarter of the season to play. By turning the team s fortunes around to finish 8-8, he had laid the foundation for the success to come. McCarthy got his team to bounce back from tough circumstances to remain in the NFC playoff hunt until the final week. The.500 record tied for third best among the seven rookie coaches in the NFL in Close losses early to eventual NFC runner-up New Orleans and St. Louis put the Packers at 1-4. But the team used the bye week for extra preparation as well as rest, traveling to Miami to beat the Dolphins in oppressive south Florida heat and, three weeks later, posting another impressive road win at Minnesota s Metrodome to improve to 4-5. Three straight losses to eventual playoff qualifiers dropped the Packers to 4-8, but again McCarthy used a long road trip to get the team back on track. This one was to San Francisco, where Mc- Carthy had served as offensive coordinator the previous year, and a big win that coincided with a key personnel change provided the springboard to a strong final month. McCarthy moved defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins to end early in the 49ers game, and the defense quickly improved. The Packers run defense got a boost on early downs and allowed for a better situational pass rush, and the defense climbed to 12th overall by season s end. The strong defensive play and Favre s veteran leadership fueled a season-ending, four-game winning streak, the final three wins coming over NFC North opponents. A 26-7 win at Chicago in the season finale over the eventual NFC champion Bears put the Packers at 5-1 in the division and barely out of the playoffs, losing a tiebreaker with the Giants, who also finished 8-8. That impressive early showing within the division was a sign of things to come for McCarthy. Through seven seasons, he has posted a (.762) record against NFC North foes, a divisional mark that ranks first in the conference over that span and No. 2 in the NFL, trailing only New England. The Packers have posted a winning record in their division every season with McCarthy at the helm, joining the Patriots as the only teams to do so during that time. Additionally, from the Packers reeled off 12 straight wins against NFC North opponents, the longest divisional winning streak in team history since the NFL went to a divisional format in 1967 and tied for the longest divisional winning streak by an NFL team since realignment in THE RIGHT FIT With a personality to match his blue-collar hometown, McCarthy landed his first NFL head-coaching job in his kind of place. A Pittsburgh native, McCarthy was named the 14th head coach of the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 12, 2006, the only step left to take after 13 years as an NFL assistant. But while he previously had traveled through NFL cities such as Kansas City, New Orleans and San Francisco, it may be Green Bay that most resembles his native Pittsburgh. And if there was one word used to describe McCarthy s hiring in his first days with the Packers, it was that he was the right fit, both for a town and a team looking to turn around a disappointing 4-12 season in The way McCarthy fits Green Bay, however, goes beyond the toughness in his personality, down-to-earth demeanor, and pride in his upbringing. He not only spent one of those 13 previous years in the NFL with Green Bay, but he took over the Packers already well-versed in the West Coast offense with a reputation for developing offensive talent, particularly at the quarterback position. McCarthy is known for taking a hands-on teaching approach with young players and is well-respected around the league, in part because he called plays for six seasons as an offensive coordinator before becoming a head coach. Plus, he has tutored an impressive roster of NFL quarterbacks. 33 While two of the biggest names he has worked with, Favre in Green Bay and Joe Montana in Kansas City, were at or beyond their peak years at the time, McCarthy has played at least a part in the development of signal callers Aaron Brooks, Jake Delhomme, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Flynn, Marc Bulger, Rich Gannon and Elvis Grbac. The entire stable of quarterbacks that McCarthy has worked with, which also includes Jeff Blake, Steve Bono and Dave Krieg, has combined for 38 career Pro Bowl selections, 10 Super Bowl starts, and seven Most Valuable Player awards. McCarthy s latest protégé to rise to a starting role is Rodgers, who was drafted in the first round in General Manager Ted Thompson heavily weighed McCarthy s track record with quarterbacks when he hired him the following year, knowing that since the post-favre era was inevitable, the right tutelage at the game s most important position would be key to a smooth and successful transition. PAYING HIS DUES Much like those players he worked with who rose to prominence, McCarthy paid plenty of dues along the way to his first headcoaching job. He learned a disciplined and no-nonsense approach to life at an early age. His father, Joe, was a longtime firefighter and police officer who also owned a bar near a Pittsburgh steel mill. McCarthy worked odd jobs at the bar as a teen. It was interacting with the hard-working tavern clientele while also watching a father in uniform dedicated to public service that helped make McCarthy proud of where he came from. After his playing career as a tight end at Baker University (Kan.) ended, his 27-year coaching career began as a linebackers coach at Fort Hays State (Kan.) in He cracked the Division I ranks two years later as a volunteer assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. It was there he displayed the will and determination to make it in the coaching profession, working for free on the football field by day and collecting tolls along the Pennsylvania turnpike during the graveyard shift to make ends meet. He soon moved into a paid position at Pitt assisting with the quarterbacks, and then coaching the wide receivers, before Panthers head coach Paul Hackett recommended him to the Kansas City Chiefs when they hired Hackett as offensive coordinator in McCarthy joined Hackett on the Chiefs staff as a quality-control assistant. McCarthy considers Hackett the biggest influence in his coaching career, having learned the West Coast offense from him and then installing it himself as offensive coordinator in New Orleans. It was under Hackett s wing that McCarthy developed the attention to detail, scouting and game-planning skills that would help him move up the NFL ranks. OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS The third-youngest head coach in the NFL when he was hired at age 42 (the Saints Sean Payton was seven weeks younger and the Jets Eric Mangini was 35), McCarthy took over a team coming off its first losing season since 1991, before Favre arrived as quarterback. Thompson made it clear when he hired McCarthy he wasn t looking for just an X s and O s guy. He was looking for someone who would impress him with a variety of qualities, including leadership ability, toughness, football knowledge, and an awareness of the Green Bay organization and the team s unique place within the NFL and the local community. McCarthy, who had interviewed for the Cleveland Browns headcoaching job five years earlier but admits he wasn t necessarily ready then, fit the bill. In his introductory news conference, he spoke of how taking over the Packers was like buying his dream house, with the foundation, tradition and resources to help him make the team a championship contender once again. McCarthy emphasized he didn t feel the Packers were in a rebuilding mode at all, but there was work to be done right away. He wasted no time constructing the environment he wanted for his team, implementing free weights as the foundation for the players strength and conditioning. COACHES COACHING STAFF/MIKE McCARTHY VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC.
22 COACHING STAFF/MIKE McCARTHY MISC REVIEW VETERANS COACHES FREE AGENTS FIELD McCarthy also installed an offseason workout program, and a then-record attendance at those sessions spoke volumes about the level of respect he quickly commanded as a head coach. CAREER AS NFL ASSISTANT McCarthy broke into the NFL as a quality-control assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs in It was then he worked with Montana before moving up to quarterbacks coach from , working with starters Gannon, Grbac and Bono. The trio s total of 52 interceptions marked the lowest total in the AFC over that four-year span. After working with McCarthy from , Gannon went on to earn all four of his Pro Bowl selections, the 2002 league MVP award and a start in Super Bowl XXXVII with the Raiders. Gannon credits McCarthy with helping him take the quarterback s game to a higher level. He s the guy that really helped catapult my career, Gannon said. He was the guy who really taught me the West Coast system of football. He really taught me how to prepare for a game, taught me how to watch film, how to break down an opponent, how to study. It was really those things I took with me to Oakland. There was never a doubt in my mind he d be a head coach. He s a great play-caller, great working with the quarterbacks. He s a tough guy, a guy willing to do the work, and he s a leader. When Gannon left the Chiefs for Oakland in 1999, McCarthy departed Kansas City to become Green Bay s quarterbacks coach. That year, the Packers ranked seventh in the NFL in passing and ninth in total offense. Favre threw for 4,091 yards, the third-highest total in his career at that point. The following year, McCarthy began a successful five-year stint as the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints. It became the most prolific offensive era to that point in the team s four decades, as the Saints set 10 offensive team records and 25 individual marks. Among the more notable accomplishments, the Saints led the NFC with 432 points and 49 touchdowns in 2002, both team records at the time. In his first season in 2000, McCarthy was chosen NFC Assistant Coach of the Year by USA Today. That year the Saints produced their first 1,000-yard receiver in eight years in Joe Horn, and their first 1,000-yard rusher in 10 years in Ricky Williams. After that decade-long drought of 1,000- yard rushers, the Saints had one (either Williams or Deuce McAllister) in each of McCarthy s five seasons running the offense. In 2005, McCarthy served as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. COLLEGE COACHING & PLAYING CAREER McCarthy began his six-year collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Fort Hays State in Hays, Kan., in 1987, just after completing his playing career at nearby Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. At Baker, McCarthy earned a degree in business administration and was an all-conference tight end and senior captain in 1986, helping lead the Wildcats to an NAIA Division II national runner-up finish. He was inducted into the school s athletic hall of fame in October At Fort Hays State under head coach John Vincent, McCarthy coached linebackers for two years while earning a master s degree in sports administration. The return to his hometown came in 1989 under Pittsburgh head coach Mike Gottfried, now an ESPN college football analyst, followed by three years under Hackett with the Panthers. As quarterbacks coach, McCarthy worked with Alex Van Pelt, now the Packers running backs coach, as he topped the school s career and single-season records for passing yards established by Dan Marino. PERSONAL Born Michael John McCarthy on Nov. 10, 1963, in Pittsburgh, he grew up one of five children in the Irish-Catholic family of father Joe and mother Ellen in Greenfield, a Pittsburgh neighborhood just a couple of miles from downtown. He graduated from Bishop Boyle High School in Homestead, Pa. McCarthy s family includes wife Jessica and their five children. Since returning to Green Bay in 2006, McCarthy has immersed himself in the local community and beyond through participation in numerous philanthropic events and charitable donations. Perhaps closest to his heart is the Mike & Jessica McCarthy Golf Invitational. Established in June 2010, the tournament benefits the American Family Children s Hospital in Madison, Wis. In just four years, the event has helped the hospital take significant steps toward achieving its fundraising goal for the Sick Kids Can t Wait campaign. The campaign is designed to meet the needs of sick children by further developing and improving the resources and facilities at the hospital. Including projected contributions in 2013, the McCarthy Family Foundation has made donations to benefit numerous charities, projects and institutions during his seven-plus seasons as head coach. McCarthy established the foundation with the intent of fostering a long-term philanthropic commitment by his family beyond his NFL career. The beneficiaries have included organizations throughout Wisconsin, Kansas and his hometown of Pittsburgh. McCarthy s local-event participation is highlighted annually by the Mike McCarthy Cystic Fibrosis Celebrity Golf Open. The 2013 event marked the 27th consecutive year that the Open was hosted by the current Packers head coach, a tradition started by Lindy Infante. The golf outing benefits local and statewide cystic fibrosis organizations and has raised more than $600,000. Additionally, McCarthy has served as honorary chairperson and participated in numerous charitable events around the state. In the past, he has participated in the Lombardi Award of Excellence Dinner Ball, which supports the Vince Lombardi Charitable Funds in the fight against cancer, and served as host of the Green & Gold Gala, a fundraiser for Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin. He has also spent time visiting cancer patients at Aurora St. Luke s Medical Center in Milwaukee. Among several other events, McCarthy has participated in the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer Motorcycle Ride, the Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon, the team s regular Make-A-Wish Foundation practice and game visits, and various local Get Motivated seminars. McCarthy was honored with the Distinguished Service Award at the Lee Remmel Sports Awards Banquet in April 2008, and then in the fall as the 2008 Person of the Year from his native Greenfield Neighborhood. He was also voted by the fans as the 2007 Motorola Coach of the Year, and in 2011 was named the Maxwell Football Club s NFL Coach of the Year. 34
23 WINSTON MOSS ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/INSIDE LINEBACKERS 15th Season as NFL Coach Eighth Packers Season COACHING STAFF Entering his 26th season in the NFL and eighth with the Packers, Winston Moss begins his seventh year in the role of assistant head coach, with inside linebacker responsibilities for the fifth season. Named to the current post by Head Coach Mike McCarthy on Jan. 15, 2007, Moss impressed McCarthy with his leadership skills when the two worked together for five seasons in New Orleans and again in 2006 in Green Bay. Moss continues to coach linebackers as well, his original duty upon joining the Packers. His position responsibility was modified to inside linebackers in 09 with the switch to a 3-4 defense and the addition of outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene to the staff. Since Moss was named assistant head coach in 2007, the Packers rank No. 1 in the NFL in interceptions (144), No. 3 in total takeaways (189), No. 1 in opponent passer rating (73.8) and No. 5 in points allowed per game (19.8) over that span. In 2012, Buck LB A.J. Hawk led the team with 142 tackles and added three sacks. With Desmond Bishop (preseason opener) and D.J. Smith (Week 6) lost to season-ending injuries, LB Brad Jones was inserted into the starting lineup at Mack LB after playing on the outside in his first three seasons. Jones started the final 10 games and finished the season with a career-high 102 tackles, two sacks, six passes defensed and a forced fumble. In 2011, Bishop entered the season as the starter for the first time in his career and went on to be named a Pro Bowl alternate, registering career highs with a team-leading 142 tackles and five sacks despite missing three games due to a calf injury. With Bishop and Hawk both sidelined with injuries in December 2011, a pair of young LBs, second-year man Robert Francois and rookie Smith, were pressed into duty and responded under the direction of Moss. In his two starts, Francois posted 17 total tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. Smith was the lone Green Bay rookie to appear in all 16 games, and his three starts paced the team s rookies. In those starts, Smith led the team with 30 tackles over that span, while adding an INT vs. Oakland in Week 14. In 2010, Moss was a member of a staff that helped Green Bay finish No. 2 in the NFL in scoring defense at 15.0 points per game, the team s best mark since 1996 (13.1). The Packers finished No. 5 in overall defense, the team s second straight top-five ranking. After veteran LB Nick Barnett was lost for the season in Week 4 due to a wrist injury, Bishop stepped into the starting role at MLB for the remainder of the season and flourished under Moss direction. Bishop finished second on the team with 121 tackles, while posting three sacks. His career-high 10 passes defensed were the most by a Packers LB since John Anderson recorded 15 in Hawk played in all 16 contests with 15 starts at BLB and assumed more of an every-down role with nickel LB Brandon Chillar limited to just eight games due to a shoulder injury. Hawk paced the team with 134 tackles, his fifth straight season either leading the team or finishing second in the category. He added a careerhigh three interceptions, which tied for the lead among NFL linebackers, and matched his career best with nine passes defensed to earn Pro Bowl recognition for the first time in his career. In 09, Moss was part of a staff that guided the defense to a No. 2 overall ranking in the NFL, the highest ranking since the 96 team finished as the No. 1 defense. Green Bay led the NFL in rushing defense for the first time in team history, and its average of 83.3 rushing yards allowed per game set a team record for any season. Barnett returned from a serious knee injury to start all 16 games at MLB and lead the team in tackles with 122 in 09, a franchiserecord fifth time in his career that he led the squad in tackles, and also register a career-high four sacks. In 2008, Hawk made a rather seamless transition to middle linebacker to fill Barnett s spot after he was lost for the season to a 35 AT A GLANCE Joined the Packers on Jan. 19, 2006, as linebackers coach and was named assistant head coach/linebackers on Jan. 15, His position responsibility was modified to inside linebackers with the addition of Kevin Greene to the coaching staff in Since being named assistant head coach in 2007, the Packers rank No. 1 in the NFL in interceptions (144), No. 3 in total takeaways (189), No. 1 in opponent passer rating (73.8) and No. 5 in points allowed per game (19.8). Helped guide Green Bay s defense to back-to-back top-five overall finishes ( ), the first time the Packers had accomplished that feat since A standout NFL linebacker for 11 seasons, played 155 games (146 starts) with three clubs: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( ), Los Angeles Raiders ( ) and Seattle Seahawks ( ). Selected by Tampa Bay as the second of two second-round picks in the 1987 draft after lettering four years at the University of Miami (Fla.). COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached 1998 Seattle Seahawks...Defensive Quality Control 2000 New Orleans Saints... Def. Assistant/Quality Control New Orleans Saints... Linebackers 2006 Green Bay Packers... Linebackers Green Bay Packers... Asst. Head Coach/Linebackers Green Bay Packers... Assistant Head Coach/ Inside Linebackers torn ACL in Week 10, while Bishop and Chillar both contributed at Hawk s former weak-side position. In 2007, Barnett was named second-team All-Pro after leading the Packers in tackles for the fourth time in five seasons and posting a (then) career-high 3½ sacks along with two INTs and numerous big plays late in games. Moss spent a total of six seasons with the Saints, where he also coached linebackers. Originally hired by the Saints in 2000 as defensive assistant/quality control, he was promoted to linebackers coach near the end of that season to replace John Bunting, who departed to become head coach at the University of North Carolina. Moss began his coaching career in 1998 as a defensive quality-control assistant for the Seattle Seahawks, the club for whom he played his final three NFL seasons. A veteran of 11 seasons and 155 NFL games (146 starts), the former linebacker played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( ) and the Los Angeles Raiders ( ), in addition to the Seahawks ( ). Over the course of his career, Moss recorded 768 tackles, 20½ sacks, six INTs and a fumble recovery for a TD. In 1993, when he led the Raiders in tackles on a team that advanced to the AFC Divisional playoffs, he earned the Ed Block Courage Award after a vote of his teammates. Moss also was a three-time defensive captain and received the 1996 NFL Players Association Unsung Hero Award while with the Seahawks. A four-year letterman at the University of Miami (Fla.), he and current Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith helped the Hurricanes win the national championship after the 1983 season under Howard Schnellenberger. Born Dec. 24, 1965, in Miami, Fla., Moss attended Miami (Fla.) Southridge High School and was an all-state linebacker. Moss and his wife, Zoila, have three sons, Winston Jr., 19, Robert, 14, and Marcus, 11, and two daughters, Victoria, 18, and Isabella, 5. In his spare time, Moss enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. COACHES VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC.
24 COACHING STAFF DOM CAPERS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR 28th NFL Season Fifth Packers Season MISC REVIEW VETERANS COACHES FREE AGENTS FIELD Entering his 28th season in the NFL, Dom Capers begins his fifth year with the Packers in 2013 as the club s defensive coordinator. Named to his position on Jan. 19, 2009, by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Capers is one of the most experienced coaches in the league, spending time with seven different franchises before coming to Green Bay. Since Capers took over as Green Bay s defensive coordinator in 09, the team ranks No. 3 in the NFL in total takeaways (133), No. 1 in interceptions (103), No. 2 in opponent passer rating (73.8) and No. 4 in points allowed per game (19.3). Led by LB Clay Matthews and the pass rush, Capers young defense made major strides in Matthews tallied 13 sacks in just 12 games, earning his fourth straight Pro Bowl selection and pacing Capers defensive unit to 47 total sacks, good for fourth in the NFL. The Packers sack total last season also tied for fifth best in franchise history (since 1963). Capers also oversaw a significant improvement in the team s pass defense in 2012, as it finished the season as the 11 th -ranked pass defense while surrendering ypg, more than an 81-yard improvement from Additionally, Capers unit ranked No. 11 in the NFL in scoring defense (21.0 ppg). In 2011, the Packers led the league in INTs (31) for the second time in three seasons (also 09), and tied San Francisco for the most total takeaways (38). Capers defense was well-represented in the Pro Bowl with Matthews, NT B.J. Raji and CB Charles Woodson all being honored in It marked the first time since 1967 that the Packers had a defensive lineman, a linebacker and a defensive back earn Pro Bowl recognition in the same season. In 2010, Capers coordinated a unit that finished No. 2 in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 15.0 points per game. That was the team s best ranking since finishing No. 1 in 1996 (13.1 ppg), and the 24 TDs allowed were the team s fewest since 96 as well (19). The Packers also finished No. 5 in overall defense (309.1 yards per game), which, coupled with the team s No. 2 ranking in 2009, gave the Packers a top-five overall defense in consecutive years for the first time since That No. 2 ranking in Capers first season, when he guided the transition to the 3-4 scheme, highlighted one of the biggest statistical turnarounds in franchise history, as the Packers improved from the No. 20 spot in They also ranked No. 1 against the run in 2009 after a No. 26 ranking in that category before Capers arrival. That top ranking in rushing defense was a first in franchise history, and the average of 83.3 rushing yards per game set a team record. In 09, the Packers also led the NFL with 40 takeaways and 30 INTs, the first time Green Bay led the league in INTs since Under Capers tutelage, Woodson posted perhaps his finest all-around season in 09 as he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press and was selected to virtually every All-Pro team. It was the third time in Capers career as a defensive coordinator that one of his players earned the top defensive honor from AP, as Woodson joined Miami DE Jason Taylor (2006) and Pittsburgh CB Rod Woodson (1993). Capers nearly had a fourth protégé win the award in 2010, as Matthews finished runner-up in the voting to Pittsburgh S Troy Polamalu. Capers was honored with an award of his own in 09 as he was named Coordinator of the Year by Sporting News in a vote conducted by 53 current NFL head coaches and league executives. Capers joined the Packers after one season with the New England Patriots as special assistant secondary. Prior to that, he had defensive-coordinator responsibilities for two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, holding the titles of special assistant to the head coach (2006) and defensive coordinator (2007). After inheriting a defense that had allowed total yards per game (No. 18) in 2005, Capers made an immediate impact as Miami finished fourth in overall defense (289.1 ypg) in 06. Capers served as the head coach of the expansion Houston Texans for the first five seasons of the franchise s history. He was hired in January 2001, more than a year before Houston s inaugural season in From , Capers was the defensive coordinator in Jacksonville, where under his guidance the Jaguars improved from 25th in the NFL in total defense in 1998 to fourth in Jacksonville also allowed the fewest points (217) in the NFL in 99, and Capers was named NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA and USA Today. Capers served as a head coach for the first time in his career from with the expansion Carolina Panthers, guiding that team from its origin to the NFC title game in just two seasons. In 1996, Carolina won its last seven games en route to a 12-4 record and the NFC West title. The Panthers defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys in the AT A GLANCE Joined Packers on Jan. 19, Since Capers took over as defensive coordinator in 09, the Packers rank No. 3 in the NFL in total takeaways (133), No. 1 in interceptions (103), No. 2 in opponent passer rating (73.8) and No. 4 in points allowed per game (19.3). Named Coordinator of the Year by Sporting News in 2009 after he helped lead the Packers to a No. 2 overall defensive ranking. Has nine years of experience as a head coach in the NFL, serving as the first head coach for two expansion franchises (Carolina, ; Houston, ). Also served as a defensive coordinator for three other teams, first with the Pittsburgh Steelers ( ), then with the Jacksonville Jaguars ( ) and Miami Dolphins ( ). Won every major Coach of the Year award in 1996 with the Panthers, and he also earned the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Assistant Coach of the Year award in 1994 with Pittsburgh and 1999 with Jacksonville. Began his coaching career by spending 12 seasons at the collegiate level. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached Kent State... Graduate Assistant Univ. of Hawaii...Defensive Backs 1977 San Jose State...Defensive Backs Univ. of California...Defensive Backs Univ. of Tennessee...Defensive Backs Ohio State...Defensive Backs Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars (USFL)...Defensive Backs New Orleans Saints...Defensive Backs Pittsburgh Steelers...Defensive Coordinator Carolina Panthers...Head Coach Jacksonville Jaguars...Defensive Coordinator Houston Texans...Head Coach 2006 Miami Dolphins...Special Asst. to Head Coach/Def. Coord Miami Dolphins...Defensive Coordinator 2008 New England Patriots... Special Asst./Secondary Green Bay Packers...Defensive Coordinator divisional playoffs before falling to the Packers at Lambeau Field in the NFC Championship. Capers was honored with all of the major Coach of the Year awards in 96, including the AP s honor. Prior to taking over in Carolina, Capers served as a defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers from , the first time in his coaching career that he ran a defense. His unit ranked third in the NFL in total defense in 93, second in 94, and the Steelers won the AFC Central in 92 and 94. Capers first NFL coaching stop came with the New Orleans Saints, where he served as the defensive backs coach for six seasons ( ). He helped the Saints earn their first three playoff berths in franchise history, and he worked under head coach Jim Mora, whom he also assisted with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the USFL from as the Stars won the league title both seasons. Capers began his coaching career by spending 12 seasons at the collegiate level, beginning with a three-year stint as a graduate assistant at Kent State ( ). He went on to coach defensive backs at Hawaii ( ), San Jose State (1977), California ( ), Tennessee ( ) and Ohio State ( ). Capers played safety and linebacker for Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, from , and graduated with a degree in physical education and a minor in psychology. He also earned his master s degree in administration from Kent State. In May 2012, Capers delivered the commencement address at Mount Union and was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Capers grew up in Buffalo, Ohio, where he was a star athlete at Meadowbrook High School. He hosted an annual charity golf tournament for 13 years ( ) in the area to raise money for the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center s cardiac rehab unit, and for a college scholarship in the name of Dale Dickson, Capers former high school football coach who died of a heart attack. Born Aug. 7, 1950, in Cambridge, Ohio, Capers lives in Green Bay with his wife, Karen. 36
25 TOM CLEMENTS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR 17th Season as NFL Coach Eighth Packers Season COACHING STAFF Tom Clements, entering his 21st season in the coaching profession, is in his second year as Green Bay s offensive coordinator. Now in his 17th overall NFL season, Clements was named to his current position on Feb. 2, 2012, after serving as Green Bay s quarterbacks coach for the previous six seasons ( ). Having originally joined the Packers on Jan. 29, 2006, Clements also served as offensive coordinator for Buffalo ( ) and QBs coach for Pittsburgh ( ), Kansas City (2000) and New Orleans ( ). During his seven seasons in Green Bay, the Packers have ranked in the top 10 in scoring in six of those seasons and in the top 10 in total offense six times. In 2012, Clements coordinated an offense that ranked No. 5 in the NFL in scoring (27.1 ppg), tied for No. 2 in giveaways (16) and No. 3 in red-zone efficiency (68.1 percent). The 16 giveaways were tied for the second fewest in a season in franchise history, and the team s red-zone TD percentage was the best in a season since the statistic began to be recorded in In 2012, QB Aaron Rodgers led the NFL in passer rating (108.0) for the second straight season and also ranked No. 1 in TD/INT ratio (4.88) and No. 2 in TD passes (39). He joined 49ers QB Steve Young ( ) as the only QBs in NFL history to register a 100-plus passer rating in four consecutive seasons ( ). WR James Jones led the league with a career-high 14 TD catches in 2012, becoming the first Packer to do so since WR Sterling Sharpe (18) in 1994, and Jermichael Finley set a single-season franchise record for tight ends with 61 receptions. As QBs coach, Clements extensive tutelage of Rodgers paid dividends, culminating with a 2011 campaign that saw him earn NFL Most Valuable Player honors from The Associated Press. Rodgers set an NFL record with a passer rating and franchise marks for TD passes (45), passing yards (4,643), completion percentage (68.3), yards per attempt (9.25), TD/INT ratio (7.50) and 300-yard games (eight). Clements helped Rodgers become the first QB in NFL history to register two seasons with 500-plus attempts and seven or fewer INTs (2009 and 2011). Clements also tutored QB Matt Flynn, a seventh-round choice by the club in 2008, as he set single-game franchise records in the 2011 season finale with 480 passing yards and six TDs (later matched by Rodgers) vs. Detroit. Combined with Rodgers five TD passes the previous week vs. Chicago, it marked the first time in the history of the NFL that a team had two different QBs each throw five-plus TDs in consecutive games. Rodgers first 4,000-yard season in 2008 gave the Packers 4,000-yard passers in consecutive seasons for just the second time in team history, and for the first time in league history those back-to-back 4,000-yard passers were different QBs. The previous two seasons, in addition to tutoring Rodgers as the backup and heir apparent, Clements oversaw a mini-renaissance of Brett Favre s career. In 2006, Favre reduced his interceptions from a careerhigh 29 the year before to just 18, setting the stage for a near-mvp season in 2007, when he surpassed 4,000 yards passing for the fifth time and led the Packers back to the playoffs. Before coming to Green Bay, Clements spent two seasons ( ) as offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. In 2004, the offense increased its scoring output by 152 points and reduced its number of sacks allowed from 51 to 38. In 2005, RB Willis McGahee became the fifth running back in Bills history to register back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and QB Kelly Holcomb set a club single-season record with a completion percentage. Prior to joining the Bills, Clements served as Pittsburgh s quarterbacks coach for three seasons ( ) under Bill Cowher. In 2002, he helped Tommy Maddox earn the Comeback Player of the Year award from AP. Clements also worked with Pittsburgh s Kordell Stewart (2001) and Kansas City s Elvis Grbac (2000) during each quarterback s best season, both culminating in Pro Bowl berths. Mike Ditka gave Clements his first NFL coaching job, hiring him to coach the Saints quarterbacks ( ), a group that included Jake Delhomme and Kerry Collins. AT A GLANCE Joined Packers on Jan. 29, Promoted to offensive coordinator on Feb. 2, Possesses 20 years of coaching experience, including three seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator. Has been instrumental in the development of QB Aaron Rodgers, who ranks No. 1 in NFL history with a career passer rating and earned NFL Most Valuable Player honors in Prior to Green Bay, spent 10 seasons coaching quarterbacks under some of the game s most successful coaches, including Bill Cowher, Mike Ditka and Lou Holtz. Played 12 years in the Canadian Football League at quarterback and was a seven-time divisional all-star and two-time Grey Cup champion; was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in An All-American at Notre Dame in 1974, he finished fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting that year. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached Notre Dame...Quarterbacks 1995 Notre Dame...Wide Receivers/Asst. Head Coach New Orleans Saints...Quarterbacks 2000 Kansas City Chiefs...Quarterbacks Pittsburgh Steelers...Quarterbacks Buffalo Bills...Offensive Coordinator Green Bay Packers...Quarterbacks Green Bay Packers...Offensive Coordinator Prior to his post with the Saints, Clements served under Lou Holtz as quarterbacks coach ( ) and wide receivers/assistant head coach (1995) at his alma mater, Notre Dame. While with the Fighting Irish, Clements coached eventual 1993 NFL Rookie of the Year QB Rick Mirer, and WR Derrick Mayes, the Packers second-round draft pick in In addition, he tutored QB Ron Powlus, Notre Dame s career passing leader in attempts, completions, yardage and touchdowns at the time of his graduation. Inducted into the Canadian Football League s Hall of Fame in 1994, Clements played QB for Ottawa ( ), Saskatchewan/Hamilton (1979), Hamilton ( ) and Winnipeg ( ) during a 12-year career in the CFL. Selected seven times as a divisional All-Star, Clements guided two teams, Ottawa (1976) and Winnipeg (1984), to Grey Cup championships, earning the Outstanding Offensive Player award in each game. The league s Rookie of the Year in 1975 and Most Valuable Player in 1987, Clements completed 2,807 of 4,657 passes (60.3 percent) for 39,041 yards and 252 touchdowns during his CFL career. Clements also spent one season, 1980, as a quarterback for Marv Levy s Kansas City Chiefs. A three-year starter at Notre Dame ( ) under Ara Parseghian, Clements led the Irish to a 29-5 record, including an unblemished national championship season in An All-American in 1974, he finished fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting when Archie Griffin earned the award. Clements received his degree in economics from Notre Dame in A licensed attorney, Clements worked from for Bell, Boyd & Lloyd (now known as K&L Gates), a Chicago-based law firm. He pursued his law degree during his playing career, graduating magna cum laude from Notre Dame s School of Law in In 1994, while on the Notre Dame coaching staff, Clements was an adjunct associate professor of law at the university s law school, where he taught Sports and the Law. Clements was born June 18, 1953, in McKees Rocks, Pa. He and his wife, Kathe, live in Green Bay. The couple has two grown children: daughter, Stevie, and son, Tom. COACHES VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC. 37
26 COACHING STAFF MARK LOVAT STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COORDINATOR 15th NFL Season 15th Packers Season MISC REVIEW VETERANS COACHES FREE AGENTS FIELD Mark Lovat is now in his 15th year with the Packers and his fourth as the club s strength and conditioning coordinator. Promoted to his current position on Feb. 15, 2010, Lovat swapped roles with Dave Redding, for whom Lovat served as an assistant in Joining the team full-time on Jan. 25, 1999, Lovat worked under three Green Bay strength and conditioning coordinators Barry Rubin ( ), Rock Gullickson ( ) and Redding, who retired following the 2010 season. Lovat also previously served two summer internships in the club s weight room. Lovat (luh-vott) was named the NFL Strength Coach of the Year for his work in 2011 by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society, an award based on a vote of his peers in the field. Lovat became the third Green Bay strength coach to win the prestigious honor, joining Kent Johnston (1997) and Gullickson (2007). In 2010, Lovat was honored by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society with the Super Bowl Achievement Award. An accomplished athlete himself, Lovat earned a Division I baseball scholarship to Butler University in Indianapolis, starting three seasons at shortstop and second base for the Bulldogs. He also received the Helen Tewksbury Award for academic and athletic leadership and the Mental Attitude Award during the course of his playing career. After graduating cum laude and with high honors from Butler in 1992 with a B.A. degree in Spanish and international studies, Lovat spent four years at Lake Havasu City (Ariz.) High School, teaching Spanish as well as coaching football and baseball. The son of former Green Bay offensive line coach Tom Lovat (1980, ), Lovat is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He became a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) in April 2000 and was nominated in 2004 by the association for the Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year Award for his work NAMES ON THE FACADE AT A GLANCE Promoted to strength and conditioning coordinator on Feb. 15, 2010, and is now in his 15th year of service with the Packers. Was named the NFL Strength Coach of the Year for his work in 2011 by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society, an award based on a vote of his peers in the field. In 2005, earned his master s degree in exercise science and performance enhancement. Played baseball at Butler University, starting three seasons at shortstop and second base. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached Green Bay Packers...Assistant Strength & Conditioning Green Bay Packers...Strength & Conditioning Coordinator in the successful rehabilitation of injuries to Packers tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher. In 2005, Lovat completed his master s degree in exercise science and performance enhancement from California University of Pennsylvania. He also has earned certifications as a performance-enhancement specialist (PES) and as a corrective-exercise specialist (CES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Additionally, in 2002 he achieved a Level 1 certification through USA Weightlifting, the governing body of the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team. Lovat is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and completed a human-movement science course as part of his continuing education. He also is a representative for Forge Strength Systems, a strength equipment company founded by Johnston, former Packers, Seahawks, Browns and current San Diego Chargers strength and conditioning coach. Born Oct. 9, 1969, in Pocatello, Idaho, Lovat is single and lives in Green Bay. He enjoys music and travel in his spare time. The names gracing the east and west facades, one of the more awe-inspiring features of Lambeau Field s bowl, are often misidentified as the Green Bay Ring of Fame or Ring of Honor. It s an honest mistake. Most franchises induct former players, coaches and contributors into an exclusive club, usually called a Ring of Honor and containing on average individuals. In Green Bay, though, the equivalent to that group is the Packers Hall of Fame, which inducted three more members this summer (Emil Fischer, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Chris Jacke). Actually, the 21 names at Lambeau Field list the franchise s Pro Football Hall of Famers. The names are in no particular order. In spring 2003, the Packers added James Lofton s name to the far right of the west side, which also displays (left to right) Forrest Gregg, Mike Michalske, Willie Wood, Jim Ringo, Herb Adderley, Clarke Hinkle and Robert (Cal) Hubbard. The East side lists (left to right) Henry Jordan, Tony Canadeo, Don Hutson, E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, Johnny (Blood) McNally, Arnie Herber, Vince Lombardi, Willie Davis, Ray Nitschke, Bart Starr, Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung. In 2006, the team unveiled its 21st legendary name, Reggie White. This year, the team will be adding newly inducted LB Dave Robinson, who was voted in by the Hall of Fame s Seniors Committee in February 2013, the 22nd name to be recognized. And unlike most other stadiums that display names on their facade, most of the Packers individuals (14) actually played/ coached on the field in front of them. The bowl also lists the years of the Packers NFL-record 13 world championships and, since 2003, the team s five retired numbers. Plus, in 2006, the Packers honored the architect of the Super Bowl XXXI champions, former Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Wolf, adding the retired executive s name to the northeast corner. 38
27 SHAWN SLOCUM SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR Eighth NFL Season Eighth Packers Season COACHING STAFF Entering his eighth year in the NFL, Shawn Slocum begins his fifth season as the Green Bay Packers special teams coordinator in 2013 after joining the club in 2006 as assistant special teams coach. Elevated to his current position by Head Coach Mike McCarthy on Feb. 3, 2009, following the retirement of Mike Stock, Slocum brings a total of 22 years of coaching experience to his post, the first 15 at the college level. Having originally joined the Packers on Feb. 6, 2006, Slocum s background in the college ranks has proven valuable in working with young players at the pro level. The 2012 season was one that saw the Packers get contributions from all areas of their special teams as the team ranked No. 12 overall in the Dallas Morning News annual postseason rankings, the club s highest finish since 2007 (No. 7), and a year after ranking No. 13 in Last season, Slocum helped guide WR Randall Cobb to a franchiserecord 2,342 combined net yards to rank first in the NFL. Additionally, when Cobb returned a fourth-quarter punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the season opener, he became the only player in NFL history to score on a kick return in Week 1 each of his first two seasons. Third-year P Tim Masthay continued his ascension under Slocum in 2012, matching the team record for most punts placed inside the 20 (since 1976) with 30, and for the third consecutive season he set a new team record for net punting average (38.93). Last season, Masthay also qualified in the franchise record books for career gross punting average (min. 150 punts), ranking first in team history with a 44.2-yard average over his first three seasons. The 2012 season saw K Mason Crosby surpass the 100-point mark for the sixth straight season, joining K Ryan Longwell as the only players in team history with six or more 100-point seasons. Additionally, his 112 points brought his career total to 762, ranking him fourth in team history while setting an NFL record for the most points scored by a player in his first six seasons in the league. In Cobb s rookie season of 2011, Slocum helped guide him to a No. 2 ranking in the NFL in kickoff return average (27.7) on his way to being named a Pro Bowl alternate and to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA. The 2011 season also saw Crosby set a new career high for field-goal percentage (85.7 percent, 24 of 28) as he finished No. 4 in the NFL among kickers with 140 points. Additionally, his streak of 23 consecutive field goals made (Week 13, Week 12, 2011) set a team record, topping Chris Jacke s mark of 17 straight in In his second season in 2011, Masthay established a new franchise record for gross punting average (45.6) while becoming the first punter in franchise history to land four punts inside the 20-yard line in consecutive games. He accomplished the feat at Detroit and at the N.Y. Giants in Weeks 12-13, earning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Giants. In 2010, Slocum guided first-year man Masthay to a 37.6-yard net average, which matched the best mark by a Packers punter to that point since 1976 (Jon Ryan, 2007). In 2009, Slocum s first year as coordinator, LB Desmond Bishop, S Derrick Martin and TE Spencer Havner each recorded 20-plus tackles on special teams, the first Green Bay trio to accomplish that feat since In his three seasons as Green Bay s special teams assistant, Slocum helped tutor CB Will Blackmon as he tied the franchise record with three punt returns for touchdowns, accomplishing that feat over a two-year span ( ). Along with his special teams duties, Slocum also previously assisted Winston Moss in coaching the linebackers. Slocum (SLOW-kumm) joined the Packers from the University of Mississippi, where he served one year as assistant head coach and linebackers coach. Under Slocum s tutelage, LB Patrick Willis garnered first-team All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com and The Associated Press as a junior and was a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation s outstanding defensive player. One year later, Willis was drafted in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers. Prior to Ole Miss, Slocum took a two-year hiatus from coaching, as owner and president of Slocum Development Group, Inc., a custom home-building and commercial-development company in Texas. Slocum was the special teams coordinator and secondary coach at Texas A&M ( ) in his third stint with the Aggies. Slocum s units contributed to a team that appeared in two bowl games during that time. 39 AT A GLANCE Joined Packers on Feb. 6, 2006, as assistant special teams coach. Was promoted to special teams coordinator on Feb. 3, In 2012, helped guide WR Randall Cobb to a franchise-record 2,342 combined net yards (No. 1 in the NFL), P Tim Masthay to a new team record in net punting average (38.9), and K Mason Crosby to his sixth straight 100-point season, joining K Ryan Longwell as the only players in franchise history with six or more 100-point seasons. Possesses 22 years of coaching experience, the first 15 at the college level. Played linebacker at Texas A&M. Holder of a B.S. degree in construction management, Slocum took a two-year coaching hiatus to run Slocum Development Group, a custom home-building and commercial-development company. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached 1989 Texas A&M... Volunteer Assistant 1990 Univ. of Pittsburgh...Graduate Assistant Defense Texas A&M... Special Teams/Tight Ends Texas A&M...Special Teams/Linebackers Southern California... Special Teams Coordinator/ Linebackers Texas A&M...Special Teams Coordinator/Secondary 2005 Univ. of Mississippi...Asst. Head Coach/Linebackers Green Bay Packers... Assistant Special Teams Green Bay Packers...Special Teams Coordinator Before returning to his alma mater, Slocum spent two seasons ( ) at the University of Southern California as the special teams coordinator and linebackers coach. During his tenure, Slocum worked with future NFL players Chris Claiborne, David Gibson, Marcus Steele and Zeke Moreno. In 1998, Claiborne earned both All-America recognition and the Butkus Award as the nation s top linebacker in leading the Trojans to the Sun Bowl. Earlier, Slocum spent seven seasons at Texas A&M ( ), and assisted the Aggies to five bowl games, including four Cotton Bowl appearances. During that seven-year term, in which the school was , he coached 14 players who went on to play in the NFL. The 94 wins were sixth in the country and marked the most wins by any Texas Division I school in any decade. While at Texas A&M as special teams and tight ends coach ( ), he helped the Aggies to three straight Southwest Conference championships. The following year, he transitioned from coaching tight ends to linebackers while maintaining his special teams responsibilities. In that role ( ), he recruited and coached All-American LB, Lombardi Award winner and future Dallas Cowboy Dat Nguyen. On special teams, Slocum helped mold eventual Pro Bowl P Shane Lechler, a two-time All-American and three-time All-Big 12 selection in college. Along with numerous school and conference records, Lechler finished his A&M career with NCAA marks for career punting average (44.7) and career games averaging at least 40 yards (37). Slocum began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Texas A&M in He moved on to the University of Pittsburgh the following season (1990) as a graduate-assistant defensive coach, serving on a Paul Hackett staff that included McCarthy, then a graduate assistant helping with the Panthers quarterbacks. A linebacker in college, Slocum earned one letter from Texas A&M in 1984 and was a member of the 12th Man kickoff squad from He earned a B.S. degree in construction management from the school in Born Feb. 21, 1965, in Bryan, Texas, Slocum is married to the former Michelle Biehl. He has four children: daughters Tayler, 20, who will be a junior at Texas A&M in the fall, Jordyn, 18, who will be a freshman at Texas A&M in the fall, and Haley, 15, and son Jaxon, 10. His father, R.C., the winningest head coach in Texas A&M history, guided the program for 14 years ( ) and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in In his spare time, Slocum enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. COACHES VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC.
28 COACHING STAFF EDGAR BENNETT WIDE RECEIVERS Ninth Season as NFL Coach 13th Packers Season MISC REVIEW VETERANS COACHES FREE AGENTS FIELD Edgar Bennett begins his 21st NFL season in 2013, his 19th in Green Bay and his third as the Packers wide receivers coach after six seasons as running backs coach. Named to his newest position on Feb. 25, 2011, by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Bennett originally became a position coach on Jan. 28, 2005, for the running backs. He was re-named to that post on Jan. 17, 2006, for McCarthy s first season at the helm. He continues his third Green Bay tour after initially rejoining the club to head player development ( ), and after a tenure as one of the most productive running backs in Green Bay history ( ). Following the record-setting season turned in by the wide-receiver group during his first year as its leader in 2011, Bennett s charges overcame injuries and lineup shuffling to have another resoundingly productive season in In addition to seeing front-man Greg Jennings miss eight full games and parts of others with a groin/abdomen injury, the group also lost Jordy Nelson to a hamstring strain that held him out of four games and most of two more. In the absence of Jennings and Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb ascended to the forefront of the team s passing attack. Jones put it all together under Bennett s direction in 2012, posting new career highs with 64 catches, 734 yards and an NFL-leading 14 touchdowns, becoming the first Packer to lead the league in receiving TDs since Sterling Sharpe (18) in A uniquely versatile threat, Cobb emerged as the team s leading receiver in just his second season, catching a team-best 80 passes for 954 yards and eight touchdowns. He matched his receiving productivity with his prowess as a returner to set the franchise s single-season all-purpose yardage record, posting a combined 2,342 total yards, while also becoming the first player in NFL history to have 900-plus receiving yards and 900-plus kickoff return yards in the same season. Under his watch, the group posted one of the most productive seasons in franchise history in 2011, setting new team records and finishing first in the NFL among receiving corps in yards (3,667), yards per game (229.2) and touchdowns (38). The touchdown total was the second highest in league history by a receiver group and all five players at the position posted 25 or more catches for the first time in franchise annals. On an individual level in 2011, Bennett helped guide Jennings to his second consecutive Pro Bowl berth during a season that saw the sixth-year pro on pace for several career highs before a knee injury kept him out of the final three regular-season games. Additionally, he was instrumental in the development and emergence of Nelson, who in his fourth season posted new career highs in every major statistical category and was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl. Nelson led the team with 68 catches for 1,263 yards and an impressive 15 touchdowns, the third most in team history. In what is a true testament to the intense emphasis on ball security that marked Bennett s career as a player and now as a coach, the receiver group has not committed a turnover in either 2011 or 2012, despite a combined 489 touches on offense. Prior to becoming wide receivers coach, Bennett oversaw the development of several key running backs in Green Bay s stable from James Starks was a sixth-round draft pick in 2010 who missed all of training camp and the first 11 games of his rookie season recovering from a hamstring injury this after missing his senior season in college following shoulder surgery. But when Starks was healthy, Bennett got him ready to go. He rushed for 73 yards in his NFL debut vs. San Francisco (Dec. 5) and added a franchise rookie playoff-record 123 yards in the NFC Wild Card game at Philadelphia (Jan. 9). Starks was needed during the team s stretch run because of a seasonending ankle injury to Ryan Grant in Week 1, who became just the third running back in team history to eclipse 1,200 yards in back-to-back seasons in Grant rapidly progressed in 2007, his first season with the Packers, after coming to the team in a trade at the end of training camp. Quickly brought up to speed under Bennett s tutelage, Grant emerged from a backfield-by-committee to become the starter at midseason, went on to rush for 956 yards (including five 100-yard performances), and then set Green Bay postseason records with 201 yards and three touchdowns in a playoff victory over Seattle. In 2006, Bennett oversaw the strong recovery from a torn quadriceps tendon by Ahman Green, whose sixth 1,000-yard season set a franchise record. In his first season as a full-time coach in 2005, Bennett saw the team start five halfbacks and feature six after season-ending injuries claimed Green and Najeh Davenport (ankle). 40 AT A GLANCE First joined the Packers on April 10, 2001, to head the player development department; promoted to running backs coach on Jan. 28, 2005, and re-named to the position by Mike Mc- Carthy on Jan. 17, 2006; named to new post as wide receivers coach on Feb. 25, Enjoyed an outstanding first season as the team s receivers coach in 2011, tutoring a group that set franchise records for yards (3,667), yards per game (229.2) and touchdowns (38), while seeing all five players at the position collect at least 25 catches, a franchise first. The Packers fourth-round selection in the 1992 NFL Draft, is the 10th-ranked rusher in Packers history, with 3,353 yards over his five seasons ( ). In 1995, he became only the fifth player in team annals to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (1,067) and the first since Terdell Middleton in Continues to hold the club single-season record for receptions by a running back with 78, set in Was inducted into both the Green Bay Packers and Florida State athletic halls of fame in In 2003, created the Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon, an event that brings together Packers players, coaches and staff to raise funds for charity. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached Green Bay Packers...Running Backs Green Bay Packers...Wide Receivers Faced with steep adversity, Bennett took Samkon Gado, a non-drafted player fresh off the practice squad, and guided him to the second-most productive season by a rookie running back in franchise history. Gado, who had started only two games at Liberty University, ran for 582 yards, including three 100-yard games. Initially joining the club as its director of player development April 10, 2001, Bennett spent four years helping players become acclimated to their roles as Green Bay Packers, both on and off the field, especially in terms of their expected contributions to their teammates, the community and team chemistry. Bennett s efforts in this area were recognized in 2003 as the Packers player development department was named the best in the NFC. Green Bay s fourth-round draft selection in 1992, Bennett is the 10thranked rusher in Packers history. The former Florida State athlete gained 3,353 yards over his five seasons in green and gold ( ). In 1995, he became only the fifth player in team annals to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (1,067) and the first since Terdell Middleton in He also continues to hold the club single-season record for receptions by a running back with 78, set in His accomplishments were appropriately honored in 2005 upon his induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. After a torn Achilles heel suffered in the Packers 1997 preseason opener ended his season, a successfully rehabbed Bennett signed with Chicago as an unrestricted free agent in 1998 and led the Bears in rushing that season with 611 yards. After one more season with Chicago, Bennett retired from football in A four-year starter at fullback for Florida State (1987, ), Bennett holds a bachelor s degree in social science, with a primary emphasis in political science and a secondary emphasis in sociology. Previously, he was a first-team all-state back at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, where he played with former Packers safety LeRoy Butler, who later also would be his teammate at FSU and in Green Bay. Bennett was inducted into the Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame in Bennett and his wife, Mindy, have a son, Edgar IV, and a daughter, Elyse Morgan, and live in Green Bay. In 2003, he created the Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon, an event that brings together Packers players, coaches and staff. In recent years, the event has supported Families of Children with Cancer, a foundation that gives financial and social support to local families whose children are receiving treatments for cancer or bone marrow failure. In its initial year, the Bowl-A-Thon supported the March of Dimes. In May 2006, Bennett received the Nice Guy Award at the Doug Jirschele Sports Awards Banquet in Clintonville, Wis.
29 JAMES CAMPEN OFFENSIVE LINE 10th Season as NFL Coach 10th Packers Season COACHING STAFF AT A GLANCE Joined Packers on Feb. 27, 2004, as assistant offensive line/ quality control; promoted by Mike McCarthy to assistant offensive line coach on Jan. 17, 2006, and to offensive line coach on Jan. 15, Has had at least one of his linemen selected to the Pro Bowl in , the first time since that the Packers had a different lineman honored in three straight seasons. In all six of his seasons as offensive line coach, the Packers have finished in the top 10 in the NFL in scoring. Played in 61 games with the Packers, including 42 starts. Was the center for QB Brett Favre s first start (Sept. 27, 1992). Selected as a team captain at every level of football. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached Green Bay Packers...Assistant Offensive Line/ Quality Control 2006 Green Bay Packers...Assistant Offensive Line Green Bay Packers...Offensive Line James Campen begins his 10th campaign as a Packers coach, his 15th overall with the organization. Promoted to offensive line coach on Jan. 15, 2007, by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Campen moved up from his position as assistant offensive line coach in McCarthy s first season at the helm. Prior to that, Campen filled the role of assistant offensive line/quality control coach for two seasons. In all six of Campen s seasons in his current position, the Packers have finished in the top 10 in the league in scoring. Campen has had at least one of his linemen selected to the Pro Bowl each of the last three seasons, the first time since that the Packers ha d a different lineman honored in three straight seasons. In 2012, C Jeff Saturday and G Josh Sitton were both selected to the Pro Bowl, the first time since 2003 that the team had two offensive linemen honored. Sitton became the first Green Bay guard to be honored since Marco Rivera in Campen s line helped the Packers rank No. 5 in the NFL in scoring (27.1) and tied for No. 2 in fewest giveaways (16) last season. QB Aaron Rodgers led the league in passer rating (108.0) and TD/ INT ratio (4.88) and ranked No. 2 in TD passes (39). With injuries at running back, the Packers had seven different players rush for at least 125 yards on the season, which was tied for the most (1944) in franchise history. In 2011, the line helped the offense set franchise records for points (560), also the second most in NFL history; total net yards (6,482); total net passing yards (4,924); and fewest giveaways (14). Rodgers was named the NFL Most Valuable Player by The Associated Press after setting an NFL single-season record for passer rating (122.5) and team marks for TD passes (45), passing yards (4,643) and completion percentage (68.3). Under Campen s guidance, veteran C Scott Wells earned Pro Bowl recognition in 2011 for the first time in his career as he became the first Green Bay center to be honored since Mike Flanagan in 2003, while Sitton was named a Pro Bowl alternate for the second straight season. Campen also tutored second-year T Marshall Newhouse, who started 13 games (10 at LT, three at RT). In 2010, Bryan Bulaga started the final 12 regular-season games and all four postseason contests at RT after veteran Mark Tauscher sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 4. Bulaga was selected to the All-Rookie team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA. Veteran T Chad Clifton earned Pro Bowl recognition for the second time in his career, while Sitton was named the 2010 Offensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association. In 2009, Sitton started every game at RG in just his second season in the league, while rookie T.J. Lang played three different positions and started games at both tackle spots when needed. Even though injuries contributed to the Packers utilizing six different starting combinations along the line in 09, RB Ryan Grant posted career highs in rushing yards (1,253) and touchdowns (11), and Rodgers was sacked just 10 times over the final seven games. In the first two years at his current post, Campen worked handson in the development of three linemen Daryn Colledge, Jason Spitz and Tony Moll who started a combined 103 games from In 2007, the unit allowed only 19 sacks all season, and Clifton earned his first Pro Bowl appearance. Campen (KAMP-en) made the transition from assistant offensive line coach smoothly, having worked extensively with Colledge, Spitz and Moll when all three were rookie draft choices in Alongside Joe Philbin, Campen helped teach the zoneblocking scheme to the youngsters and the veterans. In 2005, Campen made his mark tutoring young linemen as Wells, then in just his second year, filled in at center for an injured Flanagan on several occasions and for eight games at guard after coaches altered the lineup. He also helped Clifton be named an alternate for the Pro Bowl, while seventh-round draft pick Wil- 41 liam Whitticker started 14 games at guard and became the team s lowest-drafted rookie to start the season opener since Campen s direction in 2004 helped the line set a team record for fewest sacks allowed (14) and block for a 1,000-yard rusher for a sixth consecutive season, a franchise record. Rivera became the first Green Bay offensive lineman in 33 years to make three straight Pro Bowl appearances. Formerly a player with the Packers, Campen was a Plan B free agency addition from the New Orleans Saints in He played in 15 games for Green Bay that season, then took over as the starter at center in 1990, starting all 16 games and grading out as the most consistent member of the offensive line. Campen went on to play in 13 games in both 1991 and 92. Green Bay s starting center on Sept. 27, 1992, vs. Pittsburgh, Campen literally launched Brett Favre s 285-game starting streak, an NFL record among QBs. His playing career came to an end in 1993 when he suffered a torn hamstring in Week 4 at Dallas and later underwent season-ending surgery. Campen played in 61 games overall with the Packers, making 42 of 48 starts from Campen broke into the NFL by talking his way into a free-agent contract with the Saints in 1986 after going undrafted. Waived during training camp, he made the New Orleans roster in 1987 on his second try and started three games for the Saints. A two-year starter at Tulane ( ), Campen received the school s Dr. Eamon Kelley Award as a senior, honoring the top student-athlete in the class who bettered the campus and community. He was the first football player to serve as a resident advisor in the dormitory. Campen earlier had begun his collegiate career at Sacramento (Calif.) City Junior College ( ). Campen began his coaching career as defensive coordinator at his prep alma mater, Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, Calif. After four seasons, he was named head coach and went over the next five years, competing in the Sierra Valley Conference, one of the most competitive high school leagues in the state. As a Ponderosa student-athlete, he earned two letters in football and three in wrestling. Possessor of a B.A. degree in social science with an emphasis in criminal justice, Campen served as a reserve deputy sheriff in New Orleans and volunteered with the Green Bay Police Department in a similar capacity while a Packers player. Campen was born June 11, 1964, in Sacramento, Calif. He and his family make their home in Suamico, Wis. Campen also takes time to be involved in the community, giving talks to local groups. COACHES VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC.
30 COACHING STAFF JERRY FONTENOT TIGHT ENDS Eighth Season as NFL Coach Eighth Packers Season MISC REVIEW VETERANS COACHES FREE AGENTS FIELD Jerry Fontenot begins his eighth season with the Packers and his second as tight ends coach in He was moved to his new post on Feb. 13, 2012, as part of a staff shuffling on the offensive side of the ball that followed the departure of former offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, who was named head coach of the Miami Dolphins. The tight ends assignment was another in the line of many that have highlighted the early portion of Fontenot s coaching career, one that started with an internship in the summer of Upon assuming the title of tight ends coach, Fontenot was entrusted with several new responsibilities, one of which was overseeing the continued development of talented TE Jermichael Finley. In 2012, Finley started a career-high 14 games on his way to setting the franchise record for receptions by a tight end with 61, also finishing with 667 yards and two touchdowns. The fifth-year pro was particularly productive down the stretch, ranking No. 3 in the NFL among tight ends with 396 receiving yards over the final seven games of the season. Additionally, No. 2 tight end Tom Crabtree evolved as a target in the passing game, finishing with career highs in every major statistical receiving category. During the season, Crabtree scored touchdowns spanning 48 and 72 yards, becoming the first Green Bay tight end since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to have two TD catches of 45-plus yards in the same season. Before being assigned to the tight ends, Fontenot received his first position-group appointment on Feb. 25, 2011, when Head Coach Mike McCarthy placed him in command of the team s running backs. In what was a prolific offensive season that saw the Packers score the second-most points in NFL history (560), the running backs played a key role in providing a balance to what was the most productive yardage offense in franchise annals (6,482 yards). Primary contributions from the backfield came from veteran running back Ryan Grant and second-year man James Starks, who became the first pair of Green Bay backs to eclipse the 550-yard mark in the same season since Edgar Bennett and Dorsey Levens did so in Grant returned from a season-ending ankle injury that shelved him for almost all of 2010 and hit his stride as the season wore on, particularly in the last four games, when he carried 42 times for 243 yards (5.8 avg.) and two TDs. Starks started strong on the heels of what was a productive 2010 postseason, posting 503 yards on 109 carries (4.6 avg.) in the first nine games. Fontenot (FON-tin-oh) also helped guide the success of John Kuhn, the veteran fullback who was voted to start the Pro Bowl for the NFC at season s end, the first time he d been named to the all-star team. Additionally, Kuhn earned second-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press and led the team s backs with six total touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving), becoming the first Packer to score both a rushing and receiving TD in four consecutive seasons since Ahman Green did so from Fontenot originally joined the Packers in the summer of 2006 as a coaching intern and remained with the team that season as an offensive assistant, working with the offensive line. He was promoted to assistant offensive line coach by McCarthy on Jan. 15, 2007, and spent the next four seasons in that role. During his five seasons working with the offensive line, Fontenot contributed to the development of several linemen. In 2010, veteran LT Chad Clifton earned Pro Bowl recognition for the second time in his career as he started all 16 contests. Rookie Bryan Bulaga started 12 games at RT after veteran Mark Tauscher was lost for the season due to a shoulder injury, and went on to earn All-Rookie honors from Pro Football Weekly/PFWA. RG Josh Sitton was named the 2010 Offensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association and was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate. In 2009, Sitton started every game at RG in just his second season, while rookie T.J. Lang played three different positions at times and started games at both tackle spots when needed. From , the 06 draft trio of Daryn Colledge, Jason Spitz and Tony Moll combined for 103 starts. A starting center for the New Orleans Saints during McCarthy s fiveyear tenure there as offensive coordinator, Fontenot made an indelible impression on McCarthy with his leadership, intelligence, and the respect he commanded in the locker room, qualities he displayed in 42 AT A GLANCE Began his tenure in Green Bay as a coaching intern in the summer of 2006 and remained with the team throughout the season to assist with the offensive line; elevated to full-time status as assistant offensive line coach on Jan. 15, 2007; promoted again to running backs coach on Feb. 25, 2011; named tight ends coach on Feb. 13, Oversaw the continued development of TE Jermichael Finley in 2012, helping the fifth-year pro set a new franchise record for receptions by a tight end (61). Enjoyed a successful first season in charge of the running back group in 2011, helping Ryan Grant and James Starks become the first pair of Packers backs to each rush for more than 550 yards since 1996, while also seeing FB John Kuhn earn his first bid to the Pro Bowl. A longtime center, played 239 NFL games with the Bears, Saints and Bengals from , proving to be extremely durable as a player. Originally a third-round draft choice by Chicago in 1989, began a starting streak of 106 games in 1991, then authored a streak of 80 straight starts from Started at center during Mike McCarthy s five years as New Orleans offensive coordinator ( ). Played every position on the offensive line at Texas A&M, twice earning honorable mention All-American. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached 2006 Green Bay Packers... Offensive Assistant Green Bay Packers...Assistant Offensive Line 2011 Green Bay Packers...Running Backs Green Bay Packers...Tight Ends his first foray into coaching. Not far removed from his playing days, which concluded after 16 seasons in 2004, Fontenot quickly showed he could relate well to players, prompting McCarthy to retain Fontenot in a full-time capacity in 2007 with the promotion of Philbin to offensive coordinator and James Campen to offensive line coach. A longtime center, Fontenot played 239 NFL games with the Bears, Saints and Bengals from 1989 through 2004, proving to be extremely durable as a player. Originally a third-round draft choice by Chicago in 1989, Fontenot began a starting streak of 106 games in 1991 with the Bears that continued through his first one-plus seasons with the Saints, whom he joined in 1997 as an unrestricted free agent. That streak ended with a season-ending knee injury in October Returning at the start of the 1999 season, Fontenot then started 80 consecutive games for the Saints through the end of the 2003 season before finishing his career with the Bengals in Fontenot was named a USA Today All-Joe Team selection in 2002 for his excellence without fanfare and his enduring leadership qualities. In all, Fontenot played on four playoff teams, three with the Bears (1990, 91, 94) and one with the Saints (2000). He spent his first year out of football in 2005 working in broadcasting in the Chicago area, handling various football assignments with both WGN and ESPN, before deciding to give coaching a try, which he feels provides more fuel for his passion for the game. A standout at Texas A&M and a sociology major, Fontenot played every position on the offensive line in college and helped lead the Aggies to three consecutive Southwest Conference titles from He earned all-conference honors three times and was an honorable mention All-American as a junior and senior. Born Nov. 21, 1966, in Lafayette, La., Fontenot was a four-sport star at Lafayette High School, earning all-state honors twice in football, finishing as state runner-up twice in the discus, and winning a state championship in baseball. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three daughters Gabrielle, Madeleine and Camille.
31 KEVIN GREENE OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS Fifth Season as NFL Coach Fifth Packers Season COACHING STAFF 43 AT A GLANCE Joined Packers on Feb. 3, Has tutored LB Clay Matthews over the past four seasons as he became the first Packer to be selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons in the NFL. Under his guidance in 2009, Matthews (10) and LB Brad Jones (four) became the first Green Bay rookie tandem to each record four-plus sacks in the same season. Finished a 15-year playing career ( ) ranked third all-time in sacks and first among linebackers with 160. Was a five-time Pro Bowler (1989, 94, 95, 96, 98) and two-time first-team All-Pro selection ( 94, 96), leading the league in sacks both of those years. Played for current Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers with Pittsburgh and Carolina. Served as a captain during a 16-year career in the Army Reserve. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached Green Bay Packers... Outside Linebackers Kevin Greene enters his fifth season with the Packers in 2013 as outside linebackers coach, his first full-time NFL coaching job after 15 years as a standout player. Named to his position by Head Coach Mike McCarthy on Feb. 3, 2009, Greene brings a wealth of experience at the outside linebacker spot and has played a key role in teaching that position in the Packers 3-4 defensive scheme the past four seasons. Since Greene joined the coaching staff in 2009, the Packers have registered 160 sacks, tied for No. 5 in the league over that span, and have allowed 19.3 points per game, No. 4 in the NFL. Greene s linebackers have accounted for 74 of those sacks during that time, with an additional 11½ sacks in the postseason. In 2012, Greene helped guide LB Clay Matthews to his fourth straight Pro Bowl selection as he became the first player in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl each of his first four seasons in the league. Matthews led the team and ranked No. 5 in the league with 13 sacks despite missing four games due to a hamstring injury. His 42½ sacks since entering the league in 09 rank No. 5 in the NFL over that span. Also under Greene s direction, LB Erik Walden finished No. 5 on the team with 71 tackles and added a career-best two interceptions in 12. Non-drafted rookie LB Dezman Moses appeared in all 16 games with six starts and registered four sacks, which was tied for No. 3 among rookies in the NFC. The outside linebackers helped the team rank No. 4 in the NFL with 47 sacks, with Greene s unit accounting for 22 of them in In 2011, Matthews posted career highs in interceptions (three) and passes defensed (nine), while adding 69 tackles and six sacks on his way to earning Pro Bowl honors. He finished No. 4 in the league with a combined 38½ QB knockdowns/hurries and became the first player in franchise history to score a defensive TD in each of his first three seasons in the NFL. In 2010, Matthews led the team with 13½ sacks, including back-to-back three-sack games to start the season, on his way to becoming the first Green Bay linebacker to earn first-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press since Tim Harris in He finished second to Steelers S Troy Polamalu in the AP s Defensive Player of the Year voting. Rookie free agent Frank Zombo moved into the starting lineup midway through the season opposite Matthews due to injuries, opening eight contests and recording 67 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. In his first season as a coach in 2009, Greene was part of a staff that guided the Packers defense to a No. 2 overall ranking in the league, the highest mark since the 96 team finished as the No. 1 defense. Under Greene s direction in 09, Matthews registered 10 sacks, the most by a Packers rookie since the statistic became official in He was selected to the Pro Bowl, the first Green Bay rookie to earn that honor since WR James Lofton in 1978, and also led all NFL rookies with three forced fumbles. Greene tutored another rookie, seventh-round draft choice Brad Jones, as he was inserted into veteran Aaron Kampman s starting spot after he sustained a season-ending knee injury. Jones posted four sacks, all in the final month of the season, to give the Packers their first rookie tandem with four-plus sacks in franchise history. As a 3-4 outside linebacker during his playing career, Greene posted 160 career sacks while playing for four different teams, good for No. 3 on the NFL s all-time list behind Bruce Smith and Reggie White and No. 1 all-time among linebackers. In 15 seasons ( ), he was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, a two-time first-team All-Pro pick by AP and a second-team selection one season. Greene recorded 10 double-digit sack seasons, which ranks third in NFL history behind Smith and White. Greene led his team in sacks 11 times and the league twice, and played in six conference championship games and one Super Bowl (XXX). He was a semifinalist in the Pro Football Hall of Fame balloting each year from and was a finalist in Greene s pro career began in 1985 with the Los Angeles Rams, where he played his first eight seasons, six under future Packers defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmur ( ). In 1993, Greene joined the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played for current Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers the first two of his three seasons there. In 1996, Greene reunited with Capers, who was then the head coach for the Carolina Panthers. Greene then spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers (1997) before returning to Carolina for his final two years ( ). In addition to the 160 sacks, Greene finished his career with 26 fumble recoveries, tied for fourth all-time, and five interceptions. He had three returns for touchdowns (two fumbles, one INT) and also posted three safeties. A walk-on at Auburn, Greene played two seasons ( ) for the Tigers and led the Southeastern Conference in sacks as a senior with 11. He was selected in both the NFL Draft, by the Rams in the fifth round (113th overall), and in the USFL territorial draft, by the Birmingham Stallions. While earning a degree in criminal justice at Auburn, Greene also completed ROTC training and served as a captain in a 16- year career in the Army Reserve. He served his military commitments during the offseasons while playing in the NFL. Greene was a two-year starter and honorable mention all-conference selection as a senior at Granite City South High (Ill.). He also played basketball and was a high jumper for the track team. After his playing career ended, Greene worked in real estate and as a summer NFL coaching intern with five different clubs, including one in 2006 with Miami, where Capers was the Dolphins defensive coordinator. His most recent coaching internship came in 2008 with the eventual Super Bowl champion Steelers. Greene was born July 31, 1962, in Schenectady, N.Y. He and his wife, Tara, have a son, Gavin, and a daughter, Gabrielle. COACHES VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC.
32 COACHING STAFF JOEL HILGENBERG ASSISTANT OFFENSIVE LINE Third Season as NFL Coach Third Packers Season MISC REVIEW VETERANS COACHES FREE AGENTS FIELD Joel Hilgenberg begins his second season as the Packers assistant offensive line coach after one season as the club s offensive quality control coach, continuing his coaching career after 10 seasons as an NFL offensive lineman. Named to his new position by Head Coach Mike McCarthy on Feb. 13, 2012, Hilgenberg originally joined the Packers on Feb. 25, 2011, as offensive quality control coach. He had worked as a coaching intern with the team during training camp, minicamp and a portion of OTAs in 2010, primarily assisting offensive line coach James Campen and then-assistant offensive line coach Jerry Fontenot. In 2012, Hilgenberg s first season assisting with the line, C Jeff Saturday and G Josh Sitton were both selected to the Pro Bowl, the first time since 2003 that the team had two offensive linemen h onored. Sitton became the first Green Bay guard to be named to the all-star game since Marco Rivera in The line helped the Packers rank No. 5 in the NFL in scoring (27.1) and tied for No. 2 in fewest giveaways (16) last season, while QB Aaron Rodgers led the league in passer rating (108.0) and TD/INT ratio (4.88) and ranked No. 2 in TD passes (39). With injuries at the running back position, the Packers had seven different players rush for at least 125 yards on the season, which was tied for the most (1944) in franchise history. As the offensive quality control coach in 2011, Hilgenberg s duties included breaking down game film and analyzing the opponent s defensive tendencies while also assisting with the offensive line. Hilgenberg spent his entire 10-year playing career with the New Orleans Saints ( ), appearing in 142 games as a center/guard. In 1992, he started all 16 contests and was part of a line that allowed an NFL-low 15 sacks on the season on his way to earning Pro Bowl recognition at center. Hilgenberg played in all 16 games with 14 starts at center in 1991 and yielded just one sack all season, including a streak of 10 consecutive games without allowing one. In addition to playing on the offensive line, he also handled long-snapping duties for the Saints throughout his career. In 2006, he was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame. Hilgenberg was selected by New Orleans in the fourth round (94th overall) of the 1984 NFL Draft out of the University of Iowa, where he earned second-team All-America honors in He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior and senior as he started every game in for a Hawkeyes team that went 17-7 and played in two bowl games over that span. Hilgenberg earned his degree from Iowa in interdepartmental studies. SHOVELING SNOW AT In a gesture symbolic of a community-owned team, the Packers for more than 40 years have asked citizens to shovel snow off the Lambeau Field bleachers. Today, if the team needs help, it will issue a press release alerting the locals. The Packers provide shovels and request fans to not bring their own from home. During the 2012 season, the Packers activated the plan to clear off the seats prior to the team s Week 16 game against Tennessee and the NFC Wild Card matchup against Minnesota. It marked the 20th and 21st occasions that Packers fans have been asked to shovel snow since Fans at least 15 years old who arrive early enough often shovel for several hours. Each participant receives $10/hour at the end of the day. AT A GLANCE Joined the Packers on Feb. 25, Enters his third season as an NFL coach and his second assisting with Green Bay s offensive line after serving as the team s offensive quality control coach in Played in 142 games as an offensive lineman with New Orleans ( ) and was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in Was a two-time All-Big Ten choice at the University of Iowa ( ) and earned second-team All-America honors in 83. Father, Jerry, earned first-team All-America honors at Iowa in 1953, and brother, Jay, was a seven-time Pro Bowler with the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached 2011 Green Bay Packers...Offensive Quality Control Green Bay Packers...Assistant Offensive Line Hilgenberg comes from a long line of Iowa centers. His father, Jerry, earned first-team All-America honors at Iowa as a center in 1953 and was drafted in the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns in His brothers, Jim and Jay, also played center at Iowa. Jay went on to play 13 seasons ( ) in the NFL with Chicago ( ), Cleveland (1992) and New Orleans (1993), earning Pro Bowl recognition seven times. Hilgenberg s late uncle, Wally, played linebacker in the NFL for 16 seasons with Detroit ( ) and Minnesota ( ). Hilgenberg was born July 10, 1962, in Iowa City, Iowa, He and his wife, Jeanie, have a daughter, Anna, 13. Hilgenberg enjoys upland field hunting and golfing. 44
33 BEN MCADOO QUARTERBACKS 10th NFL Season Eighth Packers Season COACHING STAFF Ben McAdoo begins his eighth season with the Packers, his second as the team s quarterbacks coach. McAdoo was appointed to his current position on Feb. 13, 2012, by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, as part of a series of staff changes on the offensive side of the ball that came in the aftermath of former coordinator Joe Philbin being named head coach of the Miami Dolphins. In his current role, McAdoo works closely with three-time Pro Bowl QB Aaron Rodgers, who is entering his sixth season as the franchise s starter under center. Following his near-unanimous selection as the NFL s Most Valuable Player in 2011, Rodgers continued to flourish under McAdoo s direction in He was once again voted the Pro Bowl starter for the NFC after completing 371 of 552 attempts for 4,295 yards with 39 TDs against just eight INTs and leading the league in passer rating for the second consecutive season (108.0). Maybe most impressive was that Rodgers maintained his remarkable level of play in the face of seemingly constant injuries and lineup shuffling on the offensive side of the ball. Throughout the season, he captained an offense that saw five different players start at running back, five different offensive line combinations and the loss of top targets Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson for a combined 12 games and extended parts of others. Despite the lack of continuity around him, he managed to guide the league s No. 5-ranked scoring offense (27.1 ppg.), while also ranking second in the NFL in touchdown passes and third in completion percentage (67.2). Prior to drawing his most recent assignment, McAdoo served as the team s tight ends coach for six seasons. In 2011, he helped then fourth-year pro Jermichael Finley make his return to the field following a season-ending knee injury suffered in Finley was named a Pro Bowl alternate after playing in all 16 games for the first time and setting new career highs with 767 yards and eight touchdowns, while matching his previous career best with 55 catches and becoming the first tight end in franchise history to post two 55-catch seasons. In addition to Finley, McAdoo helped develop second-year men Tom Crabtree and Andrew Quarless into adept blockers up front. Quarless appeared in 10 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury of his own in Week 13 and Crabtree played in all 16 games, starting a career-high nine of them. In 2010, Finley got off to a torrid start under McAdoo s tutelage, posting 21 catches for 301 yards and a touchdown in the opening four games. That included back-to-back 100-yard receiving performances as Finley joined Paul Coffman (1979) as the only TEs in team annals to accomplish that feat. Finley s three career 100-yard games already rank No. 2 in franchise history behind Coffman (six). After Finley sustained his knee injury on the opening series at Washington in Week 5, Quarless, then a rookie, and Crabtree, who held a first-year player designation, moved into more significant roles under McAdoo s guidance. Quarless went on to post 21 receptions for 238 yards, the best marks by a Green Bay rookie TE in both categories since Bubba Franks (34-363) in Quarless 62 receiving yards at Detroit in Week 14 were the most by a Packers rookie TE since Ron Kramer posted 68 at Detroit on Nov. 28, In 2009, McAdoo oversaw one of the most productive seasons in team history by the tight ends. With the emergence of youngsters Finley and Spencer Havner, along with another year of steady production from veteran Donald Lee, Green Bay s tight ends posted a collective 99 receptions for 1,048 yards, franchise records in both categories. Finley (55 receptions) and Lee (37) became the first tight-end duo in franchise history to each post 35-plus receptions in the same season, and they were one of only two tandems in the league to do so in 2009, along with New Orleans Jeremy Shockey and David Thomas. Meanwhile, with Finley (five TDs) and Havner (four), the Packers were the only team in the NFL to have two tight ends catch at least four TD passes apiece. The emergence of Finley, a third-round draft choice in 2008, was not a surprise after seeing the marked improvement he made in his first season. McAdoo helped Finley steadily learn the pro game as a rookie, and Finley flashed his tremendous potential over the final two games of the season, posting three receptions for 64 yards and his first NFL touchdown. In 2007, it was former backup Lee enjoying a breakout year as he moved into a starting role. Lee posted career highs with 48 catches for 575 yards and six TDs, and he followed that up with consistent production in to become the first Packers tight end since Coffman ( ) to catch at least 35 passes in three consecutive seasons. Upon arriving in Green Bay in 2006, McAdoo helped the Packers tight ends adapt successfully to additional blocking and pass-protection duties they hadn t previously been assigned. The added assistance helped a young 45 AT A GLANCE Last name is pronounced MACK-ah-doo. Spent his first six seasons in Green Bay as the team s tight ends coach before being named to his current position as quarterbacks coach on Feb. 13, Enjoyed a productive first year as the team s QB coach, helping Aaron Rodgers to another stellar statistical season that saw him be voted the NFC s Pro Bowl starter and lead the NFL in passer rating (108.0). As tight ends coach, oversaw the growth and development of Jermichael Finley, who in 2011 set or tied then-career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns, and became the first TE in franchise history to record two seasons with 55-plus receptions. Finley also tied a single-season team record with two 100-yard receiving games in 2010 despite playing in only five games due to a knee injury and posted the second-most catches (55) ever by a Packers TE in Packers tight ends posted a collective 99 receptions for 1,048 yards in 2009, franchise records in both categories. Has worked with Head Coach Mike McCarthy in each of previous two NFL tenures, with New Orleans and San Francisco. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached 2001 Michigan State...Special Teams/Offensive Assistant 2002 *Fairfield University...Offensive Line/Tight Ends 2003 University of Pittsburgh... Offensive Assistant 2004 University of Akron...Assistant Coach 2004 New Orleans Saints...Off. Assistant/Quality Control 2005 Stanford University...Tackles/Tight Ends 2005 San Francisco 49ers...Asst. Off. Line/Quality Control Green Bay Packers...Tight Ends Green Bay Packers...Quarterbacks * Named assistant head coach following 2002 season before football program disbanded. offensive line, with as many as three rookie starters at times, allow just 24 sacks all season. Originally named to the tight ends post Jan. 17, 2006, the 36-year-old McAd oo replaced Philbin, who was then the lone holdover from the previous coaching staff and had been made the team s offensive line coach after Mc- Carthy had been introduced as head coach. In each of McAdoo s previous two NFL tenures, he has worked with McCarthy. McAdoo came to Green Bay from the San Francisco 49ers, where he served as assistant offensive line/quality control coach in In that role, he assisted the offensive line and tight ends. Prior to joining the 49ers, he had a brief stint at Stanford University as tackles and tight ends coach. He resigned after the 05 recruiting season to take the 49ers position and reunite with McCarthy, then the San Francisco offensive coordinator, with whom he worked in New Orleans the previous season. McAdoo, pronounced (MACK-ah-doo), entered the NFL coaching ranks in 2004 with the New Orleans Saints as an offensive assistant/quality control. He worked directly with McCarthy and assisted the offensive line and tight ends. Prior to working in the NFL, McAdoo spent 2003 as an offensive assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, helping the Panthers earn a trip to the Continental Tire Bowl after an 8-5 season. At season s end, the University of Akron hired him as an assistant coach, but he stayed only through the 04 recruiting period before joining the Saints staff. Earlier, he served as offensive line/tight ends coach at Fairfield (Conn.) University in After that campaign, the head coach left the team and McAdoo was appointed assistant head coach before the program was disbanded. He began his college coaching career at Michigan State (2001) as a special teams/offensive assistant, on the heels of coaching four years at the high school level. He spent two years in the Homer Center school district in Pennsylvania and two years in the Indiana (Pa.) area. McAdoo attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and earned a degree in health and physical education. Later, he received his master s degree in kinesiology from Michigan State. Born July 9, 1977, in Homer City, Pa., McAdoo lives with his family in Oneida. COACHES VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC.
34 COACHING STAFF SCOTT MCCURLEY DEFENSIVE QUALITY CONTROL Fifth Season as NFL Coach Eighth Packers Season MISC REVIEW VETERANS COACHES FREE AGENTS FIELD Scott McCurley enters his eighth season with the Packers and fifth as defensive quality control coach. He was hired by Head Coach Mike McCarthy in April 2006 as a coaching administrative intern, promoted to coaching administrator in January 2007, and promoted again to defensive quality control coach on Feb. 3, In his current role, McCurley s duties include breaking down opponent game film and analyzing their offensive tendencies. He also provides assistance with the outside linebackers. As the coaching administrator, McCurley assisted in preparing the team s weekly game plan, preparing game film, and compiling player statistics and grades. His practice responsibilities included working with the scout team and assisting Winston Moss with coaching linebackers. During games, Mc- Curley assisted the defensive coordinator. Before coming to Green Bay, McCurley enjoyed a lengthy playing and coaching career at the University of Pittsburgh. Initially a walk-on athlete who redshirted his first year, he earned a scholarship after his freshman season and lettered all four years at linebacker ( ). McCurley holds the distinction of having the last interception and field-goal block in Pitt Stadium, which closed after the 99 season, both achievements recorded in a victory against Notre Dame. That same season, he earned a spot on the Big East All-Academic football team and graduated in 2003 with a bachelor s degree in movement science with a coaching minor. After graduation, McCurley remained with the program as a defensive graduate assistant. The 2004 team he coached won AT A GLANCE This marks his eighth year of service with the Packers, having started as a coaching administrative intern in Was promoted to coaching administrator in January 2007 before his most recent promotion to defensive quality control coach on Feb. 3, Was a four-year letterman at linebacker for the University of Pittsburgh ( ). COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached Univ. of Pittsburgh...Graduate Assistant (defense) Green Bay Packers... Coaching Administrator Green Bay Packers...Defensive Quality Control the Big East championship and a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. Mc- Curley also assisted with coaching the scout team, which was quarterbacked for a year by Joe Flacco, who later transferred to Delaware and became a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in Born Aug. 1, 1980, in New Castle, Pa., McCurley attended Mohawk High School in Bessemer, Pa., where he earned allconference honors his junior and senior years, playing at linebacker and offensive line. He also played basketball. McCurley and his wife, Colleen, live in De Pere, Wis., with their sons, Quentin, 5, and Deacon, 3. In his spare time, Mc- Curley enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with his family. RON WOLF S STAMP ON PACKERS Ron Wolf arrived in Green Bay Nov. 27, 1991, with a mandate to rescue the Green and Gold from a quarter-century of mediocrity, an assignment which prompted him to assert, I was brought here to win. And win, in the decade to follow, the Packers did in large part because of his leadership and the cast he assembled to execute one of the most electrifying turnarounds in NFL annals rewardingly punctuated by Green Bay s first Super Bowl victory in nearly three decades and back-to-back appearances in professional football s ultimate game. During the history-making process, he made a more profound impact upon the Packers organization than anyone since the revered Vince Lombardi, who arrived in Green Bay with a similar mission 32 years earlier. Over Wolf s tenure, the Packers compiled the NFL s second-best regular-season record, a mark for a.639 percentage, recorded seven straight winning seasons and made six consecutive playoff appearances. He converted the Green and Gold from perennial also-rans into consistent winners, exemplified by the fact they also have mounted the NFL s second-best regular-season won-lost record since the 1993 institution of free agency ( ,.641). Wolf s aggressive stewardship, launched with the hiring of 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren as head coach and the acquisition of Brett Favre as a franchise quarterback in 1992, is perhaps no better illustrated than by the Packers immediate, 9-7 turnabout in 1992 his first year on the job after the team had been a dismal 4-12 in 1991 and 6-10 in 1990 a transformation which brought him recognition as NFL Executive of the Year by Sporting News. Wolf, reflecting upon the overall record from his perspective on the day he announced his retirement, observed with pardonable satisfaction: What people said couldn t happen here happened here (building a winner in Green Bay)... I m proud of that. A statistical glance at some notable team figures, over the nine years before and after Wolf took control: W-L-T, Overall Overall Winning Pct W-L-T, Home Games Home Winning Pct Total Offense/Game Total Defense/Game
35 CHAD MORTON SPECIAL TEAMS ASSISTANT Fourth Season as NFL Coach Fifth Packers Season COACHING STAFF Chad Morton, a seven-year NFL veteran as a player, enters his fifth season with the Packers and fourth as special teams assistant coach. Named to his current position on Feb. 15, 2010, Morton originally joined the Packers as the team s coaching administrator in 2009, where part of his duties included assisting with the defensive and special teams units, before he moved into the role of special teams assistant. The Packers special teams units continued to build on their 2011 momentum in 2012, holding steady in the top half of the Dallas Morning News annual rankings, and moving up a spot to No. 12. One of the most tangible areas of contribution from the special teams units was the club s No. 4 ranking in the league in average starting field position (31.2) and also its No. 8 ranking in average opponent position (26.1), the second consecutive season it finished in the top 10 in both categories. Wide receiver Randall Cobb remained an explosive factor on kick returns and was named a first alternate for the Pro Bowl as a kick returner. Cobb ultimately paired his proficiency on returns with his emergence as the offense s go-to receiver and became the first player in NFL history to have 900-plus kickoff return (964) and receiving yards (954) in the same season. Tim Masthay led the punting unit to yet another strong season, besting his own franchise record for net average (38.9) for the third consecutive season. Masthay also hit the 150- punt qualifying mark to become the club s all-time leader in gross average (44.2) and tied Sean Landeta s single-season team record for punts landed inside the 20-yard line (30). The coverage team was a strength throughout the season and finished No. 5 in the league in punt return average (7.5) and No. 3 in total return yardage (179). The 179 yards were the second-fewest yards allowed by the Packers since the league went to the 16-game format in The 2011 season marked a year of vast improvement for Green Bay s special teams units, one that saw them climb to the No. 13 overall position in the Dallas Morning News rankings, the club s highest finish since Some of the biggest strides were made in the various aspects of the return game, where the rookie Cobb was named a Pro Bowl alternate and to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie team for his efforts as the team s primary returner. A former return specialist himself, Morton was instrumental in helping acclimate Cobb to the pro game. Cobb finished with 34 kickoff returns for 941 yards and a touchdown, and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the NFL (first among rookies) with a 27.7-yard average, the third highest in franchise history by a player with more than 25 returns. In addition to the noticeable improvement made on returns, both placekicker Mason Crosby and Masthay had excellent seasons in the kicking game. Crosby set a new career high for field-goal percentage (85.7 percent, converting 24 of 28) and finished No. 4 in the NFL among kickers with 140 points, becoming just the sixth player in league history to post two 140-point seasons. In his second season in 2011, Masthay continued to build off of the success he had in the second half of By season s end, he d established a new franchise record for gross punting average (45.6 yards) and turned in another strong finish that saw him post 48.1-yard (gross) and 43.6-yard (net) averages over the final 10 games. 47 AT A GLANCE Entering his fourth season as special teams assistant after originally joining the Packers in 2009 as coaching administrator. A seven-year NFL veteran ( ) for four different teams, compiled nearly 7,000 return yards in his career (5,401 kickoff return, 1,431 punt return). With N.Y. Jets in 2002, returned two kickoffs for TDs in same game at Buffalo, including overtime game-winner. An All-Pac-10 running back at USC, he ranks 11th on Trojans all-time rushing list with 2,511 yards. Older brother, Johnnie, played wide receiver for 12 seasons ( ) in the NFL, including eight with the Detroit Lions. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached 2009 Green Bay Packers... Coaching Administrator Green Bay Packers... Special Teams Assistant Additionally, Morton s commitment to assisting with the instruction of fundamentals and proper techniques helped the Packers cut down on penalties in each of his first two seasons. In 2011, special teams penalties were cut in half from the year before, as just nine accepted fouls went against Green Bay during the regular season, a total that tied with New England for second fewest in the NFL. During his playing career, Morton was a running back and kick/punt returner who began his career with New Orleans in 2000 as a fifth-round draft pick. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy served as the Saints offensive coordinator at that time. Morton went on to play two seasons with the New York Jets ( ), two with Washington ( ) and two with the New York Giants ( ). Serving primarily as a returner as a pro, Morton tallied 5,401 career kickoff-return yards and three kick-return scores, as well as 1,431 career punt-return yards and one score, in 93 career games. He was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate as a returner in 02 and 05. While with the Jets in 2002, Morton returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in a contest at Buffalo, making him the fifth player in NFL history to return two kickoffs for scores in the same game. He is the only player in NFL history to return a kickoff for a TD in regulation and overtime in the same game and joins Chicago s Dave Williams (at Detroit, Nov. 27, 1980) as the only players in NFL history to return a kickoff for a TD in overtime. In 2000 with the Saints, Morton tied the NFL single-game playoff record with 13 receptions, against the Minnesota Vikings. Morton was an All-Pac-10 selection at Southern California, where he served as the team s primary running back his final two seasons. He led the team with 1,141 yards and 15 touchdowns on 262 carries as a senior, and he ranks 11th on the Trojans all-time rushing list with 2,511 career yards. He graduated from USC with a degree in sociology. Born April 4, 1977, in Torrance, Calif., Morton attended South High School in Torrance, where he played running back and also ran track. His older brother, Johnnie, played wide receiver for 12 seasons ( ) in the NFL, including eight with the Detroit Lions. Morton and his wife, Tamra, reside in Green Bay. They have two sons, Avery and Aiden, and two daughters, Alexis and Ariella. Morton enjoys spend ing time with his wife and playing with his children. COACHES VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC.
36 COACHING STAFF DARREN PERRY SECONDARY SAFETIES 12th Season as NFL Coach Fifth Packers Season MISC REVIEW VETERANS COACHES FREE AGENTS FIELD Darren Perry begins his fifth season with the Packers in 2013 as secondary safeties coach, his 12th season coaching in the NFL. Named to his position by Head Coach Mike McCarthy on Feb. 3, 2009, Perry has coached defensive backs in the NFL for the past 11 years and has tutored a Pro Bowl player in six of the last nine seasons. The 2012 season was one of marked improvement for the Packers pass defense, as the unit climbed all the way to the No. 11 ranking in the league by season s end and posted an 81-yard improvement from The defense finished the season allowing an average of passing yards per game, while also ranking fourth in the league in opponent passer rating at Perry s safeties were an integral part of that progression, led by third-year pro Morgan Burnett, who started all 16 games for the second consecutive year, and according to NFL participation statistics, was one of only four non-offensive linemen in the league to not miss a single snap the entire season. Burnett s availability allowed him to finish second on the club with a career-high 137 tackles (97 solo), while also leading the secondary with a career-best two sacks. In addition to developing Burnett, Perry also oversaw the transition of veteran Charles Woodson, who made the switch to safety after playing 14 seasons as a standout cornerback. Woodson appeared to be settling into his new role on the back end when he suffered a broken collarbone at St. Louis in Week 7, an injury that would sideline him for the remainder of the regular season. In Woodson s stead, Perry was charged with inserting second-year man M.D. Jennings into the starting lineup. Jennings, who played exclusively on special teams as a rookie and only sparingly on defense early in 2012, went on to start the final nine games, finishing with 46 tackles (41 solo), an interception that he returned for a TD and six passes defensed. In 2011, Perry was faced with a different series of challenges, starting with the task of helping to reacclimate Burnett to live action after he had suffered a season-ending knee injury in the fourth game of his rookie campaign in While Burnett picked up close to where he had left off upon returning to the field in training camp, the group lost Pro Bowl free safety Nick Collins to a neck injury at Carolina in Week 2. With Col lins sidelined, Burnett shifted to free safety and veteran Charlie Peprah was thrust into the starting lineup at strong safety for the second season in a row. The tandem went on to start the ensuing 14 games in the defensive backfield and combined for 203 tackles (163 solo), eight INTs, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. As a unit, the Packers intercepted an NFL-best 31 passes, the most by the franchise since 1962, and helped contribute to the team s takeaway total of 38, which was tied for No. 1 in the league. Burnett led the secondary with 107 tackles (83 solo), tallied 14 passes defensed and joined Woodson as the only two players on the team to record a sack, an INT, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble during the season. Peprah set new career highs in every major statistical category, including tackles (96), interceptions (five), INT return yardage (147), and passes defensed (14). His five INTs were tied for third among NFL safeties and his return yardage ranked fourth in the league among all players. In 2010, a healthy Collins earned the aforementioned Pro Bowl recognition for the third straight season, becoming the first Green Bay safety since LeRoy Butler ( ) to accomplish that feat. After Burnett went down with the season-ending knee injury, Peprah moved into the starting lineup and registered 64 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defensed. Collins and Peprah were members of a secondary that helped the Packers rank No. 1 in the league in opponent passer rating (67.2) in 2010, the best mark by a Green Bay defense since 1997 (59.0). The Packers also ranked No. 5 in the league in pass defense, allowing their opponents just yards per game. In 2009, Collins was named to the Pro Bowl and earned second-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press after finishing third among NFL safeties with six interceptions. SS Atari Bigby picked off four passes in 09 despite missing three games due to injury, giving the Packers their first safety tandem with four-plus interceptions each since 2002 (Darren Sharper, Marques Anderson). Collins and Bigby helped the Packers lead the NFL in both takeaways (40) and interceptions (30), the first time since 1965 that Green Bay led the league in interceptions. Perry was a member of a staff that guided the Packers defense to a No. 2 overall ranking in the league, the highest ranking since the 96 team finished as the No. 1 defense. Perry came to Green Bay from Oakland, where he coached the Raiders defensive backs for two seasons ( ). Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha AT A GLANCE Joined Packers on Feb. 3, Enters his 20th season in the NFL, his 12th as a coach. Has been part of two Super Bowl championship teams (2010 Packers, 2005 Steelers) as a coach and has tutored a Pro Bowl player in six of his last nine seasons. Enjoyed a nine-year NFL career as a safety and was a starter for Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XXX. Has previously coached for three NFL teams Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Oakland. Had 15 career interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, in college at Penn State. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached 2002 Cincinnati Bengals...Safeties Pittsburgh Steelers...Defensive Backs Oakland Raiders...Defensive Backs Green Bay Packers...Secondary Safeties earned his second Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro honors from AP under Perry s tutelage, as the Raiders ranked in the top 10 each of those years in passing yards allowed. In 2008, Oakland allowed opponents to complete only 56.5 percent of their passes, tied for fourth best in the league. Perry spent the previous four seasons coaching defensive backs in Pittsburgh under Bill Cowher, the team and coach for whom he played the majority of his career. Perry was the Steelers assistant defensive backs coach in 2003 and was promoted to defensive backs coach in 2004, when the Steelers finished fourth in the league in both passing yards allowed (177.2 per game) and opponents completion percentage (55.6). In 2005, Pittsburgh won Super Bowl XL. Perry was credited for helping the rapid development of Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu, who earned the first of five straight Pro Bowl selections in 2004, just his second season. The versatile Polamalu also was an AP All-Pro pick twice (2004, 2005) with Perry as his position coach. Perry broke into the NFL coaching ranks in 2002, coaching safeties for the Cincinnati Bengals under head coach Dick LeBeau, one of the most respected defensive minds in the game, who also coached defensive backs for the Packers for four seasons ( ). Drafted by the Steelers in the eighth round (203rd overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft the team s first draft under Cowher Perry became an immediate starter at free safety for current Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers. Perry played seven seasons in Pittsburgh ( ) and started the first 110 games of his career, including postseason. He missed only two of a possible 123 games with the Steelers, both in 1998 due to a groin injury. Perry was the Steelers starting free safety in Super Bowl XXX and posted 32 career interceptions, tied for seventh in team history. His seven interceptions in 1994 marked his career high. Perry went on to sign with the San Diego Chargers in 1999 but did not play due to a neck injury, and he concluded his playing career as the starting free safety for the New Orleans Saints in 2000, McCarthy s first season as the offensive coordinator there. Playing in all 16 games plus two postseason contests, he had three interceptions that season, giving him 35 for his career. A standout in college at Penn State, Perry intercepted 15 passes in his career, tying him for second in school history. He returned three interceptions for touchdowns and compiled 299 return yards, both school records. As a junior in 1990, Perry intercepted seven passes and returned one for a TD. His senior year, he had six interceptions and two scores. Perry was an all-district and second-team all-state selection at quarterback for Deep Creek (Va.) High, where he threw for 2,790 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career, and rushed for 1,167 yards and 14 scores. He was a team captain for the football, basketball and tennis teams. Born Dec. 29, 1968, in Norfolk, Va., Perry lives in Green Bay with his wife, Errika, and their four children: Danielle, Dominique, Dedriana and Devan. He also enjoys playing golf and bass guitar, and he is on the board of directors of the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic in Virginia, which provides health care to individuals without insurance or the necessary resources. Through the clinic, Perry sponsors the Intercept for Care program, which raises donations based on the number of interceptions recorded by Perry s team in a given season. 48
37 JOHN RUSHING OFFENSIVE ASSISTANT/SPECIAL TEAMS Fifth NFL Season Fifth Packers Season COACHING STAFF John Rushing begins his second season as the Packers offensive assistant/special teams after one season as assistant wide receivers/special teams coach and two years as offensive quality control coach, continuing his first venture into the NFL after 13 years in the college coaching ranks. Named to his new post on Feb. 13, 2012, by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Rushing originally joined the Packers on Feb. 3, 2009, as offensive quality control coach after spending the 2008 training camp with the Packers through the NFL s Minority Coaching Internship Program. He was named assistant wide receivers/special teams coach on Feb. 25, Last season, Rushing s assignment was to assist with the Packers running backs. He helped accelerate the transition for the group s new position coach, Alex Van Pelt, by sharing the nuances of the team s offense following his hire in February Rushing helped prepare five different players to start in the Packers backfield, a group beset by various injuries throughout the season, In 2011, Rushing assisted with a wide receiver group that set franchise records and led the league in receiving yards (3,667) and receiving touchdowns (38) as a unit. For the first time in team history, the Packers had five wide receivers each catch 25-plus passes on the season. Rushing also assisted with a special teams unit that was tied for No. 13 in the Dallas Morning News special teams rankings, the club s best finish since The Packers tied for No. 2 in the league in special teams penalties with only nine on the season, half the number the team committed in Rushing came to Green Bay from Utah State, where he spent six seasons ( ) coaching defensive backs. During his tenure there, Rushing coached current Packers cornerback and special teamer Jarrett Bush, who ranked sixth in the NCAA in passes defensed in 2005 with 1.36 per game. Additionally, Rushing coached the Aggies punt return unit. In 2007, Kevin Robinson led the nation with an 18.9-yard average on punt returns, and he was selected in the sixth round (No. 182 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Robinson, who is Rushing s younger brother, returned 19 kickoffs for 420 yards (22.1 avg.) and 11 punts for 94 yards (8.5 avg.) in eight games with the Chiefs in 08. Prior to his time at Utah State, Rushing coached the secondary at Montana State for three seasons ( ), where he worked with Joey Thomas, a third-round draft choice of the Packers in Rushing s first Division I job was as a graduate assistant coach for the secondary at Boise State for two years ( ), where he coached S Quintin Mikell, who most recently played for the St. Louis Rams and was named to the Pro Bowl in He began his coaching career at Merced Union (Calif.) High School in 1995, his alma mater, before moving on to the college game at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., for two years ( ). He coached the secondary there and was a part of Willamette s Division III national runner-up squad in AT A GLANCE Joined Packers on Feb. 3, 2009, as offensive quality control coach; named assistant wide receivers/special teams coach on Feb 25, 2011, and offensive assistant/special teams on Feb. 13, Enters his fifth season as an NFL coach after 13 years in the college ranks with four schools, three of them Division I. Coached current Packers CB Jarrett Bush at Utah State. A four-year starter at Washington State, twice earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 honors as a defensive back. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached Willamette Univ. (Ore.)...Secondary Boise State... Graduate Assistant (Secondary) Montana State...Secondary Utah State...Defensive Backs Green Bay Packers...Offensive Quality Control 2011 Green Bay Packers... Assistant Wide Receivers/ Special Teams Green Bay Packers...Offensive Assistant/Special Teams As a player, Rushing started all four years as a defensive back at Washington State ( ) and set a school record by starting 46 games. He earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore, and in 1991, he also was named to the Freshman All- American team by Sporting News. During his senior season of 1994, Washington State ranked second in the NCAA in both total defense (229 yards per game) and scoring defense (12.1 points per game). As a prep, Rushing was a two-sport standout at Merced Union. He started at running back and safety on a 14-0 section championship team that was nationally ranked by USA Today. In track and field, he also qualified for the state championships in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Born Feb. 26, 1972, in Merced, Calif., Rushing earned his degree in sociology from Washington State in 1995 and a master s degree in education from Boise State in Rushing and his wife, Angela, have three daughters, Nataya, Tatiana and Kamiah, and a son, John DaShir. Rushing enjoys bowling and playing golf. NFL S 75TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM The National Football League included six players who played for Green Bay on its 75th Anniversary Team, announced in 1994: offensive tackle Forrest Gregg, linebacker Ray Nitschke, linebacker Ted Hendricks, end Don Hutson, placekicker Jan Stenerud and defensive end Reggie White. In 1994, the league also named three Packers players Hutson, back Clarke Hinkle and tackle Cal Hubbard to its all-time Two-Way Team. COACHES VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC. 49
38 COACHING STAFF MIKE TRGOVAC DEFENSIVE LINE 19th NFL Season Sixth Packers Season MISC REVIEW VETERANS COACHES FREE AGENTS FIELD Mike Trgovac (pronounced TER-guh-vack) begins his sixth season with the Packers, his second stint with the team, and his 19th season overall in the NFL. Named to his current position by Head Coach Mike McCarthy on Feb. 3, 2009, Trgovac was also the Packers defensive line coach in 1999, the same year McCarthy was the team s quarterbacks coach. Since Trgovac took over as defensive line coach in 2009, the Packers rank No. 3 in the NFL in rushing TDs allowed (33), No. 10 in rushing yards allowed (107.1 ypg) and tied for No. 5 in sacks (160). The 6,856 rushing yards allowed by Green Bay from were the fewest over a four-year span by the club since (6,633). In 2012, Trgovac s group helped the Packers to a No. 11 ranking in total defense (336.8 ypg) and a No. 4 ranking in sacks (47). Under his guidance, veteran DT Ryan Pickett led the line with 75 tackles, his highest total since 08. DT B.J Raji was named a Pro Bowl alternate, DE Mike Neal registered a career-high 4½ sacks, and a pair of rookie defensive ends, Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels, saw significant time in their first season. In 2011, Raji became the first Green Bay DT to be selected to the Pro Bowl since Bob Brown in Raji recorded 43 tackles, three sacks, three passes defensed and a fumble recovery. In 2010, he posted career highs in every statistical category on the way to being named a Pro Bowl alternate. His 6½ sacks were the most by an NFL nose tackle since Minnesota s Ken Clarke recorded seven in 1990, and his 66 tackles led all Green Bay linemen. Veteran DE Cullen Jenkins posted a career high in sacks as well in 2010, recording seven despite missing five contests due to injury. Raji and Jenkins helped the Packers finish No. 2 in the league in sacks with 47, the highest league ranking in club history. Trgovac also tutored veteran DE Howard Green, a midseason waiverwire pickup, as well as young ends C.J. Wilson and Jarius Wynn, as the three all made contributions to a line affected by injuries. In 2009, Trgovac directed a line that made the transition to the 3-4 defense and helped the Packers lead the NFL in rushing defense for the first time in franchise history. The average of 83.3 rushing yards allowed per game set a team record for any season. The Packers moved up 25 spots in the rushing defense rankings from 08, the biggest one-year improvement in club history. Trgovac came to Green Bay from Carolina, where he served as the defensive coordinator for six seasons. In that time, Trgovac directed a defense that produced 10 Pro Bowl selections and ranked in the NFL s top 10 in both yards and points allowed three times. In 2005, the Panthers ranked third in yards (282.6), fifth in points (259) and first in takeaways (a team-record 42) in helping Carolina advance to its second NFC Championship Game in three seasons. His unit s ability to create turnovers had begun to show up in the second half of 2004, when the Panthers had 29 takeaways in the season s final eight games. The 38 total takeaways ranked second in the league and tied the club record at the time, and the defense s 26 interceptions were a league high and team record. In 2003, Trgovac s inaugural season as a defensive coordinator, Carolina s defense ranked eighth in the NFL in yards (295.3) and 10th in points (304) and held top-10 rankings in a handful of other categories. The defense forced four turnovers in Carolina s 14-3 victory in the NFC Championship Game at Philadelphia, earning the Panthers their first Super Bowl berth. As defensive line coach in 2002, Trgovac oversaw a dramatic improvement in the Panthers front four that made a strong case for him taking over as coordinator. Carolina ranked third in the league with 39 sacks and first in rushing yards per attempt. Under Trgovac s tutelage, DE Julius Peppers was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, while DT Kris Jenkins earned first-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press. AT A GLANCE Last name is pronounced TER-guh-vack. Is in his second stint with the Packers, having coached Green Bay s defensive line in 1999, the same year Mike McCarthy was quarterbacks coach. Since he was hired in 09, the Packers rank No. 3 in the NFL in rushing TDs allowed (33) and tied for No. 5 in sacks (160). Was the Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator for six seasons ( ), directing a top-10 defense three times. Has been on the staff of two teams that advanced to the Super Bowl, the Packers in 2010 and the Panthers in Played in three Rose Bowls as a defensive lineman at Michigan for Bo Schembechler. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached Univ. of Michigan...Graduate Asst. (Defensive Line) Ball State...Defensive Line 1989 Navy...Defensive Line Colorado State...Defensive Line Notre Dame...Defensive Line Philadelphia Eagles...Defensive Line 1999 Green Bay Packers...Defensive Line Washington Redskins...Defensive Line 2002 Carolina Panthers...Defensive Line Carolina Panthers...Defensive Coordinator Green Bay Packers...Defensive Line Prior to his time in Carolina, Trgovac coached the defensive line of the Washington Redskins for two seasons ( ). Ends Marco Coleman (12) and Bruce Smith (10) both reached double digits in sacks in 2000, with Coleman being selected to the Pro Bowl. Trgovac s first stop in Green Bay, in 1999, was the Packers first season in seven years without Reggie White leading the defensive line. That year, DE Keith McKenzie matched his career high in sacks with eight in a part-time specialist role. Trgovac broke into the NFL as the defensive line coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from In 1995, their line led the NFL in sacks with 42.5 (team had 48). DE William Fuller topped the club with 13 and made the Pro Bowl for the first of two straight years. Trgovac s career working with defensive linemen in the college coaching ranks spanned 11 seasons and five schools, beginning with his alma mater, Michigan, as a graduate assistant in After two seasons there, he moved on to Ball State ( ), Navy (1989), Colorado State ( ) and Notre Dame ( ). With the Fighting Irish under Lou Holtz, Trgovac saw two of his protégés become early selections in the 1994 NFL Draft, as the San Francisco 49ers took Bryant Young seventh overall and the Chicago Bears picked Jim Flanigan in the third round. Trgovac s playing career at Michigan from under Bo Schembechler featured three seasons as a starter at middle guard on the defensive line. He was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree and a second-team All-America selection as a senior. He played in three Rose Bowls for the Wolverines and received his degree in education from Michigan in Born Feb. 27, 1959, in Youngstown, Ohio, Trgovac was an all-state football player and wrestler at Fitch High School in Austintown, Ohio. He was named Ohio s Defensive Lineman of the Year and also captured the state heavyweight wrestling title as a senior. Trgovac and his wife, Angela, have a daughter, Jordan, 19, and a son, Michael, 14. Jordan is a sophomore at the College of Charleston (S.C.), where she plays on the softball team. Trgovac enjoys spending time with his family and boating. 50
39 ALEX VAN PELT RUNNING BACKS Eighth Season as NFL Coach Second Packers Season COACHING STAFF Alex Van Pelt enters his 17th NFL season in 2013, his eighth as an NFL assistant coach and his second with the Packers. Van Pelt was named the Packers running backs coach by Head Coach Mike McCarthy on February 13, He joined the club after spending the previous two seasons ( ) as quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to his appointment with the Buccaneers, Van Pelt spent four seasons ( ) on the offensive coaching staff of the Buffalo Bills. In his first season with Green Bay in 2012, Van Pelt s running backs battled injuries, with five different players starting at least one game and no one starting more than five contests on the season. The Packers had a league-high five different running backs rush for at least 125 yards on the season, the most by the club since 1987 (five). Van Pelt s group helped the Packers average rushing yards per game in the final eight contests, No. 12 in the league over that span. That included a streak of five straight games (Weeks 12-16) with at least 100 rushing yards, Green Bay s longest streak since a five-game stretch in Second-year RB Alex Green led the team with 464 yards on 135 carries (3.4 avg.), the only player on the team with 75-plus rushing attempts on the season. Van Pelt was instrumental in the development of first-year RB DuJuan Harris, a street free agent who spent four games on the team s practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Dec. 1. Harris appeared in the final four regular-season games with two starts, highlighted by a 14-carry, 70-yard outing in the season finale at Minnesota. He also started both playoff games, rushing for 100 yards on 28 carries (3.6 avg.) as well as a TD in both contests. Harris also added seven receptions for 64 yards (9.1 avg.) in the postseason. Prior to arriving in Green Bay, Van P elt found great success working with young QB Josh Freeman in Tampa Bay. Under Van Pelt s direction, Freeman threw for 7,043 yards in , the most passing yards by a Tampa Bay quarterback to that point over a two-year period in franchise annals. That included 3,592 passing yards in 2011, then the second most in team history. Freeman also threw a TD pass in 15 consecutive games (Week 5, 2010-Week 2, 2011), the longest streak in team history. In his first full season as a starter in 2010, Freeman showed incredible maturation and improvement under Van Pelt. He finished the year as the No. 6-ranked passer in the NFL while throwing for 3,451 yards, 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Freeman became the first quarterback under the age of 23 to lead his team to a 10-win season since Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, with five of his victories being fourth-quarter comebacks. Freeman also ranked second among NFL quarterbacks with 364 rushing yards on 68 carries (5.4 avg.). Van Pelt entered the 2009 season as the Bills quarterbacks coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator in September. He originally joined the Bills as offensive quality control coach in 2006 and worked in that capacity for two seasons before being elevated to quarterbacks coach in In his only season as offensive coordinator, Van Pelt led an offense that featured former backup RB Fred Jackson. He rushed for a career-high 1,062 yards on 237 attempts (4.5 avg.) with two TDs in Van Pelt s offense while also hauling in a career-high 46 receptions, good for second on the team, for 371 yards (8.1 avg.) and two scores. His 1,062 rushing yards ranked ninth in the AFC and his 1,433 total yards from scrimmage ranked 10th in the NFL and sixth in the AFC. 51 AT A GLANCE Joined Packers on February 13, Enters his 17th season in the National Football League and eighth as an assistant coach. Tutored a group of running backs that battled injuries in 2012, with a league-high five backs each rushing for at least 125 yards on the season. Helped the Packers average rushing yards per game in the final eight contests of 2012, No. 12 in the league over that span. The former quarterback spent nine seasons as a member of the Buffalo Bills ( ), appearing in 31 career games. Upon his retirement as a player, spent two seasons as the color analyst for the Buffalo Bills Radio Network before pursuing a career in coaching. Holds numerous career passing records at the University of Pittsburgh where he worked with Mike McCarthy from as McCarthy served as graduate assistant-quarterbacks. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached 2005 Frankfurt Galaxy...Quarterbacks 2005 Buffalo Bills...Volunteer Offensive Quality Control 2006 University at Buffalo...Quarterbacks/Pass Coordinator Buffalo Bills...Offensive Quality Control Buffalo Bills...Quarterbacks 2009 Buffalo Bills...Offensive Coordinator Tampa Bay Buccaneers...Quarterbacks Green Bay Packers...Running Backs During his time as quarterbacks coach, Van Pelt assisted in the development of QB Trent Edwards. Under the direction of Van Pelt, Edwards posted a 65.5 completion percentage to rank No. 6 in the NFL in 2008 as well as No. 2 all-time in Bills history for a single season. Edwards also recorded a fourthquarter passer rating of to rank No. 3 in the NFL that season. Van Pelt joined the Bills in 2006 after spending the winter of 2006 as the quarterbacks coach/pass coordinator for the University at Buffalo. He also volunteered with the Bills in 2005 as an offensive quality control coach after spending the 2005 NFL Europe season as the Frankfurt Galaxy s quarterbacks coach, where he was responsible for the offensive play-calling. After his retirement from the NFL in 2003, he spent two seasons as the color analyst for the Buffalo Bills Radio Network. Van Pelt was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the eighth round of the 1993 NFL Draft and later signed with Buffalo as a free agent in He spent his entire nine-year career ( ) as a member of the Bills and played in 31 games with 11 starts while amassing 2,985 yards passing and 16 touchdowns. A four-year starter ( ) at the University of Pittsburgh, Van Pelt holds school career records for most passing yards (11,267), completions (867) and attempts (1,503). He became only the fifth collegiate player to throw for 2,000 yards in four consecutive seasons. From , Van Pelt was coached by McCarthy, who was serving as the Panthers graduate assistant quarterbacks. Born on May 1, 1970, in Pittsburgh, Pa, Van Pelt lives in Green Bay with his wife Brooke and daughters, Payton Dale and Katherine Paige, and son, Jack MacGregor. COACHES VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC.
40 COACHING STAFF JOE WHITT JR. SECONDARY CORNERBACKS Seventh NFL Season Sixth Packers Season MISC REVIEW VETERANS COACHES FREE AGENTS FIELD Entering his seventh season in the NFL, Joe Whitt Jr. begins his sixth with the Green Bay Packers and fifth in his position of secondary cornerbacks coach. Originally named defensive quality control coach on March 7, 2008, by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the 35-year-old Whitt was promoted to cornerbacks coach on Feb. 3, Whitt came to Green Bay after one year with the Atlanta Falcons as assistant defensive backs coach. He coached the previous five years in the college ranks, beginning with the 2002 season as wide receivers coach at The Citadel, followed by a four-year stint as cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Louisville. Since Whitt took over as cornerbacks coach in 09, the Packers have registered a league-high 103 INTs, with more than half of them (54) coming from Whitt s cornerbacks, the most in the league by a CB group over that span. Since 2009, the Packers rank No. 2 in the league in opponent passer rating (73.8), completion percentage (56.9) and TD/INT ratio (0.95). In 2012, with veteran Charles Woodson shifting to safety in the team s base defense and CBs Sam Shields and Davon House both missing time due to injuries, Whitt was charged with preparing rookie CB Casey Hayward to contribute immediately. Hayward led all NFL rookies with six interceptions (tied for No. 5 overall), becoming the first Packer to lead the league s rookies in the category since Mike McKenzie in Hayward was named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA, becoming the first Green Bay CB to be honored since the team was first selected in 1974, and finished third in voting for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by The Associated Press. Veteran CB Tramon Williams matched his career high with 24 passes defensed in 2012, his fourth straight campaign with 20-plus under Whitt. Shields posted a career-high 16 passes defensed despite missing six games and registered an INT in both of the Packers playoff contests, bringing his career postseason total to four INTs (tied for No. 1 in club history). Whitt s group helped the Packers post a league-high five games with less than 120 net passing yards allowed, the most by the team since 1988 (also five). In 2011, the Packers led the league in interceptions (31) for the second time in three seasons, and Green Bay was the only club to have three CBs each register four-plus INTs (Woodson, Williams, Shields). Green Bay posted 85 INTs from , Whitt s first three seasons as cornerbacks coach. It marked the most by the Packers over a three-year period since (95 INTs) and the most by an NFL team since Minnesota and San Francisco each posted 86 INTs from Woodson s seven INTs in 2011 tied him for the league lead as he earned his fourth straight Pro Bowl bid, the first Green Bay CB to do so since Herb Adderley ( ), as well as first-team All-Pro recognition from AP. Woodson also posted two sacks to become the first CB in franchise annals (since 1982) to register two-plus sacks in four consecutive seasons. Under Whitt s tutelage in 2011, Williams recorded four INTs, his fourth straight season with four or more picks, the only non-drafted player in the NFL to accomplish that feat over that span. Shields also posted a careerbest four INTs in the nickel-back role. In 2010, Whitt s work with Williams culminated in his first Pro Bowl bid. Williams led the team in interceptions (a career-high six) and passes defensed (23), and added three more INTs in the playoffs, which tied the franchise single-postseason record. Whitt also was instrumental in the rapid development of the rookie Shields, another undrafted prospect who became the team s nickel back by the season opener despite playing the corner position only one season in college and helped the Packers advance to the Super Bowl with two interceptions in the NFC title game at Chicago. Woodson posted career highs in tackles (105) and forced fumbles (five) and earned a Pro Bowl bid and second-team All-Pro honors in 10, when the Packers led the league in opponent passer rating (67.2) and finished second in INTs (24). In 2009, Whitt was part of a staff that guided the Packers defense to a No. 2 overall ranking in the league, the highest ranking since the 96 team finished as the No. 1 defense. Green Bay led the league with 40 takeaways and 30 interceptions, the first time the Packers led the league in INTs since 1965 (tied with Washington that season with 27). Also in 09, Woodson posted a career-high nine INTs as part of perhaps his finest all-around season on his way to earning NFL Defensive Player 52 AT A GLANCE Joined Packers on March 7, 2008, as defensive quality control coach. Promoted to secondary cornerbacks coach on Feb. 3, Since taking over as cornerbacks coach in 09, the Packers have registered a league-high 103 interceptions, with more than half of those INTs (54) coming from Whitt s cornerbacks, the most in the league by a cornerback group over that span. Tutored CB Tramon Williams as he earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2010 and veteran CB Charles Woodson on his way to earning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors from The Associated Press in Under Whitt s guidance, both Woodson and Williams produced single-season career highs in all major categories. Has five years of college coaching experience. Played collegiately and coached as a student assistant at Auburn, where his father, Joe Sr., was on the coaching staff. COACHING BACKGROUND Years College/Pro Team Position Coached Auburn University...Student Assistant Receivers 2002 The Citadel...Wide Receivers University of Louisville... Cornerbacks/ Recruiting Coordinator 2007 Atlanta Falcons...Assistant Defensive Backs 2008 Green Bay Packers...Defensive Quality Control Green Bay Packers... Secondary Cornerbacks of the Year Honors from AP as well as All-Pro honors from virtually every publication. Then 33, Woodson became the oldest defensive back to win the player of the year award and just the fifth cornerback to do so since the award s inception in In Whitt s first season with the Packers, his duties included breaking down opponent game film and analyzing their offensive tendencies while also assisting with the defensive backs and special teams. In 2007 with Atlanta, Whitt worked alongside veteran coach and former Packers defensive coordinator Emmitt Thomas in tutoring the Falcons defensive backs. During his time in Louisville, Whitt s recruiting efforts helped bring the program into national prominence as the Cardinals went 41-9 over that four-year stretch. After joining the staff in 2003, Whitt worked diligently to improve the Cardinals recruiting efforts, and the program landed its first top-25 recruiting class in On the field, he coached All-Big East first-team selection William Gay, who led the team with six interceptions and was a fifth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Whitt also had a hand in helping safety Kerry Rhodes, most recently with the Arizona Cardinals, and Antoine Harris, most recently with the Philadelphia Eagles, make it to the NFL. Whitt broke into the collegiate coaching ranks in 2002 as wide receivers coach at The Citadel. In his only season there, the Bulldogs saw their passing output increase by 81.3 yards per game over 2001, averaging yards in Under Whitt s guidance, all of the team s receivers produced career highs in 2002, most notably Scooter Johnson, who improved on his six catches for 104 yards as a junior to bring in 69 passes for 950 yards and seven touchdowns to earn first-team All-Southern Conference honors as a senior. A native of Auburn, Ala., and a walk-on as a player at Auburn University, Whitt eventually earned a scholarship and played for a coaching staff that included his father, Joe Sr., a longtime Auburn assistant coach. Whitt worked his way into Auburn s rotation at wide receiver and contributed on special teams, battling several injuries along the way. After four shoulder surgeries and reconstructive knee surgery, he was granted a medical hardship waiver and became a student assistant at Auburn for two seasons, coaching alongside his dad. Born July 19, 1978, in Auburn, Ala., Whitt graduated from Auburn in 2001 with a degree in communications. He and his wife, Ericka, have three children, a son, Joseph Barrington, and two daughters, Ava Jeneé and Zoë Jade.
41 Tim Terry, a former NFL linebacker, enters his 10th season with the Packers pro personnel department after joining the team on Oct. 11, Terry s primary duties are scouting professional prospects in the NFL, CFL and Arena Football League, working under Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson. He also is involved with in-season advance scouting of upcoming Packers opponents. In 2008, Terry was named assistant director of pro personnel after serving as a pro personnel assistant the previous three years. During the 2007 season, he continued to work in the personnel department while also serving as the director of player development, helping to maintain lockerroom cohesiveness and assisting players in acclimating to their roles, both on and off the field. Former Packers long snapper Rob Davis took over that position in The 39-year-old Terry originally entered the NFL as a nondrafted free agent out of Temple with the Cincinnati Bengals in As a rookie, he saw action in five games, logging three stops and five special teams tackles. Terry spent the 1998 season on the team s practice squad. In 1999, he went to camp with the Kansas City Chiefs, but was released and subsequently signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL, helping that club to a Grey Cup championship. Terry joined the Seattle Seahawks practice squad in early 2000 before being signed to the active roster on Nov. 10, and finished the season by playing in six games, collecting TIM TERRY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PRO PERSONNEL two special teams stops and forcing a fumble on a kickoff return. Terry saw action in all 16 games for Seattle each of the following two seasons ( ), with his best professional campaign coming in 2002, when he took over as a starter for the final eight games after LB Chad Brown (broken foot) was lost to injury. That year, Terry posted a career-high 42 tackles, including one sack, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He was released by the Seahawks during training camp in His NFL career included 43 games played (eight starts), 55 tackles, 3½ sacks and 19 special teams stops. Collegiately, Terry saw action in all 44 contests (43 starts) during his four seasons at Temple, playing as a defensive lineman and finishing his career with 208 tackles. As a senior, he started all 11 games despite a groin pull, and registered 56 tackles, five sacks and a team-high 11 quarterback pressures. Terry holds a B.S. degree in political science with a minor in African-American studies. He obtained his master s degree in management at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the winter of An all-state selection at Hempstead (N.Y.) High School, he also lettered in track, basketball and lacrosse. Born July 26, 1974, in Hempstead, N.Y., Terry resides in Green Bay. He has a daughter, Zoe, 12, and two sons, Timothy II, 9, and Jayden, 5. In his spare time, he is involved with various community groups, including Journey House in Milwaukee. A LEGACY LEFT BEHIND Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf s many accomplishments in Green Bay have been well-documented since his retirement in A finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, Wolf engineered one of the most impressive turnarounds in the history of the sport after assuming control of the Packers football operation late in In the nine seasons under his leadership, Wolf s teams posted a regular-season record, played in two Super Bowls (highlighted by their victory in Super Bowl XXXI, the franchise s first in 29 years), and accounted for seven consecutive winning seasons and six straight playoff berths. All of that success, and yet Wolf s enduring contribution to the organization and the league might lie in an entirely different realm. Wolf was initially ushered into the business and mentored by former Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders owner Al Davis in the 1960s. Following Wolf s ascent, he placed an emphasis on paying that stewardship forward for young personnel types looking to develop the same knack for talent evaluation and procurement associated with his own career in the National Football League. Throughout his time at different stops, he shared his wealth of knowledge and training with scouts of all ages, men who have since gone on to have remarkable careers of their own running personnel departments across the league. Most impressively, Wolf s lineage currently features general managers representing four NFL franchises, in addition to several other senior-level evaluators for other clubs and many of the high-ranking members of the personnel staff in Green Bay. A look at the collection of personnel men who have studied under Wolf: Name Current Team Current Position Seasons with Wolf John Dorsey Kansas City Chiefs General Manager , 2000 Reggie McKenzie Oakland Raiders General Manager John Schneider Seattle Seahawks General Manager Ted Thompson Green Bay Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst Green Bay Packers Director of College Scouting Shaun Herock Oakland Raiders Director of College Scouting Alonzo Highsmith Green Bay Packers Senior Personnel Executive Lenny McGill Denver Broncos Assistant Director of College Scouting 2000 Scot McCloughan Seattle Seahawks Senior Personnel Executive Sam Seale Green Bay Packers West Regional Scout Eliot Wolf Green Bay Packers Director of Pro Personnel 1999 PLAYER PERSONNEL PLAYER PERSONNEL VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC. 53
42 PLAYER PERSONNEL PLAYER PERSONNEL VETERANS Chad Brinker enters his fourth season with the Packers pro personnel department after joining the team on Jan. 31, He was promoted on May 23, 2012, after two seasons as a scouting assistant. In his role as a pro scout, Brinker assists player personnel in various areas, including evaluating both college and professional players, advance scouting of upcoming opponents, in-season tryouts, and attending college pro days. The 33-year-old Brinker originally entered the NFL in 2003 as a non-drafted free agent out of Ohio University with the New York Jets. He scored two touchdowns in preseason play before being waived in the team s final roster reduction. Brinker was re-signed by the Jets following the 03 season and was allocated to NFL Europe. He lined up at running back for the Cologne Centurions during the 2004 season before suffering a concussion in his third contest. Brinker was placed on injured reserve and was later released by the Jets. Brinker was a four-year starter and two-time All-Mid- American Conference selection at running back for the Ohio Bobcats. As a senior, he ran for a career-best 1,099 yards and remains Ohio s fifth all-time leading rusher with 2,826 career yards. His 30 total touchdowns rank third in school history, and he also remains among the Bobcats all-time top five in nearly every rushing category despite missing all CHAD BRINKER PRO SCOUT but the first four games of his junior season after having an arachnoid cyst removed from his skull. Brinker also competed in track at Ohio, running the 60-meter indoor and 100-meter outdoor. He received a specialized studies degree in exercise science, and is currently working toward his master s degree in sports administration at Ohio University. Following his football career, Brinker entered the business world, working for Merck as a pharmaceutical sales representative and then later as an account manager for Stryker Medical. His passion for football never left him as he remained close to the game by also serving as the radio color analyst for Ohio University football from During the 2009 season, he was an assistant football coach at Westerville Central High School in Columbus, Ohio, coaching running backs and defensive backs. A four-year letterman at Martins Ferry (Ohio) High School, Brinker was a finalist for the Mr. Ohio Football Award and a USA Today All-American. The two-time first-team all-state selection also lettered multiple times in basketball, baseball and track. Brinker was born Nov. 5, 1979, in Wheeling, W.Va. He resides in Green Bay with his wife, Rachelle, and daughter, Madison, 1. Brinker and his family are active members of the Church of Christ in Green Bay. He also enjoys spending time with his family. FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC. Glenn Cook enters his second year with the Packers pro personnel department in He joined the team on May 23, 2012, as a pro scout. The 28-year-old Cook came to Green Bay from Indianapolis, where he worked as a scouting assistant for the Colts from June 2011 until he joined the Packers. Prior to his arrival in Indianapolis, Cook served as a graduate assistant coach in 2011 at his alma mater, the University of Miami (Fla.), where he assisted with the Hurricanes linebackers and defensive line. He also assisted with recruiting and broke down game film as a volunteer with Miami in Cook was a four-year letterman ( , 2008) for the Hurricanes at linebacker, appearing in 47 games with 17 starts during his career. He recorded 185 tackles (96 solo), including 23½ tackles for a loss, 16 quarterback pressures, two sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and five passes defensed. Cook scored two touchdowns during his career on fumble recoveries at Georgia Tech (2006) and at Texas A&M (2008). Cook was one of three team captains as a senior in 08 and paced the team with a career-high 76 tackles (44 solo), including eight stops for a loss. He started all 13 games at middle linebacker and received the Plumer Memorial Award (leadership, motivation, spirit) and Dale Melching Award (leadership) at the team s awards banquet at the conclusion of the season. 54 GLENN COOK PRO SCOUT Cook missed the entire 2007 season due to a foot injury sustained on the second day of training camp. As a junior in 06, he started 11 games and posted 64 tackles (32 solo), including four tackles for a loss, seven QB pressures and two passes defensed on his way to being named the team s Linebacker of the Year. Cook earned a B.A. in marketing and management at Mia mi and also holds a master s degree from the school in sport administration. Born in Miami, Cook attended Chaminade-Madonna College Prep in Hollywood, Fla., where he teamed with Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason and Philadelphia Eagles CB Cary Williams to help lead the team to the state championship game in Cook was rated the No. 26 linebacker in the nation by SuperPrep and was named to the Florida Top 100 by the Orlando Sentinel. As a junior in 2001, he registered 85 tackles, including 10 for a loss, and five sacks. Cook also was a center fielder for the baseball team. After not being selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, Cook was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 46th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. He went on to appear in 34 games for the Cubs rookie-league team in Mesa, Ariz., in Cook is single and resides in Green Bay. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing poetry and playing the piano.
43 Sam Seale, a nine-year NFL veteran as a player, heads into his 18th season scouting college players for the Packers, his first post in player personnel. Promoted to West regional scout on May 23, 2012, Seale was hired on July 22, 1995, and maintains primary focus on the West Coast region. The 50-year-old Seale began his NFL playing career after being picked in the eighth round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the then-los Angeles Raiders. After one year as a wide receiver (1984) and three seasons as a defensive back/kick returner ( ) for the Silver and Black, Seale headed south to play for the San Diego Chargers for the next four seasons ( ). After becoming a full-time starter (at cornerback) for the first time in his pro career in 1989, Seale appeared in all 16 games for San Diego in both 1990 and 91. He then returned to the Los Angeles area in 1992 to play one additional season for the Raiders and appeared in one game with the then-los Angeles Rams in In 121 career games, he recorded 11 interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in He also scored once on a fumble recovery (in 1988 with San Diego). Now in his 13th season as an area scout, Lee Gissendaner begins his 16th season overall with the Green Bay Packers. Named to his current position on May 15, 2001, Gissendaner originally joined the Packers in 1998 as the team s representative in the National Scouting Service and authored preliminary evaluations of all prospective seniors in upcoming NFL drafts during his initial three seasons with the club. The 41-year-old Gissendaner began his post-football career by serving as a graduate assistant coach for Kent State University (1997) while working toward his master s degree. He subsequently was named to a scouting position with the Packers on July 8, 1998, by then-executive Vice President/General Manager Ron Wolf. A four-year letterman ( ) and three-year starter at wide receiver for Northwestern University, Gissendaner led the NCAA in punt return average (21.8 yards) in That year, he also was named Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten Conference, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was voted as Northwestern s team MVP. Gissendaner was named to the Big Ten s 100-Year Anniversary Team during the conference s centennial celebration in Gissendaner graduated from Northwestern in 1994 with a degree in organizational management, and earned his master s degree in sports administration from Kent State 55 SAM SEALE WEST REGIONAL SCOUT A four-time letterman ( ) as a running back for Western State College (Colo.), Seale averaged 5.3 yards per carry as a collegian while leading the team twice each in rushing and receiving. He also earned NAIA All-America honors in track, competing in the 60-, 100- and 200-meter events. The political science major was an All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference pick two seasons in football and four times in track. Seale was inducted into the Western State College Hall of Fame in While attending Orange (N.J.) High School, Seale was an all-state performer in football his senior year and in track as a junior and senior. He earned four letters as a running back/defensive back for the football team while also lettering twice in track as a sprinter. Seale was born Oct. 6, 1962, on the island of Barbados in the West Indies. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two sons, Ricky (Sam Jr.), 21, and Samir, 19, and a daughter, Shi- Ann, 14. R icky is the all-time leading rusher in San Diego prep history and is entering his senior season at Stanford University. Seale resides in San Diego, and enjoys reading, bowling, playing golf and participating in a variety of other sports. LEE GISSENDANER AREA SCOUT in Originally chosen in the sixth round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the then-houston Oilers, Gissendaner was released that year at the conclusion of training camp. He then spent the 1995 season with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL and the summer of 1996 with the World League champion Scottish Claymores. In the fall of 1996, Gissendaner returned to the U.S. and went to training camp with the Vikings, eventually spending parts of the 96 season on Minnesota s practice squad. A four-year letterman at Stow (Ohio) Monroe Falls High School, Gissendaner was selected All-Summit County, allmetro area and team MVP at wide receiver during his senior season. A two-time all-metro pole vaulter, he earned three additional varsity letters in track. Gissendaner was inducted into the school s hall of fame in In 1999, Gissendaner s accomplishments and community efforts were recognized as he was inducted into the City of Akron/Summit County Sports Hall of Fame. Gissendaner was born Oct. 25, 1971, in Akron, Ohio. He and his wife, Jamie, a registered nurse, reside in Wilmington, Del., with their daughter, Leah, 5, and their son, Tyle r, 1. Gissendaner s hobbies include traveling, drawing, listening to music and reading mainly biographies and other nonfiction. He also works as a motivational speaker for youth, focusing on the importance of setting goals. PLAYER PERSONNEL PLAYER PERSONNEL VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC.
44 PLAYER PERSONNEL PLAYER PERSONNEL VETERANS Alonzo Dotson begins his first season with the Packers player personnel department in He joined the organization on Feb. 18, 2013, as a college scout. Dotson came to Green Bay from the University of Houston, where he worked with defensive quality control. For two seasons, he was responsible for assisting the defensive staff with administrative duties, working with the defensive line and linebackers, coordinating the offensive scout team, identifying opposing personnel packages and directly assisting defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Jamie Bryant. During his two-year tenure, the Cougars finished 18-8, including a perfect 12-0 regular season in Houston went on to defeat Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl, finishing the year with 13 wins, the most in school history. In 2012, Dotson helped the Cougars defense finish second in Conference USA in turnovers (31), interceptions (19) and sacks (36) and fourth in pass defense efficiency (125.3). He worked with the linebackers group that included Phillip Steward, a first-team All-Conference USA selection. Steward finished ninth in the country with 128 tackles and 10th nationally with 19½ tackles for loss. Dotson began his post-football career by working as an assistant under Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor Head Coach Ray Seals at Houston Madison ALONZO DOTSON COLLEGE SCOUT High School for two seasons. Dotson helped defensive lineman William Moore become a finalist for the Touchdown Club of Houston Defensive Player of the Year and earn a scholarship to the University of Houston. Dotson played collegiately at Oklahoma ( ), where he was a member of four BCS Bowl teams and three Big 12 champion squads. As a senior, Dotson played in all 14 games and recorded 20 tackles (16 solo), two sacks, seven QB hurries, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery as the Sooners defeated Missouri in the Big 12 Championship and earned a bid to the Fiesta Bowl. He finished his career with 25 games played, 29 tackles (23 solo) and four sacks. Dotson earned a degree in sociology and a minor in African-American studies from Oklahoma. Born March 24, 1985, in Houston, Dotson attended Alief Hastings High School in Houston. As a senior, he led his team to the state playoffs, recorded 114 tackles and 12 sacks, and earned Player of the Year honors from the Houston Chronicle. Dotson is single and resides in Green Bay. His uncle, Santana Dotson, was a 10-year NFL veteran who played six seasons for the Packers and was a member of the Super Bowl XXXI championship team. His grandfather, Alphonse Dotson, was a second-round selection by Green Bay in the 1965 NFL Draft and played four years in the American Football League. In his spare time, Alonzo enjoys skydiving, movies, food, traveling and water sports. FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC. Mike Owen enters his second season with the Packers player personnel department in He joined the team on May 23, 2012, as a college scout. Owen serves as the team s National Football Scouting representative to the annual NFL Scouting Combine. Prior to joining the Packers, the 26-year-old Owen spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Riverhead (N.Y.) High School, where he coached the tight ends and helped with the linebackers. He was a four-year letterman ( ) at Syracuse University, where he played tight end, defensive end and linebacker during his career. Elected a team captain as a senior, Owen finished his career with 36 receptions for 319 yards (8.9 avg.) and three touchdowns. Owen played in all 12 games with 10 starts as a senior in 09 and hauled in 12 passes for 93 yards (7.8 avg.) and a TD. As a junior, he started 11 contests and ranked No. 2 on the team with 19 catches for 175 yards (9.2 avg.) and two TDs. He recorded single-game career highs for receptions (five), receiving yards (59) and receiving TDs (two) vs. Akron that season. Owen moved to tight end prior to the 2007 season after having switched to defensive end from linebacker before MIKE OWEN COLLEGE SCOUT the 06 campaign. He posted a career-best three tackles on special teams vs. Louisville in Owen earned a degree in child and family studies at Syracuse. At Riverhead (N.Y.) High, Owen was ranked the No. 18 outside linebacker in the nation by Tom Lemming on ESPN. com. He was also rated the No. 9 prospect in New York by Rivals.com and the 12th-best prospect in the state by SuperPrep. Owen played in the 2005 Governor s Bowl, an all-star game featuring the top prospects from New York and New Jersey. As a senior in 2004, Owen recorded 51 tackles, two sacks and an interception despite battling through an elbow injury throughout the season. As a junior, he posted 113 tackles and a fumble recovery on his way to being named all-county and second-team All-Long Island. Owen was named the team MVP as a junior and earned the 2004 Pat Kelly Award for overcoming serious injury. He also won the Carl Smith Award in 03 for outstanding achievement in academics and athletics. Owen was born June 1, 1987, in Brookhaven, N.Y. He is single and resides in Arlington, Texas. Owen enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, family and friends, and playing sports and video games. 56
45 JON-ERIC SULLIVAN AREA SCOUT Jon-Eric Sullivan begins his 10th season as a college scout for the Packers in 2013, and his sixth as an area scout. Sullivan previously served as the team s National Football Scouting representative to the annual NFL Scouting Combine and authored evaluations of all prospective seniors in the Southwest region, a role since filled by Mike Owen. Sullivan joined the team s football operations department on July 12, 2004, having previously served as a scouting intern during the team s 2003 training camp. The 37-year-old Sullivan played his junior and senior seasons ( ) as a wide receiver at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. As a senior, he was named to the all-conference team after leading the Bulldogs with 43 receptions. Previously, he played at the University of South Carolina from before transferring to Gardner- Webb. Sullivan attended high school at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, where he was an all-state defensive back his junior year, pacing state players with nine interceptions, and then an all-state receiver as a senior. Sullivan lettered twice in football, while also receiving two letters each in indoor and outdoor track. As a senior, he was all-state in track as a member of the state champion 400-meter relay team. Following his college football career, Sullivan served as a student-assistant receivers coach at Gardner-Webb for one season. Though officially listed as a student-assistant, he actually served as the primary position coach for the receivers. Sullivan obtained a B.A. degree in social science from Gardner-Webb in December 2000, and then worked three years ( ) for GMAC s sales and credit administration departments before joining the Packers staff. His father, Jerry Sullivan, who has over 40 years of coaching experience, is currently the wide receivers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sullivan and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Charlotte, N.C., with their 1-year-old daug hter, Samantha. His hobbies include traveling and working out. PLAYER PERSONNEL PLAYER PERSONNEL Richmond Williams enters his sixth year with the Packers in 2013 and second as an area scout. Promoted on May 23, 2012, Williams previously served as the team s National Football Scouting representative to the annual NFL Scouting Combine and authored evaluations of all prospective seniors in the Southwest region. He spent the 2007 training camp as a scouting intern with the Packers. Also in 2007, Williams volunteered as an assistant in the football office at his alma mater, the University of Iowa. His duties included helping coaches plan their recruiting trips and breaking down defensive game film. Prior to working in the football office, the 29-year-old Williams lettered two years as a cornerback for Iowa. He earned the Iowa Team Leader award all four years of his career, given by the coaching staff to the player who made high contributions on scout and special teams during weekly preparation. Williams was teammates with former Packers DT Colin Cole, as well as several other former NFL players, including S Bob Sanders and G Robert Gallery. In 2006, Williams earned a B.A. in economics, as well as a certificate of entrepreneurship. RICHMOND WILLIAMS AREA SCOUT Williams is the brother-in-law of Cole, and is the director of football operations for the Cole Group, an organization formed by Colin and his wife, Kay, that provides consultation services to high school student-athletes. Williams duties include designing football camps and making preparations for seminars. Born Nov. 11, 1983, in Aiken, S.C., Williams was a twosport athlete in football and track and field at North Augusta (S.C.) High School. He played cornerback and wide receiver, and was a state-champion long jumper as a senior, also participating in the 4x100-meter relay. Williams was named to the Who s Who in Scholar Student-Athletes in 2001, and was named North Augusta s Star Student-Athlete of the Week. Williams has stayed active in the community by coaching a Little League football team, reading to elementary school students, and working at a literacy summer camp. Nicknamed Richey, Williams is single and resides in Dallas, Texas. His top three travel destinations are California, Florida and Hawaii. He enjoys playing basketball and watching movies. VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC. 57
46 PLAYER PERSONNEL PLAYER PERSONNEL VETERANS Now entering his 18th season in the NFL, John Wojciechowski begins his second season with the Packers player personnel department in He joined the team on May 23, 2012, as an area scout. Prior to coming to Green Bay, the 39-year-old Wojciechowski spent the previous nine seasons ( ) as the Northeast area scout for the Dallas Cowboys. He came to Dallas after working for the Jacksonville Jaguars for five seasons ( ). During his first three seasons with Jacksonville, Wojciechowski worked as the team s Southeast regional scout for the BLESTO scouting organization. He was promoted to Midwest scout by the Jaguars in Wojciechowski s first venture into the NFL player personnel field came with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he served as a player personnel assistant for two seasons ( ). With the Steelers, he evaluated both college and pro players and did quality-control work for the special teams units. Wojciechowski (pronounced woh-jih-cow-skee) was a four-year starter at Duquesne at defensive end ( ) and a three-year tri-captain. As a senior in 95, he earned first-team All-Metro Atlantic Conference honors and firstteam All-American honors from Don Hansen s Football JOHN WOJCIECHOWSKI AREA SCOUT Gazette. He helped lead the Dukes to their first-ever conference championship (7-0 record) and a 10-1 mark overall. The team finished the season with an ECAC Bowl victory over Wagner. Wojciechowski finished his career at Duquesne as the school s all-time sacks leader with 24, which now ranks No. 2 on the Dukes all-time list. He led the team in sacks each of his final three seasons, posting 9½ as a senior in 1995 (No. 2 in single-season history) and nine in 1993 (No. 5). Wojciechowski was part of a group that helped Duquesne transition from Division III to I-AA following his freshman season. Wojciechowski was also a three-year starter at catcher and designated hitter for the Dukes baseball team. He earned a degree in business administration at Duquesne. Born Jan. 4, 1974, in Pittsburgh, Wojciechowski attended Plum (Pa.) High School in suburban Pittsburgh. He was a first-team all-conference selection and was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette s Fabulous 22 team. Wojciechowski was also a team captain as a senior. Wojciechowski and his wife, Tami, live in Pittsburgh with their sons, Holt and Taft. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and fishing. FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC. Now enjoying his 17th season with the Packers and 34th in the NFL, Danny Mock is responsible for a variety of scouting services as the team s college scouting coordinator. Mock s duties include tracking Green Bay s scouts who scour the country looking for players, coordinating all-star, combine and draft meetings and heading up the computer operations for the team s annual draft preparations. Mock gained his first NFL experience as a member of the Atlanta Falcons grounds crew from In addition to his duties on the field, Mock served as a film assistant from Following three seasons in the film department, the NFL moved to video and Mock was promoted to assistant video director by the Falcons in After serving two years in that capacity, Mock turned to the player personnel side of football. For the following nine seasons ( ), he acted as the administrative assistant in the Falcons player personnel department. Having lived in the South his entire life, Mock headed north when he was named the Packers college scouting coordinator by then-executive Vice President/General Manager Ron Wolf on June 28, The 52-year-old Mock attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College ( ) in Tifton, Ga., majoring in turf management and business. DANNY MOCK COLLEGE SCOUTING COORDINATOR Mock had earlier attended Gilbert (Ariz.) High School while growing up in the Phoenix area. He graduated from Duluth (Ga.) High School, where he lettered three times for the basketball team. During his sophomore basketball season, Mock was a teammate of 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, who later would go on to star in football at the University of South Carolina and play seven seasons in the NFL. Mock also was elected team captain in basketball for his senior season, leading the school to the state quarterfinals. Mock is a member of the National Football Foundation and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA), acting as the Packers liaison to the latter organization. He was honored by the WFCA In 2008, when he was awarded the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding service to football in Wisconsin and again in 2011 as an inductee into the WFCA Hall of Fame. On Friday nights, he serves as the video cameraman for the De Pere High School football team. Mock is a fan of local sports teams, including the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women s and men s basketball teams, and the Milwaukee Brewers. He also follows the Atlanta Braves. Born May 16, 1961, in Statesville, N.C., Mock has two daughters, Elizabeth, 23, and Sarah, 20, and resides in De Pere, Wis. 58
47 A veteran in his area of expertise, Gordon Red Batty is in his 20th season as equipment manager of the Green Bay Packers. Batty is responsible for properly outfitting players with the safest and most advanced equipment, as well as ordering and maintaining all of the team s equipment and sideline apparel. Immediately prior to joining the Packers, he had spent 13 seasons ( ) in the same position with the then-houston Oilers. Long regarded as one of the best in the business, Batty was voted the NFL s Equipment Manager of the Year by his peers in 2002 at their annual meeting. A 54-year-old native of Montreal, Batty remarkably is in his 41st season in the equipment field. He began his career in 1973 at age 14 as a ball boy for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Six years later, he was elevated to the position of equipment manager for the Alouettes. During Batty s tenure in Montreal, the Alouettes won two Grey Cups (1974 and 77). Batty subsequently joined the Oilers in June 1981, in the process becoming the NFL s youngest equipment manager RED BATTY EQUIPMENT MANAGER at age 22. He also purports to be the first native-born Canadian to garner both a Grey Cup and Super Bowl ring, and he now has two of each, the latter distinction earned when the Packers captured Super Bowls XXXI and XLV with Batty in charge of the team s equipment. He also worked his fourth Pro Bowl this past season. Upon being named to the Packers staff on Jan. 24, 1994, Batty became only the fifth person in club history to hold the title of equipment manager. Batty (pronounced BATTee) was born Nov. 18, 1958, in Montreal and has two children, a daughter, Chelsei, 22, and a son, Cameron, 17. Since 1994, Batty has served as the equipment coordinator for what is now known as the NFL Players Rookie Premiere preseason event. Batty is given the duty of communicating with each rookie invitee s team equipment manager to secure equipment and jerseys utilized for trading-card photo shoots. A devout hockey fan, Batty has also worked several NHL events over the years, including the Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp in 2011 and He continues to play hockey himself. FOOTBALL SUPPORT STAFF FOOTBALL SUPPORT One of the more visible people in the organization, Pepper Burruss embarks upon his 21st season as the club s head trainer, his 37th in the NFL overall. Overseer of the team s medical care on a daily basis, Burruss, a certified athletic trainer and physical therapist, joined Green Bay in 1993 following 16 seasons with the New York Jets as an assistant athletic trainer. The 59-year-old Burruss was hired by the Jets in 1977 after receiving his B.S. degree in physical therapy from Northwestern University Medical School. One year earlier, he had graduated with honors from Purdue University, where he earned a B.A. degree in health and safety education. At Purdue, Burruss was fortunate to be a student trainer working under a legend in the field, the late William Pinky Newell. Burruss has won several awards during his NFL tenure. Most recently, he earned the NFL Physicians Society s Outstanding NFL Athletic Trainer award for the 2012 season at the annual NFL Scouting Combine. Th e Packers athletic training staff was honored by its peers with the NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year award in It was the second time Burruss had won the award; the first came as a member of the Jets athletic training staff in Burruss Jets staff also was honored at the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) clinical symposium in 1994 by former Jets defensive lineman Dennis Byrd, who credited the team s emergency care as a contributing factor in his miraculous recovery from quadriplegia. Byrd had suffered a fractured neck after an on-field collision in a PEPPER BURRUSS HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER game against Kansas City at the Meadowlands. Burruss has been involved in multiple head, neck and spinal-care initiatives. In 2010, he was chosen by the NFL to represent the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) on the league s Head, Neck and Spine Medical Committee, which led to his subsequent serving on both the Equipment Standards and Return to Play Criterion subcommittees. Professionally, Burruss has served two terms on the executive committee of the PFATS, first as an AFC assistant athletic trainer representative, then as the NFC head athletic trainer representative. A product of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., where he attended Ketcham High School, Burruss was inducted into the school s hall of fame in 2000, and in 2011, he was also inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association (WATA) Hall of Fame. Born Thomas Pepper Burruss on April 15, 1954, in Beacon, N.Y., he is married to Nancy, with whom he has a son, Shane, 24, and a daughter, Christina, 19. Also a medical practitioner, Nancy has her Ph.D. from Indiana University and is a professor at Bellin College in Green Bay, where she is also the director of the undergraduate nursing program. Burruss currently serves on the board of directors of the Northeast Wisconsin Curative Rehabilitation Center. He is active in the Packers annual Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in May ) house-renovation project, serving as a house co-captain. VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC.
48 FOOTBALL SUPPORT STAFF FOOTBALL SUPPORT MISC REVIEW VETERANS FREE AGENTS FIELD Rob Davis, who played 12 years in the NFL, enters his sixth year as the team s director of player development. Before being named to the new position, he had spent the previous 11 seasons as the Packers long snapper before retiring in March He was named director of player development on March 26, 2008, by Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations. As the director of player development, Davis is vital in maintaining locker-room cohesiveness and overall player health. He assists players in acclimating to their roles, both on and off the field and in the Green Bay community. Davis also oversees the Packers wide range of programs designed to meet the needs of players and their families in today s NFL. The department provides a framework of assistance within which players and their immediate family members can address the pressures created by daily life and complicated by the demands of playing professional football. The program is also set up to get players prepared for life after football, and helps players seek educational and vocational opportunities. Davis also developed a mentorship program, aimed at joining Packers players with community leaders who serve as professional mentors. Davis served as the Packers long snapper for 11 seasons ( ) and played in 167 straight games in a Green Bay uniform, the third-longest streak in team history. Only Brett Favre (255) and Forrest Gregg (187) played in more consecutive games for the Packers than Davis. Davis worked three years for an opportunity to play in the NFL, spending two training camps with the N.Y. Jets Now enjoying his 13th year in Green Bay, Mike Eayrs is the Packers director of research and development. Named to the newly created position within the Packers organizational structure on March 9, 2001, Eayrs had spent the previous 16 seasons on the football staff of the Minnesota Vikings. Eayrs manages databases and develops research reports for coaches, player personnel and management based on the analysis of statistical and tactical trends. Having developed computer applications within football for 32 years, Eayrs (pronounced A-ers) is in his 29th season working in the NFL. He spent the first 16 seasons as director of research and development for the Vikings. During his Minnesota tenure, the club tallied 201 victories and appeared in three NFC Championship games (1987, 98 and 2000). Also a 13-year coaching veteran, including 11 seasons at the college level, Eayrs earned a bachelor s degree in social studies and physical education from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, where he participated in football. ROB DAVIS DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT ( ), a year with the CFL s Baltimore Stallions (1995) and a preseason with Kansas City (1996). In 1996, Davis signed with Chicago and played all 16 games as the team s long snapper. Released by the Bears near the end of the 97 training camp, he signed with Green Bay in November and handled all long-snapping duties the last seven regularseason games, as well as all three playoff contests, including Super Bowl XXXII. The 44-year-old Davis was named the Packers player representative in 2005, which entails being a liaison between the players and the union and relaying proper information to the players regarding rights and benefits. Prior to 2005, he was an alternate player representative for five seasons. Davis became the first player ever from Shippensburg (Pa.) University to play in the NFL and was named to the school s athletic hall of fame in October Accompanying his induction, he also became the first player to have his jersey retired by Shippensburg in any sport. Davis resides in De Pere with his wife, Tara, his daughter, Marlee, 9, and his son, Kahli, 6. In his spare time, he enjoys RV camping, boating, listening to audio books and making an impact in the community. He recently developed a program for at-risk youth called The Culture (Care, Understanding, Loyalty, Toughness, Utilization, Respect, Education). The program works with area school districts and their at-risk students through hands-on programs customized for the students with the assistance of the schools. Davis earned his master s degree in applied leadership for teaching and learning from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay i n MIKE EAYRS DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT The 62-year-old Eayrs began his coaching career in Winnebago, Minn., before becoming an assistant coach at the University of South Dakota two years later in He subsequently coached at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse ( ), Mankato State University ( ) and Luther College (1984) before joining the Vikings. During his 11 seasons in the college ranks, Eayrs received four teaching excellence awards and his teams won five conference championships. Born Jan. 30, 1951, in West Concord, Minn., Eayrs also holds a master s degree in physical education from the University of South Dakota and an educational doctorate in physical education and recreation management from the University of Oregon. Eayrs and his wife, Mary Jo, reside in Green Bay and have three children: Matthew, 35, Elizabeth, 33, and Brian, 31; the couple has two granddaughters, 5-year-old Ashlyn and 1-year-old Mary. In his spare time, Eayrs is an avid reader and enjoys movies and fitness. 60
49 Now in his 13th season as Green Bay s video director, Bob Eckberg is enjoying his 32nd year with the Packers overall. In 2001, Eckberg became only the second full-time video director in franchise history. In his position, Eckberg oversees the production and editing of all game and practice tapes for the coaching and personnel staffs, as well as the regular exchange of video with other teams. In addition, he is in charge of the purchase and maintenance of the team s vast array of video equipment. Eckberg directs the video department s taping of all workouts on prospective players and maintains a video library of all games for the previous three years. Additionally, the video staff compiles college player-profile tapes for use during NFL Draft preparation. Eckberg also attends and shoots video of prospective players at the NFL Scouting Combine, held every February in Indianapolis. Eckberg began his career with the Packers in the early 1970s while working in the photo department of WBAY- TV in Green Bay. While employed at the station, Eckberg BOB ECKBERG VIDEO DIRECTOR helped process all of the Packers game film and in 1974 started shooting end-zone-angle coaching film for home games played in Green Bay and Milwaukee. In the early 1980s, videotape technology became standard in the television industry, and the Packers purchased the film-lab setup from WBAY and hired Eckberg as assistant video director in In 1986 the entire NFL switched to videotape technology and Eckberg assisted in the decisions of which video equipment to buy. Today, the video department is completely digital, allowing the players and coaches to watch film anywhere on their ipads, laptops and other mobile devices. In addition to almost three decades of NFL games, Eckberg also has shot numerous postseason games, including the 1987 Hula Bowl, the 1982, 1987 and 2001 Senior Bowls, the 2005 Cactus Bowl, the 2008, 2012 and 2013 Pro Bowls, and Super Bowls XXXI, XXXII and XLV. Born Oct. 10, 1950, in Green Bay, Eckberg is a 1969 graduate of the city s Premontre High School. He and his wife, Terri, also a Green Bay native, enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren at their family cabin in northern Wisconsin. FOOTBALL SUPPORT STAFF FOOTBALL SUPPORT Hired in advance of the team s offseason training program in 2010 as strength and conditioning assistant, Thadeus Jackson enters his fourth year with the Packers. His primary duties include designing, organizing and executing strength and conditioning procedures, as well as assisting with practice and the defensive staff on gamedays. Prior to coming to the Packers, Jackson spent 2009 as the head strength and conditioning coach at Hinds Community College (Raymond, Miss.), the same school where he started his career. He developed all strength and conditioning and speed programs for the football team, and also assisted with the on-field coaching of the wide receivers. Jackson started his career in sports at Hinds as a student athletic trainer from , working with the football, baseball, track and field, and basketball teams. He also assisted with the strength and conditioning program, specifically offseason workouts. During his first stint at Hinds, he worked with future Iowa quarterback and 2002 Heisman Trophy runner-up Brad Banks. Following the completion of his associate s degree at Hinds, Jackson moved on to the University of Alabama, where he served as a student athletic trainer from In 2005, he was hired as a strength and conditioning assistant at Alabama, spending the majority of his time with THADEUS JACKSON STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSISTANT the football program. During his time at the school, Jackson worked with numerous future NFL players, including DeMeco Ryans (Houston/Philadelphia) and former Packers safety Charlie Peprah. While still working at Alabama, Jackson got his first NFL experience, serving as an athletic training intern for the New England Patriots during the team s 2003 training camp. Jackson left Alabama in 2007 to serve as a manager and training coordinator at Young Champions Academy in Waco, Texas. He developed and coordinated programs designed to teach children basic coordination, movement and sports-specific skills. He also made staff schedules, gave tours and assisted in marketing and advertising for the academy. The 33-year-old Jackson holds a B.S. in science from the University of Alabama and is currently working toward his M.S. in strength and conditioning, which he started at Jackson State University (Jackson, Miss.). Jackson attended New Hope High School in Columbus, Miss., starting three years and earning two letters as a defensive back. He was named team captain as a senior. Born Sept. 1, 1980, in Columbus, Miss., Jackson is single and resides in Hobart, Wis. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, hunting, fishing, traveling and working out. He is also an avid reader and enjoys books about leadership, health, and strength and conditioning. VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC. 61
50 FOOTBALL SUPPORT STAFF FOOTBALL SUPPORT Entering his 15th season with the Green Bay Packers, Matt Klein begins his eighth as football administration coordinator. Named to the position by Head Coach Mike McCarthy in January 2006, Klein, 37, previously served as assistant director of football administration. He originally joined the Packers as administrative assistant/football in 1999, when he first worked with Mc- Carthy, who was then serving as the team s quarterbacks coach. Klein is responsible for coordinating all facets of the team s daily operations, including the coaching staff s schedule. He serves as a point of communication in administering every Packers practice and team function, including offseason minicamps, organized team activities and the annual training camp. Additionally, Klein serves as the coaching staff s liaison on all matters relating to the athletic training, equipment, public relations and video departments. Klein s responsibilities also include arranging team travel for the club s home and away games; his duties include co- MATT KLEIN FOOTBALL ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR ordinating air and ground transportation and securing hotel accommodations for the team, coaching staff and traveling support-staff members. In 2010, he served as part of a group of team staffers that helped plan the arrangements needed to move the organization s operations to North Texas for the week leading up to Super Bowl XLV. Born A ug. 29, 1976, in Clintonville, Wis., Klein spent five seasons working with Barry Alvarez s football staff at the University of Wisconsin. He contributed to a program that earned berths in four bowls, including a victory in the Rose Bowl after the 98 season. Klein left school early to accept a position with the Packers in He completed his coursework at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and earned his bachelor s degree in marketing, with a minor in economics. In his spare time, Klein enjoys golf, reading and spending time with his family. He also enjoys following his friend Matt Kenseth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and tries to attend at least one race per year. Klein and his wife, Leah, live in Green Bay with their two sons, Nathan, 11, and Owen, 8. MISC REVIEW VETERANS FREE AGENTS FIELD Hired on Feb. 22, 2011, Zac Woodfin enters his third season with the Packers as strength and conditioning assistant. His primary duties include designing, organizing and implementing strength and conditioning programs as well as speed and agility sessions, and providing recovery strategies and nutritional guidance. Prior to coming to Green Bay, Woodfin had served as a performance specialist at Athletes Performance in Los Angeles since 2007, where he trained various NFL, NBA, MLB and Olympic athletes. His main focus was NFL veterans in the offseason as well as college athletes preparing for the NFL Combine. Woodfin also gained experience training tactical athletes of the United States Special Forces while at Athletes Performance. Before that, Woodfin worked at his alma mater, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as the University of Alabama, in At UAB, he assisted with the football, men s and women s basketball, and track and field programs. Woodfin was a volunteer assistant for Alabama s football team, assisting the head strength coach with the team s in-season program. Woodfin got his start in the field as an intern at UAB in 2006 when he helped supervise the speed, agility and strength training for the football team. He also interned briefly at Athletes Performance in ZAC WOODFIN STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSISTANT As a player, Woodfin entered the NFL in April 2005 with the Packers as a non-drafted free agent linebacker out of UAB. He was released by Green Bay in the final roster reduction, but sp ent the first seven games of the season on the Packers practice squad. Woodfin also spent time on the practice squads of New Orleans and Baltimore in 05, and was signed to the Ravens active roster toward the end of the season. He was also with the Houston Texans briefly in the summer of Woodfin was selected in the first round of the NFL Europe Draft by Frankfurt in 2007, and started for a Galaxy team that advanced to the World Bowl that season. Woodfin finished his career at UAB as the school s alltime leading tackler with 372, and earned first-team All- Conference USA honors as a junior and senior. He recorded a then-school-record 149 tackles in 2003, topping the mark he had set in 2002 (120). The 30-year-old Woodfin holds a B.S. in exercise science from UAB and is certified through the NSCA and USAW. He attended Prattville (Ala.) High School, where he earned allstate and all-metro honors as a senior. A four-time letterman, he also played fullback and tight end in high school. Woodfin was born March 19, 1983, in Montgomery, Ala. He and his wife, Fawn, reside in Green Bay with their infant son, Valor. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, golf, traveling, reading, working out and spending time with family and friends.
51 FRONT OFFICE Mike Agnew Security Officer Toula Akladios Executive Shareholder Services Manager Sindi Anschutz Guest Services Assistant Kenny Ansel Assistant Director of Information Technology Stephen Ariens Web Production Intern- Packers Media Group Jennifer Ark Director of Stadium Services Brandon Arndt Shipping & Receiving Coordinator Casey Ausloos Hall of Fame Group Sales Coordinator Jill Austinson Accounting Assistant Craig Bagley Security Officer FRONT OFFICE Amy Baker Lambeau Field Events Administrator Craig Benzel Director of Marketing & Corporate Sales Tom Bakken Assistant Equipment Manager Duke Bobber Internet Coordinator Packers Media Group Bart Bartelme Fields Assistant Rhonda Borowicz Senior Legal Assistant Mary Bartels Administrative Assistant Finance Kristen Broderick Hall of Fame Assistant/ Educational Coordinator Jessica Bedore Public Relations/Corporate Communications Intern Julie Broeckel Corporate Giving Assistant VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW Campbell Brown Intern Athletic Trainer Jeanne Bruette Executive Assistant General Manager Pam Burnett Packers Pro Shop Buyer Jonathan Butnick Public Relations Coordinator Philip Caldwell Box Office Manager FIELD MISC. Bobbi Cameron Business Services Analyst Gavin Carrigan Packers Pro Shop Warehouse Coordinator Doug Collins Director of Security/Risk Management Travis Conard Computer Systems Administrator Andy Cornelissen Data Warehouse Analyst 63
52 FRONT OFFICE MISC REVIEW FIELD FREE AGENTS FRONT OFFICE Diane Coron Football Administration Assistant Justin Crabb Building Security Manager Keith Cronin Manager of Guest Services Garrison Cummings Digital Manager Packers Media Group Ann Dabeck Payroll Coordinator Justin Dantzman HVAC Manager Eric DeMars Maintenance Assistant Cathy Dworak Manager of Community Outreach & Player/Alumni Relations Todd Edlebeck Facilities Manager Bobbi Jo Eisenreich Corporate Giving Assistant Manager VETERANS Ted Eisenreich Director of Facility Operations Bryan Engel Assistant Athletic Trainer Michael Falk Intern Athletic Trainer Tom Fanning Communications Manager Kurt Fielding Assistant Athletic Trainer Lacey Frederick Fan Engagement Specialist Tyler Gajewski New Media Video Coordinator Packers Media Group Kandi Goltz Game and Fan Development Manager Dr. John Gray Associate Team Physician Shea Greil Senior Partnership Services Coordinator Zach Groen Public Relations Intern Brad Gus Gustafson Manager of Atrium Operations Mike Halbach Video Assistant Scott Hansen Security Officer Jerry Hanson Staff Counsel Aaron Hart Corporate Sales Executive Bill Hawker Manager of Corporate Sales Kate Hogan Director of Retail Operations Joel Hunt Fields Assistant Wendy Jansen Lambeau Field Events Manager 64
53 FRONT OFFICE Mike Jelenic Senior Computer Systems Administrator Allen Johnson Fields Manager LaFawn Joslin Guest Services Assistant/ Switchboard Vic Ketchman Editor/Producer Packers Media Group Chris Kirby Assistant Video Director Mitch Kluska Premium Seating Sales Executive Marisa Kornowski Retail Operations Ecommerce Marketing Manager Julie Kostner Premium Seating Coordinator Dana Kressig Corporate Sales Executive Digital Sales Deb Kuhn Packers Pro Shop Store Manager FRONT OFFICE Becky Lamal IT Help Desk/ Administrative Assistant Jim Lentz HVAC Assistant Anne Larson Facilities Office Manager Julie Leung Administrative Assistant Sales and Marketing Elizabeth Lasee Graphic Artist Darren Lohr Pro Shop Assistant/ Retail Sales Dennis Laurent HVAC Assistant Erin Longley Lambeau Field Events Account Executive Nicole Ledvina Director of Human Resources Tammi Loritz Partnership Services Coordinator VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW Doug Maes Security Officer Joan Malcheski Director of Packers Media Group and Brand Engagement Melissa Malfroid Human Resources Generalist Christi Marcks Administrative Assistant Facilities Janelle Maricque Assistant Manager Team Stores FIELD MISC. Melanie Marohl Salary Cap Analyst Liz McAllister Guest Services Assistant Jason McDonough Manager of Premium Seating Sales and Service Dr. Pat McKenzie Team Physician Jessica Micke Community Outreach Coordinator 65
54 FRONT OFFICE MISC REVIEW FIELD FREE AGENTS FRONT OFFICE Mary Mikota Packers Pro Shop Warehouse Coordinator Bill Miller Plumber/Beverage Systems Technician Jesse Motto Security Officer Mike Moynihan Assistant Director of Facility Operations Andy Muckerheide Video Assistant Scott Murphy Assistant Accounting Manager Bryan Nehring Assistant Equipment Manager Kevin Nelson Equipment Assistant Lisa Nortman Partnership Services Coordinator Ryan Nowak Technology Systems Engineer VETERANS Linda Nuthals Corporate Travel Manager Traci Nygaard Senior Accountant Tim Odea Equipment Assistant Theresa Pagel Purchasing Administrative Assistant Derek Paris Fields Assistant Wendy Pasowicz Accounts Payable Assistant Judy Pedersen Warehouse Assistant Andrew Podlasik Staff Accountant Aaron Popkey Director of Public Affairs Peggy Prebelski Customer Service Training Manager Sarah Quick Assistant Director of Public Relations Bill Rasmussen Maintenance Supervisor Michelle Ratchman Premium Seating Coordinator Joe Reuter IT Support Specialist Jennifer Rosin Packers Pro Shop Assistant Buyer Bill Roubal Electrical Assistant Sandy Roubal Corporate Giving Assistant Justin Ruckel Network Support Specialist Bill Schmit Security Officer Paul Schmit Security Officer 66
55 FRONT OFFICE Katie Schneekloth Direct Marketing Campaign Coordinator Ginny Schram Guest Services Assistant/ Reception Carla Schrank Accounting Manager Tim Schroeder Youth Football Coordinator Sherry Schuldes Manager of Family Programs John Schwartz Manager of Warehouse & Concessions Operations Patricia Scott Executive Assistant to the President Joe Setzkorn Atrium Operations Lead Kregg Shilbauer Manager of Audio/Visual Production Jason Simmons Coaching Administrator FRONT OFFICE Dan Skaleski Atrium Operations Lead Scott Thompson Business Information Analyst Bob Slaby Security Officer Dave Tilot Maintenance Supervisor Mike Spofford Staff Writer Packers Media Group Israel Torres Atrium Operations Lead Laurie Taicher Security/Risk Management Assistant Lisa Treichel Assistant Manager Team Stores Autumn Thomas-Beenenga Pro Personnel Coordinator Julie Van Asten Accounts Payable Assistant VETERANS FREE AGENTS 2012 REVIEW Dale Vannieuwenhoven Janitorial Coordinator Troy VanWychen IT Support Specialist Lisa Waeghe Executive Assistant Head Coach Mark Wagner Director of Ticket Operations Christine Wahlen Ticket Office Coordinator FIELD MISC. Jason Wahlers Director of Public Relations Clyde Watson HVAC Assistant Sara Webb Manager of Partnership Services Nate Weir Assistant Athletic Trainer Andrew Wellens Building Security Supervisor 67
56 FREE AGENTS FRONT OFFICE Corey Wentland Maintenance Assistant Amanda Wery Partnership Services Fulfillment Coordinator Wayne Wichlacz Director of Information Technology Justin Wolf Corporate Sales Executive John Wurzer Electrical Manager FRONT OFFICE Peter Yurek Security Officer Ruben Zayas Security Officer Krissy Zegers Hall of Fame and Stadium Tour Manager Ricky Zeller Strategic Program Developer Packers Media Group Sue Zernicke Ticket Office Coordinator VETERANS Jenny Zuege Lambeau Field Events Specialist 2012 REVIEW FIELD MISC. THE LOMBARDI SWEEP & ITS COMPANION PLAYS Vince Lombardi was convinced that defenses had become so sophisticated that it was time for the offense to go back to the basics to avoid frills and to carry out fundamentals well. These principles were borne out in his Green Bay sweep (top), with either Paul Hornung (5) or Jim Taylor (31) carrying the ball, following pulling guards Fuzzy Thurston (63) and Jerry Kramer (64) in a devastating end run. The weak-side slant (lower left) and the companion play it set up (lower right) became the heart of the Packers offense after defenses found ways to stop the sweep. Taylor ran to daylight wherever he found it. 68
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