Jake’s Take: Packers not going “all-in”

In this week’s edition of Jake’s Take, sports director Jake Zimmermann argues the Packers have yet to grant quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ request. After the NFC Championship loss in Atlanta, Rodgers stated the Packers need to go “all-in this offseason.”

Click the audio link below to hear why Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy believes the Packers ARE going all in, and why Jake feels they aren’t.

 

Murphy discusses player discipline, hosting NFL Draft at owners meetings

PHOENIX — Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy wrapped up the NFL Owners Meetings on Wednesday by discussing a variety of topics with reporters, including the possibility of hosting the NFL Draft.

The Packers may be the smallest market in the NFL, but that hasn’t stopped them from applying to host the NFL Draft for the 2019, 2020, or 2021 seasons. Over 220,000 fans attended the NFL Draft when it came to Chicago in 2015 and one of the biggest concerns for the league in sending the event to Green Bay is housing. How could the Packers host an event that draws that many people?

“It would probably be in the Resch Center. I think that would make the most sense,” Murphy told reporters on Wednesday. “We’ve put [a little] thought into it…I think with the [Titletown District] being up-and-running then, it could be a nice way to showcase some of the things we’ve done to Lambeau Field.”

Another point of discussion for Murphy was the approval from league owners to relocate the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The Raiders are building a new $1.9 billion stadium in the desert scheduled for completion in 2020. When asked about the recent upgrades to his own team’s facilities, Murphy said the conditions at NFL stadiums sometimes play a role in a team’s demise.

“I don’t want to think what would happen if the Packers ever moved out of Green Bay,” Murphy said with a chuckle. “For us, one of the main reasons we invest in [Lambeau Field] is make sure the team stays here.”

The smallest city to host an NFL team, Green Bay is known as one with a relatively low crime rate, which translates to the players on the team. The offseason can be a troubling time for NFL players, and the Packers are no exception. In 2015, former tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested in Florida for firing a gun in public during a confrontation in traffic. In recent days, cornerback Makinton Dorleant was involved in domestic disturbance in an Iowa bar.

“We monitor that. On a league-wide level, arrests are down significantly. I don’t know what specific situation — each one’s a little different. You’re always disappointed, but I worked on a college campus for a long time. These are young men and they make [questionable] decisions. These things happen and hopefully they learn from it.”

Brett Hundley headlines players attending Packers annual Tailgate Tour

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The 12th annual Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour will make stops in northern Wisconsin Apr. 4-8 featuring several current and former members of the team.

Below is all the information interested fans need to know before attending any of the five stops in northern Wisconsin and parts of Michigan:

The tour will make stops in Medford (April 4), Ashland (April 5), Houghton, Mich. (April 6), Rhinelander (April 7) and Iron Mountain, Mich. (April 8), with tailgate parties held in each city to support a local non-profit organization.

Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Brett Hundley, Aaron Ripkowski and Jake Ryan, and Packers alumni Robert Ferguson, Ahman Green and Ryan Longwell.
The tour will take place aboard a customized motor coach emblazoned with the “Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour” logo and the phrase “Touching Down in Your Community.” In addition to the designated locations, tour celebrities will make surprise stops as the schedule allows.

The Medford, Ashland, Houghton, and Rhinelander tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at 6 p.m., and festivities will run until 8:30 p.m. The Iron Mountain tailgate party will welcome the players and alumni arriving at 3 p.m., and festivities will run until 5:30 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party, which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

General admission tickets also will be available for $10 for each location, which include access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

“The Packers are very excited to embark on the 12th annual Tailgate Tour,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “Thanks to the loyalty of our fans, we are proud to celebrate 12 successful years of this event. We are looking forward to visiting several areas throughout the state of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, and we are proud to be supporting great organizations during the tour.”

Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Monday, Feb. 6, at 8 a.m.

The tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:
· Medford: April 4 at Black River Industries, Inc., at 650 Jensen Drive, Medford. To benefit Black River Industries. Tickets on sale at Black River Industries, Inc.; Medford Cooperative, 160 Medford Plaza; Cenex Convenience Store, 340 S. 8th S., Medford.
· Ashland: April 5 at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave W., Ashland. To benefit Baynet. Tickets on sale at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, 1716 Lake Shore Dr., W.; Carlson Building Serv & Sup, 414 3rd Avenue E.; River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 Lake Shore Dr. W.; Neighborly Bar, 1301 Main St. W.
· Houghton: April 6 at the Michigan Tech Student Development Complex, 600 Macinnes Dr., Houghton, Mich. To benefit Dial Help. Tickets on sale at the Michigan Tech University Student Development Complex or online at tickets.mtu.edu.
· Rhinelander: April 7 at Rhinelander High School, 665 Coolidge Ave., Rhinelander. To benefit NATH Frederick Place. Tickets on sale at Trigs Service Desk, 232 Courtney St., Rhinelander, and at Best Embroideries, 22 W. Davenport St., Rhinelander.
· Iron Mountain: April 8 at Ford Airport, 2300 Woodward Ave., Kingsford, Mich. To benefit the Northwood’s Airlifeline. Tickets on sale at Econo Foods, 1600 S. Stephenson Ave., Iron Mountain, and at WJNR Radio Station, 212 West J St., Iron Mountain.

Fans interested in ‘Tailgate Tour’ details are encouraged to visit www.packers.com often, as tour information will be updated as the dates near.

Goodell supports possibility of Packers hosting NFL Draft

MINNEAPOLIS — When questioned this weekend about the possibility of the Packers hosting a future NFL Draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the addition of the Titletown District makes Green Bay a “great” choice.

Currently under construction, the Titletown District is scheduled for completion sometime in 2019 to line up with the Packers’ 100th anniversary. Team president Mark Murphy recently voiced his support for requesting to be the draft host as early as 2019, but NFL officials have not received any official paperwork from the Packers.

“I think that whole development that’s happening around the stadium could be a great place for it,” Goodell said, “but a lot of communities are trying to do this. Each community is putting their own twists on these things, which is really great.”

Working against the Packers is the lack of lodging for fans who would attend the NFL Draft event. The city of Green Bay has a population of 104,057, with this year’s draft in Chicago drawing an estimated 225,000.

The draft venue is typically chosen the summer of the prior year, so if the Packers propose Green Bay as a host city, an announcement would likely be made in summer 2018.

Packers pep rally capped off by Butler, Collins, Murphy appearance

Jacksonville, FLORIDA | It was quite the scene Saturday afternoon at Blackfinn Ameripub in Jacksonville. Thousands of Packers fans showed up for the season opening Packers pep rally. The event was highlighted by an appearance by former Packers LeRoy Butler and Nick Collins who riled the crowd up with an early evening appearance along with Packers president Mark Murphy.

“You want to start off one and oh and hope you can build off this,” said former Packers safety Nick Collins about the Packers opener Sunday against the Jaguars. “This is a great opportunity for them to show their stuff and let the other teams know you’re for real.”

There should be no question about that. Many are picking the Packers to win the Super Bowl. Former Packer LeRoy Butler agreed that’s the goal, but says the release of guard Josh Sitton last week may have some fans thinking differently. Butler says that shouldn’t be the case. “It could be a distraction when that happens. They have veterans at key positions. Mike McCarthy is about keeping the team focused and not looking past Jacksonville even though you have Minnesota in their home opener next week. You can’t go undefeated until you win the first one!”

To hear my interview with both Nick Collins and LeRoy Butler click on the link below.

Mark Murphy’s reaction to Hall of Fame Game being cancelled

CANTON, Ohio | Packers president Mark Murphy spent a few minutes giving his thoughts on the Hall of Fame game being cancelled Sunday night. Murphy talked about player safety but also the disappointment for the fans while saying this is unprecedented in league history.

Click on the audio clip below to hear Murphy’s comments.

 

Packers Tailgate Tour stops in Dodgeville

DODGEVILLE, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers 11th annual Tailgate Tour made a stop in Dodgeville on Sunday to benefit the Iowa County Humane Society.

The event took place at the Herb Harris Park Ley Memorial Pavilion and started off with an honest, yet humorous mistake. One of the ICHS representatives who introduced the Packers upon their arrival referred to president Mark Murphy as “Mike,” getting a few laughs from the crowd, as well as a reaction from Murphy himself.

“I get confused with (general manager) Ted Thompson, but especially (head coach) Mike McCarthy,” Murphy responded. “A lot of people call me ‘Mike Murphy.’ I don’t know if people call him ‘Mark McCarthy.'”

The question and answer portion of the event began with more of a statement from a fan regarding the significance of the number 231. When prompted for the answer, the fan responded that it would be 231 days until the Packers were world champions again. The correct number was actually 230 days, but who’s counting?

There was a special autograph session for the Packers in attendance, which lasted over two hours.