Sea­son brings 100th an­niver­sary for Packers

Wisconsin Gazette - - Front Page - Staff writer From AP and WiG re­ports

In the dog days of Au­gust, is it too early to talk about fall col­ors?

Not for foot­ball fans. Not for bas­ket­ball fans. Not for hockey fans. And not for base­ball fans dream­ing about keep­ing the lights on at Miller Park in Oc­to­ber.

Fall col­ors for fans are red and white, green and gold, lake blue and gray, cream city cream and good land green and maybe, hope­fully, blue and metal­lic gold.

Wis­con­sin Gazette takes a peek at the fall sports sea­son in Mil­wau­kee and be­yond.

The Green Bay Packers jumped right into a mid­sea­son-like prac­tice sched­ule in the first week of train­ing camp.

They went right back into rou­tine, seek­ing to erase the sting of a sea­son with­out the play­offs and em­bark­ing on a year­long cel­e­bra­tion of the fran­chise’s 100th an­niver­sary.

“There’s rou­tine and reg­u­lar­ity that you chase each and every year be­cause every one of your teams is dif­fer­ent, every train­ing camp is dif­fer­ent,” said coach Mike McCarthy, who is in his 13th year as Packers coach.

The Packers’ streak of eight straight play­off ap­pear­ances ended with a 7-9 record last sea­son. They were doomed by a col­lar­bone in­jury to two-time MVP quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers and fa­mil­iar prob­lems on de­fense.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to a healthy Aaron Rodgers,” gen­eral man­ager Brian Gutekunst said while ad­dress­ing team share­hold­ers at the launch of train­ing camp in late July.

Also, McCarthy has brought in new co­or­di­na­tors on de­fense (Mike Pet­tine) and of­fense (Joe Philbin).

The Packers re­plen­ished the in­juryrav­aged corner­back group by tak­ing Jaire Alexan­der and Josh Jack­son with their first two draft picks, and bring­ing back vet­eran Tra­mon Wil­liams. Tight end Jimmy Gra­ham was signed to bol­ster the pass­ing at­tack.

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