Season brings 100th anniversary for Packers
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.