2011 IN REVIEW
After a summer of labor unrest that put the season in doubt and coming off a Super Bowl season, the Packers kicked off the 2011 campaign with one of the most stirring contests in franchise history, outgunning the previous Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints, 42-34, on a Thursday night. The offense was never a problem, scoring at 24 or more points in every game but one - a 19-14 loss to Kansas City. The defense was another story. In March, the Packers cut A.J. Hawk to avoid a $10 million guaranteed salary. The next day, he was re-signed for $33.75 million over five years, an average of $6.75 million per year. Meanwhile, Nick Barnett was released, went to Buffalo, started all 16 games and led them in tackles with 130, His three-year contract averaged $3.8 million. When the season ended, Green Bay was ranked dead last in the NFL for only the third time in franchise history. The 1956 team ranked 12th of 12 teams. The 1983 team ranked 28th of 28 teams. The 2012 team gave up 411.6 yards per game, slightly worst than the Patriots (411.1). Ironically, both teams were the number one seeds in  the postseason. Green Bay did set a team record with 31 interceptions. Back to the offense. Aaron Rodgers led the NFL in passing with a 122.5 rating built on 45 touchdown passes, six interceptions and a 68.3 completion percentage and joined Brett Favre, Bart Starr, Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung as MVPs. The Packers won their first 13 games of the season to extend their winning streak from the previous season to 19, the second longest in NFL history behind the 21-game winning streak by New England, and also tied the record for the best start to a season in NFC history that the New Orleans Saints had set in 2009. Despite the record setting offense, their 15-1 record, and having homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, the Packers failed to repeat as Super Bowl champions. In fact, the Packers became the first team to finish with at least 15 victories and not win a playoff game, as they were beaten in their first playoff tilt by the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants 37-20 at Lambeau Field.
2011 PRE-SEASON (3-1)
AUGUST (3-1)                           RESULT       RECORD    ATT STARTING QB             LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
13 at Cleveland Browns (0-0)          L 17-27       0- 1-0 57,077 Aaron Rodgers           Brandon Saine (32)          Matt Flynn (126)            Three with three each
19 ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-0)            W 28-20       1- 1-0 67,688 Aaron Rodgers           Dmitri Nance (28)           Matt Flynn (141)            Chastin West (5-134)
26 at Indianapolis Colts (0-2)        W 24-21       2- 1-0 65,285 Aaron Rodgers           Ryan Grant (16)             Aaron Rodgers (204)         Two with five each
SEPTEMBER (0-1)
1  KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (0-3)           W 20-19       3- 1-0 67,555 Aaron Rodgers           Ryan Grant (31)             Graham Harrell (21)         Three with three each
2011 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (15-1)
SEPTEMBER (3-0)
8  NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (0-0)           W 42-34       1- 0-0 70,555 Aaron Rodgers           James Starks (57)           Aaron Rodgers (312)         Greg Jennings (7-89)
18 at Carolina Panthers (0-1)         W 30-23       2- 0-0 73,167 Aaron Rodgers           James Starks (85)           Aaron Rodgers (308)         Jermichael Finley (5-68)
25 at Chicago Bears (1-1)             W 27-17       3- 0-0 62,339 Aaron Rodgers           Ryan Grant (92)             Aaron Rodgers (297)         Greg Jennings (9-119)
OCTOBER (4-0)
2  DENVER BRONCOS (1-2)               W 49-23       4- 0-0 70,529 Aaron Rodgers           James Starks (63)           Aaron Rodgers (408)         Greg Jennings (7-103)
9  at Atlanta Falcons (2-2)           W 25-14       5- 0-0 69,576 Aaron Rodgers           James Starks (40)           Aaron Rodgers (396)         James Jones (5-140)
16 ST. LOUIS RAMS (0-4)               W 24- 3       6- 0-0 70,604 Aaron Rodgers           James Starks (49)           Aaron Rodgers (316)         Greg Jennings (6-82)
23 at Minnesota Vikings (1-5)         W 33-27       7- 0-0 63,946 Aaron Rodgers           James Starks (75)           Aaron Rodgers (335)         Greg Jennings (7-147)
NOVEMBER (4-0)
6  at San Diego Chargers (4-3)        W 45-38       8- 0-0 68,908 Aaron Rodgers           James Starks (66)           Aaron Rodgers (247)         Greg Jennings (6-46)
14 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-6)            W 45- 7       9- 0-0 70,519 Aaron Rodgers           James Starks (63)           Aaron Rodgers (250)         Jordy Nelson (5-63)
20 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-5)         W 35-26      10- 0-0 70,498 Aaron Rodgers           James Starks (38)           Aaron Rodgers (299)         Two with six each
24 at Detroit Lions (7-3)             W 27-15      11- 0-0 66,263 Aaron Rodgers           Ryan Grant (20)             Aaron Rodgers (307)         Greg Jennings (5-74)
DECEMBER (3-1)
4  at New York Giants (6-5)           W 38-35      12- 0-0 80,634 Aaron Rodgers           Aaron Rodgers (32)          Aaron Rodgers (369)         Greg Jennings (7-94)
11 OAKLAND RAIDERS (7-5)              W 46-16      13- 0-0 70,524 Aaron Rodgers           Ryan Grant (85)             Aaron Rodgers (281)         Donald Driver (4-75)
18 at Kansas City Chiefs (5-8)        L 14-19      13- 1-0 74,093 Aaron Rodgers           Ryan Grant (66)             Aaron Rodgers (235)         Randall Cobb (4-53)
25 CHICAGO BEARS (7-7)                W 35-21      14- 1-0 70,574 Aaron Rodgers           Ryan Grant (44)             Aaron Rodgers (283)         Jordy Nelson (6-115)
JANUARY 2012 (1-0)
1  DETROIT LIONS (10-5)               W 45-41      15- 1-0 70,294 Matt Flynn              Ryan Grant (48)             Matt Flynn (480)            Jordy Nelson (9-162)
2011 PLAYOFFS (0-1)
NFC DIVISIONAL
14 NEW YORK GIANTS (10-7)             L 20-37              72,080 Aaron Rodgers           Aaron Rodgers (66)          Aaron Rodgers (264)         Three tied with three each
The 2011 Green Bay Packers - 15-1 (1st - NFC North)
Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
NAME             NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE           YR PR  A  G HOW ACQUIRED
Desmond Bishop   55   LB 6- 2 241 California         5  5 27 13 2007 Draft - 6th round
Bryan Bulaga     75    T 6- 5 314 Iowa               2  2 22 12 2010 Draft - 1st round
Morgan Burnett   42    S 6- 1 210 Georgia Tech       2  2 22 16 2010 Draft - 3rd round
Jarrett Bush     27   CB 6- 0 200 Utah State         6  6 27 16 9-3-06 FA - Carolina
Chad Clifton     76    T 6- 5 320 Tennessee         12 12 35 16 2000 Draft - 2nd round
Randall Cobb     18   WR 5-10 192 Kentucky           1  1 21 15 2011 Draft - 2nd round
Nick Collins     36    S 5-11 207 Bethune-Cookman    7  7 28  2 2005 Draft - 2nd round
Tom Crabtree     83   TE 6- 5 244 Miami (Ohio)       2  3 26 16 12-1-09 FA - K. City
Mason Crosby      2    K 6- 1 207 Colorado           5  5 27 16 2007 Draft - 6th round
​E.Dietrich-Smith 62    G 6- 2 308 Idaho State        2  2 25 16 5-1-2009 FA
Ray Dominguez    73    7 6- 4 334 Arkansas           1  1 23  1 7-28-11 FA
Donald Driver    80   WR 6- 0 194 Alcorn State      13 13 36 16 1999 Draft - 7th round
Jermich. Finley  88   TE 6- 4 240 Texas              4  4 24 16 2008 Draft - 3rd round
Matt Flynn       10   QB 6- 2 228 Louisiana State    4  4 26  5 2008 Draft - 7th round
Robert Francois  49   LB 6- 2 253 Boston College     2  3 26 11 12-7-09 FA - Detroit
Brett Goode      61   LS 6- 1 255 Arkansas           4  4 27 16 9-1-08 FA - Jacksonville
Ryan Grant       25   RB 6- 1 222 Notre Dame         5  6 29 15 9-1-2007 Trade - Giants
Alex Green       20   RB 6- 0 220 Hawaii             1  1 23  4 2011 Draft - 3rd round
Howard Green     95   DE 6- 2 340 LSU                2  9 32 16 10-27-10 FA (NY Jets)
A.J. Hawk        50   LB 6- 1 240 Ohio State         6  6 27 14 2006 Draft - 1st round
Davon House      31   DB 6- 0 195 New Mexico State   1  1 22  2 2011 Draft - 4th round
Greg Jennings    85   WR 6- 0 198 Western Michigan   6  6 28 13 2006 Draft - 2nd round
​M.D. Jennings    43   DB 6- 0 187 Arkansas State     1  1 23 15 7-28-11 FA
Brad Jones       59   LB 6- 3 230 Colorado           3  3 25 15 2009 Draft - 7th round
James Jones      89   WR 6- 1 208 San Jose State     5  5 27 16 2007 Draft - 3rd round
John Kuhn        30   FB 6- 0 250 Shippensburg       5  6 29 16 9-2-07 FA - Pittsburgh
T.J. Lang        70   OL 6- 4 315 Eastern Michigan   3  3 24 16 2009 Draft - 4th round
Donald Lee       86   TE 6- 3 255 Mississippi St.    6  8 30 15 9-6-05 FA - Miami
Jamari Lattimore 57   LB 6- 2 232 Middle Tenn. State 1  1 23  9 7-28-11 FA
Pat Lee          22   CB 5-11 194 Auburn             4  4 27 16 2008 Draft - 2nd round
Tim Masthay       8    P 6- 2 198 Kentucky           2  2 24 16 1-14-10 FA - Indianapol
Clay Matthews    52   LB 6- 3 255 USC                3  3 25 15 2009 Draft - 1st round
Mike Neal        96   DT 6- 3 262 Purdue             2  2 24  7 2010 Draft - 2nd round
Jordy Nelson     87   WR 6- 3 217 Kansas State       4  4 26 15 2008 Draft - 2nd round
Marshall Newhouse74    T 6- 4 330 TCU                1  1 23 16 2010 Draft - 2nd round
Charlie Peprah   26    S 5-11 203 Alabama            5  6 28 14 4-26-2010 FA - Atlanta
Ryan Pickett     79   DT 6- 2 338 Ohio State         6 11 32 14 3-15-2006 FA - St. Louis
Andrew Quarless  81   TE 6- 4 248 Penn State         2  2 23 10 2010 Draft - 5th round
B.J. Raji        90   NT 6- 2 334 Boston College     3  3 25 16 2009 Draft - 1st round
Aaron Rodgers    12   QB 6- 2 225 California         7  7 28 15 2005 Draft - 1st round
Brandon Saine    33   RB 5-11 220 Ohio State         1  1 23  8 9-4-11 FA 
Derek Sherrod    78    T 6- 5 312 Mississippi State  1  1 22  5 2011 Draft - 1st round
Sam Shields      37   CB 5-11 178 Miami (Fla.)       2  2 24 15 4-30-2010 FA
Josh Sitton      71   OT 6- 3 318 Central Florida    4  4 25 14 2008 Draft - 4th round
D.J. Smith       51   LB 5-11 239 Appalachian State  1  1 22 16 2011 Draft - 6th round
Vic So'oto       97   LB 6- 3 263 BYU                1  1 24  7 7-28-11 FA
James Starks     44   RB 6- 1 203 Buffalo            2  2 25 13 2010 Draft - 6th round
Ryan Taylor      82   TE 6- 3 250 North Carolina     1  1 24 15 2011 Draft - 7th round
Erik Walden      93   LB 6- 2 250 Middle Tenn State  2  4 26 16 10-31-10 FA - Miami (08)
Scott Wells      63    C 6- 2 302 Tennessee          8  8 30 16 2004 Draft - 7th round
​D.J. Williams    84   TE 6- 2 236 Arkansas           1  1 23 13 2011 Draft - 5th round
Tramon Williams  38   CB 5-11 191 Louisiana Tech     5  5 28 15 10-29-2006 FA - Houston
C.J. Wilson      98   DE 6- 4 271 East Carolina      2  2 24 16 2010 Draft - 7th round
Charles Woodson  21   CB 6- 1 210 Michigan           6 14 35 15 4-26-2006 UFA - Oakland
Jarius Wynn      94   DE 6- 5 273 Georgia            3  3 25 16 2010 Draft - 6th round
Frank Zombo      58   LB 6- 3 254 Central Michigan   2  2 24  5 4-30-2010 Draft
NOTE: Player must appear in game to be considered on the roster NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age on December 31 G - Games Played FA - Free Agent
2011 PACKERS DRAFT
RND-PCK NAME                POS COLLEGE       NOTES
1    32 Derek Sherrod        OT Mississippi St
2    64 Randall Cobb         WR Tennessee
3    96 Alex Green           RB Hawaii
4a  129 Traded to Denver Broncos
4b  131 Devon House          CB New Mexico        A
5a  141 D.J. Williams        TE Arkansas          C
5b  163 Traded to San Francisco 49ers
6a  174 Traded to Miami Dolphins                  D
6b  179 Caleb Schlauderaff   OG Utah E
6c  186 D.J. Smith           LB Appalachian State C
6d  197 Ricky Elmore         DE Arizona
7a  204 Traded to Denver Broncos                  B
7b  218 Ryan Taylor          TE North Carolina    E
7b  231 Traded to Miami Dolphins                  D
7c  233 Lawrence Guy         DT Arizona State  
A-Free agency compensatory pick for losing Aaron Kampman B- Acquired from Carolina in 2009 trade for LS J.J. Jansen C - Acquired from Denver for a 4th-round pick (129-TE Julius Thomas) and a 7th-round pick (204-TE-Virgil Green) D - Acquired from San Francisco for a 5th-round pick (163-G Daniel Kilgore) E - Acquired from Miami for 6th-round pick (174-FB Charles Clay) and a 7th-round pick (231-DT Frank Kearse)
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
FREE AGENCY - EXCLUSIVE-RIGHTS FREE AGENTS SIGNED
​FB Spencer Havner
FREE AGENCY - UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS SIGNED
None
FREE AGENCY - UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS LOST
S Atari Bigby (Seattle), G Daryn Colledge (Arizona), FB Korey Hall (New Orleans), RB Brandon Jackson (Cleveland), DE Cullen Jenkins (Philadelphia), G/C Jason Spitz (Jacksonville), S Anthony Smith (Tennessee Titans)
2011 PACKERS PRACTICE SQUAD (Team can have up to eight players on squad)
NAME                   POS COLLEGE           HOW ORGINALLY ACQUIRED
Diondre Borel           WR Utah State        9-4-11 FA (Green Bay)
Chris Campbell (2)      OT E. Illinois       4-25-10 FA (Seattle)
Ray Dominguez            G Arkansas          7-28-11 FA
Paul Fenaroli          C/G Stony Brook       10-31-11 FA (Atlanta)
Sampson Genus            C South Florida     9-4-11 FA (Green Bay)
Tory Gurley             WR South Carolina    9-4-11 FA (Green Bay)
Graham Harrell (2)      QB Texas Tech        5-19-10 FA (CFL)
Jon Hoese               RB Minnesota         12-15-11 FA (Green Bay)
Johnny Jones            DL Marshall          9-21-11 FA (Miami)
Anthony Levine           S Tennessee State   5-3-10 FA
Cecil Newton           C/G Tennessee State   10-13-11 FA (New Orleans)
Brandian Ross           CB Youngstown State  9-4-11 FA (Green Bay)
Brandon Saine           RB Ohio State        9-4-11 FA (Green Bay)
Jake Vermiglio           G North Carolina St 12-7-11 FA (Arizona)
Chastin West (2)        WR Fresno State      4-25-10 FA
(2) - Second year on practice squad Bold - Activated during season
2010 PACKERS INJURED RESERVE
NAME              POS DATE  INJURY
Lawrence Guy       DT 9-3   (undisclosed injury)
Shaky Smithson     WR 9-4   (shoulder injury)
Nick Collins        S 10-12 (neck injury)
Alex Green         RB 10-31 (left knee injury)
Andrew Quarless    TE 12-7  (knee injury)
Derek Sherrod       T 12-20 (broken right leg)
RESERVE/DID NOT REPORT
Aleric Mullins     DT 7-30-10
SUSPENDED BY NFL
Johnny Jolly       DE 7-16-10
The fifth stock sale occurred from December 2011 through February 2012 and saw more than 250,000 people purchase over 269,000 shares priced at $250 each and net more than $64 million. In an overwhelming response, fans purchased more than 185,000 shares in the first two days alone. In late December 2011, the team made an additional 30,000 shares available beyond the initial 250,000 to accommodate demand. Proceeds are going toward the 2011-2013 expansion of Lambeau Field. For the first time, fans in Canada were able to purchase (2,000 did so) and joined fans from 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in supporting the team. Wisconsin residents purchased 28.2% of the shares, followed by those in California (7.7%), Illinois (6.6%), Texas (4.8%) and Minnesota (3.7%). Approximately 99% of the shares were purchased online. (SOURCE: Packerville USA blog)
Alive and Kicking: My Journey Through Football, Addiction and Life (2011)
Chester Marcol was a Polish immigrant who spoke no English when he discovered football by accident in 1965 as a shy high school student in Imlay City, Michigan. By 1972, he was a household name in Wisconsin after being named National Football League rookie of the year with the Green Bay Packers. Known for his frizzy hair, thick glasses, and powerful right leg, he led the league in scoring in two of his first three years and was among the top place-kickers in the game. Marcol authored one of the most famous plays in franchise history in 1980, when he caught his own blocked field goal in overtime and ran for a touchdown in a thrilling 12-6 season-opening victory over the Chicago Bears. In his autobiography Alive and Kicking Marcol talks about the hurdles he overcame as a Polish immigrant to become an NFL star, provides a no-holds-barred look at his alcohol and substance abuse that cost him his football career and family, and for the first time publicly, he discusses his suicide attempt in 1986 that continues to affect his health to this day. A member of the Packers Hall of Fame, Marcol lives in Michigan s Upper Peninsula where he works as a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor and fights the daily battle to remain clean and sober. To purchase on Amazon, go here.
Green Bay: A City and Its Team (2011)
A book deeply rooted in American history exploring the evolution of the Packers and professional football in the broader context of American culture. The narrative details the history of football in Green Bay, Wisconsin from its introduction in 1895. The biographical style puts the reader directly into pivotal historical events and locations, with emphasis on the development and survival of the Gre...en Bay Packers thanks to the efforts of the community. It integrates elements of American and World History to paint an accurate picture of American life at various points in time from 1895-2011, viewed from the institution of professional football. Approximately 375 photographs, including "then and now" spreads add a lively visual perspective. This is the most comprehensive book ever written on the history of the Green Bay Packers and will enrich the reader's understanding of American history in general. To purchase on Amazon, go here.
The Lombardi Impact (2011)
Twenty people reveal personal stories regarding their relationship with Vince Lombardi. Of the book, Vince Lombardi Jr. said, "I learned things about my father I didn't know by reading your books." To purchase on Amazon, go here.