Holmgren To Be Inducted Into Packers Hall of Fame

Congratulations to former Packers head coach Mike Holmgren.

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. announced today that it will induct former Packers head coach Mike Holmgren at the 42nd Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held Saturday, July 21, 2012, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Holmgren joined the Green Bay Packers in 1992 and enjoyed a spectacular run as head coach through the 1998 season, including a victory in Super Bowl XXXI following the 1996 campaign. Launching his success with a 9-7 record in ’92, a five-game improvement from the year before, Holmgren led the team to a 84-42 overall record (75-37 regular season; 9-5 postseason); seven consecutive winning seasons, the first such skein since the 1960s; a club-record six consecutive playoff berths; a 47-5 record, including playoffs, in Lambeau Field; a club-record 25 consecutive home-field victories, the second-longest such streak in NFL history; 13 regular-season wins in consecutive years (1996-97) for the first time in team history; three straight NFC Championship Game appearances (1995-97), including back-to-back wins (1996-97); and back-to-back Super Bowl appearances (1996-97), the last such feat by an NFC team.

His overall win total, 84, is the third most in franchise history, trailing only Curly Lambeau, 212, and Vince Lombardi, 98. His winning percentage, .667, is tied with Lambeau for the second best in team history, behind only the .766 mark of Lombardi. With at least one postseason win in five consecutive seasons (1993-97), Holmgren is one of only three coaches in NFL history to have achieved the mark, along with John Madden (Oakland, 1973-77) and Bill Belichick (New England, 2003-07).

His 1996 Super Bowl championship team led the league in both points scored (456) and points allowed (210), becoming one of only 12 teams in NFL history to accomplish the feat and the first since 1972.

As one of the pieces of the puzzle that returned Green Bay to its’ winning tradition and brought the Lombardi Trophy back home, Holmgren definitely belongs in the Packers Hall of Fame.

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Crosby & Packers agree to deal

Good news.

Mason Crosby was the Green Bay Packers’ top priority in free agency, and the veteran kicker got a deal done less 24 hours after the window opened to negotiate with unrestricted free agents.

His agent, Mike McCartney, reported in an email sent to the Press-Gazette at 8:19 a.m. Wednesday that his client has agreed to terms on a five-year deal. No financial terms were immediately available, but it’s expected the deal will make him among the highest-paid kickers in the league.

Crosby, who has a 78 percent career accuracy mark on field goals, told the Press-Gazette on Tuesday that he was confident a deal would get done soon.

“Prior to (the lockout), we had some good conversations, and I think both sides seem to be very happy,” Crosby said. ”I know I’ve been happy here the last four years. I love my teammates, love the city, so I’m hopeful and confident we’ll have some good talks the next couple of days and get something done.”

New CBA rules prevent Crosby from signing the contract until 5 p.m. Friday. He also won’t be able to practice until Aug. 4, the first day of the league year.

Good kickers in cold-weather climates are hard to find. This should hopefully be an area that isn’t a concern for a number of years.

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Packers lose WR coach

The first defection from the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers coaching staff has occurred.  Jimmy Robinson, wide receivers coach, has signed on with Cowboys.

Robinson, 57, had been the Packers’ receivers coach since 2006. He will be assistant head coach/wide receivers with the Cowboys for their new coach, Jason Garrett.

Robinson’s ties with Garrett go back to the New York Giants from 2000 through ’03, when Robinson was their receivers coach and Garrett their backup quarterback.

The Cowboys will be Robinson’s sixth NFL team. He’s worked with receivers all of his 21 seasons as an NFL coach.

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The “Claymaker” on Leno

In case you missed it here is All-Pro Linebacker Clay Matthews of the SUPER BOWL CHAMPION Green Bay Packers appearance on Jay Leno this past week.

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