Brett Favre praised the atmosphere Sherman had cultivated in Green Bay's locker room and fans were optimistic about the team's future. In the offseason, however, Wolf suddenly announced his own resignation as general manager to take effect after the April draft. Packers' president Bob Harlan was surprised by Wolf's decision and felt unsure of how to replace him. Harlan preferred the structure Green Bay had employed since ; a general manager who ran football operations and hired a subservient head coach.
But with the momentum and locker room chemistry that was built during the season, Harlan was reluctant to bring in a new individual with a potentially different philosophy. Wolf recommended that Harlan give the job to Sherman.
Though Harlan was wary of the structure in principle, he agreed with Wolf that it was the best solution. In , Sherman assumed the duties of both general manager and head coach. From to , Sherman coached the Packers to respectable regular-season success, led by the spectacular play of Brett Favre, Ahman Green , and a formidable offensive line. But Sherman's teams faltered in the playoffs. Prior to , the Packers had never lost a home playoff game since the NFL instituted a post-season in they were 13—0, with 11 of the wins at Lambeau and two more in Milwaukee.
The Packers would also lose at home in the playoffs to the Minnesota Vikings two years later. By the end of the season, the Packers team depth appeared to be diminishing. Sherman also seemed overworked and reportedly had trouble communicating with players on the practice field with whom he was also negotiating contracts. Harlan felt the dual roles were too much for one man to handle and removed Sherman from the general manager position in early while retaining him as a head coach. Harlan hired the Seattle Seahawks' vice president of operations Ted Thompson as the new executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations.
The relationship between Thompson and Sherman appeared strained, as Thompson immediately began rebuilding Green Bay's roster.
Following a dismal 4—12 season, Thompson fired Sherman. McCarthy had also previously served as the quarterbacks coach for the Packers in After missing the playoffs in , Brett Favre announced that he would return for the season; it would turn out to be one of his best. The Packers won 10 of their first 11 games and finished 13—3, earning a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Packers' passing offense, led by Favre and a very skilled wide receiver group, finished second in the NFC, behind the Dallas Cowboys, and third overall in the league.
Running back Ryan Grant , acquired for a sixth-round draft pick from the New York Giants, became the featured back in Green Bay and rushed for yards and 8 touchdowns in the final 10 games of the regular season. In the divisional playoff round, in a heavy snowstorm, the Packers beat the Seattle Seahawks 42— Grant rushed for yards and three touchdowns, while Favre tossed an additional three touchdown passes to receiver Donald Driver as well as a snowball, which Favre memorably threw at Driver in celebration.
The game was lost 23—20 on an overtime field goal by Lawrence Tynes. This would be Brett Favre 's final game as a Green Bay Packer with his final pass being an interception in overtime. Donald Driver was named as a third-string wideout on the Pro Bowl roster. The Packers also had several first alternates, including offensive tackle Chad Clifton and linebacker Nick Barnett.
In December , Ted Thompson was signed to a 5-year contract extension with the Packers. In addition, on February 5, , head coach Mike McCarthy signed a 5-year contract extension. On March 4, , Brett Favre tearfully announced his retirement. Within five months, however, he filed for reinstatement with the NFL on July Favre's petition was granted by Commissioner Roger Goodell , effective August 4, The Packers began their season with their first-round draft pick, quarterback Aaron Rodgers , under center, as the first QB other than Favre to start for the Packers in 16 years.
Rodgers played well in his first year starting for the Packers, throwing for over 4, yards and 28 touchdowns. However, injuries plagued the Packers' defense, as they lost 7 close games by 4 points or less, finishing with a 6—10 record. After the season, eight assistant coaches were dismissed by McCarthy, including Bob Sanders, the team's defensive coordinator, who was replaced by Dom Capers. In March , the organization assured fans that Brett Favre's jersey number would be retired, but not during the season.
In April , the Packers selected defensive lineman B. Raji of Boston College as the team's first pick in the draft.
The team then traded three draft picks including the pick the Packers acquired from the Jets for Brett Favre for another first-round pick, selecting linebacker Clay Matthews III of the University of Southern California. During the NFL season , two match-ups between the franchise and its former quarterback Brett Favre were highly anticipated after Favre's arrival with the division-rival Vikings in August. The scheduling of this game was made possible when Baseball Commissioner and Packer Board of Directors member Bud Selig forced baseball's Minnesota Twins to play 2 games within a hour span.
The Vikings won the game 30— Brett Favre threw 3 TDs, no interceptions, and had a passer rating of Rodgers was heavily pressured in both games, being sacked 14 times total, but still played well, throwing five touchdowns and only one interception. The next week, the Packers were upset by the win-less Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Following a players-only meeting, the team found some stability on the offensive line with the return of tackle Mark Tauscher bringing a minor halt to sacks to Rodgers and opening the running game to Ryan Grant and the other running backs. Green Bay finished the season strongly, winning 7 out of their last 8 games, including winning their 16th regular season finale in the past 17 seasons, and earning a NFC wild-card playoff bid with an 11—5 regular-season record.
The Packers defense was ranked No. Rodgers also became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 4, yards in each of his first two seasons as a starter. Also, cornerback Charles Woodson won NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors after recording 9 interceptions, forcing four fumbles, 3 touchdowns and registering 74 tackles and 2 sacks.
In fact, Woodson's 9 interceptions were more than the 8 collected by all Packer opponents that season. Though the defense was ranked high, injuries to Al Harris , Tramon Williams , Will Blackmon , Atari Bigby and Brandon Underwood severely limited the depth of the secondary and teams like the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers used that to their advantage by unleashing aerial assaults against inexperienced players with the NFL's best receivers. The season ended with an overtime loss in a wild card round shootout at the Arizona Cardinals , 51— Their running corps suffered a blow when RB Ryan Grant sustained a season-ending ankle injury in Week 1.
After finishing the regular season 10—6 the Packers clinched the No. They first faced No. In the Divisional round, they defeated No. In , coming off their victory in Super Bowl XLV, the Packers won their first 13 games, eventually finishing the season 15—1. The 15 victories marked the franchise record for wins in a season, and tied for second most regular-season wins in NFL history, behind only the Patriots who went 16—0. The defense finished eleventh in points allowed and twenty-second in yards allowed per game. The Packers topped the first-ever AP Pro32 rankings , a new pro football version of the AP Top 25 college football and basketball polls.
In , the Packers started 5—2, leading up to a Week 9 match-up against the Bears.
It was in that game which the Packers lost Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone ; Rodgers would miss the next six games, during which the club would go 2—3—1 under three different quarterbacks: Despite having a 7—7—1 record, the Packers were still in a position to win the NFC North division, if they were able to win their final game. With Rodgers returning, the Packers managed to beat the Bears in a Week 9 rematch, 33— Finishing at 8—7—1, the Packers won their division and were awarded a home playoff game.
White believed that Wolf, Holmgren, and Favre had the team heading in the right direction with a "total commitment to winning. A City and Its Team. The Packers are the last of the "small town teams" which were common in the NFL during the league's early days of the s and '30s. Medium-excited and hope-free seemed to be going pretty well for me. Retrieved November 16, The city of Green Bay had a population of only , as of the census,  and , in its television market, significantly less than the average NFL figures. Soon afterward, Wolf acquired quarterback Brett Favre from the Atlanta Falcons for a first-round pick.
However, despite Rodgers' return, the Packers would lose to the San Francisco 49ers 20—23 in the first round of the playoffs. The Packers recorded their th victory, against the Bears, in Week 4. The season also marked the first time since that the team had a 4,yard passer, two 1,yard receivers, and a 1,yard rusher.
Overall, the team went 12—4, clinching the 2 seed in the NFC and a fourth consecutive NFC North division title, making the playoffs for the sixth straight season, tying a franchise record. After leading throughout most of regulation, the Packers lost 28—22 in a historic overtime rally by Seattle. Following the season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the league's Most Valuable Player for the second time. During Week 2 of the preseason against the Pittsburgh Steelers , wide receiver Jordy Nelson caught an eight-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers, but then fell to the turf without contact.
A few days later, it was revealed that Nelson had torn his ACL. He would remain inactive for the rest of the season. On December 3, against the Detroit Lions , the Packers quickly fell to a 20—0 deficit going into halftime. Green Bay started to make a comeback in the second half thanks to a touchdown by Davante Adams and a yard touchdown run by Aaron Rodgers to bring the game within two points at 23— The Packers then got the ball back in their possession with 23 seconds left in the game.
While attempting a "lateral" play, Rodgers was sacked with no time remaining but then a flag was thrown for a facemask penalty on Detroit. Janis caught a yard touchdown from Rodgers which sent the game into overtime. However, the Packers fell to Arizona 26—20, ending their season. After a 4—6 start to the season, the Packers went on a six-game winning streak to finish the regular season with a 10—6 record.
They routed the fifth-seeded New York Giants, 38—13, in the wild-card round of the playoffs and upset the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys, 34—31, in the divisional round of the playoffs, but their season came to an end when they were beaten by the second-seeded Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game, 44— The Green Bay Packers began the regular season with a 4—2 record. Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone during the play,  and the Packers placed him on injured reserve on October 20, with the stipulation that he could return in eight weeks in accordance with NFL rules , especially if the injury healed quickly and the Packers were still in playoff contention.
The team placed Rodgers back on injured reserve after the game, a move that prompted several teams to complain that the Packers had violated the NFL's rules about reactivating injured players. During Rodgers' absence, backup quarterback Brett Hundley stepped into the starting role for the first time in his professional career, but struggled to replicate Rodgers' success, despite a Pro Bowl -caliber season by receiver Davante Adams.
This shopping, entertainment, and restaurant district includes a public plaza, park, and various commercial businesses. The Packers are the only community-owned franchise in American professional sports. It is this broad-based community support and non-profit structure  which has kept the team in Green Bay for nearly a century in spite of being the smallest market in all of North American professional sports. The city of Green Bay had a population of only , as of the census,  and , in its television market, significantly less than the average NFL figures.
The team, however, has long had an extended fan base throughout Wisconsin and parts of the Midwest , thanks in part to playing one pre-season and three regular-season home games each year in Milwaukee through It was only when baseball-only Miller Park preempted football there that the Packers' home slate became played entirely in Green Bay. Demand exceeded expectations, and the original , share limit had to be increased before some , new buyers from all 50 U. The original "Articles of Incorporation for the Green Bay Football Corporation", enacted in , specified that should the franchise be sold, any post-expenses money would have gone to the Sullivan-Wallen Post of the American Legion to build "a proper soldier's memorial.
At the November annual meeting, shareholders voted to change the beneficiary from the Sullivan-Wallen Post to the Green Bay Packers Foundation, which makes donations to many charities and institutions throughout Wisconsin. Even though it is referred to as "common stock" in corporate offering documents, a share of Packers stock does not share the same rights traditionally associated with common or preferred stock.
It does not include an equity interest, does not pay dividends , can not be traded, has no securities-law protection, and brings no season ticket purchase privileges. All shareholders receive are voting rights, an invitation to the corporation's annual meeting, and an opportunity to purchase exclusive shareholder-only merchandise. While new shares can be given as gifts, transfers are technically allowed only between immediate family members once ownership has been established.
The Packers' corporation was grandfathered when the NFL's current ownership policy was established in the s.
Green Bay Packers, Inc. It consists of a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and three members-at-large; only the president is compensated. Responsibilities include directing corporate management, approving major capital expenditures, establishing broad policy, and monitoring management performance.
The team's elected president normally represents the Packers in NFL owners meetings.