Senior writer jclombardi–Packers Coach McCarthy’s pretraining camp remarks.
Packers HC McCarthy’s press conference highlights:
- Physicals and conditioning tests. I am pleased with results. Team will be in weight room this morning. We’re looking for more quality work to come out of gate, get practice structure established. We have limited amount of time to get ready for home opener and to select 53-man roster, so it’s important we make full use of our practices. Concerned with fatigue injuries, such as hamstrings. Goal is to be healthy football team coming out of camp.
- First-year players, it will be a challenge. It’s something we accept and look forward to as coaching staff. Getting as many one on one meetings as possible. Assistants have been pretty much meeting around the clock. Feel good about prep work. Today will be about football. Will have 9 day installation. We have built in time for young players as far as extra meeting time and will have to have little more patience.
- We will go on field one time per day. Morning will be strength, conditioning and training. Nine till noon will be correction period from practice the evening before. We will have lunch, afternoon segment will be about installing, and then we will practice it at night.
- It’s a new team, new camp, and new schedule talking to team about that last night. You need to remind them where they came from. They want to act a little differently when they experience success. I fully expected to win championship here. We’re competing for championship. That will be message today. It’s about winning championships. It is important to stay on top of things. Winning Super Bowl has changed life the way people perceive you. It’s about the next challenge. It’s about growth, getting better. As coach you’re very much on top of it to make sure everybody maintains focus.
- 6 guys that are either still going through testing with physicals: Elisha Joseph, Quarless, Briggs, Burnett, Finley and Neal, probably won’t go tonight, will take it slower with those last three. We have 84 on roster. Days ahead will answer that question about adding to roster. We’re keeping roster that is fluid, develop from the bottom up, something we will continue to do. Nothing that has happened in last couple months will change our philosophy. We are draft and develop football team.
- Personally the hardest part of business is losing veteran players. With my personal situation (daughter born on Thursday), I didn’t get to say goodbye to those guys in person so I didn’t feel good about that. I don’t think anybody really liked the way it came down. We really didn’t get to appropriately acknowledge the way we would have liked to remember those guys. The guys that played a lot of football here are excellent representatives of the Packers. It is part of business, good friends, and guys played a lot of good football here.
- Always felt offensive line is hardest group to rep. Philbin and Campen and I have spent lot of time talking about reps. You want to have best five on the field. We don’t have information we normally have this time of year. We have rotation that is set.
- Inside linebacker depth, that’s a fair question. I don’t have a lot of information regarding the depth chart. It’s about creating opportunities. Outside LBs could slide inside, Brad Jones and Francois have versatility. The more you can do, helps your chances for being on team.
- Replacing Jenkins and Colledge, we’ve had a lot of time working on different packages, as far as who’s going to do it; those questions will be answered in next couple weeks.