Mike McCarthy fired up about his team


Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is a master at handling the media and saying the right things at the right time. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy addressed the media just after 6 p.m. tonight to talk about his team and the draft.

Looking fit and clearly showing his enthusiasm for the new players added through the draft, McCarthy was upbeat and even threw in a couple of jokes.

But on the serious side, McCarthy was very pleased with the selections made on the defensive side of the football, reiterating over and again that these new players are going to increase the competition, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

He said having these new players is going to increase the “versatility on how we play defense. We might play more people” and that the team will be able to use the athletic abilities of these players to its advantage.

“We didn’t play defense very well” last year, McCarthy admitted, and it was the “pride and discipline” of Ted Thompson that allowed the Packers to come through the three days of the draft with the players they now have.

“It’s going to be great to get these players (rookies) into the offseason program,” McCarthy said. And with that said that every player selected is going to make the team better.

“It’s important to get everyone ready. It takes all of them to win a championship,” he said.
With the selections on the defensive line and the addition of players through free agency, McCarthy said, “It’s added more depth and the competition has gone to a higher level. We didn’t player very well on defense …”

On the losses of Nick Collins and Chad Clifton, McCarthy didn’t get emotional like Ted Thompson did last night, but he was clearly sad they were no longer with the team. “It was a tough week,” he said. “How good players like Nick and Chad have been … without a doubt I feel they will be in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Two great guys in the locker room and excellent teammates …”

McCarthy also talked about the offensive line and how confident he is in the core group of players he has at those positions. He likes the depth and isn’t concerned with the center position.

He even commented briefly about Donald Driver’s experience on Dancing with the Stars, saying that Driver is “keeping in shape.” He said he had no reason to believe Driver wouldn’t be in camp, but deferred to Thompson on personnel decisions.

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