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Mike McCarthy: 'Adrian Peterson, SF are two black eyes'


Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy answers questions from reporters during the annual NFL meetings at the Arizona Biltmore.
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Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin posted three videos of an interview with Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy taped at the league meetings in Arizona this week.

The videos, which are posted below, as well as on Wilde’s excellent website, show McCarthy at his best. He’s relaxed, thoughtful, engaged and talking football.

Lasting about 20 minutes, McCarthy talks about his disappointments from last season, the needs on the defensive and offensives sides of the football and what he sees as the real positives for his team as the NFL inches toward this spring’s college draft.

He talks about the Divisional round playoff loss to the 49ers and how, defensively, how they were knocked on their heels and couldn’t recover. About 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, McCarthy said that it was his scrambling, especially on third down, that hurt the Packers most. He also describes how the big plays sapped the confidence out of his team and though they were in the game via the score into the fourth quarter, the uphill battle they seemed to be facing was wearing on his team.

McCarthy says that the coaching staff has completed its defensive evaluations from that game and the entire season and are now considering recommendations from defensive coordinator Dom Capers and the staff on how to move ahead and build a scheme and the players needed to make it work.

“We’re a multiple scheme offense and a multiple scheme defense. We like to be aggressive … the players have been phenomenal in the classroom as far the mental preparations … that’s a real strength of our football team … that philosphy won’t change,” he said.

On whether the team was taken by surprise by the read-option, McCarthy said, “We weren’t regimented enough,” and went on to say that it was because of the way his team practiced over the last few weeks of the season. He also said that because his team wasn’t regimented and didn’t “hunker down” and “trust [their] fundamentals.” it all led to the defeat in San Francisco.

Injuries have been a big problem in Green Bay, but McCarthy said that it’s a “constant conversation.” The team’s constant focus on nutrition and health education is important and will continue. But he did add that “it doesn’t add up right now” and hoped that things will change.

In addition, he talks about singular players – Derek Sherrod, and his recover; Randall Cobb and his all-around talents and contributions; the big contracts that will be given out to Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews in the coming months; the play of the offensive line and the running game; B.J. Coleman and whether he’s ready to take the next step as a quarterback; Mason Crosby and what he’s doing to avoid another season like he had in 2012; and the growth of the defense, especially the younger players.

Also in looking back at last season, he summed it up best:

Adrian Peterson and San Francisco… those are our two black eyes … we need to be better … we

have to play better in big games.

Here are the complete videos of McCarthy:

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