Mike McCarthy seems in tune with players' needs. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Mike McCarthy: 'Everyone likes a break'

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Sometimes Mike McCarthy seems like a genius.

His comments at his post-practice press conference today about the musical interludes being offered during the Green Bay Packers training camp hit the nail on the head and provided an interesting look into how and why the staff comes to decisions on how best to make camp the best experience for players and coaches.

McCarthy said that “everyone likes a break,” but more importantly said that the reasoning behind the decision to play music during the timeouts was to “emulate” timeouts that occur during a game and “lower the heart rate” of players.

Obviously, somebody’s been doing some studying and offered up this simple solution to not only entertain the crowds that gather for the practices, but to give the players an opportunity to rest and, from a health standpoint, to recover.

Seems simple enough and a logical step in defining the Packers goal of creating an atmosphere and setting that keeps the players healthy. We know that over the past few years injuries have played a big part in Green Bay’s game. Too many injuries have hit the team, so anything the team can do to reduce those numbers, the better.

It’s not that music is going to prevent a torn ACL or separated shoulder, but the breaks and the reduction of the heart rate is one step in helping.

Clearly, the Packers are doing all they can to keep players healthy. This is a simple, but effective step in helping make that a possibility.

And listening to Pearl Jam and Johnny Cash is a good thing, too.

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