News now! Emphasis on special teams in OTAs

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on May 28, 2015 – 1:48 pm

ota-blogGREEN BAY–Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was in the middle of the action during the special teams segment of today’s OTAs practice.

“I enjoy coaching. Coaching is coaching regardless of the position you work with. Coaching is where I want to be. This has been a fun year for me personally, being able to be with the defense, be with the special teams,” McCarthy said, speficifically referring to having relinquished his play-calling duties to become more involved with the other two phases of the team. He will be the third coach in the special teams room this year.

“We’ve spent a lot more time on special teams in Phase II  (of OTAs) than we have in the past, and we’ll spend more time on special teams in Phase III than we have in the past,” McCarthy said.

Aaron Rodgers remains the team’s star, and he was pitching strikes in practice today. He threw a back-shoulder dart to tight end Andrew Quarless, beating Clay Matthews’ coverage for the catch.

“This offense is about making the quarterback successful. We’ve had a chance to go through the installs and get his input. This could be our best veteran base,” McCarthy said.

Linebacker Julius Peppers was the only member of the team that didn’t practice. He was with the team in the morning but was said to have missed practice due to sickness.

“I have no medical concerns long term of anyone on our roster right now,” McCarthy said, referring to a group of players rehabbing from surgeries and injuries.


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