McCarthy on the 2012 schedule release

Posted by Duke Bobber on April 17, 2012 – 6:37 pm

Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s thoughts on the Packers’ 2012 season schedule:

(on opening the season at home against San Francisco and then having a quick turnaround with a Thursday game in Week 2 vs. Chicago)
“Just like everybody at this time of the year, we are excited when the schedule comes out. It’s always great to play at home. Your home opener is always special and to start the season at home will be great for our football team, our organization and our fans. We have an excellent opponent in the San Francisco 49ers, and I think it is a great way to start the season for both teams.

“Then we go right into a short week, which is a challenge. I think it is definitely going to be a test for our football team from a preparation standpoint. But our guys are up to the challenge. We’re a mature football team, and anytime we play the Bears it is a lot of fun, especially on national television.”

(whether he was pleased to see the last 13 games of the season all fall on Sunday)
“Definitely. I think regularity is important in team dynamics and the ability to grow and perform and recover appropriately. I think it helps your team. I am always in favor of a string of seven- day work weeks.”

(on the challenge of three consecutive road games for the first time since 1998)
“I don’t really get too caught up in who we play and where we play them. I focus more on how many days there are between games, the time of games. That’s really my focus from a scheduling standpoint. We have known since the season ended who we are going to play. Who, what time, how much time we have to prepare is really the key. As far as playing three on the road, I don’t look at that as an extraordinary challenge. It is always challenging, period, when you go on the road. We just happen to have three of them in a row.”

(on the potential for five prime-time games)
“I think that is a reflection of our football team. That’s really a credit to what we have been able to accomplish in the past. As you know, every year is a new year. It’s our responsibility to take advantage of those opportunities to play on national TV, which is an honor. To play in front of the big audience is something our team thrives on.”

(on the late bye in Week 10)
“I don’t mind the late bye. I don’t mind a late bye and I don’t mind a Thursday night game late in the year. I think it gives you a chance to regroup and get ready for the stretch run.”

(on there being only one divisional game in the first nine weeks and then five in the final seven weeks)
“That’s unusual. That’s something that we’ll look at from a planning standpoint because division games are obviously the most important. There is more planning and preparation that goes into those games from the offseason up until the point that you play them, and those games take a lot out of you physically. Those are all the variables that we will look at.”

Click here to see the full 2012 schedule


Tags: , , ,
Posted in Packers.com Blog

McCarthy’s comments to Miami media

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 21, 2012 – 7:58 pm

Head Coach Mike McCarthy conducted a conference call on Saturday with Miami media regarding the hiring of Joe Philbin as the Dolphins new head coach.

Here is a transcript of McCarthy’s remarks, courtesy of the Dolphins:

(On the qualities of Joe Philbin that convinced him that he could be a NFL head coach) – “I don’t think it’s just one quality, but I know one that will stand out for sure, when it comes to motivating and getting his team ready to win games that’s his communications skills. Joe’s an excellent communicator, has excellent people skills, he is a very strong member of our coaching staff and someone who had excellent relationships not only with our football players but with our whole football program. I think the character of the man and what he stands for, with his family values speaks for itself, but I have always appreciated Joe’s ability to coach the whole room.”

(On if he relied on Joe Philbin and put a lot on his shoulders) – “Absolutely, Joe did a great job for us. We had the opportunity to work together for the first time in ’06 and take the offense system that was brought in there and develop it and definitely take it to another level. Joe is an outstanding football coach.”

(On if at any time during the last five years you considered giving him the play calling duties) – “There was a year that I thought about giving the play calling up to Joe. I think any head coach in the NFL has to decide how he’s going to structure his program and build the responsibilities of every coach on his staff. After the ’08 season, I made changes on the defensive staff and with my particular job responsibility being so much involved in the offense and not as involved with the defense, I thought about taking a step back and just being a pure head coach and overseeing all three phases and with that I was going to give the play calling to Joe Philbin which I wouldn’t have even thought twice about. But we went through the interview process, had the opportunity to hire Dom Capers and kept our structure in place the way that we had it.”

(On how much he spoke with Joe Philbin during the course of a game) – “Joe was the main person I talked to, ninety percent of the conversation that goes on on the headsets was between Joe Philbin and I. We would go through the game planning process throughout the week together as a staff and as a staff that has been together for six years, so I was very fluent in the way we game planned and build our game plans, but Joe was the guy that I directly talked to ninety, ninety-five percent of the time.”

(On Joe Philbin’s persona on the practice field with the players) – “It was good energy. Joe is a very likable individual. People gravitate towards him, so very detailed orientated. We had a unique set up and just the way we structured practice and it goes back to our first couple of years there. I would run the huddle, as far as the play entry on the offense and Joe he would coordinate the defense just to make sure the defensive look was exactly what we wanted, so I think it tells you something about him, just making sure that the big picture is always right. Joe is extremely organized, very detailed, that will be very evident from day one when the Dolphins take the field.”

(On if Joe Philbin was vocal on the practice field) – “When he needs to be, he is in command. He knows what he wants out of every drill and he gets it out of the drill, so he is as vocal as he needs to be.”

(On if Joe Philbin has interest in any member of his staff joining him in Miami would have an issue) – “That’s really a conversation that will be between Joe and I.”

(On if Joe Philbin would yell at players if they were doing the wrong thing) – “I think today’s environment is different than in years past, have I seen Joe Philbin yell before? Yes, I have seen him yell before. I have been able to work with a man for six years that communicates extremely well and was able to get his point across, so I don’t think that he is going to be running up and down the sidelines screaming and yelling if that’s what you are looking for, but everybody will clearly understand his message.”

(On quarterback Matt Flynn and his relationship with Joe Philbin) – “Joe has a very good relationship with all of our quarterbacks. Being the offensive coordinator, I would just go to one particular meeting that we have every Saturday morning at 8:30, it was with Joe and the quarterback coach Tom Clements, myself and the three quarterbacks. We have done it for years its just kind of a final, it put the final points and addressed all the potential situations that would occur in the game the next day. But he has a great relationship, and I am just thinking of the time that we talked personally about the things we did the night before and everything, so it tells you the level and the type of relationship that Joe had with all the quarterbacks, so I would say that he and Matt Flynn have a very healthy relationship.”

(On if he has any doubts that Matt Flynn is ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL) – “In my opinion Matt is ready for that challenge. He has had the opportunity to take a full week of game plan reps, prepare for a game in New England and at home against Detroit and perform very well. So with that you never really know until you go through a full sixteen week season. Every head coach and coordinator goes through that with their first time quarterback, but there is a lot of evidence that Matt Flynn can do that. I have been very impressed with Matt and what he has been able to accomplish with our time in Green Bay together.”


Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Packers.com Blog