GREEN BAY — Head Coach Mike McCarthy said that mental errors have been a focus in practice all week, and he’d like to see them reduced when the Packers take the field for the second time in the preseason on Sunday in Pittsburgh.
“Just improving our play,” McCarthy said before Thursday’s practice, regarding what he’d like to see from the entire team. “It’s going to be a whole different competition. We’re playing a different style football team.”
The Steelers sport a different type of running game than the Patriots, so Sunday’s game could be a particularly valuable test for Green Bay’s run defense after a solid outing last week. The Packers made one mistake in that area, allowing one run to go for a long TD, but otherwise the Patriots didn’t do much on the ground.
McCarthy added that he would continue to try to give exposure to his players to as many game situations as he can. The Packers went for it on fourth down multiple times last week in New England, and if it makes sense from a field-position standpoint, he may continue doing that in the preseason.
“The decisions I make on the sideline, I’m trying to create as many situations as possible — two-point play, fourth down, special teams,” he said. “I’m trying to create as many opportunities for our team to go out and perform.”
The last public practice of the week is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. CT today.
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