McCarthy breaks routine because of Packers early schedule

AP

Football coaches are notorious creatures of habit, mapping out schedules months if not years in advance.

But because of the irregular start to their regular season, Packers coach Mike McCarthy has mixed up his training camp schedule.

“There was a reaction to the scheduling, the format of training camp, based on the way our first four games of the regular season laid out,” McCarthy said. “The fact that we come out of the gate and play Sunday afternoon on national TV at home, then play Thursday night at home and then go away 11 days later on a Monday night, and then on a short week here at home – I wanted to make sure our players were challenged from the fact of the regularity is going to be a little up and down to start the season.”

After starting with a Sunday late-afternoon game in Week 1, the Packers follow with a Thursday night game, a Monday night game (which means in 11-day break) and then another late-afternoon Sunday start. Their first early Sunday game isn’t until Week 5, and that’s followed by a Sunday nighter the following week.

So they’ll respond by opening camp with a week of 8:15 a.m. practices, followed by a block of night practices, before alternating morning, afternoon and nights. In mid-August, they’ll settle into a routine of mid-day practices

It’s a little thing, but indicative of the level of detail these guys put into their workdays.

18 responses to “McCarthy breaks routine because of Packers early schedule

  1. There is no better coach in the NFL. You are going to see this team play with a focus and determination never before seen with an NFL team. Go. Pack. Go.

  2. Just another reason why McCarthy is one of the best coaches in the league. Obviously the players have to perform like they’re paid to but without a good coaching staff it’s difficult for any team to reach the promised land. The Packers are outstanding in that regard.

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jun 15, 2012 12:59 PM

    What’s the point? They’ll easily make the playoffs, and winning a lot of regular season games doesn’t mean they’ll be able to avoid getting blown out at home in their first playoff game
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    It was the divisional round. You have to let it go, it was almost two years ago now that your steelers got destroyed by my packers.

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jun 15, 2012 1:21 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jun 15, 2012 12:59 PM

    What’s the point? They’ll easily make the playoffs, and winning a lot of regular season games doesn’t mean they’ll be able to avoid getting blown out at home in their first playoff game
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    It was the divisional round. You have to let it go, it was almost two years ago now that your steelers got destroyed by my packers.
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    And your point is? I just said it was their first playoff game. If it had been the wildcard round, maybe they could have eeked out a victory.

  5. textexington says:Jun 15, 2012 1:24 PM

    @thankheavenforbuttpounder7,the Viqueefs have never won a Superbowl. The Packers won Superbowl XLV just two years ago. LOLZ.
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    At least when my team goes 15-1, they can beat a 9-7 team at home in a playoff game.

  6. ESPN came up with future NFL power rankings. Guess which team they predicted to be number 1 again in 2015… the Green Bay Packers. Young team, great quarterback, and great coaching. Superbowl win in the last two seasons… Green Bay is the next dynesty.

  7. pitbullmentality says:Jun 15, 2012 1:46 PM

    ESPN came up with future NFL power rankings. Guess which team they predicted to be number 1 again in 2015… the Green Bay Packers. Young team, great quarterback, and great coaching. Superbowl win in the last two seasons… Green Bay is the next dynesty.
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    Okay, it’s bad enough that Packer fans think they’re going to win the Super Bowl every season, but now you’re crowing about a Super Bowl victory that you’re planning on three years from now? How did that work out for you last year?

  8. But your team, Thankheaven, cannot EVER, not even once, no matter what their record, win the World title. So I guess you’re stuck hoping that others will share in your misery. And we’re stuck with you, until yet another World title for the Green and Gold shuts you up for a few days.

  9. @stavreafavre –

    Unlike Packer fans, I don’t need my team to win a championship in order to enjoy it. If it weren’t for those championships, the Packers would be playing in Jacksonville and Lambeau Field would be as deserted as it is during the fourth quarter of a home playoff game.

  10. I remember when they hired Mike McCarthy. I was pretty skeptical… it felt like Mike Sherman all over again, and I wondered why they would pass on all the other guys out there for *this* guy. Now I know. Great coach, steadiest hand on the wheel I’ve seen in a long time.

    I don’t need the Pack to go to the Super Bowl every year; I’m just glad that they field a competitive team every year. As a Packers fan, it isn’t hard to get fired up for a new season when you’ve got a team that’s perennially in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy.

  11. thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Jun 15, 2012 4:14 PM
    @stavreafavre –

    Unlike Packer fans, I don’t need my team to win a championship in order to enjoy it. If it weren’t for those championships, the Packers would be playing in Jacksonville and Lambeau Field would be as deserted as it is during the fourth quarter of a home playoff game.
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    As owners of the Packers we expect our team to reach its potential. When our team is the most talented team in the league, which we are (even after losing to the gmen), we expect to win the Super Bowl. So to your point, yes, we need our team to win Super Bowl(s) in order to enjoy it.

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