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McCarthy thinks this year’s Packers can be great

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Green Bay looks like a good football team as the season opens today, but coach Mike McCarthy thinks calling his team “good” may be selling the Packers short.

“This team has every chance to be a great football team,” McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s a challenge every year. But when you see the work from April into training camp to now, there’s definitely a lot to be excited about. I know how the off-season began and the commitment. It wasn’t just a bunch of words. I’ve seen individuals step up. Good bunch of men.”

McCarthy declined to make any predictions, but he made clear that his expectations are high.

“Our goal is the same every year,” McCarthy said. “I’m not here to make statements. I’m the head coach of the Green Bay Packers. Every player that plays for the Green Bay Packers clearly knows what the goal is. We’re the 93rd team in the history of this franchise. We’re going to line up with the rest of them and have the same expectations.”

Those expectations are to win it all. But today, the focus is on beating the 49ers.

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35 Responses to “McCarthy thinks this year’s Packers can be great”
  1. unbelieverjb says: Sep 8, 2013 10:16 AM

    Tell me how great your team is after the 9ers put up 50 on them today.

  2. igocommando says: Sep 8, 2013 10:22 AM

    “I’m not here to make statements.”
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    Wasn’t everything he said a statement?

  3. mikeditkashair says: Sep 8, 2013 10:23 AM

    Not gonna happen….

  4. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 8, 2013 10:23 AM

    Little baby haters like jb gonna hate.

  5. doall24 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:24 AM

    unbelieverjb says: Sep 8, 2013 10:16 AM

    Tell me how great your team is after the 9ers put up 50 on them today.
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    the 49ers may not even be the best team in their own division, good luck with seattle. at least we know we are the best in our division.

  6. jhein23 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:24 AM

    50? I don’t see that at all. Who are the 49ers threats at WR?

  7. jacksonjames4 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:25 AM

    Aren’t they great every year

  8. crefan says: Sep 8, 2013 10:26 AM

    When it’s all said and done are they going to have to put on suicide watch? LOL

  9. bla bla bla says: Sep 8, 2013 10:31 AM

    unbelieverjb says:
    Sep 8, 2013 10:16 AM

    Tell me how great your team is after the 9ers put up 50 on them today.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And if the 49ers DON’T put up 50, how about you crawl back out of your mom’s basement, come back here and admit you know nothing?

  10. contra74 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:38 AM

    Lol that’s cute

  11. purplengold says: Sep 8, 2013 10:38 AM

    The Pack gets a good old-fashioned spanking today, it will be fun to watch.

  12. purpwalk says: Sep 8, 2013 10:38 AM

    that statement could’ve been made by all head coaches in the nfl. packers are in decline

  13. sterlingrodgers says: Sep 8, 2013 10:40 AM

    Today’s game will be a big test, but the 9ers will not be scoring 50 on this year’s defense.

  14. teal379 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:43 AM

    I say this as a Packer fan and GB resident. (IOW – I see more of the Packers coverage than most that don’t live here)

    The Packers will not be great until they realize that James Campen is NOT on to the best 32 offensive line coaches in the world and that what an NFL line coach should be.

    Once they realize that and make the change – they have a chance to be great.

    (will reserve judgment for Capers and the strength and conditioning staff for some other time)

  15. footballnut2011 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:44 AM

    Hahahaha. You keep dreamin’ slim. 9-7 with a possible wildcard birth IF erin doesn’t get his head ripped off by week four.

  16. themagicfanguy says: Sep 8, 2013 10:49 AM

    @unbliever If by put up 50 you mean yards then yeah you might be right.

  17. jamiedwatson says: Sep 8, 2013 10:50 AM

    Hey remember when the niners won their last Super Bowl? Me either!

  18. jkindler429 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:52 AM

    Todays game will be a good judge on how the season will go, if you can’t beat them now you won’t beat them in the playoffs.

  19. leatherface2012 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:53 AM

    yep 16-0 and lose in the divisional round

  20. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:56 AM

    A coach thinks his team can be great… And in related news Tiger Woods is black

  21. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 8, 2013 11:07 AM

    Anyone else excited to watch the “barnburner” game between two perennial putrid teams, the Lions and Vikings?

    lol, should be funny at least.

  22. ibavikingfanib says: Sep 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    HaHa….Superbowl.

  23. outlawshark says: Sep 8, 2013 11:20 AM

    There are a handful of teams in the NFL with a chance to be great. As long as Rodgers is playing, the Packers are one of them. Mike is right.

  24. unbelieverjb says: Sep 8, 2013 11:22 AM

    Wow, the only thing worse than NFL fans are, wait, nothing. I am not a 9ers fan (Jets fan since 1972) and living in my Mom’s basement? Hmm, she died 10 years ago, and I’m an almost 50 year old family guy. Stereotype much?

  25. ninjapleazee says: Sep 8, 2013 11:22 AM

    What do you expect a coach to say? Our teams going to suck this year?

  26. f1lthymcnasty1 says: Sep 8, 2013 11:22 AM

    Margaret Thatcher is quoted as saying, “Power is like being a lady, if you have to say you are, you aren’t.”

  27. sukkatash says: Sep 8, 2013 11:26 AM

    Ha….that’s cute.

  28. jack3dsd says: Sep 8, 2013 11:47 AM

    The Packers go year after year with injuries to starters and 1st round picks and still dominate the north and make it past the wildcard. There’s only a few franchises that have that kind of success and they never have half the injuries.

  29. emperorzero says: Sep 8, 2013 11:55 AM

    The Packers are good and I think much like the New Orleans Saints, if things break right for them they can reach the Super Bowl. Do I think they are the favorite? No, but again, a few things break their way (like not having to face two of the three of New York Giants, Seattle, and San Francisco) and it’s a possibility.

  30. packerbacker42 says: Sep 8, 2013 11:58 AM

    Packers in decline? As long as Rodgers is our Qb well be fine…didn’t the 9ers have trouble with stl all last season lol packers spanked the rams last year

  31. packerbacker42 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:02 PM

    Packers have key players back johnny jolly nick Perry that they didn’t have last year plus harbaugh is already scared for kaepernick already crying to the refs like he did all last year

  32. golforepar says: Sep 8, 2013 12:07 PM

    Team goals are what you want. The Queens players are thinking about running for 2500 yards and sack records. An obvious sign of a team that has no trophy case!

  33. the8man says: Sep 8, 2013 12:34 PM

    The Ravens were 4th and 29 from being a wildcard instead of a division winner and hosting in that round. There are about a dozen teams that can be great when it is all said and done. The Packers are one of them. Who knows? One play today against the Niners may be the difference.

  34. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 8, 2013 12:47 PM

    unbelieverjb says:
    Sep 8, 2013 11:22 AM
    Wow, the only thing worse than NFL fans are, wait, nothing. I am not a 9ers fan (Jets fan since 1972) and living in my Mom’s basement? Hmm, she died 10 years ago, and I’m an almost 50 year old family guy. Stereotype much?

    —-

    Oh, sorry.

    We took you seriously for a second. 50 year old smack talking jets fans should just be laughed at.

  35. tokyosandb1aster says: Sep 8, 2013 3:41 PM

    Haters gonna hate. Nothing to see here. At the end of the day, ’nuff said. Get your popcorn ready. Oopsie. Checkmate.

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