Meeting with the media this afternoon here at the Scouting Combine, Mike McCarthy let it be known that he plans on taking a long, hard look at every component of his running game, from the way it is blocked to the way it is utilized during the game.
I’m not really worried about how many times we run the ball. I think how we run the ball will change a little bit as we move into this next season.
I just think we can be smarter when we run the ball and how we run the ball. We do this every year. You have to be real critical of everything, whether it’s the play selection, what we’re asking each player to do as far as the type of scheme, whether it’s a zone scheme, pattern schemes.
More creativity, less volume. That’s something that is kind of our motto when it comes down to building offensive scheme and defensive scheme every year. Do we have too many runs in the game plan? That’s something we’re looking at. Are there things we can add, take out? Those types of things. But really I think we can do a better job, per situation, running the football. That’s what we’re taking a hard look at.
McCarthy also talked about the need for his team to improve its tackling. It was pretty clear that last year’s pathetic display would not be tolerated again, saying simply “We will be a better tackling team next year.”
One issue when it comes to improving a teams tackling is how exactly to go about it. McCarthy responded with a somewhat glib “Practice tackling” when asked how he planned on improving, but of course its not that simple. McCarthy made it a point of emphasis in training camp last year – and he still had a terrible tackling team.
One thing is for sure – McCarthy plans on breaking down some of the basic components of the game and building them back up this offseason.