After watching his two lead running backs put the ball on the ground, after a series of false starts and motion penalties from his offense – all which lead to, perhaps, an ill-timed question about how many talented playmakers he had at his disposal heading into the 2011 season – Mike McCarthy sounded like a man who is already tired of the smoke being blown up his teams’ ass:
I don’t want to disrespect any of my players. We look great on paper, there’s no doubt about it, but we’re not close to where we need to be. We realize that we have a lot of work to do.
The ball on the ground, that’s unacceptable. That was not a very good practice at all for the offense from a fundamental standpoint. I did not like the fundamentals. You’ve got to take care of the football. Pre-snap penalties and not taking care of the football, that’s a bad day.
Coming off a shortened Family Night practice, followed by a day off, its not surprising the offense struggled to find its rhythm last night in the stuffy confines of the Don Hutson center. It’s also no surprise that the defense is looking much better than the offense – this is true most years, but after missing the entire offseason due to the lockout it is even more understandable. McCarthy and offensive coordinator Joe Philbin are still installing things that would normally have been installed back in May.
However, as of today, the Packers have 19 practices left until they open the season against the New Orleans Saints. McCarthy is doing the right thing by setting a tone that says “We have a lot of work to do. This is unacceptable.”
McCarthy knows that defensive coordinators, starting with the Saints’ Gregg Williams, will be throwing everything at the Packers’ offense from the get-go, and his guys need to be ready.