DALLAS –Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy met with the media the final time on Friday morning in advance of Sunday's Super Bowl XLV meeting against the Pittsburgh Steelers with little left to say about the game.
The Packers have their final day of practice this afternoon where McCarthy said they would meet at the team hotel until 10:30 a.m., leave for their practice facility at 11:00, take their much-hyped team photo and then have an hour of practice in helmets and shells.
"I think the week has gone very well," said McCarthy. "I really like our practice structure over there at Highland Park High School, it's been excellent for us. Our setup at the Omni Hotel has been very conducive to our classroom environment that we operate in and the things we're trying to get done as a football team.
"I think the quality of work has been excellent. I know our players are looking forward to today's practice to wrap things up and get back onto a normal schedule."
McCarthy said they'll hold three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Donald Driver out of today's practice as a precautionary measure as he fights through a quad strain, although the coach said he'd be "shocked" if Driver doesn't play on Sunday.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said today that their Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey – who's dealing with an injured ankle – would have to practice today in order to play in the Super Bowl, although McCarthy indicated he won't change their practice regimen based upon who starts at center.
"We're preparing for their offense," said McCarthy. "I don't think their protection schemes or their run concepts are going to change very much based upon who's playing center. Because Ben Roethlisberger is going to make that offense go, so it will not affect our approach defensively based upon who is playing center."
McCarthy said the team watched the movie Hoosiers last evening, and that the players' and coaches' families showed up yesterday as well, which has helped keep the team loose.
McCarthy also said that he thought defense would play a bigger role in the Super Bowl compared to last season's 37-36 shootout in Pittsburgh.
"I think defensively, based upon watching their body of work throughout the season, and I know firsthand that our defense has improved," said McCarthy. "So with that their defense has improved. So I look for the defenses to impact this football game more than they did last year's game."
With little else to say that hasn't already been covered, McCarthy wrapped up his meeting with the media by posing for photo-op in front of the Lombardi Trophy.
The preparation and the hype is almost over. The culminating event of the 2010 season is set to kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
"I've always dreamt about championships and the opportunity to be in the National Football League since 1993," said McCarthy. "This is definitely the goal. I think it's obvious that it's heightened with my opportunity to be the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, the opportunity to bring this trophy back home is something that we all think about as a football team and as an organization on a daily basis."
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