Well, it's about time.
Almost two years after I called out McCarthy and the Packers for a glaring lack of toughness, Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy seem to have gotten the message. It started with the hiring of the new defensive staff, particularly Kevin Greene and Mike Trgovac, to bring some of that old school, Ray Nitschke-type energy back to the defensive side of the ball in Green Bay. It continued with what seemed like a concerted effort to draft a group of tough, physical players back in April. And now, McCarthy and his staff are making this, bar none, the hardest hitting camp of McCarthy's tenure.
I mean, you've got to love this quote from Jeremy Thompson:
We're just hitting each other and hitting each other...By the time we get to the team period, we've already been hitting so much that we're wound up and ready to go.
Now, of course, none of this means anything. The only thing that matters are the results on the field. But too often in the past we've seen the Packers go toe to toe with the hardest hitting teams in the league, only to watch the Green and Gold be the ones to blink. The two game stretch last season against the Titans and the Vikings were the ultimate one-two punch in this regard. Here's hoping that what McCarthy and company are instilling now will bear fruit later this season in the form of a smash mouth team that can close out those hard fought contests rather than wilt when presented with the opportunity.
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