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Despite Labor Uncertainty, Packers Press On

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Despite Labor Uncertainty, Packers Press On

One day after the team's "Return to Titletown" event celebrating their fourth Super Bowl victory and 13th world championship, Mike McCarthy gave his season-ending press conference having to discuss an uncertain future.

Peppered by questions about the offseason and how it will be impacted by labor negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the head coach was blunt.

"The CBA factors into everything," said McCarthy.

Wrapping up the season is already underway. McCarthy will have met with defensive coordinator Dom Capers and special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum by the end of the day for their evaluations and will meet with offensive coordinator Joe Philbin tomorrow.

After a run through the playoffs that lasted five weeks longer than most teams, the assistant coaches are already on vacation and won't be back in Green Bay until Feb. 21. Their evaluations will take place then.

The deadline for striking a new CBA is March 4, and most things beyond that time are still up in the air.

One of the few things that is a certainty is the NFL Draft that is set to take place April 28–30, and as such, the Packers are already preparing for it. McCarthy said general manager Ted Thompson is in the second day of his pre-Combine draft meetings.

"Really, the approach of the coaching staff in our meeting yesterday is we have to prepare for the known," said McCarthy, "and the first order of business is the draft.

"The way we approach our time at Indianapolis in the past, there’s a lot of downtime where you’re able to do some scheme evaluation amongst staff or among individuals, where this year we’re going to fully concentrate on the draft immediately with our coaching staff and make it a higher priority as far as their interaction with the personnel department, the reports that are needed to get done, because that’s an absolute. That’s going to happen."

Coinciding with draft preparation, the Packers will start their own scheme evaluation and scheduling depending upon what happens in March with the CBA.

If there is a CBA in place, McCarthy said the offseason program would be pushed back later than normal––into April––because the team played later into the season than usual, giving the team more time to rest and recover.

Even if there is no agreement, McCarthy isn't worried about his players staying in shape and preparing for the upcoming season.

"We have already started conversations with our strength coaches and the communication that they will have with the players," said McCarthy. "This won’t be as new as people would think because when players leave here, most of them have a place that they go and train and we’re pretty much in tune with those types of places and the people that run those gyms and training centers and so forth.

"I’m not as worried about that as I think the general public probably thinks, ‘Oh my God, they are just going to go away and not be here working out.’ That won’t be the case, and everybody is in the same situation. You have a lot of players that train together, even if they are from different teams and so forth, but the players are going to get ready to play."

McCarthy somewhat surprisingly came out against the proposed 18-game regular season schedule.

The players have come out vocally against an 18-game schedule, while the owners are in favor of it. Because the coaches work for the owners, McCarthy knows the answer he was supposed to give, yet declined.

"I know what the company line is, but you are talking to a guy that just barely made it through 16," said McCarthy. "You can figure that one out for yourself."

The Packers head coach would say that the training camp schedule would definitely change if there is an 18-game schedule.

Even the matter of visiting the White House could be impacted by the CBA.

President Barack Obama called McCarthy to congratulate him on the team's Super Bowl and extended an invitation to visit the White House. But as for when that will happen is still uncertain.

"From my understanding it is traditionally in the spring in accordance usually with a mini-camp or an OTA," said McCarthy. "But President Obama invited us to the White House and he said he was looking forward to hosting our football team there. But as far as a date, I think it’s really premature to even try to set that with what is in front of us."

There's also the matter of changes on the coaching staff. Assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach Winston Moss has reportedly been asked to interview for the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator position, but McCarthy wouldn't say if other changes are on the horizon.

"We feel we have an excellent staff," said McCarthy. "Continuity is important, but change happens in this business throughout. Time will answer those questions."

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Scriptura's picture

Arizona hired Ray Horton as DC. Looks like our assistants are safe for now.

MEXICANPACKFAN's picture

As long as Dom Capers and Kevin Greene are here next season I'm ok.

gratif's picture

Hey CHTV, I was wondering if you could plug a youtube video for me. Many, many, many hours were spent editing this thing over the course of the season. I think you'll love it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9VuQdmUJqQ

(There are a few others but this is the crown jewel)

Thanks!

keeley2's picture

Absolutely awesome! Nice work.

Wiscokid's picture

Hey that #52 is pretty good. I think we should keep him. :)

gratif's picture

Thanks to CHTV for the plug! You can now see the video on the right side of the main page!

Norman's picture

"Wrapping up the season is already underway. McCarthy will have met with defensive coordinator Dom Capers and special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum by the end of the day for their evaluations..."

That shouldn't take long: A+ and C-

Considering it was the 20th game of the season, to see the Special Teams mistakes in the Super Bowl is inexcusable (Shields causing the first Williams fumbled punt, Williams not getting FAR away from that one punt where he then punched the guy who tried to push him into the ball, more long kickoff returns by non-elite returners, etc.). The development of Masthay and the punt coverage by Bush et al is the only thing that keeps the C- from becoming a D. I trust McCarthy to make the right decision on keeping Slocum if he thinks there's potential, or replacing him with a better option. Imagine if special teams were actually a strength for this team like in the 90's!

JAY quitler's picture

Bring em all back if it ain't broke what needs fixin

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