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Mike McCarthy spoke to the media this afternoon. I'll have some expanded thoughts on a few subjects that got brought up in later posts, (and I'll add some video to this post) but this is an overview of what McCarthy talked about:

  • McCarthy said he was way behind on his draft preparation due to the Super Bowl run. He apologized several times for not being able to speak about draft prospects since he hasn't even started studying them yet.
  • Mentioned that Indianapolis and the Combine was the start of the new season and that he loves coming here because "All the people who know" come here. Loved that.
  • Talked extensively about the coaching changes. Asked about Edgar Bennett coaching wide receivers, pointed out that he played tight end and went on to coach quarterbacks.
  • He answered the biggest question I had - prior to the Super Bowl, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had indicated that they had stopped scripting the first 15 plays, a long time tradition in the West Coast Offense. McCarthy said that this was indeed the case and that he thought too much emphasis was being placed on those particular plays and that they weren't getting the kind of production they needed out of them. I'll explore this more later on. I just find it fascinating.
  • Something that I found interesting from both Thompson and McCarthy is that they both mentioned that the biggest thing they look at when observing the prospects here in Indy is how they interact with each other. Not the drill work, not the interviews, but how they get deal with their peers. To me, that is very telling. And it's evidence of how important they think the locker room dynamic is when it comes to building their team.
  • Also like Thompson, McCarthy wouldn't address any hypotheticals, be it Cullen Jenkins' pending departure or who might step up to play left guard if Daryn Colledge does indeed leave in free agency.
  • I think McCarthy has jumped on board the James Starks bandwagon. Several times he talked glowingly about the rookie's work running the football and went so far, out in the hallway, to say "I'm excited as hell about James Starks." Coupled with how he was talking about the kid directly after the Super Bowl, about how he had planned to feed him the ball but a lot of 50/50s were turned into pass plays by Rodgers at the line of scrimmage. This is total, rampant speculation on my part, but I'm pretty sure you'll see Starks and Grant splitting carries next year and then Starks taking over as the lead back in 2012 when Grant is set to be a free agent.
  • With that said, McCarthy also talked about how important it is to have at least two quality running backs on your roster.
  • Several times, McCarthy talked about his relationship with Aaron Rodgers. Talked about how they started having a specific offensive meeting every Thursday later in the year that really helped solidify what they were both trying to accomplish on offense.
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Nerdmann's picture

With they way they have those sickening ugly starts at times, maybe it's good that they've stopped scripting the first 15.

jeremy's picture

"biggest thing they look at when observing the prospects here in Indy is how they interact with each other"

That actually makes a lot of sense. We have all seen disruptive players destroy locker rooms. Ted and Mike are not real big on workout numbers anyway. Ted has mentioned a few times that they use the combine confirm what they have learned from film study. Ted is all about game film.

Doug in Sandpoint's picture

You mention MM's relationship with Rodgers. I think it may be he has a great relationship with a huge number of the players. I was shocked at the SoundFX videos and how Jennings and McCarthy interacted. Huge respect for eachother and they came off almost as best friends. The chemistry of the team appears to be flowing from MM, much to my surprise.

packeraaron's picture

Great observation Doug, and I totally agree.

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