On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     
  • Sat., Aug. 09, 2014 7:00PM - 10:00PM CDT Packers at Tennessee Titans Packers at Tennessee Titans
  • Sat., Aug. 16, 2014 3:00PM - 6:00PM CDT Packers at St. Louis Rams Packers at St. Louis Rams

News

Print
RSS

Tuesdays with McCarthy

Posted Dec 27, 2011


In this week's "Tuesdays with McCarthy," the head coach discusses pre- and post-game routines, the team's identity, and the value of home-field advantage, among other topics.

Three fan questions will be selected each week and presented to Coach McCarthy. Go to the Green Bay Packers' official Facebook page to pose your question or Tweet it to @Packers #McCarthyseries on Monday mornings.

Debbie from Twin Lakes, WI

Do you do anything special to celebrate after each win?

After games, regardless of the outcome, I go home to spend time with my family. They always bring the day into focus for me. Winning for most of the past year has certainly made heading home after the games even better. After away games, I get off the plane, go home and hopefully catch the kids before they go to bed. It’s similar for home games, but there is often family visiting as well. My parents are normally here for the home games so it’s typically family time after the games end. Win or lose, there’s a lot going on mentally, and spending time with family helps alleviate that. The anxiety you feel after losing is significant. You don’t sleep, and you play the game over and over in your head. Conversely, the adrenaline associated with winning makes it hard to settle down at night. I recommend every coach have young children to wear you out when you get home. You sleep better.

Kate from Manawa, WI

What’s something you always tell your team before they go out on the field?

I’ve used a new routine over the last year and a half, having a player be the last person to speak to the team before a game. That’s been interesting. It was unusual at first, but there are good reasons why I did that. The last thing I say to the team is a prayer that highlights scripture from the Bible that’s representative of our theme for the week. After the Bible verse, we say the Lord’s prayer, and then I call one of the three captains up to speak to the team before we take the field. My last message to the team is actually Saturday night. That’s when I go through all the reminders, expectations for the game, and my thoughts on where we are and what we need to do.

Chelsea from Redding, CA

How do you keep the team motivated and focused every week to perform the way they do?

It’s most important to keep your finger on the pulse of your team. Football teams don’t stay the same. You don’t win one week because you won the previous week. It’s very important to stay in tune with the team’s quality of play. Quality production aligns with the pulse of your team. We’re always looking to improve our quality of play each week. Teams have strengths and weaknesses, and it’s important to maximize those strengths, and more importantly, work on the weaknesses. There are different themes to emphasize that help push the right buttons. I think messaging is very important and there’s a lot of thought that goes into it. We also focus on the continuing education of the team. Without education, motivation and distribution of information, the growth and success doesn’t happen.

Q. What does it mean to you to be the coach of the winningest team in Packers history?

That’s a big statement. There are things you accomplish along the way in your career that are definitely special. To have the opportunity to hold the Lombardi Trophy is second to none, and that’s why the drive to do it again is so strong. After games, I’m given a list of accomplishments and game notes and anytime we’ve recorded an achievement that’s the best in the history of the Green Bay Packers, it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. The Packers have such a great tradition. Everybody is aware of our history, and to say you’ve done anything better than it’s ever been done here before is truly special. Also, if it’s the best in the history of the Green Bay Packers, there’s a chance it’s the best in the history of the National Football League as well. A lot of times those records coincide with one another.

Q. Do you feel as though the team is peaked and ready for the postseason?

I think we have more work to do. We have another game with an opportunity to get better and we’ll also have the open week to improve. We’re going to have two full practices during the bye week. I feel the plan that we have in front of us, with the opportunity to play the Lions at home, will give us an opportunity to peak as a team, and we all know the need to be playing your best football when you enter the postseason.

Q. What do you think is the identity of the team?

The overall identity of this team is to win with diversity and depth. It wins with production. The point production and the quarterback rating differential speak for themselves, along with the ability to take care of the football and take the football away. Those are the statistics I think best describe our identity.

Q. What’s home-field advantage worth?

Home-field advantage is very important. It’s our goal in every season to reward our great fans with home playoff games; they certainly deserve it and we feed off their energy. Offenses continue to make strides in dealing with crowd noise, but crowd noise continues to be an obstacle that road teams have to overcome and it can be telling. I love the opportunity to play in the elements in front of our great crowds, which provide a great environment for football. It also allows us to have regularity to our schedule and that’s important anytime you’re competing in a high-level event. Lambeau Field is a sanctuary for our players to come to, to focus and prepare for the game. All of those things are very helpful, especially leading up to gameday. However, at the end of the day we’re going to walk onto the greatest football field in the world and play an opponent that has earned the right to be there just as much as we have. It’s important for us to play at our highest level to be successful.

Q. Is preparation for a playoff game any different than it is for a regular-season game?

We take in a lot of information for every game. The technology of today, compared to my first five or six years in the league, allows us to review a lot more film because it’s much more readily accessible. Our staff game-planning during the week will remain the same for the playoffs, but the prep work will be intensified. Next week, we’ll have three teams that we have a chance to play, and we’ll do a lot of pre-planning for those opponents. That’s not completely unique to the postseason as we frequently pre-plan during the regular season for our next opponent once our preparation for the current opponent is complete. We regularly have a preliminary game plan in place for the following week before we play the current week’s game. Following the game, we’ll review that plan on Monday to confirm things and implement new ideas, before finalizing the plan on Tuesday. We have a very efficient system of preparation in place, and we’ll go through those pre-planning steps during the open week as we look at our three potential opponents for the first playoff game.

Q. Do you get a special feeling for football at this time of the year?

There’s nothing like football at this time of year. I don’t want to diminish the regular season, because it’s such a diverse challenge and there are so many twists and turns that a 16-game schedule takes you on, and the media coverage of the season is very intense. It’s remarkable. The media puts all sorts of spins on the season, but at the end of the day, you have six teams in the NFC fighting for that spot to go to Indianapolis, and it’s that drama that makes everyone’s heart beat faster. It comes down to real football, real toughness. The identity of your team needs to be ever-present in the most important games of the year, and that’s why you see the best teams show up in the Super Bowl every year.

For last week's "Tuesdays with McCarthy," click here.

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Prospect Primer: C Bryan Stork, Florida State

    (1:55) Posted 4 hours ago

    Packers.com presents 'Prospect Primer,' a video look at an assortment of draft-eligible players who attended the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Florida State center Bryan Stork started 40 career games in college, most of them at center but also a handful at right and left guard earlier in his career. Stork was named to several All-America teams and won the Rimington Award as the nation's top center for Florida State's undefeated national championship team.

  • Prospect Primer: CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

    (2:39) Posted 4 hours ago

    Packers.com presents 'Prospect Primer,' a video look at an assortment of draft-eligible players who attended the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner is a versatile defensive back who recorded 5 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions for Florida State's national championship squad, leading his team in sacks and leading all defensive backs in the country in that category.

  • 2014 Green Bay Packers Schedule

    (2:00) Posted 21 hours ago

    The 2014 Green Bay Packers schedule starts with a rematch against the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.