McCarthy: This year's theme is 'protection, connection and reflection'

Jul. 26, 2013

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, talks to coach Mike McCarthy during Friday's first training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field. / Morry Gash/AP


Here are some highlights from Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy's press conference following this morning's first training camp practice:

Opening statement:

Good morning, I will start with the injury report. (tackle Derek) Sherrod, (defensive end Jerel) Worthy, (tackle J.C) Tretter, (safety Sean) Richardson did not pass the physical. (Running back DuJuan) Harris has a knee, he may be a week or two. (Defensive lineman Mike) Neal and (cornerback Casey) Hayward are a couple of weeks away. They both had injuries they suffered in the last three weeks. Neal is abdomen and Casey is hamstring. Both happened while training away (from Lambeau Field). (Linebacker Jamari) Lattimore and (cornerback Davon) House are dealing with an illness. (Safety Chaz) Powell has a foot.

Is Sherrod getting close?

He’s definitely much further along when he was able to go through some of the drill work in the OTAs. Interested to see how he feels tomorrow. He looked very good in the conditioning work yesterday. He’s not to the point where all linemen have to be able to torque and lean on people. Those things are hard to emulate in a rehab process.

Do you choose the TV timeout music?

No, I’m way outdated. But it’s something we look at from a medical standpoint, to lower the heart rate of players during the practice, also to train the way you play. TV timeouts are part of the game. It’s one of the adjustments we made to try to be a healthier thing.

How was today’s practice?

“I liked today’s practice. Liked the tempo, liked the pace. I’m sure when we go up and watch the video there are going to be more corrections. The most important thing is you get into these camps and your team has to learn how to practice. We did a much better job in the offseason and learned how to practice faster, harder, and I thought it carried over today.”

The difference with having two kickers:

“More attempts. We want to make sure we have plenty of information. The reps will be higher in this training camp than in past camps.”

On the rookie running backs:

“They did some good things, but they need a lot of work. Today, tomorrow will be a little review. Sunday will a reality for all of our young guys, to see how they respond to the first padded practice.”

On Tretter’s injury:

“I definitely know that he won’t be ready for the season. As far as what point during the season that hasn’t been expressed.”

Richardson’s status:

“We’re gathering information and hopefully we’re getting close to a decision on Sean (neck).”

Did rookie cornerback Micah Hyde jump out?

“I thought so. If you would have asked me the one player that jumped out, I would’ve said Micah. Saw that on his college film, good ball skills, anticipation. Got off to a good start.”

On quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ approach:

“I thought Aaron clearly had one of his best offseasons. Our QB school, from the time we were able to spend and what we were able to accomplish was as close as we could get to the old days. Been here the whole offseason, in good shape and understands his role as the leader on our team.”

What was your theme to the team?

“The theme last night to the team was three things, protection, connection and reflection. Team 93, the 93rd football team in the history of the Green Bay Packers, and how important it is to protect that. The connection part is the workload that we need to do.”

On the competition at safety:

“It’s combination of what you’re working on, the packages more than the actual competition.”

On the backup quarterbacks' reps:

“B.J. Coleman and Graham (Harrell) are pretty much split right down the middle. Want to make sure they both have an opportunity to compete for the job.”

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