The Packers held their first closed training camp practice today in as long as anyone could remember. The stands at Nitschke Field were empty and tarps were placed on the fences around the field. Players worked out in shorts and helmets.
Media members were allowed to attend but couldnít tweet updates from practice.
So why was practice closed?
Packers coach Mike McCarthy explained his rationale: ďA closed practice is more of a reflection on what youíre trying to work on. Todayís focus was just working on concepts that we probably didnít get to hit as far as the quantity and quality during our installation phase. Itís just things that we would rather work on in private. Itís great to have the open practices, itís obviously very beneficial for the environment it creates, and for the fans. But there are some things that you do want not exposed until the season comes.Ē
The Packers have nine open practices remaining in training camp, including three this week, all starting at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
When asked if practicing on the day before the game last Thursday affected the Packers' performance in their preseason opener Friday, McCarthy replied: ďNo. We practiced exactly the way we planned to practice. You have to get your work in. I donít know exactly off-hand here, but I donít think there was a player who played above 35 plays. If we canít play with energy for 60 minutes after practicing Thursday then those individuals arenít going to be here. Weíve been very conscientious how weíre repping our football team. And I canít be any more conscientious, frankly.Ē