McCarthy: Packers hit targets this offseason
Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Thursday. Here are some highlights:
On targets this offseason:
I think anytime you put together a schedule, you look at the workload. You obviously set targets. I feel we exceeded our workload. I feel very good about the installation phase. Definitely hit the target there. Second target you look for is bringing your team together and learning how to practice, and work. Each position coach highlighting their drills and fundamentals. Competitive periods there was excellent work. Today, the defense had a lot of good moments with the turnovers, three turnovers in the red zone. Feel good about what we accomplished and start for 2015 Packers.
On giving veterans day off:
The veterans, time off today at practice. They were here for meetings and strength and conditioning. It was two-fold. I feel we got the work out of that group that we needed and giving the young guys as many reps as we possibly could today. Today was to highlight the younger players.
Anyone stand out:
I think Hubbard has had a heck of a spring. Micah Hyde, shoot Micah is old as a third year. The rookies are still feeling their way. I think our second-year players for the most part in this limited environment we work in made a step.
On message to the team when they dispersed:
The message wasn't just delivered on the field when you finish up. It's delivered throughout the offseason program. We've known since schedule came out players were going to be off for five weeks. The schedule doesn't just start the first day of the program and end. You continue to educate particularly the ones who haven't gone through it yet.
On what happens next:
You'll have players here. Everyone will want to get away. Rookies have to go to the symposium. For the most part, everyone will get away and really after the fourth of July people start to filter back in.
On special sense with this year's team:
We had our NFL security meeting yesterday. I think that was a great lead into the vacation. Obviously, offer you all the things from education.
I thought Carl did some good things. He came into training camp in better shape than when he left. He needs to continue to grow. Khyri, thought he started slow and he's picked up here late. Demetri, his interception in the two-minute drill is what you're looking for.
On Brett Favre's return:
Brett Favre coming back is going to be a great event and giving him the praise and recognition. The one thing you always appreciate about Brett is his competitive nature and how he attacked the position of quarterback. He played beating to a different drum. That was my first impression when I came here in 99. Great player and this will be a great weekend.
On Mike Zimmer's comments about team-building exercises:
It doesn't bug me. That's your opinion. I agree. I don't think a team would get better playing ping-pong. Only four guys could play. Maybe two with football players. Everybody going about their development program and culturally doing things. We're in Year 10. We've done some things we feel work and some things we won't do again.