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Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be the first to tell you it hasn’t been easy. The Packers have survived injuries, inconsistent play, and the Seattle debacle to gain the pole position in the NFC Central division. McCarthy eyes his team and likes his chances going forward and he thinks the tough times helped mold the team. Adversity can either make or break a team; McCarthy feels it has made them a dangerous contender and it starts with Aaron Rodgers. "It starts with Aaron."  “He's had to really adjust his play. It requires even more discipline of him now, where last year we were a fast-break offense. We were out in front and didn't look back; we didn't stop for speed bumps. But that's not the way we're built right now. It's a credit to him." "This team clearly has a better chance to be better than last year because we have more balance from our offense, defense and special teams," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune reporter. "I know that's not reflected in wins and losses, but I feel that wholeheartedly." "This has been the most challenging year for us offensively because of the way we're built," he said. "You always want to play it toward matchups. I thought our rhythm was up and down early, and then the injuries hit us. But I feel like certain situational things we've adjusted to will make us better down the stretch. I feel like we're coming out of it now." "You can't just say, 'We have to be better at the end of the year after going 15-1 and losing in the playoffs,' " McCarthy said.”How the hell are you going to do it? You have to have a plan to make your team better at the end of the season. ... I feel that investment we made along the way of our younger players gives us a chance to be a more well-rounded team. That's my vision and my hope."     var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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