GREEN BAY, Wis. -- As Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy looked at his team's long list of injuries, many of which are to key players, he knew he needed the right message to share with the rest of the locker room this week. A message that keeps his 43 healthy players focused amidst the absences that are headlined by star outside linebacker Clay Matthews and top receiver Randall Cobb.
McCarthy wasn't a history major in college, but he was familiar with the old "Keep Calm and Carry On" motto and thought it fit perfectly for the Packers.
"You historians probably appreciate that," McCarthy said at his Wednesday press conference. "In 1939 (it was) issued by the British government right before World War II in anticipation of the bombing of the major cities. So, that's what we're talking about."
McCarthy sounded a bit rehearsed with his historical callback, though that's with good reason.
"I practiced it all night," McCarthy said.
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