Mike McCarthy and the Packers have had their ups and downs in the 2012 season. The search for a steady running game, Greg Jennings being hurt and at times inconsistent play on offense and defense. The 2010 world champions pulled the ship together and scrapped to a 6-3 record but still trail the Chicago Bears by one game. As the Packers attempt to get healthy, the bye couldn’t have come at a better time for them. McCarthy talked about the first half, and what he told his player before leaving for some time off.
We’re 6-3. You are what your record says you are. I believe that. We’ll spend this week reviewing all of the game film from the first nine games while emphasizing our self-scouting. We’ll continue to approach our opponents the same way in the next seven games, but we must maintain our focus on the fundamentals. The team will continue to strive to improve its tackling, handling of the football, maintaining blocks and getting off blocks. Those are the areas that I emphasize with the staff when we have extra time. It’s important to make sure we’re reinforcing our individual drills and all the little things we do in practice. We’ll go to a winter schedule after the bye, which means less time on the field, and we’ll still have some injuries to monitor. We have to be cognizant of the practice times and how much we’re stressing the team.
Travel safe and be smart. I told them they represent their family and the Green Bay Packers. I really want them to get away mentally and spiritually, and spend time with their families. I tell them to stay on top of their conditioning, but that’s never been a problem. This is the best-conditioned football team I’ve coached to date. All of our testing and statistics illustrate that. It’s important to get away, but it’s important to do the right things when they’re away.