Thursday, January 01, 2009

McCarthy's year-end press conference

As the year 2008 wound down (thank God!), Packers head coach Mike McCarthy met with the media yesterday for his year-end press conference.

Here's a sampler of what he said:

  • It was a season that did not meet expectations (a-duh!)
  • He isn't satisfied.
  • Everything is open for review.
  • He hasn't made any decisions yet on which coaches will be retained or released.
  • He is absolutely certain that the Packers made the right call regarding "the quarterback position."
  • They really do want to settle on a consistent starting five on the O-line.
  • Jason Spitz will have the opportunity to compete with Scott Wells for the starting center job.
  • The loss of DE Cullen Jenkins was a huge blow to the defense (a-duh #2).
  • He does not accept "convenient" excuses for the team's performance and record, e.g., no blitzing, being the youngest team in the NFL for the third straight year, etc.
  • They will continue to run the zone blocking scheme on offense.

There you have a few of the tidbits from McCarthy's 35-minute Q&A with reporters. You can read the full transcript here.

Have a Happy New Year, Packer fans!!!