Digital Access

Digital Access
Access saukvalley.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from SaukValley.com, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
The Holiday Gift Auction is Live! Click here and bid now on great local gifts!
Professional

NFL: McCarthy eager to get early start on Packers camp

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy leaves the field after a game in Detroit last November. McCarthy is excited to get up bright and early and get camp started in Green Bay.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy leaves the field after a game in Detroit last November. McCarthy is excited to get up bright and early and get camp started in Green Bay.

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Coach Mike McCarthy burst through the door of the Packers media room Thursday like a fullback bulldozing
through the line of scrimmage, eager to get training camp started in Green Bay.

The 8th-year head coach is making a few tweaks this summer after back-to-back, second-round playoff losses – which for the perennial Super Bowl contender counts as a big disappointment.

“Our goal never changes. It’s always the same,” McCarthy said. “We have a theme, and it’s obviously an illustration of how I see this football team and the path that we’re going to take.”

First, it’s up bright and early this morning for a first day of practice that starts at 8:20. The earlier start is typical for the regular season, but not as much for camp.

“One of the strengths, I’ve always felt, particularly when you’re dealing with group dynamics, is get ’em up early. Get your heavy lifting done in the morning. And so we were always doing that in-season,” McCarthy said.

The Packers finished 11-5 last season after overcoming a 2-3 start. They beat the Vikings
in the playoffs before falling to the 49ers.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the receivers filled up the highlight reels, but a subpar running game was one of the Packers’ biggest problems after finishing 11th in the NFC in rushing (106.4 yards per game). General manager Ted Thompson replenished the backfield in the draft with Alabama’s Eddie Lacy in the second round and UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin in the fourth. Alex Green, DuJuan Harris and James Starks are also back.

“Big letters – that’s adamant, OK? Hey, we need to run the ball better. That’s fact of the matter,” McCarthy said.

It helps to have a
premier quarterback in Rodgers and a receiving corps led by Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones that seems strong enough to withstand the departure of Greg Jennings and retirement of Donald Driver.

The opening day for the veterans was all about player testing, introductory meetings and getting settled in.

Loading more