Super Bowl: Green Bay Packers move practice indoors
It's cold, snowy, icy and altogether unpleasant in Dallas, so the Green Bay Packers plan to practice at an indoor facility -- a high school facility -- today and most likely Thursday and Friday as well. Snippets from the team's press conference this morning:
On the -- zut alors! -- high-school facility: "But high school in Texas is a little different than normal high schools. My daughter, going to high school at Lake Travis [Texas], I assume Highland Park is very similar. I have seen pictures and the whole layout. Actually I went through the layout of the field today with our team in the team meeting. It won't affect our practice structure. Our specialists are actually going to the stadium today to get their punting and kicking in. We feel like this won't affect us from a preparation standpoint at all."
Last week, there was quite a Super Bowl photo flap involving players on Twitter, one that culminated with McCarthy talking about "the Tweeter."
"I won't even let my daughter have a Facebook account, so I think that tells you what I think about Twitter. I wouldn't even know how to access a Twitter account right now. I understand it's an important part of the network, but that's something personally I have zero interest in. ... Anything that ever comes across the table for our football team, we talk about. I wouldn't classify that as a major issue. It was really a situation we dealt with, and as long as our football team is not distracted by it, I don't feel like it's an issue, but it was talked about."
On the five wide-receiver set: "Our five wide-receiver set has a very catchy name. It's called 'Big 5.' It stands for five wide receivers. We have been using it I want to say probably since my second year. I am trying to think back to Aaron's first game when he played against the Dallas Cowboys. I am pretty sure we used 'Big 5' or 'Big 4.' 'Big 4' is four wide receivers and a tight end. It's part of our offense. It goes in with our base installation. We consider it a secondary personnel group that we do starting back in the spring."
On preparing at a high school facility: "I'm sure they'll be fine. Mike wouldn't put us in a place that wouldn't allow us preparation we need."
Rodgers was asked about his helmet change, which he said last week, prevented his third concussion in the NFC championship game. He effectively evaded the question and said it was a "group decision" to use a different helmet. "The one I'm using is working pretty well."
Rodgers, as you'd expect, effusively praised quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and joked that he didn't want to be too complimentary for fear that he'd leave. Added that an example of Clements' work was the way in which he prepared Matt Flynn to play when Rodgers was hurt. As for his work with Clements: "I want my teammates to know I'm the most prepared guy on the field."
WWVLT? (What would Vince Lombardi think?): "I think this is a special team. The character of the men that we have is incredible."
"I'm from Ohio and high school football is pretty big, at least we think it is. [His teammate, Anthony Schlegel] has told me about [the indoor facility]. Texas football is amazing. Everything in Texas is great."
| February 2, 2011; 11:09 AM ET
Categories: Super Bowl XLV
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