Super Bowl live: Donald Driver will play; Packers like 'Hoosiers'
The other Super Bowl XLV head coach named Mike, Green Bay's McCarthy, was delayed in getting to his Friday morning press conference by -- what else this week in Dallas? -- weather. (There's nothing to rampant speculation that he was late because he was deciding who stands where for the team photo.)
Donald Driver suddenly appeared on the Thursday injury report with a quadriceps injury. "I would be shocked if Donald Driver does not play Sunday. He would practice today if I would let him. He tweaked it in Wednesday's practice and, frankly, I just do not want to take any chances at this point. I will hold Donald from practice again today. Donald has played a lot of football, he knows the offense, he had a whole week of preparation with the plan last week, so this is clearly just being safe with him."
The father of Cullen Jenkins has been found and he's safe. "Any time you're dealing with a personal situation in such a heightened week of importance professionally, it definitely drains on you. I know Cullen is relieved and that's more of a personal matter for him and his family."
McCarthy walked reporters through the details of the team's activities this week and added, "Frankly, we took a moment and showed the movie from [sic] 'Hoosiers.' Everybody loves the movie 'Hoosiers,' where the football team -- excuse me, basketball team -- walks into the arena and they measure the foul line and it's 15 feet and they measure the hoop and that's 10 feet and everybody goes, 'okay, it's big in here' and that's our approach. We're going to play football when we cross that white line, it's going to be about playing Packer football."
These pressers are filled with interesting questions, like the one about weather in Green Bay, which is not really where Super Bowl XLV will be played, and how McCarthy deals with it. (Answer: he's more concerned about wind than temperatures.) McCarthy repeatedly sounded the "bring the Lombardi Trophy home" theme and discussed how it feels to coach in the same city as Lombardi.
"I think every coach that's ever had the opportunity to step on the playing field or even on the practice field is aware of Coach Lombardi's presence and the importance and impact that he's made on the coaching profession. When you talk about excellence, and discipline and work ethic, he's the only that really brought all that to the forefront. He's such a big part of the history and tradition of the Green Bay Packers -- something that we celebrate all the time as an organization and something that's being celebrated right now on Broadway.
"We take a tremendous pride and focus on bringing that trophy home where it belongs."
On whether center Maurkice Pouncey will play for the Steelers: "We're prepared for their offense. I don't think their protection schemes or their run concepts are gonna change very much based on who's playing center because Ben Roethlisberger is gonna make that offense go. It will not change our approach defensively based on who's playing center."
Delivering a quote that would make Lombardi smile, McCarthy said: "Chasing perfection and catching excellence on the way is something that exemplifies everything that every football team, particularly ours, is trying to accomplish."
| February 4, 2011; 10:25 AM ET
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