GREEN BAY—It might be the best Packers preseason in Mike McCarthy’s nine summers as the team’s coach. Now comes the hard part.
“That’s exactly how you want to finish your preseason,” McCarthy said following a 34-14 win over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. “I don’t know that I’ve felt that good coming out of the preseason as I do tonight. It’s a group that’s gotten better. We hit the targets. The next 48 hours are the worst part of our job.”
By late Saturday afternoon, McCarthy and General Manager Ted Thompson must reduce the Packers roster to 53 players. Chief among the decisions to be made is who will be chosen to be
Will the Packers keep three quarterbacks? That’s another burning question. In the past, they’ve kept two on the 53-man roster and tucked another one away on the practice squad.
“Matt and Scott each made a case to be on our football team,” McCarthy said in his postgame press conference on Thursday. It’s a comment that gave pause to the three-quarterback believers. “I think they both played very well.”
“You’re not only competing against the men at your position,” McCarthy said he told his players heading into training camp, “you’re competing with the men at every other position.”
Translation: It’s not about numbers, it’s about talent.
“You try to go about normal everyday life and hope you don’t get a call,” Flynn said following the game.
“It’s never easy. I think these are the two worst days of the year coming up,” Tolzien said.
“The most important thing we have in front of us is picking the roster. The work on Seattle has been extensive. As far as game plan, we’re all right,” McCarthy said.
Does he believe his is a Super Bowl team, McCarthy was asked?
“Our goal is the same every year. We’re here to win championships. That won’t change. That’s part of being a Green Bay Packer,” McCarthy said. “I’m not into bravado. I don’t want to make headlines.”
The first of 16 headlines will be written next Thursday.
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