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Packers shift schedule for West Coast trip

Focus on self-improvement coming off bye week


GREEN BAY – The Packers are shifting their schedule by a day as they prepare to head out to Los Angeles at the end of the week.

The normal Wednesday-Thursday practices held during the week will take place Tuesday-Wednesday instead, and then the team will fly out for the Rams game on Friday instead of the usual Saturday.

The last team workout before Sunday's game will take place in LA on Saturday.

"We're just trying to take advantage of coming off the bye week," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday.

McCarthy also said he expects the team to be healthier with the extra rest, though he didn't provide any specific medical updates. He did say "hopefully" quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be able to practice on Tuesday, as Rodgers hasn't participated in the first practice of any game week since injuring his knee in the opener vs. Chicago.

The players' return from their break on Monday focused on a number of classroom activities, most important the annual in-season "across the hall" meetings.

In those, the offensive coaches prepare scouting reports for how they would attack the defense, and vice versa. Those reports are delivered to the players, presentation style, in a position-appropriate way. Meaning, the offensive line coaches meet with the defensive linemen, and the defensive backs coaches meet with the wide receivers, etc.

"I don't know if there's been a better coaching process that I've ever been a part of than what 'across the hall' gives these players," said McCarthy, who has organized this for the last handful of years. "It's all about developing instincts and awareness, and this is a format that has really improved the individuality of each player here.

"The players are very receptive of the information they get. It's been a very healthy process. This is the only time of year you can really do it, and it's the best one we do. We do it in the offseason and training camp, but this is the best one because we have actual, live game tape. We have the last six games, so it's a good thing."

The idea is to have the opposing side point out the weaknesses and the ways for players to improve their games as the team heads into its toughest stretch of the season, with four road trips in five weeks, beginning this week with a visit to the undefeated Rams.

"Today is probably the best day we could possibly have as a football team," McCarthy said. "It doesn't matter who we play next. If we don't self-improve, it's irrelevant."