29.2.12

FOOTBALL IS BLOCKING AND TACKLING.

Packer coach Mike McCarthy continues to channel Vince Lombardi.
“We’re going to be a better tackling team,” McCarthy said in a press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday. “Our turnover stats reflect the investment we made. Our tackling does not reflect that. Our tackling will be better next year.”

How does a team become better tacklers, he was asked?

“You practice it,” McCarthy said. “We have to be a little more creative in our drill work.”

Heading into a draft evaluation season that’s expected to focus on improving the Packers defensively, McCarthy put his finger on a problem that was prominent on several occasions this past season. His comments harken memories of Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount’s long touchdown run, and of the Packers’ loss to the Giants in the playoffs, when Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks bounced off a defender at midfield and turned a short pass into a long touchdown play.
If the National Football League continues its Thursday opening day tradition, the Packers will have an opportunity to return the favor to the Giants.

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