GREEN BAY – Coach Mike McCarthy has set his offseason schedule, and for the first time, the Green Bay Packers will have their mandatory, full-squad minicamp in the midst of their organized team activity practices.
McCarthy said during the annual NFL Meetings in Arizona last week that he didn’t like the way last offseason played out – leading to an uneasy feeling for the coach entering training camp and the regular season – and apparently altering the schedule is part of McCarthy’s plan to change things up.
As set by the NFL, the Packers will open their offseason program on April 15 – the first date teams with incumbent, returning coaches can begin workouts. Teams with new head coaches get to start two weeks earlier, this coming Monday.
The Packers will hold their OTA practices on May 20, 21 and 22; May 28, 29 and 30; and June 11, 12, 13 and 14. The only event not included in the NFL's announcement was the Packers' post-draft rookie orientation camp. Last year, the camp was two weeks after the draft; in previous years, it was the weekend immediately after teh draft.
The mandatory minicamp will fall between the second week of OTAs and the final week, on June 4, 5 and 6. Last year, as Packers fans (and Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz) recall, McCarthy took his players skeet shooting on the middle day of the minicamp as a team-building exercise.
Last year, the Packers’ mandatory minicamp was June 12, 13 and 14.
At the NFL Meetings, McCarthy suggested that his team failed to accomplish what it needed to during the offseason and thus wasn’t ready for camp.
“I just thought coming out of Phase II and into Phase III, you usually get a lot more done, and I did not feel good about it,” McCarthy said. “We keep daily notes of everything that goes on at every practice, and especially this time of the year when you’re going back and trying to nail it down, I didn’t feel like we did the amount of work (needed) — which I knew we wouldn’t get the same amount of work done with four weeks less time.
“But I didn’t feel very good about what we accomplished in the OTAs, so (now) we’re really diving into that, looking at a number of different things.”
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