"This is our most important time of year," said McCarthy Friday. "It's an exciting time."
With that excitement comes anxiety for the Packers head coach.
"Frankly, I'm not going to lie I'm nervous about it," McCarthy said. "We've got 21 practices. You look at the numbers from when we started here: 35, to 29, now down to 21."
That's not a lot of time for a team to come together when you factor in player evaluations, rounding out a roster, and getting everyone from starters to rookies enough reps to be ready to play. But McCarthy is optimistic with how his plan has unfolded so far.
"If I was going to grade myself as far as hitting targets in the off-season program since the new CBA, I think this is the first year that I feel that I got it right. I think our veteran players really did a great job of getting the practice part right because the classroom part has always been excellent."
While player evaluations will be ongoing throughout training camp and into the preseason, McCarthy says there's one position group he's especially excited about, and one he has big expectations for."
"This offensive line in my opinion, in my time here, has the chance to be the best offensive line that we've had," said McCarthy. "I like our experience level, our core with the two guards. I know J.C. (Tretter), this will be his first time, and I was very impressed with him in the spring, can't wait to see him in pads. We have a very healthy situation at the tackle spots."
And just like he expects his players to evolve and adapt, McCarthy is doing the same in hopes his 9th camp as Packers head coach is the most productive yet.
"I feel like I can improve, I think when you stop feeling that way, I think you're lying to yourself. I love what I'm doing, I love where I work. But we all understand what this business is about, it's about winning and that's what I'm focused on."
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