Packers embrace off-season changes in first public OTAs

Rodgers OTAs

“Every year you have a vision of how you want to pull your 90 man roster together,” Mike McCarthy said. “The reality is, it’s our first (organized team activities) OTAs practice. I thought the young guys kinda did some good things.”

With major changes at offensive and defensive coordinator, Mike McCarthy brought in Joe Philbin and Mike Pettine to get his team back on the winning track. These first sets of OTAs are also a chance for the coordinators to run their players through their installations.

“You look at Mike and you think he looks a little rough around the edges, but then he’ll slip a joke at your expense,” Clay Matthews said. “You know, hopefully we can kind of keep pace with the offense that we’ve had here for so many years and being a top tier.”

The transition with Philbin should be much easier and who would know better than the leader of the Pack himself.

“He has a great dry sense of humor,” Aaron Rodgers said. “I think he commands the front of the room like nobody else we’ve ever had here. I mean he really does. He has a great presence about him, he keeps guys interested and alert during meetings. He calls on them all the time and he makes it fun though. Joe really does. He’s a fantastic teacher of the game and a great coach. Its been a lot of fun having him back.”

“Really the difference is, you have two different coordinators communicating and looking at things so,  its never the same,” McCarthy said. “Anytime you change people its never the same.”

But held out of the first public set of OTAs were: Davante Adams (hamstring), Trevor Davis (hamstring), Clay Matthews (knee), Nick Perry (ankle), Lane Taylor (ankle), Bryan Bulaga (knee), Emanuel Byrd (hamstring), Colby Pearson (hamstring), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (not injured), and Tramon Williams (not injured).

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