This offseason, the Green Bay Packers underwent their biggest coaching shakeup in years. On the surface, that would seem to indicate new coordinators, a change in overall philosophy, and other huge changes, but the fact is that the team has had strong continuity under Mike McCarthy and even small changes could qualify as massive in that context.
Make no mistake, though - McCarthy's new involvement in the defense and restructuring of the offensive coaching staff is no small change. As you'll see below, his defensive players are excited about the new ideas that the head coach is bringing to the defense and what they'll mean for the unit's performance this season.
Today, however, marks the Packers' final practice before training camp begins in July. So if you really need your football fix between now and then, make sure to get out to Clark Hinkle Field at about 10:30 this morning.
We would also be remiss if we didn't mention the great Bart Starr, whose health issues continue after suffering a pair of strokes earlier this year. Please read on for more.
Bart Starr undergoing stem-cell treatments | Packersnews.com
Our best wishes go out to the Starr family, as the Packers legend is part of a clinical trial for a new stroke treatment.
Packers' goal in 2015 is to start faster | Packers.com
Playcaller Tom Clements spoke about the team's mission to begin the season more efficiently on offense, as well as two critical positions on that side of the ball.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy brings different perspective to defense | JSOnline
Sam Barrington is excited that McCarthy is teaching defensive players to anticipate what's going to happen, not just read and react. The linebacker says "It's beautiful" and that McCarthy brings a mindset "that we just don't have" on defense.
Dom Capers still going strong as Packers' defensive coordinator | ESPN.com
That doesn't mean that McCarthy will be taking over the reins from Capers any time soon, though. The 64-year old coordinator shows no signs of slowing down and is excited to continue the improvements his defense made in the second half of last year.
The perfect WR: Fast as Demaryius Thomas, tall as Megatron ... - NFL.com
...and the route-running skills of Randall Cobb.
NFL coaches don't limit team building to just the football field - SBNation.com
Mike McCarthy and the Packers aren't the only organization who try to build chemistry off the field; the Steelers, Dolphins, Seahawks, and other teams are recognizing the benefits of this idea.