The Green Bay Packers expect to have a sizable presence at this year's Pro Bowl. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Wes Hodkiewicz, Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff will join player selections Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Josh Sitton and John Kuhn in Honolulu on Jan. 31.
As it usually does, the NFL chose the coaching staffs of the top-seeded teams to lose in the Divisional Round. Accordingly, most around the league expect Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid to take part as well.
McCarthy and his staff have coached the Pro Bowl multiple times, participating in the 2007, 2011 and 2012 editions of the game. However, unlike those Pro Bowls, the league now has "unconferenced" voting, meaning that McCarthy can coach players from the AFC for the first time. The change also means that McCarthy and his Green Bay players could face off against each other. A draft of the Pro Bowl selections takes place later this month with Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin acting as captains.
In past years, McCarthy has used the Pro Bowl as an opportunity to experiment. In the 2013 game, he tried out All-Pro offensive lineman Josh Sitton at left guard before making the switch permanent the following season.
At least one member of the Green Bay coaching staff will not make the trip, as the team fired running backs coach Sam Gash on Tuesday.