IRVING, Texas -- With only two players on the roster with Super Bowl experience, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy wants to make sure the players enjoy their time in North Texas but not at the expense of getting ready to play Pittsburgh on Sunday.
“The preparation is the prize,” McCarthy said. “That’s what we’re after.”
The Packers arrived at their Las Colinas hotel late Monday afternoon after flying in from Green Bay. Fans lined the streets as they left the team’s practice facility, and a group awaited them at the Omni Mandalay.
“We came into North Texas as late as possible to maximize our time in Green Bay and our preparation for this game,” McCarthy said. “With that being said, we’re probably 90 percent ready from an installation standpoint but I felt it was important to stay the course with the work ahead of us here Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.”
Much will be made this week of McCarthy’s Pittsburgh ties. He grew up there and most of his family remains.
“Growing up in Pittsburgh is a big part of who I am, but I’m a Green Bay Packer,” McCarthy said, “and we’ve come here to claim the Lombardi Trophy.”