Wednesday, March 23, 2011
BBAO: Packers dealing with success
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
NEW ORLEANS -- How will the Green Bay Packers deal with the ultimate success they achieved in 2010? That's a topic coach Mike McCarthy has spent some time addressing this offseason, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
McCarthy: "We've achieved team success at the highest level, and I'm a big believer that every level you hit brings new devils. Definitely, there will be some new challenges that come with winning the Super Bowl. We're anticipating it. It's something we'll talk about and keep in the forefront as a football team because to me, that's where I've seen failure. Whether it's a guy getting a new contract or a guy getting a new opportunity or a coach that's now getting more attention, it touches everybody.
"It's not just the players. We've got to handle success as an organization. It's a responsibility that we have to be in tune with. One thing about our organization is we have a little experience handling world championships, so I'm not as concerned about that. I'll be watching for it for sure, but I'm not going to overreact to it, either."
NFL offseason rules have left McCarthy watching his players from afar. Truth be told, we won't know how they -- or his coaching staff -- have been impacted by winning Super Bowl XLV until they re-convene for training camp.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Outgoing Chicago Bears chairman Michael McCaskey gave a rousing speech to owners Tuesday, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Bears coach Lovie Smith is in midseason form when it comes to defending quarterback Jay Cutler, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
- Bears return man Devin Hester told ESPN 1000 that the NFL went "too far" in enacting rules to improve safety on kickoffs.
- Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew doesn't buy into the assumption that he needs to improve his offensive line, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
- The Lions don't mind using Ndamukong Suh as a stand-up linebacker if it helps prevent double teams, according to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
- Mayhew on his visit with Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: "He was a guy who made some mistakes but who seems to now realize the mistakes that he made. He's a young guy who's very talented. He has a really good skill level, good size and speed and if you look at our corners, we don't have that. He's an interesting guy. I have better feel for him as a person now than before he came in."
- Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, via Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune: "I can't imagine a scenario where we wouldn't add a quarterback [in the draft] at some point."
- Frazier wants to feature receiver Percy Harvin more often in 2011, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.