Mike McCarthy. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mike McCarthy. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Super Bowl Frenzy: McCarthy 'Game Plans' His Team's Week, Not Just The Game

By Jay Sorgi

Next game: February 6th at Super Bowl XLV vs. Pittsburgh
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GREEN BAY - A team playing in a Super Bowl doesn't just fly in, sleep in a hotel, play a game, and leave town like a normal road game. 

There's media day with all the weird questions, like the one heard at Super Bowl XLIII media day:

Interviewer: "What did you eat for breakfast today?"
Player: "I had a omelet and some pancakes."
Interviewer: "WHOOOO!!!"

There's also party, after party, after party with celebrities galore. 

Players like Charles Woodson even schedule their own events, like he has for his wine company. 

But Packers Coach Mike McCarthy is going beyond planning the game plan on the field.

"We'll be as organized as we possibly can," said McCarthy.

He and his coaching staff are putting in a game plan for what the week will look like, from the moment they arrive in Dallas until the final gun of the Super Bowl.

"I'm going to go through the whole week, day by day, hour by hour, so they know exactly what's expected of them."

The first detail: - they'll land at 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon in Dallas. 

From there, he's doing everything he can to make sure he keeps his guys focused on football.

"It's about winning this game.  I understand the parties, and everything that goes on, but they can go to the parties the rest of their lives," explained McCarthy.

"This is about preparation, and preparation will be the prize.  The Lombardi Trophy is the goal."

He knows that not everything will go according to his hour-by-hour plan.

"Something's going to be screwed up," McCarthy admits. 

"I've been told that by a number of coaches.  You have to be able to roll it off your back."

But as long as they don't screw things up too much on the field, the final detail of the plan will include bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Wisconsin.

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