McCarthy: Packers 'ready to play'
Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers are flying out to San Francisco today as they put in final preparations for their divisional playoff game against the 49ers.
"We're ready to play," said Packers Coach Mike McCarthy on Newsradio 620 WTMJ "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"This is what we live for right here, the type of game you have to win. I like the mindset, the preparation of our football team."
The Packers were to take a 1:00 p.m. flight to the Bay Area before augmenting that mindset with more study of the team that defeated them in Week 1, 30-22.
McCarthy has scheduled Saturday morning as the time to work on his team's hearts.
"I have an opportunity to talk to the football team the night before. I'll do it the morning of the game, tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. We'll have our team meeting, and at that time, I'll deliver my message."
His team is very healthy when it comes to the injury bug.
Key wide receivers Randall Cobb, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson all come in relatively unscathed after battling injuries all season.
"It looks good. Everybody left here, felt good...we're definitely a lot healthier."
Perhaps the worst challenge has been the flu bug which has caused hospitalizations for more than 1,200 people in Wisconsin.
Through his own coughs, McCarthy said "it usually happens every year. We've had a number of guys (battle it)."
He then quipped, "I'm not allowed to get sick."
The warm weather of January has allowed McCarthy's team to practice outdoors, in temperatures close to what his team will experience Saturday night.
"We've been able to get outside all month, and with the weather yesterday, we're about 10 degrees off the temperature we'll play in."
The temperature of the 49ers quarterback, Milwaukee's own Colin Kaepernick, has been hot.
McCarthy's preparation has included the differences he brings to the 49ers attack, including the threat of Kaepernick's yard-gaining legs.
"He's a big, strong athlete, a gifted young man," admitted McCarthy.
"You have the threat of the QB run. You have to pay attention ot the formations, and the threat of the quarterback run. We have to stay in our rush lanes."