McCarthy's offseason will bring change, decisions and family
Packers coach Mike McCarthy and his game plans. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is starting his post-season process about a month before he really wanted to - after a wildcard loss instead of a Super Bowl win.
He knows the 2014 off-season will bring changes in his player roster and possibly his coaching staff, but also something he misses a lot during the football season.
"This is family time. The sacrifices your family makes during the season, myself being away from them...try to spend as much time with my family," said McCarthy on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"I'll be at a basketball tournament Saturday, and I think we have another basketball tournament Sunday. I'm not setting my day around watching football. That's for sure."
Perhaps that's a necessary change after a season which was "the biggest challenge of my tenure" as McCarthy put it.
Changes will come, however, with between a dozen and 18 Packers possibly testing the waters in free agency.
"The new economics created by the CBA. I think most teams will have 10+ free agents every year. We'll be dealing with that every year," said McCarthy.
Coaches may also be leaving, though it's doubtful defensive coordinator Dom Capers will be slashed from the staff.
"We'll talk to each and every coach. Dom and I will go through a thorough process that we've done each and every year," said McCarthy, who praised Capers this week despite his defense coming up in the bottom half again in NFL rankings.
"It's something you have to do, but once again, I have the utmost respect for Dom Capers."