McCarthy talks changes, trying 2017 season

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy speaks at his end-of-the-season news conference Jan. 4, 2018. (WLUK/Josh Moser)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spent 35 minutes Thursday discussing the recent personnel moves and what was a trying 7-9 season.

"Continuing success is the hardest thing in life, we didn't continue our streak of playoff appearances," McCarthy said. "We need to reboot, cleanse, however you want to call it. We didn't play to the standard of the Green Bay Packers."

After eight straight playoff appearances, changes were inevitable. However, in one week this team saw a wholesale shakeup, especially for a typically top offense, which finished No. 26 without the services of quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the majority of the season.

"Alex Van Pelt will not be back as our quarterback coach," McCarthy said. "I'm in conversation with Edgar Bennett, we're going to make changes to our offensive coordinator position.

Defensively, Dom Capers is out as the team's defensive coordinator along with line coach Mike Trgovac and inside linebackers coach Scott McCurley. After finishing in the bottom third overall in total defense for the fourth time in seven years, changes had been made.

"The defense has to be better than the offense, that has to happen," McCarthy said. "You have player acquisition, player instruction, the finance of who you pay and player performance."

Another topic of major discussion, the change in general manager. Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy spent 12 seasons together and whether it's internal or external, the head coach says the next has "it's about fit."

"Role, job description, the most important thing is the communication and connection between the GM and head coach," McCarthy said. "You want to make sure everyone gets credit for it."

Heading into his 13th season, Mike McCarthy knows the time to win is now and this team won't settle for anything less than a shot at a 14th World Championship.

"Are we doing enough to win a world championship or everything we need to do to win a world championship?" McCarthy said.

"That question needs to be answered throughout football operations. I know what I'm in control of, I'm in control of making sure we do everything we can to win the championship. That's what this process is."

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