GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy sent his players and coaches off on vacation feeling very good about the work the Green Bay Packers had put in during the nine-week spring offseason program.
Now, the 12th-year coach hopes it translates to a second Super Bowl title after disappointing NFC Championship Game losses to end two of the past three seasons.
“We have a lot invested here. We got a lot of work done,” McCarthy said following the final practice of the offseason on Thursday. “The workload is significantly higher than last year, just going through all our data and meeting with the medical staff and our strength and conditioning staff.
“Things are really laid out for a great training camp. We’re looking forward to stepping away here for a few weeks as coaches and the players.”
When they return, they’ll come back to an Aaron Rodgers-led offense with scoreboard short-circuiting potential and new wrinkles thanks to the offseason addition of free agent tight ends Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, and a defense that must improve to give them a fighting chance at the franchise’s 14th championship.
“Everyone knows what our goals are here. When we’ve accomplished that goal or when we’ve been close to accomplishing that goal, we’ve played pretty well on defense,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said, referring to the 2010 title team and the 2014 team whose second-half defensive resurgence had the Packers minutes away from a…
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