By Russ Owens
GREEN BAY (WAOW)- The Packers are now less than 24 hours away from their first training camp practice, and at Head Coach Mike McCarthy's training camp opening press conference on Friday, he talked a lot about learning from the past, both from last year's training camp and last year's 6-10 season.
Says Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy, "I always refer to it as the lessons of 2008, it still burns my gut and they know about it, I'm sure they're tired of hearing about it, but once again, they're experiences that you need to learn from, both positive and negative."
And who can forget about the distractions from last year's camp, this whole team is thankful they can build off that.
Says McCarthy, "I think last year is an outstanding opportunity to look back on and learn from and that's how we've addressed it. Once again, I don't wanna be redundant, but you just gotta keep pushing forward."
A few possible setbacks though. First Nick Barnett will not be on the field for the first practice as he failed his physical, still recovering from that torn ACL. Though the coach is confident he'll be back soon. And rookie BJ Raji continues his contract negotiations, so he'll be sitting out as well, possibly starting a bit of a holdout. But despite all that, this is time McCarthy most looks forward to, putting on the pads.
Says McCarthy, "Training camp for me, if you're looking for a line it's about real football, it's time to go play real football. The shorts, the underwear is off now, the pads are on."
Another change for this year is the new Ray Nitschke Field. The Packers will get their first look at that in their first practice coming up on Saturday.
Online Reporter- Russ Owens