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Packers plan to hide schemes in preseason

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WAOW) -- When the Packers step on the field for the first time Saturday, their goal will be a basic one.

"Flawless execution," Aaron Rodgers said. "That's kind of the goal every time you step on the field."

But the mystery is, what exactly will they be executing?

"Philosophically, some people go about it and just show whatever," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. "But most people don't show what they're going to show (in their first game)."

A new season sparks fresh ideas. The Packers are faced with the challenge of deciding whether to practice their new schemes in a game-like setting, or to keep them wrapped up until their season opener against the Seahawks.

It would appear they have chosen the latter.

"What we plan on doing for Seattle is nothing that we've been practicing outside," McCarthy said. "And, frankly, we probably won't show it in the four weeks of preseason.

So as for what you can expect to see tonight, Green Bay will be keeping things simple.

"The biggest thing from our approach is really just to stay in schemes where our guys can go play," McCarthy added. "We're versatile enough offensively and defensively where we don't feel like we have to go put in specific plays for individuals."

As for the players, they hope to wade into the season, rather than dive in head first.

"You try and go out there, make the right checks, get yourself in good situations, be accurate, move the football down and score points," Aaron Rodgers said.

The Packers open up their preseason Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. You can catch the game on Newsline 9. Coverage begins at 6:30 after Newsline 9 at 6.

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