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After “gut-wrenching” week, McCarthy holds season-ending press conference

(WFRV-TV) –  Mike McCarthy spoke publicly today for the first time since the passing of his younger brother Joe one week ago.

"It’s definitely gut-wrenching," McCarthy said when asked about the family tragedy.

For the Packers’ head coach it was a tragic personal loss that puts any professional loss in proper perspective.

"Life’s precious," McCarthy said.  "I don’t have the words or emotional discipline to take you threw it.   It’s very difficult, and we’re pressing on as a family."

The Packers are doing the same as an organization.  For McCarthy that meant today answering a lot of questions about letting a Super Bowl opportunity slip away in Seattle.

"Very disappointing loss," McCarthy said.  "Definitely a game we felt like we had plenty of opportunities to win, and I felt like we let it get away.   Thinking through the game, special teams definitely a tough performance for us any time you give up 7 points and have a turnover.  Very difficult to overcome that especially when it occurs in the second half like it did."

The fact McCarthy singled out special teams first unsolicited, could be a bad sign for 9th year Green Bay special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum.

"It’s important to evaluate," said McCarthy when asked about Slocum being on the hot seat.  "I obviously haven’t had that opportunity.  So we’ll look at everything.   We’ll look at every job description, every job responsibility and performance.   We’ll look to make changes."

As usual, McCarthy was strong in the defense of his players, including the much-talked about Morgan Burnett slide after an interception in the 4th quarter when it appeared the Packers safety could have kept running and potentially sealed the game with a touchdown.

"I agree with the intent of the decision," McCarthy said about the play in question.  "I clearly expected us to move the ball and at least change the field position."

McCarthy says he also doesn’t second-guess kicking early field goals in 4th and short situations citing the confidence in his defense against the Seahawks offense.  That doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel any regrets following the tough loss.

"I regret not doing enough to help the team win," added McCarthy.  "That’s how I feel after every loss and obviously this is magnified because it was the NFC Championship Game and we were in position to win the game."

McCarthy says it’s important to not let the negativity from the NFC Championship loss linger, and to turn the situation into a positive.

"Every game you compete in is a unique experience and the only way you benefit from that experience is you have to be able to learn from the victories and the defeats.   That’s the mindset of an alpha and the mindset of a champion.  That will never change.  The 2015 football team will not bear the burden of what happened in 2014."

First seen at http://www.wearegreenbay.com/

(WFRV-TV) –  Mike McCarthy spoke publicly today for the first time since the passing of his younger brother Joe one week ago.

"It’s definitely gut-wrenching," McCarthy said when asked about the family tragedy.

For the Packers’ head coach it was a tragic personal loss that puts any professional loss in proper perspective.

"Life’s precious," McCarthy said.  "I don’t have the words or emotional discipline to take you threw it.   It’s very difficult, and we’re pressing on as a family."

The Packers are doing the same as an organization.  For McCarthy that meant today answering a lot of questions about letting a Super Bowl opportunity slip away in Seattle.

"Very disappointing loss," McCarthy said.  "Definitely a game we felt like we had plenty of opportunities to win, and I felt like we let it get away.   Thinking through the game, special teams definitely a tough performance for us any time you give up 7 points and have a turnover.  Very difficult to overcome that especially when it occurs in the second half like it did."

The fact McCarthy singled out special teams first unsolicited, could be a bad sign for 9th year Green Bay special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum.

"It’s important to evaluate," said McCarthy when asked about Slocum being on the hot seat.  "I obviously haven’t had that opportunity.  So we’ll look at everything.   We’ll look at every job description, every job responsibility and performance.   We’ll look to make changes."

As usual, McCarthy was strong in the defense of his players, including the much-talked about Morgan Burnett slide after an interception in the 4th quarter when it appeared the Packers safety could have kept running and potentially sealed the game with a touchdown.

"I agree with the intent of the decision," McCarthy said about the play in question.  "I clearly expected us to move the ball and at least change the field position."

McCarthy says he also doesn’t second-guess kicking early field goals in 4th and short situations citing the confidence in his defense against the Seahawks offense.  That doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel any regrets following the tough loss.

"I regret not doing enough to help the team win," added McCarthy.  "That’s how I feel after every loss and obviously this is magnified because it was the NFC Championship Game and we were in position to win the game."

McCarthy says it’s important to not let the negativity from the NFC Championship loss linger, and to turn the situation into a positive.

"Every game you compete in is a unique experience and the only way you benefit from that experience is you have to be able to learn from the victories and the defeats.   That’s the mindset of an alpha and the mindset of a champion.  That will never change.  The 2015 football team will not bear the burden of what happened in 2014."

First seen at http://www.wearegreenbay.com/

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