GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Packers’ week of change continues with preparations for the Falcons, but Mike McCarthy was given one final opportunity to address his old team. What he said left a lasting impression with the squad.
“It was emotional man, to be honest,” said Packers 2nd-year safety Josh Jones. “Very emotional from my standpoint. I got emotional. He has done so much for this organization. He said to finish strong. He said more things, but it was definitely emotional for me.”
“He was received very well,” said running back Aaron Jones. “He has been here so long, all of love him and I just wanted to thank him for all he has done here in Green Bay and giving me the opportunity. You could just tell he put his all into it and he loved being here and he loved everybody in the locker room. You could just tell that from watching him talk. You didn't have to hear any words, you could just look on his face and see his emotions. Thank you Coach McCarthy. He is a great man.”
“We gave him a standing ovation,” said receiver Randall Cobb. “He gave his remarks. And we gave him another standing ovation on his way out.”
“He wanted an opportunity to speak to the team, and I was 100 percent fully supportive of it,” interim coach Joe Philbin said. “He did a fantastic job talking to the team. Not just about football and about winning football games, but about his passion for the game and his love for the players was clearly evident.”
An emotional moment of the team, and the Packers hope to play with emotion and energy against the Falcons Sunday. Both teams have just 4 wins, but still plenty of pride.