Mike McCarthy gets emotional during press conference
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy was understandably emotional Wednesday afternoon during his press conference.
Speaking publicly for the first time since it was announced offensive coordinator Joe Philbin’s 21-year-old son Michael had drown in the Fox River in Oshkosh, Wis., McCarthy fought back tears during portions of his press conference.
“Everybody’s feeling it," McCarthy said, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "There’s no question on what level. That’s really for the individual to speak on. But professionally, I’ve been very pleased with what we’ve been able to accomplish. We had a very productive day Monday with everything going on on Monday. And today just a ton of energy. Clearly from a tempo standpoint, the execution was probably one of our finer Wednesday practices.
"The reality of this just gave everybody a punch in the heart to let you know the reality ... how fortunate to be where we are."
As expected, Joe Philbin is not currently with the team. McCarthy said there is no timetable for his return and he will be back when he is ready. The top-seeded Packers are gearing up to host the New York Giants on Sunday in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs.
“Joe Philbin is a big part of our staff, No. 1," McCarthy said. "It is a family, so I really don’t have the words to speak on that emotionally. But as a staff, we’ve been together six years. Everybody’s picked up some responsibility.
"At first, I was just going to assume Joe’s responsibility, and frankly it was really the idea of the other offensive assistants that they need me to be in the same routine that I’m in too, so we basically just broke it up amongst ourselves. Everybody has taken on more than their normal responsibility."
And everybody clearly is mourning along with the Philbin family for the loss of Michael.
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