Packers' McCarthy not showing his hand on plans for Cards

From the Journal Sentinel:

Green Bay — If you were looking for answers about how Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy was going to approach what is essentially a meaningless game in the standings, then you were wasting your time Monday.

McCarthy was mum on whether he would rest players and how much he would scale down the game plan against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, given that it's almost a lock the Packers will have to return the following week to play the Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs.

After clinching a playoff berth with a 48-10 victory over Seattle Sunday, the only thing undecided is whether the Packers will be the No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the NFC. The Packers have no shot at a home game and limited control over their opponent in the first round.

"We're going to play it the same way," McCarthy said. "I'll just answer that question right here. I'm not going to get into who's playing, how long. . . .  The game-planning for this game will go accordingly, just like it always has. Now, if a player has health issues, we'll go through the same process, and when we sit in here on Friday, we'll make final decisions."

McCarthy's reluctance to talk about how he's going to play things Sunday is probably aimed at making the players feel as though they must prepare this week the same way they always do because they might play the entire game. Getting in a good week of practice is probably as important or more so to McCarthy than the game Sunday.


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