Packers coach Mike McCarthy understands the expectations that come with overseeing one of the NFL’s historic franchises, dating back to the Vince Lombardi era.
Green Bay is seeking to extend its playoff streak to six seasons, and a victory at Raymond James Stadium Sunday would give McCarthy his 99th career win, passing Lombardi for second place on the franchise list behind Hall of Famer Curly Lambeau (212).
“It’s all about the standard that’s been set here in Green Bay,” McCarthy said. “It’s about representing the ‘G’ that our players wear on their helmets and is obviously up on the stadium. We feel like we have incredible history and tradition and the standards that have been set here and the character of not only going out and winning — the importance of winning — but winning and doing it the right way. That’s something I would like to think our whole program is very conscious of.”
Did you know?
Of the 53 players on Green Bay’s roster, 32 were draft picks of the Packers.
Quote of the day
“He can make crazy throws on the run and their whole offense goes through him.”
— Bucs LB Danny Lansanah on Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, the NFL’s top-rated passer.
The Bucs have registered 24 sacks in the eight games since a 48-17 home loss to Baltimore.
Sunday: Green Bay, 1 p.m. (Fox, Ch. 13)
Dec. 28: New Orleans, 1 p.m. (Fox, Ch. 13)