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Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy Focusing on San Francisco 49ers at Training Camp

Mike McCarthy

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy gave his opening training camp press conference today from the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.

First and foremost on his mind: preparing for Green Bay’s week one rematch with nemesis the San Francisco 49ers.

The Packers aim to be an improved team in 2013 in the areas of toughness, athleticism and flexibility. The 49ers will provide an excellent measuring stick to determine if the Packers are indeed improved in these areas. In fact, since the 49ers began and ended the Packers’ 2012 season with a pair of defeats, there is no better way to judge how far the Packers have come.

Looking back on 2012, McCarthy noted that he felt the Packers were not as in sync as they should have been coming out of training camp. “I didn’t feel we had the rhythm and timing as a team coming out of training camp that we had in prior years,” McCarthy said.

Now entering his eighth year as the Packers’ head coach, McCarthy and his organization will be keeping a close eye on the way the players approach the season. They have a few changes in store for the training camp schedule. “We probably have about six or seven adjustments we’ll discuss with the team tonight on how we approach training camp.” The first practice is scheduled for 8:20 a.m. (central) on Friday, July 26.

McCarthy also noted a few other goals he will be stressing at this year’s training camp. To little surprise, McCarthy called out the defense and the Packers’ commitment to the running game. “We need to take another step as a defense,” he stated. “We need to run the ball better. It’s the fact of the matter. Running the football is a collective effort. There needs to be a commitment from the play-caller.”

The Packers play their first preseason game Friday, August 9 when they host the Arizona Cardinals.

Julian Rogers is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter (@mrturophile), or connect with him on Facebook and Google.