When McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers sat down for most of the day Wednesday to review the season from a defensive perspective, the one thing that kept coming up was poor tackling.
"The tackling just was not there all year," McCarthy said in his season-ending news conference. "Without getting into the specific statistics, we did not tackle well enough as a football team, from start to finish. It's something that's emphasized every single day in practice and something that Dom and I talked a lot about today."
But tackling wasn't the only trouble. The Packers didn't muster much of a pass rush all season and had trouble covering downfield -- a formula for giving up big plays, something they did with alarming regularity.
"Our football team will improve," McCarthy said. "I believe in what our coaching staff gives us during the offseason program. History reflects that, and we will be adding another significant draft class to this football team. So as far as free agency, veteran free agency and all of that, those are really hypothetical situations. I'm sure it's fun for everybody to play GM. But we'll go through the process like we always do."
Tight end Jermichael Finley, center Scott Wells and running back Ryan Grant are among the players who could be headed to free agency, although the Packers could use the franchise tag on Finley. The Packers have tough decisions to make on bringing back some veteran players, including wide receiver Donald Driver and left tackle Chad Clifton.
The team also is waiting to hear if safety Nick Collins will be able to play again after sustaining a season-ending neck injury in Week 2.
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