Packers, Colledge begin NFL playoffs (Football)

January 8, 2010
Daryn Colledge

Success is often found in routine, but some people are just superstitious.

Either way, the Green Bay Packers and offensive lineman Daryn Colledge of North Pole aren’t about to change things now. Not with the playoffs kicking off this weekend.

So if it’s Thursday, it must be time to hit somebody.

For the third consecutive week, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy had his team—even players nursing injuries—practice in pads.

“We’re a young team,” Colledge told the Green Bay Press Gazette, “we can handle it.”

Following the same script, McCarthy also made Friday’s practice short and sweet to allow the Packers more recovery time for Sunday’s wild-card game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Every coach has his preference whether to practice in pads, the newspaper reported. Former Packers coach Mike Holmgren didn’t do it for the second half of the season. Another former Green Bay coach, Mike Sherman, went with pads once a week.

Meanwhile, McCarthy had his team practice in pads once a week since the midway point of the season.

“Different coaches have different philosophies,” Colledge told the paper. “We have a philosophy that if you stop being in pads you stop playing with fundamentals, and this is a game that’s won on fundamentals, so we like to continue to bang a little bit if we can.”

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