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Mike McCarthy: Packers ‘ready to showcase who the hell we are’


There’s no denying the Green Bay Packers come limping into the postseason courtesy of two disappointing and disheartening losses.

And while Mike McCarthy recognizes the generally negative perception of the Packers’ prospects — beginning with the team’s showdown Sunday against the Washington Redskins — of success in the playoffs, quite frankly, he doesn’t concern himself with such things.

“I don’t really care what they think of us,” he said, via ESPN. “I have to address those things, because it’s part of my job. And I’ll just probably stop right there.”

McCarthy, despite the fact the Packers — particularly on the offensive side of the ball — struggled immensely after starting the season 6-0 only to go on a 4-6 slide, feels good about his team’s chances of beating the Redskins on the road.

“We’re going to Washington to win,” he said. “I mean, we’re in the playoffs. We’re fully aware of what people maybe think about us. That frankly was the message today. … We like our opportunity. We’ve earned the opportunity.”

In fact, McCarthy characterized his team’s confidence as “high,” despite the suspicion the team is in a complete downward spiral.

The Packers’ struggles down the stretch of course didn’t occur in a vacuum, so the Redskins should be able to identify ways to continue the recent neutralization of the Packers offense, particularly its inability to get the ball downfield with any consistency, something that used to be the bread-and-butter of the Aaron Rodgers-led attack.

But all the speculation concerning the Packers’ imminent playoff demise due to the fact the team isn’t playing its best football heading into the postseason matters little to McCarthy. After all, the playoffs are a brand new season.

“Like I said, it’s the postseason,” McCarthy said. “We’ve had a chance to clean up our house and get it ready to showcase who the hell we are.”