Packers: McCarthy keeping calm, carrying on

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Van Pelt joined the Packers in 2012.

A contract extension through the 2019 season should make McCarthy more comfortable. Coach Mike McCarthy detailed some of those changes during his season-ending press conference on Thursday.

Joe Philbin, the assistant head coach with the Indianapolis Colts, could be a candidate to return to Green Bay. Ex-Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio interviewed for the Bears' vacant head-coaching position Wednesday but could be available if the team hires someone else to replace John Fox.

Green Bay's former general manager, Ted Thompson, was with the organization for 12 years.

On defense, McCarthy said holdover assistants Winston Moss, Joe Whitt and Darren Perry are candidates for the defensive coordinator position after Dom Capers was sacked this week. They finished with the 21st-ranked offense - the lowest ranking for Green Bay since 2006 - while scoring just 20 points per game.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix didn't mince words when he pointed out that the Green Bay Packers' draft-and-develop philosophy - or lack thereof - was a big problem for the defense's depth this season. "I'm more focused on the fit of the GM", McCarthy said.

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"When you say you have a standard at the Green Bay Packers, it stops right there", McCarthy said.

Bennett, who played running back for the Packers for five seasons, has been on the coaching staff in some capacity since 2005.

"The part that no one wants to talk about is the personal aspect of it. I've been fortunate to have worked with many dedicated people throughout the organization and I can't thank Mark Murphy, Mike McCarthy, the football-operations staff and our scouts enough for their friendship and support", said Thompson.

The NFL is reporting that the Green Bay Packers have made some changes on the offensive side of the ball.

Regardless of the coaching staff changes, there will be a lot of pressure on the new general manager. "He cares about it, and when you see somebody who cares about it as much as Ben does, you can't help but have respect for the guy". Injuries have plagued the cornerback position. "We have all the confidence in the world in Mike; we're going to have great success moving forward".

Needless to say, the Packers are not messing around.