Packers notebook

McCarthy, Favre meet; coach's contract status; surgery update; assistant coach moves on

Quarterback Brett Favre said after the 23-20 overtime loss to the Giants in the NFC Championship on Jan. 20 that he wouldn't take long to make up his mind about whether to return for an 18th NFL season.

The decision, however, probably won't be made until next week, at the earliest.

Favre met with head coach Mike McCarthy on Tuesday for an extended period in Green Bay before the 38-year-old star returned home to Mississippi.

"We talked about all of the reasons why to come back and some of the reasons why he wouldn't come back," McCarthy said Wednesday. "He's always been very open and forthcoming, with how he feels about every situation. I told him I'd call him or he'll call me in the next seven to 10 days. That's how we really did it the last two years. We'll talk probably every seven to 10 days and see where he is."

Favre let the Packers know before the Super Bowl last year that he would keep playing.

Not quite a done deal
Head coach Mike McCarthy is in limbo with a contract extension that was expected to be completed after the season ended.

McCarthy said Wednesday at his season-ending news conference that, despite published reports last week to the contrary, no agreement on a new deal had been reached between himself and the organization.

The team reportedly will reward McCarthy, who is entering the final year of his original three-year pact, with a five-year deal that will more than double his annual salary to nearly $4 million.

"I'm hoping we can get something done this week," McCarthy said. "I'm very excited about the progress that we're making. I'm excited about being part of the immediate future of the Green Bay Packers. But, it's a work in progress, and we haven't had a chance to meet."

No faith in Tynes
McCarthy opened himself to criticism by not calling a timeout before Lawrence Tynes kicked the 47-yard field goal that earned the Giants a stunning 23-20 overtime win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Saying he considered trying to freeze Tynes only for a moment, McCarthy explained the decision this way: "I didn't think he was going to make it. I even said that to the offense on the headset."

Tynes had missed two potential game-winning field goals late in the fourth quarter, including a 36-yard kick as time expired, on a bitterly cold night.

Meanwhile, the suddenness of the defeat had kept McCarthy from watching the game film as of Wednesday. McCarthy was wrapped up in exit interviews with players and starting to meet with his assistant coaches.

"I'm not looking forward to (watching) it," McCarthy conceded.

Assistant coach moves on
Eric Lewis, defensive quality control coach for the team the last two years, was hired Wednesday as cornerbacks coach at Louisville.

Lewis is the son of longtime NFL assistant coach Sherman Lewis, who was the Packers' offensive coordinator from 1992 to '99.

No surgery for Woodson, Robinson
Cornerback Charles Woodson didn't anticipate needing surgery in the offseason to repair a sore left knee with which he played the final month of the season.

Just to be sure, Woodson underwent an MRI exam a day after the season-ending loss. Results of the test weren't available.

Receiver Koren Robinson won't require surgery, only fluid drained from a balky right knee.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "As tough as the loss has been, 99 percent of all of the conversations that I've had with players and coaches has been extremely positive. This group of players was a fun group to coach. It was a fun run that we were on. We won a lot of football games. We won a lot of 'em in big fashion, won some tight games, too. Just the culture that's been created, I feel very good about the direction of our program that's in place. So do the players. ... There's been so much positive feedback about how the year went along. But, everybody, to a man, is disappointed the way it ended. We have a lot of positive energy, a lot of positive experiences to tap into as we move forward."
-- Head coach Mike McCarthy on what the team has to look forward to in the offseason, despite ending the season on a downer with a 23-20 overtime loss at home to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game.

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