INDIANAPOLIS — Coaches are naturally creatures of habit.
Change upsets the weekly schedule, and many of them would love nothing more than to play every game on a Sunday at 1 p.m. for the sense of creating a weekly pattern and sticking to it. Playing in primetime, or on non-Sundays, force coaches to create a different schedule and all the complex logistics that go with it.
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy apparently is not one of those coaches.
When asked about the NFL's Thursday night package of games — which moves to CBS this season after being on NFL Network the past few seasons — McCarthy said he's in favor of being a part of the short-week games.
"I don't know all the specifics of it," McCarthy said. "I know there's a new TV contract out there. I know there's an emphasis on the Thursday games.
"We've played in them pretty much every other year. We've played in the Thanksgiving Day game, and I think it's a great game. It serves as a little bit of a mini-bye week [the following week] late in the year right in the run-up to December."
So as far as McCarthy is concerned, go ahead and put the Packers in that Thanksgiving slot — often at the Detroit Lions — every year. It would be fine with him.
"The Thursday games are good for our games, good for football," he said.
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