GREEN BAY – As lovely as a free trip to Hawaii might be in January, the Green Bay Packers coaching staff is making it a troubling annual journey.
For the second straight year, coach Mike McCarthy and his staff will coach the NFC Pro Bowl squad in Honolulu, Hawaii on Jan. 27, drawing the assignment as a result of their 45-31 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs Saturday night.
With the Pro Bowl now held the week before the Super Bowl, the staff of the highest-seeded team eliminated from the playoffs in the divisional round coaches the Pro Bowl. John Fox and his Denver Broncos staff, the AFC’s No. 1 seed and an overtime loser to Baltimore at home last Saturday, will coach the AFC.
The Packers lost as the No. 1 seed in the NFC last postseason, sending McCarthy and his staff to Hawaii.
The Packers have three players who’ve been chosen to participate in the game: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, outside linebacker Clay Matthews and center Jeff Saturday.
This marks the third time McCarthy and his staff have coached the NFC. They also were the coaches for the game following the 2007 season, having lost in the NFC Championship Game.
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