GREEN BAY—Randall Cobb referred to it as “this new journey,” and he wanted to avoid discussion on how last season’s journey ended.
How much during the offseason has he thought about that season-ending loss in Seattle?
“Not too much. This offseason, I worked on preparing myself for this season,” Cobb said.
Talk in the locker room?
“We haven’t talked about it,” he added. “Nobody has brought it up. This is Day 1. We’re going to build off today and continue to look forward.”
With that, Cobb turned the dial forward to the 2015 season, preparation for which the Packers officially began on Monday with the start of their offseason conditioning program. Cobb was offered to a large media contingent on Monday.
“All of us are excited for this new journey. This is the time we build individually. It’s voluntary,” Cobb said of the workouts, “but we have a lot of guys looking to get better.”
Cobb is coming off a career year in which he caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. It’s a performance that would’ve launched him into free agency had the Packers not saved the day with an 11th-hour contract offer Cobb accepted.
“I had pros and cons and wrote them on a sheet of paper. I knew this is where I wanted to be. I feel like we’re right there. We’re ready to bring a Super Bowl back to Green Bay,” he said.
The Packers were within three minutes and 52 seconds of reaching this past winter’s Super Bowl. That’s when Seattle began a furious rally that left Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy with the daunting task of focusing his team on what’s ahead.
“He addressed us,” Cobb said. “It’s the same every year. We’re chasing Super Bowls. Today starts that journey.”
Cobb gave his approval to the coaching staff changes McCarthy made during the offseason, which include Cobb’s former position coach, Edgar Bennett, becoming the Packers’ offensive coordinator.
“The moves he made are for the better of the team,” Cobb said.
“I’ve never been satisfied in my life and I’m not going to start now.”
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