McCarthy gives rave reviews about Packers tackle's work ethic
There's something about offensive linemen with a lunch-pail attitude that makes a football coach beam.
The head coach of the Green Bay Packers believes he's found that in starting right tackle Don Barclay.
"It's a real credit to his work ethic," said Mike McCarthy during the latest "Mike McCarthy Show," which airs on TODAY'S TMJ4 and NBC26.
"You can't say enough about Don. He kept working every single day. You could really see it like you always do with young guys, particularly the offensive linemen. The first day you put him in pads, some one-on-ones, he started doing some really good things in preseason, earned his job, and then he was ready when his opportunity came."
McCarthy quipped about another reason he likes Barclay.
"He's from Pittsburgh," said McCarthy about the hometown he shares with Barclay.
"He went to West Virginia...that was working against him for a while." the coach added with a kidding smirk.
While McCarthy was joking around, Barclay is serious about his Pittsburgh background leading to his success in Green Bay.
"I just think the way I grew up," said Barclay on the show.
"My dad told me it doesn't matter how big you are, how strong you are, it's going to come from deep down. Any sport that I played, basketball, baseball, you've just got to go out there and produce every day, 'punch the clock' as he would say."
It's also about a willingness to go the extra mile, and Barclay has done that - learning nearly every position on the offensive line this training camp to help him be indispensable to the Packers.
That extra learning happened during reshuffling on the line due to a number of big injury issues.
"At the time being, that's what was best. Coach Campen (and I) talked about it. That was my job that week. You put me at center, I was going to go out and try and improve as best I could at center. If it was at guard, that's what I was doing that week. When it got out to tackle, I just tried to pick up where I left off."