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McCarthy 'not a proponent' of Packers-Bears trash talk

Mike McCarthy. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

McCarthy 'not a proponent' of Packers-Bears trash talk

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Dec 14, 2012

GREEN BAY - It's become a feisty Packers-Bears week, and Green Bay's head coach is sounding off about the war of words between the two teams.

"I'm not a proponent of that.  I would prefer it doesn't go that way," said Packers Coach Mike McCarthy in an exclusive interview on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

Two days of brash trash talk have ramped up what in recent years has been a passionate but civil rivalry.

"(Jermichael Finley is) an idiot," commented Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.

"I really dislike the Green Bay Packers and their players," expounded Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Those are just a sampling of the verbal barrage predicating a game Sunday which could lead to the Packers clinching the NFC North championship at Soldier Field in Chicago.

McCarthy says this game shouldn't be about the verbal battle, but the on-field battle between the teams which have played each other more often than any other opponents in NFL history.

"The game is about on the field.  I understand the job of the media, the energy, the marketing aspect of making the game more interesting than it may be perceived to be, but this game has such great history, great players who have played in this game.  That's what it's all about at the end of the day," explained McCarthy. 

"That's what I want the game to be known for."