Mike McCarthy did the same thing most people do the first time they go to AT&T Stadium.
He stared at the jumbotron.
The first time the McCarthy-led Packers played inside AT&T was in Super Bowl XLV. At that point, the stadium was in its inaugural season, a time filled with people marveling nonstop at the size of the video board.
McCarthy didn’t want to his team losing focus, so he laid it on pretty thick that they couldn’t allow themselves to get distracted by the board. But Friday, in his weekly appearance on “Shan and RJ,” McCarthy admitted that was easier said than done.
"When we were playing in the Super Bowl, and I think it was the first time in AT&T Stadium, so you’re trying to get the team ready for the game," McCarthy said. "I was like ‘Hey, make sure you focus because I’m told they’ve got this unbelievably huge jumbotron in there, and I said I don’t want anybody staring at the damn board. Stay in the game.’ I was making a big point of it.
"So we get out there for the game, and the national anthem, just the way they had it set up, I’m sitting there looking at the jumbotron watching the national anthem and I hear some guys giggling. I look down and there are like three or four players laughing at me like ‘I thought we weren’t supposed to look at the board?’ I couldn’t see what was going on."
The Packers won that Super Bowl, so fortunately for McCarthy it didn't end up being too much of a distraction.
But having now coached the Cowboys for a few years, one would think the allure of the gargantuan jumbotron has worn off for McCarthy.