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And while it has been surprising to see the Packers struggle after being so dangerous on offense in recent years, McCarthy said there’s no point in dwelling on what happened last season.

“If you think you’re going to roll the ball out there and do the same thing you did last year just because you did it last year, I don’t agree with that mindset,” McCarthy said. “There are some things we did a little differently in camp. Camp didn’t go as smoothly as we probably would have liked. We’re not in rhythm probably like we should be. We’re starting to get the run game established. We still need to improve there. But our biggest issue on offense is negative plays.”

McCarthy specifically noted the Packers‘ inability to run the ball in the first half of the season-opening loss to San Francisco, and inability to throw it effectively in the first half Monday night.

“Especially when the defense we ran against (Week 1) was daring us to run and the defense in Week 3 was daring you to throw, those are execution issues that I’m confident we’ll get better at,” McCarthy said. “We’re not happy where we are. We’re not happy where we are as far as the 2012 offense, but against New Orleans we’ll have an opportunity to take a step.”

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