GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Second-year Packers coach Mike McCarthy is trying to keep his young players from getting caught up in their first taste of success.
McCarthy says it's a task he calls "the toughest hurdle to handle in football."
After their 35-13 road victory over the New York Giants Sunday, the Packers are off to a surprising 2-0 start after losing four of their first five in each of the past three seasons.
McCarthy says most of the professional athletes he's been around have a natural "survival mentality" that helps them overcome adversity.
He says success can actually be harder to handle.
It's a delicate dance - keeping egos in check while trying not to throw a wet blanket on the team's energy and confidence.
The coach says through the offseason program, through training camp and with two victories over playoff teams from last season, he can see that confidence building.