GREEN BAY, WI -

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said he's excited for training camp to start and he's ready for the team to come together and work towards another world championship.

The team will meet Thurdsay night to prepare for their first practice Friday morning.

Addressing the media during a late-morning news conference, McCarthy said the offseason "was amazing."

"The offseason is the launch pad going into the training program. I think we’ve got it back to where we need to be" with the approach, demand and awareness of what it takes to train and be better this season.

The goal will never change, McCarthy emphasized. The team will always strive to be world champions and bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay.

"It falls in line with our goal – every week and each and every time we step on the field we’re about winning and the quality of the game," McCarthy said.

McCarthy said the Packers need to run the ball as a collective effort.

"It’s something we need to do a better job at and I believe we will," McCarthy said.

McCarthy also said he was very proud of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, telling the media Rodgers' leadership continues to grow and he's put a lot of effort in outside the field which will shows.

"He’s a really outstanding role model. Everybody grows and hits bumps, twists and turns along the way," McCarthy said. "He’s very committed, very in tune with what’s best for this football team."

When asked about former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, who left the team as a free agent to play for the Minnesota Viking, McCarthy smiled and said, "he's wearing a purple hat now."

"Greg was a great player for us," McCarthy said. "We had a lot of great memories."

Putting the focus back on the current Packers, McCarthy said he, General Manager Ted Thompson, and the other staff are proud of how they’ve built this team for the long term.

"It’s important for our fans that we show up and we have a good football team every year," McCarthy said before leaving the podium.