After getting walloped 35-10 by the Cleveland Browns Thursday night, the Packers were looking for a way to shore up their turnover problem.
They committed four turnovers compared to just one by the Browns.
“We’re turning the damn ball over too much,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy. “I don’t care if it’s preseason, scrimmage, practice, it’s something that needs to stop. There’s no excuse for that. For as much as we train taking care of the football and emphasizing it, it’s important that the things that you do every single day in your practice structure show up on game day. So, the offense and special teams, we have to take care of the football.”
It was just a preseason game, but the Packers were hoping to learn from their struggles.
“Obviously you play these games to get victories, even if it really doesn’t have a meaning,” said linebacker Clay Matthews. “You take away some things – ball security and turnovers. On defense it looked like there were a few missed tackles and a few big plays given up. We’re always trying to improve in all areas and it’s no different, especially on our home turf. With that being said, we showed some good things with the ones out there but we need to continue that with the backups because they’re going to be relied upon heavy throughout the year.”
When asked if he was concerned about the Packers’ 0-2 preseason record and performance against the Browns, McCarthy said:
“We don’t brush anything off. I thought what was concerning was the final score. And that’s about as far as it goes. Because the reality of it was that it’s a preseason game. You play to win, but you have other objectives, you have other goals. The one main goal is to make sure you hit your target as far as how many reps and particular plays you’re able to get in this game. And I felt good about that because we needed a lot of information about our younger players and I felt we were able to do that tonight.”
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