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Instant reaction from Mike McCarthy's Tuesday news conference

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Tuesday afternoon following Monday's controversial 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Here are some highlights from the news conference: McCarthy statement: "It's been a challenging day, frustrating day for everybody. Got back to Lambeau at 5 a.m. to some picketing fans out front for what we're fighting through. It's something that every season brings on. Talking prior to this season, we spoke on different challenges and different paths a season brings to you, and this is another challenge. Players are very passionate, now it's time to start re-channeling into it for New Orleans. Start New Orleans prep at 11 a.m. What have you talked to the league about? "There's a process you send in a number of plays you sent into the league. That process will be done and they'll respond. It's an educational opportunity for us as a coaching staff. Make sure our players understand what the emphasis is. The officiating is something I addressed in our pre-game topics, I'll do it every game. I thought we'd be able to play above any time of challenges - crowd, officiating - and we'll continue to do that." Any established calls from NFL? "I have not been given any formal explanation. Mark Murphy has been in contact with NFL all throughout today." Do you feel you're owed an apology? "This is the National Football League. You're not owed anything. Mike Ditka said that and holds true." When did you first see the play? "First time I saw it in detail was on the plane." What did you see when you watched it? "I agreed with the fact I felt it was an interception?" On Twitter reactions? "Jason (Wahlers) our PR director is in tune with that. I went from meetings to TV show to being here now." On how do you rally team from this point? "This is a play I'm sure we'll see on TV. That's the facts of our business. That's what Steve Sabol created God rest his sole. It's a different challenge but one we're excited to overcome." On what he saw following the play? "Based on position, I said to (security director) Doug (Collins), 'there's no way he caught that ball.' It was chaos. We were trying to get players off the field. Once (referee) made the call, we walked off the field, came back into locker room and we had 11 guys jump up and go onto the field." Do you prefer when players bat the ball down or go for the interception in that situation? "It's really based on the instinct of the position or play of the ball. I thought M.D. Jennings was clearly in the position, he high-pointed the ball, and in my opinion I thought he intercepted the ball." Do you think this game will speed up getting the original refs back on the field? "Good question, but a question I can't answer. Don't have any time or energy on it. Had a chance to speak with Mark Murphy. Those conversations were for him and the football team. Now, I'm focusing on New Orleans." Does this game hide the problems the offense had in the first half? What was the issue there? "I think the first bar is our win-loss record and we have to stay true to that, and stay focused on what we're doing better. Clearly, the Seattle game was different from the first town. The first two games, they challenged us to run the ball and last night we were challenged to throw the ball. The only negative thing I'd say about our offensive performance in the second half was red-zone performance." Did anyone else reach out to you in the coaching community? "I received more text messages and e-mails since after the football. I think they were in-agreement they thought it was an interception. Not where we wanted to be when we got on the play, but frankly we have an opportunity to get to 2-2 with a dynamic quarterback." -whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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