Highlights from Mike McCarthy's post-game news conferences

Oct. 14, 2012

Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media following his team's 42-24 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday night. Here are some highlights from his post-game news conference:

On if the team had more juice playing against undefeated Texans?
I dont think it really mattered what the records were. Two teams tonight, we knew when the season started this was a very good football team. When we had an opportunity to view our schedule, we knew the first few weeks were going to be a little bit of a challenge because it was just different and then the three road games with the one in the middle on Sunday Night Football. We have a lot of respect for Gary Kubiak and his staff, and their team, and the video they put forth going into the game. We really, truly stayed focused on improving ourselves and that will always be our message and our approach, and with that I was pleased with the way we played.

On the no-huddle and offense's production:
It was a factor of getting the looks in the no-huddle. I thought Aaron Rodgers was spectacular this evening. We pretty much went exclusive no-huddle from the starting point of the game. We wanted to press their defense as much as we can because of how much respect we have for those guys. Aaron kept us in clean looks and that was a big part of our production in the run game. The run-blocking unit, I thought they did an excellent job against a very good front. I thought Alex Green played very, very well for his first opportunity to fully have the football. I thought it was a step in the right direction for our run game.

On if the gameplan changed without Brian Cushing?
Not really. Hes an outstanding player. Clearly, hes the most productive player on a very good defense coming into a game. Schematically, we only doing preliminary game plans and then we jump into an exclusive game plan on Mondays, but we do have a lot of respect for Brian.

On importance of win over undefeated Houston team:
We won a football game. Tough week is really kind of your viewpoint, not ours. I thought our team did a very good job staying focused on what its really about and thats the preparation phase of it, staying in tune and getting ready to play these guys in this environment. We were able to accomplish that, but our goal is we need to go into St. Louis and we need to win two games-in-a-rows. Thats our focus and stack success for the first time this year.

On defense's performance without Raji:
It was very good defense, very good technique, sound scheme by Dom Capers, but really ultimately the credit goes to the players. We have good players, proven players. Im excited about our defense, three turnovers this evening. That was one missing part of our formula for success. Offense did a great job taking care of the football against a very good defense that takes it away as good as anybody in the league. Very sound defense. Injuries are part of the game and we were able to overcome them today.

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