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Monday McCarthy: Jennings' surgery delayed

Oct. 29, 2012
 

Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday following Sunday's 24-15 win over Jacksonville. Here are some highlights from his day-after news conference:

*Packers' injuries are still defensive linemen Jerel Worthy (concussion) and Mike Neal (ankle).

*Greg Jennings is obviously delayed going out to Philadelphia because of the storm. When he'll go has yet to be determined.

*McCarthy used to check run-pass percentages, but doesn't do it anymore because of how the game has changed. There's certain parts of games where you need to buckle down and run the ball.

*Lack of explosiveness in Sunday's game. Short-yardage runs are excellent opportunities. Right now, we have to do a better job of making the 1- and 2-yard runs hard. We need to start attacking the apex and getting the hard 4, 5 in games.

*McCarthy thinks there's a combination of James Starks' reps. First, availability, but Alex Green has earned the right to carry the football. Liked his time working behind Cedric Benson. That was not Green's best game yesterday. James will probably be given more opportunities as we go through the week.

*Starks missed practice on Thursday because he was sick, so he was dealing with that. When McCarthy put James into game and took him out, it was more of a reaction to the calls that were going to be called that he hadn't practiced.

*When you have an idea of who you're going to be playing with, we tailor our plan to who's playing. We don't need to be going backwards. It's very important for us to be 6-3 at the bye.

*The defense played very well. Grades on defense were very good. Defense was 71-percent win. The offense did not play very well. Special teams played very well, but there were things we could do better. I concluded our team meeting today with let's quit walking around here like we lost the (darn) game.

*Nelson worked out before the game, so he's close. We're in uncharted territory for Jordy. We'll see how he is Wednesday.

*The second time we had 10-men on the field was with the timing of Mike Neal getting hurt.

*Masthay has a progression. He wasn't in line with our progression. We will not be running that play again this year. Ball wasn't supposed to be thrown where it was thrown.

*Leadership is obviously something people like to throw out there sometime. We all have a responsibility to be ready to play. Sometimes you're talking with one or two guys and the other 42 or 43 get lumped into that.

*Injuries are apart of the game. It's unfortunate. I don't think I even say the word 'Inactive' list during the week. It's part of the game. There's things that go on in our world. It's just the way you go about your business. It's part of the grind of an NFL season.

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