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Monday McCarthy: Cobb staying on special teams

Dec. 24, 2012
 
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb injured his ankle in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb injured his ankle in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field. / H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday morning following his teamís 55-7 win over Tennessee on Sunday. Here are some highlights from the news conference:

-Weíre really focused on beating Minnesota. Thatís the way you have to do it. You can see how much it changes in one week. Weíre focused on beating the Vikings. As far as who we play, where we play, itís not a concern of mine.

-I watched the first three quarters of San Francisco/Seattle game.

-I was happy with the outcome of the game.

-No, Randall Cobb is a big part of our success on special teams. Thatís been our most consistent unit of our football team.

-I donít understand how you play scared in the game of football. I understand the risk involved. Some plays are higher risk than others, but you canít sit here and say special teams is important if you donít put a guy like Randall Cobb out for a return.

-Field position is huge in any outcome of a football game and more so in playoff games.

-Itís the first time Iíve seen that kind of play in a game. Thatís something our guys are coached to do. We have video when you show guys what to do. Itís a great play by Randall.

-The center change, any change is never easy. The number of things heís been fighting through. Itsí a bit of a stretch on my part to make sure Evan was ready for the playoffs. I felt Jeff had taken us to a point where we needed to think about making a change. He played well last couple weeks.

-Players have an optional lift today.

-Itís not hard. I have kids at home, so it will be a nice Christmas Eve tonight.

-Iím hopeful a lot of those guys can come back, but weíll see. Talking with Jordy, he feels like heís close. Charles is very close. Alex Green, I was surprised he wasnít available for Tennessee.

-Davon Houseís injury was in the same shoulder as the subluxation. Heíll have some tests done today.

-As it is with joint injuries, the next day is a big indicator.

-I donít know how to be concerned anymore. Randall is so positive. He doesnít seem very concerned.

-I really think the way weíre throwing the ball. I felt like yesterday was the type of game where youíre able to get into all your different categories. He had a solid pocket throughout all four quarters.

-I think this is exactly the way you want it going into the playoffs, especially with this yearís team. I donít think weíve consistently played our best football yet. This football team still has more in front of them. Both teams have a lot on the line.

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