McCarthy: Fourth-quarter production must improve

Sep. 16, 2013
Packers receiver Jermichael Finley.
Packers receiver Jermichael Finley.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday afternoon following Sundayís 38-20 win over Washington. Here are some highlights from his news conference:

-More accurate to give more injury information on Wednesday than Monday.

-Have not seen Eddie Lacy today.

-It was definitely a helmet-to-helmet Ė Washington safety definitely led with his helmet. Same thing with hit on Starks. Different result.

-Officiating is not my cup of tea. Weíll leave it up to the league office. Iím sure theyíll have an opinion on both plays.

-I thought we played well up front. I thought our first- and second-level blocking was very good. Offensively, the production speaks for itself. Thatís what happens when you stay in clean plays and execution is at a high level. It was a good day for the offense.

-Iíve never lined up the call of a football game is boy, Iíd love to have a 100-yard rusher today. Thatís assumed, but those are statistics that speak to a direction we are working to, but itís not something I fixate on. Every team is built differently. Systems of football are built today. If you donít have a system that takes advantage of players, you need to take a look at your system. Our point production has been where it needs to be. Youíre always working on run-blocking, run decision, pass protection.

-Going into last week and this week, the plan was to have Eddie and James kind of play to a certain pattern of things weíre trying to do. Weíll continue that way, too. I had a number of things for Johnathan this week. We just didnít get to.

-Ted and I met today on a number of different things. Weíre putting a game plan together based on what we have here.

-Fourth quarter is really something I donít like for our whole football team. The offense got better this week with the four-minute drill but defense and special teams need to perform better. Defense had a great start. Itís just unnecessary production when you look at the tape. Itís something that looks worse on a stat sheet than reality of football game. Thatís why you finish. Thatís something we can learn from with that victory. That was a sound victory for our football team. I like the way weíre playing in the physical aspect of it, but our mental performance isnít anywhere it needs to be and our fourth-quarter production

-I like our secondary and the way these guys are rallying. We can do a better job this week of defining roles. I thought Davon House played a heck of a game Ė won game ball on special teams.

-We have to do a better job getting them ready. When team isnít as sharp as it needs to be we take that personal.

-Part of our plan is there will be a three-step drop package in every game. The ability to push the ball vertically. The defense has something to say about the way we attack them. We saw a lot of three shell, I thought it would be a two-safeties-back-there-type game and that wasnít the case.

-The emphasis has always been there. Players are doing a better job (on yards after catch). All those things factor. We talk about extended plays, chart them, practice them. Itís where a lot of big plays are generated. Itís all about emphasizing how you want your team to play.

-I wouldíve never known that was the best performance and frankly I donít really gauge the statistics of the game. I have statistics given to me at halftime Ė and theyíre outliners on how are team is producing. I knew we had a good day. It was obvious we had a good day but wouldíve never known.

-I think Finleyís maturing as a player. Three, four, fifth tackler and he did it on the boundary. Heís just improving and thatís an area heís done a much better job in. I think itís definitely mental because physically you wouldnít put him out there if you didnít think he was physically ready. Heís caught a few of those routes in his time here. Heís getting better at that. Experience, reps and confidence has really helped him.

-We had some movement we didnít handle very well on early sacks. Then we had the one where we had one mental and two physical errors on same play Ė think it was the fourth one.

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