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McCarthy doesn't sound interested in Flynn

Oct. 7, 2013
 

If the Green Bay Packers are interested in bringing back Matt Flynn, Mike McCarthy isnít letting on.

The Packers coach spoke glowingly about his former backup quarterback following Flynnís release from the Oakland Raiders on Monday, but said he was pleased with veteran Seneca Wallace backing up Aaron Rodgers and the team's current quarterback situation.

ďIím very happy with the quarterback room, the way it looks, the people in it,Ē said McCarthy of Flynn, a seventh-round pick in 2008 who served as Rodgersí backup from 2008-11. ďObviously Matt was a Packer, very fond of Matt and his time here. As far as any roster moves and things like that, I really donít have any comment on but I do like Seneca Wallace, I like what heís done since heís been here, I feel very good about our quarterback room.Ē

Here are some other news and highlights from McCarthyís Monday news conference:

Are you surprised how things went for Flynn since leaving Green Bay?
ďI definitely am surprised because when his opportunity came I obviously gave him a very high recommendation, Injuries and all the different types of things, quarterback competition in both places, a lot of factors go into it. I havenít watched the film of Matt so I really canít even give you an educated or informed opinion on how exactly he did play, but on a personal level Iím very fond of Matt Flynn, he was excellent in his time here and I wish him the best of luck.Ē

On why it might not have worked out in Seattle, Oakland:
ďI think Mattís situation is an excellent example of fit. Good people, good players, good coaches. Sometimes the fit isnít right. Itís a team game. You have 11 guys on the field at once and it has to be coordinated. Thereís a lot that goes into that and itís not easy. Maybe it just wasnít the right fit. I donít know. I havenít studied the games heís played in.Ē

On the Dominic Raiola situation:
ďI saw the headline, Jason told me about the situation and we love the Wisconsin band, and obviously, I donít know what the hell heís thinking about saying anything negative to the band. I donít know what was said or this and that. I know our fans love it when the Wisconsin band is here. Phenomenal reputation, they did a great job yesterday, but as far as who said what, I really donít have any comment on it.Ē

On the offensive lineís play:
I thought our offensive line played well, particularly our inside guys, I thought T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton probably had two of their finer performances to date here, that was clearly the matchup we were focused on, their two defensive tackles, I thought our interior line definitely answered the bell there. I was very pleased with their performance.

On Morgan Burnettís return:
ďMorgan Burnett played well. It was great to have him back. He had the excellent play in the end zone. I thought we were very sharp, the communication. I think it even helps M.D. a little bit. I thought M.D. had one of his better games. So, I thought he definitely played very well. It was like he never left. I was pleased with Morganís performance.Ē

On why team didnít run on third-and-one:
Play caller. Just beat up the play caller. You guys have too much love in here today. Thatís your negative nugget of the day, I guess. Third and one calls, we do a number of things at the line of scrimmage. The one in particular, we got an odd look. It was a different look, so that happens sometimes. Thatís why the decision-making at the line of scrimmage is difficult, and itís definitely the strength of Aaron Rodgers. Soemtimes you get an odd look and the ball in space with Randall Cobb is always a good chance.

More about third-and-one:
Taking a shot on third and one, to me thatís a situation call. Some people donít view it that way, some people, I donít know what they think. Iíve been in conversations with different staffs. I think the shot play on third and one, a couple things have to lead up to that. Itís an instinctive call, in my opinion, so when you do it, where you do it, plays a lot into that. Situation offense, for the most part, especially early in the game, those decisions are made on Monday and Tuesday. Thatís why you game plan, thatís why you practice all week. And the one we were talking about, that was an installed play. And then sometimes you get into games where things change. A defense plays you differently, your lineup changes, something happens and you make adjustments on the sideline. Thatís all part of it.

On Aaron Rodgers and the run gameís resurgence:
Letís be honest here, anytime an individual in professional sports is extremely successful at his craft, he wants to do his craft all the time. Quarterbacks arenít paid to hand the ball off. Quarterbacks make a living throwing touchdowns, completing balls. Also, itís the team aspect of it, too. Does Aaron Rodgers need to adjust to us having an effective run game, absolutely not. Itís going to help him and he knows that more than anybody and heís a big part of the run game. A lot of those decisions and the way we approach our run game, he carries a lot of responsibility in that. This is not a situation where heís been really good in an offense that threw the ball a lot more in the past and wants to keep doing it. Thatís not the case at all.

On red-zone production:
Itís been disappointing. Itís actually something we talked about over the bye week and weíve had a couple of plays we just didnít convert. You look at the two down there with the dropped pass and our timing wasnít right on the third down. To me, itís football. I donít think itís anything weíre doing that we need to change. Sometimes youíre extremely effective down there, which weíve been. The good thing is that weíre getting down there. I donít know where we rank in the league because some teams have one more game, but I would think weíre pretty high in the red zone as far as getting down there. As long as we keep getting our attempts, Iím very confident weíll score touchdowns.

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