Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday afternoon following Sundayís 19-17 win over Baltimore. Here are some highlights from the news conference:
♦ (Linebacker) Nick Perry does not have a chance to play this week. Won't go into details.
♦ (Wide receiver) James Jones may have a chance (to play Sunday against Cleveland). (Wide receiver) Randall Cobb will be (out) multiple weeks.
♦ I think everything in the game of football is about managing the components of what you can control. Injuries are outside of that. Injuries are clearly the toughest part, particularly of my job. Thatís why I was late today. Ultimately, what these players put their bodies through. Itís a component of sacrifice. When you sit there, youíre trying to get from a 53(-man roster) to a 46. Thereís some guess work to this. This is definitely one of those weeks.
♦ Nick Perry was a surprise to me. I didnít expect that. You just hope for good news there.
♦ (Rookie linebacker) Andy Mulumba played well. Andy was impactful in the game. He definitely made a step yesterday. (Rookie linebacker Nate) Palmer did some good things on defense. Special teams, thereís some things that he could do better. I thought (linebackers coach) Kevin Greene did a good job of rolling those guys and trying to incorporate that with Mike Neal and Nick Perry.
♦ (Wide receiver) Jarrett (Boykin) did some good things. He had a rough start. I thought the play he had was a spark play in the game. He will have a lot more responsibility and opportunities this week.
♦ (Cornerback) Davon House got a little gassed there on special teams. We put (rookie) Micah (Hyde) in and he obviously was an impactful player in the game. House was impactful in the game on special teams. He had three significant plays for us. Itís competition at a position of depth. I think itís healthy for our team.
♦ (45-yard catch and run by Ravens tight end Dallas Clark) wasnít (House's) best play of the game.
♦ Hope so on (cornerback) Casey Hayward (return). Heís a little frustrated. Heís not quite where he needs to be but hopefully when he goes through his segment tomorrow. The last two weeks heís been able to work on Thursday. We wonít do much work on Wednesday.
♦ (Rookie running back) Eddie Lacy looked good today. Saw him downstairs. He always has a smile on his face. Eddie was probably one of our better performers on offense. ... He was productive, patient. The whole aspect of the game.
♦ I love the way (quarterback) Aaron Rodgers is playing right now. Heís playing some really adverse football. This is healthy for our football team in the long run. I donít like talking about it. Heís been asked to do some things on the run. Heís played through some frustrating moments.
♦ Our offensive line is better. I thought they gelled quicker than prior years. With Marshall (Newhouse) and Don (Barclay) at right tackle spot, we really felt strongly about six guys with some coordination.
♦ I think (linebacker) A.J. (Hawk) is getting some more pressure opportunities. Heís always been the key communicator. Command of the linebacker calling it and (safety) Morgan Burnett, communication is good. Thereís a lot of communication that goes on there.
♦ Fourth-and-goal (penalty) decline was simple. Weíre playing great defense.
♦ Weíre going to run our offense (despite injuries). Thatís important.
♦ Mike Nealís role is where it was when the season started. That was part of the advancement in his job responsibility. We wanted to use him more on the outside. Thatís really what weíve done. Heís playing a little more than I probably thought he would at this time because our defensive line is clearly one of our strengths as far as depth. Mike, to me, has always been a prime-time player who we have to get opportunities.
♦ A friend called McCarthy telling him this team is starting to look like the 2010 team. Are you going to cry about it or look at it as an opportunity to improve. We donít really look at it as the guy goes down in front of you, now itís next man up. Thatís where the competition comes from. Thatís why you draft and develop. The development of these players doesnít start this week because the guy in front of him went down, weíve been doing that since April. Thatís just who we are.