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4th-quarter performance is McCarthy's 'recurring issue'

Nov. 11, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talks with referee Mike Carey during Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talks with referee Mike Carey during Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media

Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media after Sundayís 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Here are some other highlights from his news conference:

-Recurring issue Ė we didnít play a game today so I donít think I could fix it today. What Iím disappointed in and itís gone on all year is our fourth-quarter performance. Iím frustrated, but itís something weíve been emphasizing to see it happen again yesterday is disappointing and frustrating. Weíll continue to look at it and emphasizing it.

-There are some positives, too. You have to look at the calls. Weíve gone down over and over. Our issue yesterday was we didnít tackle. Itíll be heightened again this week. Weíve played nine games. Itís time for our locker room to step up and take a big step. Weíre always talking about whoís not there Ė we need to focus on winning football games. Itís important in times like this to listen to your language and make sure weíre talking about the right things. I donít think we have major issues. Weíve had a lot of injuries happen, we just havenít quite overcome them. We had opportunities yesterday to overcome those situations. Defensively, we gave up three touchdowns over the top. The offense was productive. The opportunities were there. These are the things weíve done routinely that weíre not quite doing in the fourth quarter.

-I thought Scott Tolzien played an outstanding football game. No offenses are the same. The footwork this young man is being asked to do is different than anything else. I saw him get better running plays he hasnít played yet and doing things that were exceptional.

-Matt Flynn is here. He went through his workout this morning. He looked good. Just came from the training room, a lot of information is still coming in. His information is one that just came in.

-I think Seneca Wallace wouldíve came back in the game in an emergency situation. Conversation on sideline was he wouldnít be able to move out of the pocket. Thatís why we held him.

-I sat down with Scott. I expect the footwork to get the right throw to the receivers. I thought he handled the game management. We had two situations where it wasnít clean.

-On Clay Matthews: The first game is always the hardest. Heís such a hands player. Heís exceptional with his hands placement and his ability with the second and their reaction. He struggled with it at times.

-What happened yesterday was the game of football and we didnít play at a high enough level to win. The mental errors were high on offense, which is to be expected a little bit. We had to adjust as we went. We overcame them for the most part with the mental performance on special teams and defense was pretty good.

-I donít know (if Sherrod is ready to go). Practice only takes you so far. Heís going to have to step up at some point and be ready to go.

-Theyíre going to have to move around, so weíre not going to know until the end of the week. The Giantsí defensive line factors into how you prepare for him.

-Nickís injury is an ankle. Hayward is the same hamstring.

-Aaron Rodgers was excellent. He was into it. He did an excellent job of being the backup quarterback all week.

-Youíre looking at a guard who didnít practice all week. Graded out well at guard but had a few things at center.

-I think anytime if you want to look at play-calling, I thought yesterdayís game was clean. As I grew confident with Scott with the way he was playing and what theyíre giving him, can you handle this or done this? His communication was excellent. I thought it was a clean game.

-I donít feel thereís a whole lot to figure out. Theyíre getting our best shot every day. Thatís something you feel you always do. At times like this you always do, I need to do a better job.

-Losing is hard. Thatís the part of this business that you donít ever get used to. The team is in a good spot. We moved onto the Giants today. We expediated a lot of the analysis.

-Rodgers is a couple weeks away I would think. They havenít given me a date. I donít think heís been scanned again.

-Interception in end zone Ė Iím sure he wishes he had that one back. We had an excellent matchup with Jordy. That situation definitely favored the offense. The snap was a little low when he saw the video. Those are the things that hopefully are going to be better.

-Weíre analyzing everything. I donít know how many personnel changes you could consider right now because we have to make sure 46 for the game.

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