Highlights from Packers coach Mike McCarthy's press conference

Nov. 13, 2013

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From left, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy with quarterbacks Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn during practice at the Don Hutson Center on Wednesday. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media


Here are the topics covered by Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy at his post-practice press conference on Wednesday:

Practice and injury report

Full participation: LB Clay Matthews (thumb).

Limited participation: C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee), LB Andy Mulumba (ankle), DT Ryan Pickett (knee).

Did not participate: T Don Barclay (knee), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), DT Johnny Jolly (groin), LB Mike Neal (abdomen), LB Nick Perry (foot and ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone).

More from McCarthy

♦ (Quarterback) Matt Flynn felt comfortable in the passing game (at practice), but our run game has changed a lot. That's the biggest adjustment for him. He felt like he was able to pick it up quickly. He looks very similar to the way he did in 2011. That was evident in the workout on Monday. He threw ball as I remember him. Looks like he never left. Great to have him back.

♦ (Asked about whether Flynn would play Sunday against the New York Giants) "We're not going to need him. I've had enough of this bad karma. Scott (Tolzien) is going to play the whole game."

♦ I'm not qualified to answer what happened to Matt in other places. I didn't look at film. Based on medical exam, he was cleared medically.

♦ We have starter reps and backup reps. Starter needs so many reps.

♦ (Linebacker) Mike Neal is kind of beat up. We'll take it light with Mike this week. He probably won't practice all week.

♦ (Linebacker Clay) Matthews is able to now play without club.

♦ Every situation is different, in terms of dealing with adversity and tough times. Talking about dynamics of each person. Have to make sure checks and balances are in place. This is a tough business. When it goes the way it has the last two weeks, you're humbled. That's good for everybody. Goal is to win this game in New York. We don't have drastic changes. it's a process. We need to do the basics better. I don't have fancy answers for you.

♦ We have a plan for Tolzien. There's a point in the week where you leave the office. I sat one-on-one with Scott last night. He tells me he sleeps well. He's getting proper rest. He eats well because he's here all the time. You have to appreciate his work ethic. He's going about it the right way.

♦ Tolzien had very good preseason tape. We were fortunate to get him on the practice squad.

♦ I couldn't give a timetable on when (quarterback) Seneca Wallace would return. I know there was testing done. It was a decision that needed to be made (to put Wallace on injured reserve).

♦ (Offensive lineman) Barclay is better (physically) than we thought. He was waiting on a (knee) brace to get here, so hopefully he'll be able to do something (in practice Thursday).

♦ Great players make other players better. (Quarterback) Aaron Rodgers makes his teammates better. Rodgers cares, illustrates it with every opportunity given. I'll say something bad about him: I don't like his mustache.

♦ Great to have (safety Sean) Richardson and (defensive end Jerel) Worthy on the field. Refreshing for both of them. Worthy jumped offsides twice, I know he is back. They're excited. Have to make sure they're right. Good young players, hopeful we can get through this process. Rehab and all the training they've gone through, in their mind they probably thought they were ready two months ago. But you don't want to put someone out there too soon.

♦ Tackling is technique, Footwork, approach, balance, creating leverage, all part of tackling. Wrapping up is big part of our failure there. Not finishing technique. We'll practice (Thursday) in pads. Have expanded our tackling drills going forward. Tackling not where it needs to be.

♦ (Tackle) Derek Sherrod, our padded work, we are maxing out the opportunities with guys like him. He's coming along. He got a lot of work.

♦ I have not talked to (injured tight end) Jermichael Finley.

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