Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday afternoon, in the wake of Sunday’s 27-13 loss to the New York Giants. Here are some highlights:
♦ (Quarterback) Scott Tolzien will start this week (against the Minnesota Vikings) just like he did last week.
♦ Frankly, I haven’t met with the medical staff yet on where they think (injured quarterback) Aaron (Rodgers) is.
♦ We all understand the importance of our players returning from injury, the anxiousness of any player to get back on field. That’s always a collective conversation. Medical staff and the player. I don’t make medical decisions. That will be no different with Aaron Rodgers. We all know he wants to play and play as soon as he can.
♦ Extremely important football game this week. It’s a division game. It’s a home game. We’ve had two home games get away from us. You have to win your home games. Our record is obviously 5-5. We need to play better. We need to prepare better. It’s an accountable football team. We’re just not quite where we need to be. We’ve had some peaks and valleys in our fundamental areas of emphasis.
♦ The tackling wasn’t good enough (against the Giants). We had too many missed tackles yesterday. We need to be better.
♦ (Cornerback) Sam Shields’ injury situation was a game-day workout. Sam was injured Thursday in practice and didn’t practice on Friday. Sam didn’t feel it was serious but as time approached the game it wasn’t where he needed to be.
♦ (Safety) Morgan Burnett, I thought Morgan didn’t have his best game last week (against Philadelphia) but I was comfortable with the why Morgan played yesterday. Defensively, we did a lot of good things. We didn’t really get our hands on the balls as much as we’d hope. Going through the tape, I thought Morgan played well yesterday.
♦ Our turnover ratio is clearly where it isn’t supposed to be. It’s a conversation we’ve had way too much this year. We need to do a much better job taking the ball away. Obviously the last couple weeks, we’ve been giving the ball away. That’s a priority as a football team.
♦ (In the red zone,) 2-for-9 or whatever we’ve been for the last three weeks. Just looking at yesterday, we had a play there on first down and it wasn’t productive as you’d like to think. Check on the second one and third down wasn’t converted. The production on first and second down wasn’t what it needed to be.
♦ It kind of reminded me of Kansas City. You prepare your team one way and see a lot of eight-man front. We’re in that world right now. That’s what we’re going through.
♦ Our big play production, I’ve never seen a quarterback hit all of his big throws like that in a game. That was big pass play production from a quarterback. I was talking to Scott going through his grading system, every big shot we called yesterday we hit them. He took a couple hits on the throws but ball placement was extraordinary.
♦ (Tolzien is) a good football player. He’s got a lot to work with. We need to focus on winning games right now but there’s a lot there for a young quarterback. He’s played a lot of football. Good college player.
♦ I think yesterday’s game, (the Giants) played the run the whole game. They played the run from the first snap. It was a three-shell game.
♦ (On the Giants' interception and touchdown,) it was a fire zone, Jason Pierre-Paul was in a flat stance before the adjustment was made. That wasn’t what we wanted.
♦ (Tackle) Don Barclay was declared out Friday afternoon so I couldn’t tell you how close he was. (Tackle) Derek Sherrod had an excellent week of practice. In his padded work, I thought he made a huge step. He hasn’t been through training camp and those practices, so that was good work. We videoed and coached off of it.