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McCarthy: Tolzien will start against Vikings

Nov. 18, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) talks to coach Mike McCarthy during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on Nov. 10. Lukas Keapproth/Press Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) talks to coach Mike McCarthy during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on Nov. 10. Lukas Keapproth/Press Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday afternoon, in the wake of Sundayís 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 havenít 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. Thatís always a collective conversation. Medical staff and the player. I donít 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. Itís a division game. Itís a home game. Weíve 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. Itís an accountable football team. Weíre just not quite where we need to be. Weíve had some peaks and valleys in our fundamental areas of emphasis.

♦ The tackling wasnít good enough (against the Giants). We had too many missed tackles yesterday. We need to be better.

♦ (Cornerback) Sam Shieldsí injury situation was a game-day workout. Sam was injured Thursday in practice and didnít practice on Friday. Sam didnít feel it was serious but as time approached the game it wasnít where he needed to be.

♦ (Safety) Morgan Burnett, I thought Morgan didnít 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 didnít really get our hands on the balls as much as weíd hope. Going through the tape, I thought Morgan played well yesterday.

♦ Our turnover ratio is clearly where it isnít supposed to be. Itís a conversation weíve had way too much this year. We need to do a much better job taking the ball away. Obviously the last couple weeks, weíve been giving the ball away. Thatís a priority as a football team.

♦ (In the red zone,) 2-for-9 or whatever weíve been for the last three weeks. Just looking at yesterday, we had a play there on first down and it wasnít productive as youíd like to think. Check on the second one and third down wasnít converted. The production on first and second down wasnít 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. Weíre in that world right now. Thatís what weíre going through.

♦ Our big play production, Iíve 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. Heís got a lot to work with. We need to focus on winning games right now but thereís a lot there for a young quarterback. Heís played a lot of football. Good college player.

♦ I think yesterdayís 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 wasnít what we wanted.

♦ (Tackle) Don Barclay was declared out Friday afternoon so I couldnít 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 hasnít been through training camp and those practices, so that was good work. We videoed and coached off of it.

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