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McCarthy: Planning for Flynn, waiting on Rodgers

Dec. 16, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn, left, talks with coach Mike McCarthy during the second half of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn, left, talks with coach Mike McCarthy during the second half of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

The Green Bay Packers are starting their planning for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers as if Matt Flynn will be the starting quarterback, coach Mike McCarthy said Monday.

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McCarthy spoke to the reporters on Monday afternoon, less than a day after Sundayís 37-36 win over the Cowboys. Here are some highlights from his press conference:

♦ We needed Sunday, so we can handle the success of Sunday. Itís a great victory just to go out and take that victory and earn it. One-play-at-a-time mentality. To come over the adversity that seemed like it would not end and to keep balance, itís something that we could draw from and something we can build on.

♦ A lot of great football played in the second half. It was a great environment. To hear the Packers fans going crazy was something special. Definitely a game Iíll never forget.

♦ (Injured quarterback) Aaron Rodgers had a brief medical meeting. Aaronís situation will be evaluated Wednesday morning and then weíll have a plan for him come Wednesday.

♦ (Regarding difference between first and second halves against Cowboys) The game of football. The no-huddle (offense) really wasnít clicking. We got back to some basic things and our guys played extremely well. Our run defense gave up a lot of production. We kept building from there.

♦ (About the) plane ride (home), I donít think itís like the old days like some of the behavior you can jump into. Coaches watched the tape like they always do. It was actually a quiet plane. I think everybody was spent.

♦ (Cornerback) Tramon Williamsí second interception, the timing of it worked out. (The officials on the field) were buzzed (by the replay booth) about the same time as we called timeout. I sensed they were trying to run a play. I was in communication with the official. Iím calling a timeout. Iím not getting beat by a technicality. That was it. It looked pretty clean.

♦ I think when you have games like that, itís really a reflection of the people and the program. When opportunities come to handle those situations, you have to deliver. Thatís what our football team is all about. Weíve been in two tough ones the last two weeks. You have to be patient and disciplined. Players do an incredible job of taking it one play at a time.

♦ Hopefully Iím talking about this a month from now, but I think these type of games and experience weíve been through is something you can definitely benefit from as a football team. Weíve had a number of guys perform for us that I didnít think they were going to play this year. (Tight end) Andrew Quarless, heís stepped up his game the last two weeks. (Receiver Jarrett) Boykin has been playing solid for the last two months.

♦ The first play in the second half was play No. 5 in the first 10 calls. It goes back to the basics to how we want to run the play against them. They overplayed some of our runs and (running back) Eddie (Lacy) ran the ball well. We had some negative plays in first half, but we played clean football in the second half.

♦ We like to talk about leadership and everyone likes to talk about speech. When you have credibility, translates in the locker room. Eddie Lacy is a likable personality.

♦ (Injured receiver) Randall Cobbís workout today was very good. Weíll see how he is tomorrow and Wednesday weíll set the play.

♦ Weíre game-planning right now for Matt Flynn.

♦ I wonít watch the Detroit-Baltimore game (on Monday night). I have no interest. I have to pay attention to Pittsburgh Steelers. His kids have a basketball game tonight.

♦ Last two weeks, Andrew Quarless is starting to look like guy we felt could be a dynamite player.

♦ (Asked about having his name linked to the University of Texas coaching job) No. 1, the University of Texas, Austin is a great city. My daughter grew up there. Iím proud to be a Green Bay Packer. Iím happy to be here.

♦ (On whether there should be a centralized replay system) I was part of a conversation about that. I should keep my comments private. I think when you start taking the game decisions away from the playing field, I think thatís a dangerous area to get into.

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