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Catching up with OC Joe Philbin

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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The Packers offense finally found a groove in the 45-7 win over the Cowboys on Sunday - 415 yards, 10-for-15 on third downs, ran the ball 35 times for 138 yards, passed 35 times for 277 yards, Tim Masthay punted just twice. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin talked about the day as a whole: “We did a good job taking care of the football. We had zero turnovers for the second week in a row. That's huge. That's the No. 1 thing we want to get done on a weekly basis.” “Did a good job moving the chains. We talked to the guys this week about let's work for first downs and get ourselves in a scoring position, then worry about the touchdowns next. We had 26 first downs, 37 minutes time of possession. All those things, overstating the obvious, help you be productive and score points.” On James Jones (career-high 8 catches, 123 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 fumble, 1 dropped TD): “Had a productive night. He did some really good things, made some really nice catches. Won some one-on-one matchups when they were in man-coverage. He got a good release and beat the guy and separated from the defender, which is good to see. Did a nice job in the red zone, lowering his pads and scoring the touchdown. He had a good night.” “He’s probably disappointed that he didn’t have another one, but hopefully he’ll have more opportunities and he’ll cash in on those.” “I think sometimes when you try to over-orchestrate an offense from a coaching perspective, you can take away the flow of an offense. I think last night, you saw good execution, good solid plays and the players executing them well. The ball gets distributed around. Sometimes his number gets called a good bit and he responded pretty well.” On left tackle Chad Clifton, who coach Mike McCarthy said is playing as well as he’s ever seen him play: “He’s playing well. He’s guy’s not getting to the quarterback. His name’s not coming up a lot in film meetings and that’s probably the best tribute that an offensive lineman can get. Because if your name’s coming up a lot, it’s probably not a good thing. Offensive linemen are taken for granted, obviously, so you want to remain anonymous for the most part. We haven’t heard a lot about Jared Allen did this or Demarcus Ware did that, and those type of things. So it’s all good when you’re an offensive lineman.” On RB Brandon Jackson (13 attempts, 42 yards, 1 TD, 4 receptions, 26 yards, 1 TD): “Brandon made some people miss, too, and that’s big. He got on the second level and made the corner miss one time and made a linebacker miss another time, had the nice run on the screen pass for the touchdown. Real pleased, thought he did some good things.” On building off the win: “We’re going to find out in two weeks when we go Minnesota. We get the players back and strap it up again fundamentally and keep working on improving and developing as a unit and hopefully build off this. And develop a little bit of consistency. We didn’t get in the end zone against the Jets I think for the first time in 57 games, if I’m not mistaken, and then score 31 points on offense this week. Where are we? We’re going to find out when we play a very good defensive team in Minnesota. They’re excellent on defense, they have been for a long time. We’ll get a good barometer on that.” There were so many positives from last week – getting to the bye 6-3, beating a big-name team on the featured Sunday night game, getting the offense on track, more dominance from the defense – do you take anything more from this win than others? “Not to me. Somebody else might, but not me. It’s a good win. I’m happy our guys are showing signs of improvement. And we’re looking forward to getting ready for the Vikings now.”

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