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4th-quarter performance is McCarthy's 'recurring issue'

Nov. 11, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talks with referee Mike Carey during Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talks with referee Mike Carey during Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media

Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media after Sunday’s 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Here are some other highlights from his news conference:

-Recurring issue – we didn’t play a game today so I don’t think I could fix it today. What I’m disappointed in and it’s gone on all year is our fourth-quarter performance. I’m frustrated, but it’s something we’ve been emphasizing to see it happen again yesterday is disappointing and frustrating. We’ll continue to look at it and emphasizing it.

-There are some positives, too. You have to look at the calls. We’ve gone down over and over. Our issue yesterday was we didn’t tackle. It’ll be heightened again this week. We’ve played nine games. It’s time for our locker room to step up and take a big step. We’re always talking about who’s not there – we need to focus on winning football games. It’s important in times like this to listen to your language and make sure we’re talking about the right things. I don’t think we have major issues. We’ve had a lot of injuries happen, we just haven’t quite overcome them. We had opportunities yesterday to overcome those situations. Defensively, we gave up three touchdowns over the top. The offense was productive. The opportunities were there. These are the things we’ve done routinely that we’re not quite doing in the fourth quarter.

-I thought Scott Tolzien played an outstanding football game. No offenses are the same. The footwork this young man is being asked to do is different than anything else. I saw him get better running plays he hasn’t played yet and doing things that were exceptional.

-Matt Flynn is here. He went through his workout this morning. He looked good. Just came from the training room, a lot of information is still coming in. His information is one that just came in.

-I think Seneca Wallace would’ve came back in the game in an emergency situation. Conversation on sideline was he wouldn’t be able to move out of the pocket. That’s why we held him.

-I sat down with Scott. I expect the footwork to get the right throw to the receivers. I thought he handled the game management. We had two situations where it wasn’t clean.

-On Clay Matthews: The first game is always the hardest. He’s such a hands player. He’s exceptional with his hands placement and his ability with the second and their reaction. He struggled with it at times.

-What happened yesterday was the game of football and we didn’t play at a high enough level to win. The mental errors were high on offense, which is to be expected a little bit. We had to adjust as we went. We overcame them for the most part with the mental performance on special teams and defense was pretty good.

-I don’t know (if Sherrod is ready to go). Practice only takes you so far. He’s going to have to step up at some point and be ready to go.

-They’re going to have to move around, so we’re not going to know until the end of the week. The Giants’ defensive line factors into how you prepare for him.

-Nick’s injury is an ankle. Hayward is the same hamstring.

-Aaron Rodgers was excellent. He was into it. He did an excellent job of being the backup quarterback all week.

-You’re looking at a guard who didn’t practice all week. Graded out well at guard but had a few things at center.

-I think anytime if you want to look at play-calling, I thought yesterday’s game was clean. As I grew confident with Scott with the way he was playing and what they’re giving him, can you handle this or done this? His communication was excellent. I thought it was a clean game.

-I don’t feel there’s a whole lot to figure out. They’re getting our best shot every day. That’s something you feel you always do. At times like this you always do, I need to do a better job.

-Losing is hard. That’s the part of this business that you don’t ever get used to. The team is in a good spot. We moved onto the Giants today. We expediated a lot of the analysis.

-Rodgers is a couple weeks away I would think. They haven’t given me a date. I don’t think he’s been scanned again.

-Interception in end zone – I’m sure he wishes he had that one back. We had an excellent matchup with Jordy. That situation definitely favored the offense. The snap was a little low when he saw the video. Those are the things that hopefully are going to be better.

-We’re analyzing everything. I don’t know how many personnel changes you could consider right now because we have to make sure 46 for the game.

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