Gannett Wisconsin Media’s Brett Christopherson caught up with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, who reflected on the bye week and talked about why Mike McCarthy has enjoyed so much success as the Packers' head coach:
The bye week is wrapping up. Did you try to get away from football completely to give yourself that mental breather?
RC: Yeah, you definitely need a mental break. It definitely (was) good to step away for a little bit.
The bye week is a time to self-scout. What does that entail? What are you thinking about and analyzing as you go through that process?
RC: Just being able to scout myself and see what my pros and cons are. What I’ve been able to do well, what I haven’t done as well and just continuing to work on those as the second half of the season comes. Looking back on my preparation as far as film study. Just grading myself and being able to critique myself and change some of the things that I need to.
Mike McCarthy earned his 100th career regular season victory in the win against the Chargers. In your opinion, what makes him a good coach?
RC: I think what makes him a great coach is his ability to communicate with the players and being able to play to the team that he has, being able to coach to the team that he has. He has a system in line, but he’s able to create different things with the players that he has. Obviously with me and the way he has been able to move me around in different situations and create those matchups. And then we have Ty Montgomery being able to do the same thing. Like he did with Clay (Matthews), moving Clay to inside linebacker. Just being able to do those different things.
McCarthy said handling success is something that’s consistently preached to the players and part of every weekly message and theme. Why is that such a point of emphasis? Can success be difficult to handle?
RC: Because with success comes a lot of different things. You want to stay grounded and remember who you are and not get caught up in who everybody is telling you, you are. So just trying to keep that level head and not get too down on yourself or get too high on ourselves in our situation of being 6-0. Making sure we continue to put the time in, the work in and not get too complacent. Continue to have that drive that has gotten us to this point.
You have a streak of 46 consecutive regular season games in which you’re recorded a reception. Are you aware of that streak? Does it hold any significance to you as it continues to build?
RC: You know, I was not aware of that, but I don’t like that I am now (chuckling). Whenever we start talking about streaks, something comes up. So I hope it doesn’t become a point where I don’t have a reception in a game because I don’t think that’s going to be a good look. That means I’m not doing my job very well. So, man, I really hate to know that now. Yeah, it is what it is. And hopefully, I can continue that throughout my career.
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