USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s Brett Christopherson caught up with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, who looked ahead to Sunday’s Week 12 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. This Q&A is presented by Tundraland:
These are strange days in Green Bay in that the Packers have had so much success throughout Mike McCarthy’s tenure as coach and really haven’t experienced much in the way of extended losing streaks. Who do you rely on to get through this when guys aren’t used to dealing with a lot of adversity?
Cobb: I don’t know. I’ve never been in this position. … My best record (at Kentucky) was 7-6, so that’s not too great, but we never had a losing streak like this. You just dig yourself a hole, and it’s tough to climb out of it. But you’ve just got to continue to claw, fight and rip and crawl and do whatever you’ve got to do to try to overcome it. I’m confident in the guys in our locker room that we can find a way to do that. It’s just, we’re running out of time. We have to make sure we have that attitude going forward.
Tight end Jared Cook returned from injury and finished with six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss to Washington. What does his presence mean for the offense moving forward?
Cobb: I think it’s obvious to see the talent that he has and what he brings to our team. The more guys that we can have making plays like he was able to make, the better off we’ll be. Getting Ty (Montgomery) the ball more. Giving Jared more opportunities. Devante (Adams) continuing to make plays. Jordy (Nelson) and myself. Just getting everybody involved and being able to spread the ball out, it would be hard for us to be stopped.
You were back on punt returns against Washington, replacing rookie Trevor Davis, who fumbled the week before against Tennessee. Are you coaching him in that role since you know what it entails and have had success at it? Do you give him advice on how to handle the mental aspect of being a punt returner?
Cobb: Yeah, and it’s bigger than just being a punt returner. It’s just continuing on this level. Things happen through the course of a season, and your role may change in different ways. But you have to continue to have the same approach. Trevor has some great qualities that he brings to this team - his speed being one. And obviously, we saw different cases of him having big returns. He has something special, and it’s something that’s definitely going to be developed over the course of time. So, just continuing to let him know that he’s a great player. Don’t take these changes as something that’s an issue. But (returning punts) is something me and Coach (Mike) McCarthy had talked about prior to my hamstring injury. It was just something that, obviously as I was able to get back to full health I was going to do.
You have another prime-time game as you prepare to face the Eagles on Monday night. Do you have any favorite or memorable “Monday Night Football” moments that you can recall from growing up and watching those games on TV?
Cobb: I can’t think of any off the top of my head as far as Monday night games, but I’ve always like playing in Monday night games. It’s always a fun game – obviously the prime-time. I think prime-time games are always a lot more fun to play in.
Brett Christopherson: 920-993-7117, or firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter @PCBrettC