USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s Brett Christopherson caught up with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, who shared his thoughts on Monday’s 27-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. This Q&A is presented by Tundraland:
How good does it feel to simply win a game again? Does it feel like a burden was lifted?
Cobb: Yeah, it definitely feels really good. It was a great plane right back after the game. We’re all excited to get that first one — to get that feeling again and get things rolling.
Aaron Rodgers said afterward that the win was “a step in the right direction,” but he hopes there isn’t a “ton of relief setting in.” How do you guard against that and make sure the urgency remains heightened as you look to keep yourselves in the playoff hunt?
Cobb: I think just making sure we maintain that message and making sure the young guys understand. As a veteran, I think that we all are aware of the situation, and we can’t take one win for granted. One win is not enough. That’s not going to get us into the playoffs. It’s continuing from that point.
Your opening two drives totaled 150 yards on 19 plays with each ending in touchdowns. Why was the offense able to settle into a rhythm so quickly and finally get off to a fast start?
Cobb: I think because we kept ourselves in manageable down-and-distances. We were able to keep it to second- and third-and-short and put ourselves in a position to move the sticks. We were just in rhythm, and I think that rhythm came from making the plays and not having receivers have to run back from downfield and go get in the huddle. We were making the plays downfield. So we were able to keep the tempo going, we were able to wear the defense down and I think that we did some really good things on our first couple drives.
Davante Adams had a big game with five catches for 113 yards and two TDs. His eight receiving touchdowns on the season are tied for the third most in the league. What are the biggest differences in the Davante Adams from his first two seasons to the player we now see today?
Cobb: I would say we saw it in his first year. I would say last year, he was injured throughout the entire season, and I don’t think he ever felt comfortable. And this year is the guy that Coach (Mike) McCarthy called the MVP in the offseason, the guy that Aaron called a superstar in the making. This is who he is. We knew what we had in him, and he’s starting to flourish. And our message to him now is this is his floor. He has set his floor. So this is what we expect week in and week out — for him to make these big plays that he’s making and continue to help us find ways to win.
Finally, what’s up with that triple option play we saw you run against the Eagles? Rodgers ended up keeping the ball and picking up the first down, but you were there waiting for the pitch. Is it fun to go old-school and run some different stuff like that? Are we going to see that play again?
Cobb: (Chuckling) I don’t know. We wanted to give the defense a different look with me, Ty (Montgomery), Aaron and (Jared Cook) in the backfield and be able to do something different with it — give the defense a different look and see how they play it.
Admit it: You were calling for the pitch, right?
Cobb: (Chuckling) I was waiting for it. I thought he was going to come to me. I thought he was going to let it go. But in that situation, he was able to pick up the first down and keep the sticks moving.
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