Cobb: 'We’ve executed at the right times'
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s Brett Christopherson caught up with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, who shared his thoughts on Sunday’s 21-13 victory over the Houston Texans. This Q&A is presented by Tundraland:
Does playing in the snow at Lambeau Field bring an extra energy boost to the guys? Is it as fun as it looks?
Cobb: Yeah. I think that’s the first game since I’ve been here where it has snowed the entire game non-stop. It was really fun. It was a lot of fun to play in. Obviously, conditions on the field weren’t the greatest. Every time I went to line up, I had a mound of snow underneath my cleats, so I tried to kick it out before I got in my stance. But yeah, it was a little difficult to move around in.
Have you been spared of a fine by the NFL for that snow angel you made after your nine-yard TD catch?
Cobb: I actually didn’t even know it was a fine. I haven’t yet. I didn’t have one in my locker (on Tuesday) - maybe I'll have one (on Wednesday). I was trying to get up after I made the catch, and I just slid. So it was kind of just a spur-of-the-moment thing. Glad they didn’t call a penalty on it or anything. I haven’t gotten a fine yet, but we’ll see. … It’s the "No Fun League," so you know how they are.
What do you think the common denominator has been as you look at how you’ve been able to put together two straight wins? How have you been able to get this thing turned around?
Cobb: I think offensively, the biggest thing has been execution. We’ve executed at the right times. We’ve been able to continuously move the ball, move the sticks and put ourselves in great position on third-and-short to be able to pick up first downs. Obviously, we didn’t play as well as we would have liked to this past week, but we did enough to get the win. And we put two great drives together, so that was huge for us as an offense.
As you mentioned, you had back-to-back touchdown marches of 98 and 89 yards that essentially put the game away. What impressed you most about how those drives came together?
Cobb: Just being able to make the plays. Obviously with the conditions making it difficult at times throughout the game, being able to make plays. Jordy (Nelson) made a few big catches. Davante (Adams) made a big catch and almost what we thought was going to be a big play after the catch, but it was called back (after his foot touched the sideline while running). Just the execution. Being able to close the game out there at the end.
Nelson finished with eight catches for 118 yards and a touchdown and has 69 receptions for 872 yards and 10 touchdowns – all team-highs – on the season. What does it say about him as a player and as a person in how he has been able to bounce back in such a strong way after missing all of last season with a knee injury?
Cobb: It’s great. It’s great to see. One of the special things about Jordy is he comes and does his job every single day. He’s the same person. He never changes, regardless of the situation. He continues to work his butt off. He prepares the same way each week. He goes about his business and handles what he needs to handle. And he goes out and makes plays in the game.
Brett Christopherson: 920-993-7117, or firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter @PCBrettC