McCarthy: Lacy clears first step in concussion protocol

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Friday following Packers' 36-16 loss to Seattle. Here are some highlights:

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy runs for yardage during the Aug. 22 preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field.

Opening statement:

Overview of the football game, just got done completing the evaluation of the football game. The two biggest things that stand out for us is the fundmentals in operation to start the game. We didn't handle the environment as a coaching staff. We stretched our defense out. That falls under coaching. The second place is the fundamentals of football. Tackling, we had way too many missed tackles and the fundamnetals of footwork in practice every day didn't carry onto the field. The turnover and safety obviously factored in. We didn't play very well against a good football team in a tough environment. There are things that are correctable. We can look at the preseason, play style and areas of emphasis were evident, but not last night. We're 0-1 and we're excited about our opener against the New York Jets.

On Bryan Bulaga:

Wednesday's practice will give us a better indication of Bryan Bulaga. I know he'd like to try to go on Wednesday but we have to see how he reacts. It's not a major injury. We're relieved by that.

On Eddie Lacy:

I was told Eddie Lacy feels very good today. He's already started the concussion protocol and cleared the first step. The biggest thing is anybody, particularly Eddie Lacy we were always going to go through the process. We don't take unnecessary risk for the players.

On Corey Linsley:

Corey did a lot of good things. I thought he did well. I was happy with his performance and stepped up to the plate. I thought he did a good job.

On tackling:

Reality of tackling, I know everyone has an opinion of it, the footwork is a key component of all your fundamentals whether it's blocking, getting off blocks, sustaining blocks. It's no different than ball security. In regards to tackling, frankly the biggest thing that jumps out on film is we didn't run through the tackle. If you start leaving your feet to tackle people, the biggest part of our tackling is our footwork and running through the near hip. We didn't do a very good job of it.

On defense schematically:

We were not sharp. I think some of it clearing started with our communication from the boundary. They make late substitutions, which creates later communication in the defense. I think our players were unsettled and frankly I didn't feel we got into the flow we needed to.

On having wrong personnel:

It wasn't the wrong personnel – it was getting the call in. As far as them catching us and what we were trying to do with personnel, that wasn't a huge issue.

On going away from 3-4 Okie for more 4-3:

We're an Okie defense. Just because you play a four man look, it's still Okie personnel. It's really in line with what we talked about in the spring, we're utilizing our players. We're doing things that are best suited for our players. It's one game. We have a big commitment. That's what coaching is.

On not throwing toward Richard Sherman:

It was more of a decision to put Jordy Nelson the left and see if he was going to come over to play him. No-huddle, it's easier for receivers to stay on one side of the line. We wanted to run our stuff and line up as quickly as we could. I thought Aaron Rodgers did a good job working through communication problems.

On Sherrod playing if Bulaga is out:

If Bryan Bulaga doesn't go, Derek Sherrod will handle right tackle. I think Derek will play better than this week. There were some things weren't in tune with.

On Brad Jones:

Brad Jones didn't have his best game as far as we call things.

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