McCarthy: A perfect time for a mini-bye week

Ryan Wood
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Less than 24 hours after a blowout win, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke with media Friday afternoon at Lambeau Field. Here are the highlights a day after his team's 42-10 win against the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers (56) celebrates with defensive line coach Mike Trgovac after Peppers recovered a fumble against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter during Sunday's game at Ford Field in Detroit. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media/@PGevansiegle

On weekend schedule:

Today the coaching staff, we worked on corrections for Chicago and Minnesota and laid out our fundamental emphasis going into the next week. preparation for Miami has started. The players are off until Monday.

On run defense between Chicago and Minnesota:

I think it's like everything you try to improve on fundamentals. Some of the things we did differently, we played against two different offenses. The patterns were different.

On Datone Jones status:

He has an ankle sprain. Not sure if he'll practice Wednesday.

On Thursday night games:

I like Thursday night games for a number of different reasons. I always enjoyed the Thanksgiving game. I thought it always served as a mini-bye week for your football team. Really, the past three weeks – really, the past two weeks – with these three division games, this is a perfect game for a mini-bye.

On importance of getting back on track this past week:

Well, quality football. To me, when you evaluate your football team, you look at your play style, which way you're going to play each and every day. Quality of play, you're always chasing quality of play to be higher. And, ultimately, to win the game. Quality of play, we have a lot of work to do there. We're a team that just completed the first quarter of its season, so we need to get better. We're 3-2. That's the reality of where we are as a team. I'm excited about what happened over the last five days. To win against to division rivals, that's important.

On Rodgers' focus filtering through the team:

Absolutely. Aaron Rodgers, he speaks for the locker room. There's no question about it. He's won championships, he's been the MVP of the league.

On Peppers return:

He might be working with the offense this week. What a great play. Unique, special athlete, especially to be doing it at his age. It's just nice to have him here.

On Tim Masthay:

Tim was excellent. I thought that was probably one of his best performances in his time here. Obviously, their return game was something we had respect for coming into the game. Tim had a big night.

On defensive improvements:

You think about it, we gave up 10 points at Detroit, 14 last week and 10 last night. So we're averaging 12 points per game. If you do that in your division games, that's good. I think we've definitely gotten better on defense the last few weeks.

On Josh Boyd:

I'm hopeful he'll practice Wednesday.

Same for Boykin:

Not sure.

On Luther Robinson's first game:

He did some good things. Obviously, a huge play tipping the ball to Julius on the interception. He'll get better. and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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