McCarthy: Boykin will be 'challenged' to play vs. Miami
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media after practice on Wednesday. Here are some highlights:
Packers Injury report
Limited in practice: LB Sam Barrington (hamstring), DE Josh Boyd (knee). Did not practice: WR Jarrett Boykin (groin), DE Datone Jones (ankle).
On facing former assistant Joe Philbin, now the Miami Dolphins' coach:
Obviously, this is the first time getting the opportunity to playing a Joe Philbin football team.
On Philbin's contribution to the Packers:
Excellent football coach. A great family man and the love he has for his family and his ability to be dedicated to this professional. There's a personal side and professional side to every encounter. They're coming off a bye week. We have a little extra time ourselves. This is a game both of us need.
On cold, windy weather at practice before a game in Miami:
We're educated on hydration. It's an everyday deal for us. We'll be ready I feel confident.
On rookie defensive tackle Luther Robinson:
Luther did a nice job. He's obviously competing to play this week. That's what you want. Competition is healthy. I like the quality of work Luther has put together so far.
He won't practice tomorrow. So he'll be challenged to play this week. Kevin Dorsey deserved the opportunity. He put together a good body of work to make our 53. He'll definitely help us.
I'd put Datone Jones in a day-to-day category.
He was probably one of our best special-teams players in preseason from what I saw. He made some big-time catches. He's a tough guy, tough minded individual.
On playing well in October:
I do know, but I don't want to jinx it. Just want to keep it going.
On Miami's defense:
The pass rush jumps off the film at you. A very athletic defense. There's a heightened awareness for us.
On quarterback Aaron Rodgers' 12:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio:
Your No. 1 objective is to take care of the football and it starts with the quarterback position. He's excellent at that and has been his whole career. Anytime ball is turned over, it's something your football team has to overcome. I think Aaron has done a great job.
On what makes for a great quarterback:
Their understanding of the game. Obviously, the physical talents they have, gifted athletes, but just the way they see the game. They see the things before they happen. They're anticipating. The game really slows down for them. I think quarterback coming into the NFL are further ahead in that category.
On Philbin's comments about watching Pro Bowl quarterbacks in 2008 and comparing them to Rodgers:
I remember conversations. Joe was calling the game for us and he wouldn't run the ball, and we had Adrian Peterson. Peterson ended up winning the MVP. That's really what happens when you go to the Pro Bowl. I remember Marty Schottenheimer telling me in 1993 to pay attention to the players because these are the best of the best.
On trying to get 75 plays on offense:
We need to have longer drives. (Punter) Tim Masthay had a great week last week. It's not the goal. We're aware of it. It's five games. It's something we're aware and focused on.
On special-teams coverage units:
If I was to pick an MVP of our special teams, I'd pick (safety) Sean Richardson. I think he's clearly our best player in production and attitude. I like what we're doing on special teams. We're playing to our personnel. Our speed is better than it's been.