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McCarthy: Broken tackles were 'off the charts'

Weston Hodkiewicz
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday. Here are some highlights:

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) tries to elude Carolina Panthers defenders while making a run in the second quarter during Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

On defense:

They're getting better. You see it in practice. The fits are cleaner in the run game. We're doing a better job of keeping our shoulders squared.

On communication with players and coaches:

The communication is very important. Defensively, we've made a number of changes scheme wise and how we rotate personnel. I think the cohesiveness needed to take place, but the communication we all could be better with that. By no means do we feel like we have it all figured out. It's a focus of ours and all of our coaches/coordinators need to be open. I've learned the most football from the players throughout my careers.

On Saints:

I don't ever put an opposing team's record up. We stay true to video. They've lost four games, three of them have been by a few points. We stay in tune with what we see on the video.

On offensive line improvement:

Maturity. I think it's a group that really has a chance to be really, really good. The younger guys have really stepped up this year. Josh Sitton is so consistent with everything he does. T.J. Lang is probably having his best year. David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga won the game balls on offense.

On Richard Rodgers:

Richard Rodgers probably had his best game of the season

On Jordy Nelson:

I'd like to think Jordy has always played this way. This is the man we see every day a practice. Outstanding player

On broken tackles:

I get some statistics at halftime. We had 16 broken tackles at halftime. That's off the charts.

On October success:

It's something when you reflect back on season and design of our roster. There is development b/c young players

On Sam Barrington:

He's been doing a lot of good things. We want to get him the ball as we talk about a lot in here.

On Ha Ha Clinton-Dix:

Ha Ha has put together a couple good games. Thought he played very well yesterday. He's more comfortable coming up in support.