Bostick, Elliott 'could be challenged to go' vs. Eagles
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media after practice on Wednesday. Here are some highlights from his news conference as the team prepares for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field:
Did not practice – G T.J. Lang (ankle), G Josh Sitton (toe), TE Brandon Bostick (hip), OLB Jayrone Elliott (hamstring).
On Lang and Sitton:
T.J. Lang, Josh were in the rehab part of it today. We'll see tomorrow if they'll be able to do anything. They did the same thing today they did last week. They're probably similar to last week.
On correcting off the tape after a big win:
Doesn't affect anything as far as how it's corrected. We were on a victory Monday, so corrections are made later.
On the importance of Sunday's game:
I'm not thinking about the playoffs right now. It's important to think about the Eagles. Today's players are so much more informed. I think everyone understands the Eagles are first in their division and also in the NFC.
On Philadelphia's philosophy:
I view them. I think they're playing well in all three areas. Their offense is extremely explosive. The way they approach it. They've been very productive there. Defense, they're very aggressive. Special teams, they have a dynamic returner. I'm impressed with their blocking both on kickoff and punt. Winter football at Lambeau, returns will be at a premium.
On the Eagles' speed:
It's a very aggressive defense. They're very strong-handed inside. Excellent anchors as outside rushers. It's a very well-rounded defense. I don't think there's any area you think there's a weak spot.
On the defense preparing for the Eagles:
We should be ready for it. We still do no-huddle competitive drill each Wednesday. There's mechanics in place to prepare for a no-huddle offense.
On getting to 75 plays per game, but offense still connecting to that philosophy:
We've done an extremely good job in point production. We had 42 points at halftime on 30 plays. We've had a few of those this year. We're extremely productive with our opportunities. Our red-zone drives are way up, have to finish games a little better, but when you get into substitutions it affects statistics.
On Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez:
You have to pay attention to the whole scheme and whole system. He looked good in space. You could see the athletic ability.
On the Eagles' up-tempo offense:
The tempo is something we're accustomed to. They're stressing your communication. You have to stay in clean defenses. They moved a tackle over and we didn't make an adjustment last year and it was a 20-yard run.
On Eagles coach Chip Kelly's offense:
Watching Oregon during the scouting period was my exposure to what he was doing. I've always liked the concept. It was interesting to see how he was going to use the personnel.
On Bostick and Elliott's injuries:
It's going to be, I don't want to say a challenge to make it this week, but we'll see how the week goes.