McCarthy: We're going to stay true to our process
Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media Monday. Here are some highlights:
On turning page:
We're in a normal work week. Sometimes Thursday night. We came in as a staff this morning, graded the tape. Those grades will be given to the players.
With Thanksgiving, we always felt it's important for players and coaches to be with their families. We'll move everything up. Everyone will be home by 1 o'clock.
On offensive weapons:
I've always felt Aaron Rodgers does a good job running the offense. Sometimes as a younger quarterback and play-caller, you have a tendency to chase the game. Aaron has always done a very good job of going through the progressions.
On Eddie Lacy's illness:
I was aware Eddie was a little under the weather. He's fighting a GI illness. It's something we're monitoring. I think it's a credit to Eddie (how well he played). He's a heck of a football player. Speaks volumes as to type of person he is.
On winning close game:
It's another experience you can build from. Winning close games is something you need to have going into playoff football.
On being extra sharp against New England:
Well, extra sharp will be the focus. Maybe my theme this week. New England is a great football team. The way they're hitting their stride. Watching the film, very impressive. We're not going to make a bunch of changes.
On treating game no different than normal:
I think it's important to treat every game based on what you see on video. We're not going to get too far away from the yellow pad or video screen. We're going to stay true to process. They're an excellent football team.
On running game:
I like our run game. I liked it yesterday. I liked the way our offense is producing points. That's a standard we've set and continue to work toward. Whether it's run or pass to me is irrelevant.
On Rob Gronkowski:
Gronkowski is a big test. We haven't played anyone like him in a while for sure. His size and ability to create a throwing radius with his body. He's an excellent football player and he's definitely a difference-maker.
On Tom Brady:
I'm definitely looking forward to it. These are games when the schedule comes out, you look at it.
On plugging in new running backs:
They're running it well and throwing it pretty darn good, too. I don't think you can ever go from one week to another and think this is the way they're going to play you.
On Lang/Matthews coming out of game:
Good. They're both battling through things. I saw Clay earlier. He went through a workout. Looked like he came out OK.
On threat of over-preparing:
You have your approach and adjustments in your approach. Every football play I've ever installed. Adjustments need to be proactive.
On Lacy's involvement:
The only thing I've ever focused on with Eddie is how many times he touches the ball. If you look at our season, it's been different. To score this many points with the total number of plays. Matt Flynn has played in three or four ball clubs, I don't think I've ever had a backup play that many plays over two years.
I think it's a group on offense that's been together a while. The veteran leadership there does a good job with helping the younger players make an impact. If you look at operation of no-huddle, this is our third year into it. Last year, I thought we were taking off coming out of Minnesota and then the following week we don't have (Rodgers).
On Dom Capers' time with Belichick:
Dom and I have talked about things they do from an operation standpoint. They go about it differently. Obviously it works well for them.
On Nick Perry:
I think he's getting close. I know he was here and went through his work. It was laid out for him.