McCarthy: It was not a good day for us
Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media Monday. Here are some highlights from his news conference:
On the offense's struggles against Buffalo:
Offensively, our performance wasn't what it's been the last month. I think our whole football team it was consistent all the way through. We had way too many mental errors. You have to go back to the first quarter of the season. The handling of the football was poor. Run and pass-blocking was excellent. Obviously the punt return was a big play in the game. Field-goal protection, we haven't really found a combination with T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton not available there. I thought we matched up very well with Buffalo. It wasn't our day.
On pass versus run:
I thought we had good balance. I thought particular personnel groups we had success with. It's a game that you clearly look at. Play-calling is a little different today than it was three years ago. Reviewing the game, there were two or three calls I wish I had back.
On focus not being there early:
I think the way the game started. Frankly, I thought we were going to win the game decisively. I thought the punt return changed it. I was confident going into the game. I thought we had a good plan and good week of preparation. We haven't had a performance like that in a while for four quarters. That's something I think can make us better in the end. It was not a good day for us.
On incomplete passes behind receivers or high:
We look at the throws that are good throws. You look at the footwork. A strength of Aaron is his fundamentals and physical gifts. We weren't on the same page with back shoulder throws and vertical throws. We were not in sync to start the game.
On special-teams issues:
It's a focus not only of ours, but it's a focus of our opponent. Anytime you get in these kind of games, you're identity and performance has been evaluated. Our special teams are going to be stressed down the stretch. We have to not only combat that, but we have to make plays as well. This is our last week of padded practice. The personnel is not right. We don't feel like we have that right yet.
On T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton's involvement there:
We'll see how Wednesday is. That's kind of a big day for those guys. It's risk assessment. It's a challenging football play. It's unique skill and unique physical capabilities, too. If you look at Josh and TJ, there's a reason why they're excellent when they're in there.
On amount of starters on offenses, can you change options on special teams:
The way we do the inactives each and every week it's the players who we think are going to be available to play. The competition isn't just for Sunday. You have players who are competing during the course of the week. That's an every week deal. That's the way you want it.
Aaron, i think it's probably his highest grade as far as adjustments. I thought we created some very good scenarios. Whether a 2-yard pass is considered a run or a pass, I think it's important to run the football. When the game got to a two-score game, i was worried about time.
On Davon House's shoulder:
He's progressing pretty well. I know there's some concern early. I think he'll be hard-pressed to go this week. We'll see where he is.
On JC Tretter:
I thought JC did some good things. Everyone wants to look at the last play. I thought JC did a good job.
On Bryan Bulaga:
I think he's in the concussion protocol.
On Aaron Rodgers:
I think you have to be in touch with the fact and the approach of analysis of every game.
On Fuzzy Thurston:
You talk about a man who exemplifies Green Bay Packers. I was probably round him more in 1999 as the quarterbacks coach. My thoughts and prayers go to his family.
We had five pre-snap penalties. We knew this crew was high as a focus going into the game. Buffalo had five pre-snap penalties. That was kind of the scouting report for those guys. Whether they're going to let you play, we're kind of in the middle of the park.