Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media after practice on Tuesday, as the team prepared for Sunday's winner-take-all NFC North showdown against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Here are highlights from his press conference:
On quarterback Aaron Rodgers' recovery from a strained calf:
Aaron Rodgers looked good. He's getting better. We didn't do a whole lot today. Coming off Monday night schedule, a lot of fundamentals.
On balancing Rodgers' workload:
So far, so good. We'll see how tomorrow is. He's getting better each day. Tomorrow is more of an abbreviated Thursday.
On wearing a shirt promoting the Get Loud Lambeau initiative:
Its my second shirt. It's our fan engagement thing this week. We want our best Lambeau experience here in December.
On why they're doing it:
It's a great environment. Always is. This is an important game. It's all about promoting the Lambeau experience.
On not practicing on Christmas Day:
I'd be concerned if we were working on the holiday. That's just not right, in my opinion. Players, staff will be where they're supposed to be.
On his message going forward:
To me, I think a big part of head coach is messaging. We have a theme each week. This week is more about mental preparation.
On the Packers' home winning streak against the Lions, which dates to 1992:
It's just so they're ready for the questions. We're not counting on it. I've never used it as part as my talk to the team.