McCarthy: Montgomery has sprained ankle
Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday afternoon. Here are some highlights:
On 100th career win:
It’s really a reflection of our program. Frankly, I’m just focused on hopefully the next 100. It’s a landmark. I think it speaks volumes about our program and our players and coaches. It takes a good program that’s consistent and puts you in a position to win each and every week.
On formula to keeping it fresh:
Frankly, it’s a lot bigger than that. I’m very blessed to be here. I’m blessed to work for an organization that gives you resources to be successful and let you be creative, so you can continue to grow your program. We have excellent players and we have the best coaching staff in the NFL. Our support staff is incredible with the job they do to get our players ready each week. It gives us a chance to be consistent.
On the bye week:
We’ll work in self scout this week and then we’ll work on Denver. We’ll take a couple days off at the end of the week. Without playing Sunday, we’ll go with the game plan there. We’ll practice on the Monday that they return.
On offensive problems:
The last two weeks we’ve had two defense that came in and really challenged us at the line of scrimmage. It’s more about execution and getting into some things. Forty-nine plays and scoring 27 points, you don’t feel too bad about that. You look at third downs on both sides of the ball wasn’t good enough. That’s what coaches are doing right now with self-scout. Trying to keep it fresh and creative.
On Ty Montgomery:
He has an ankle sprain. Talked to him last night. I think he’s feeling a little better than when they took him off the field.
On Eddie Lacy’s conditioning:
I mean Eddie, Eddie is pretty much like our whole football team. He's beat up, this week will help him. I don't see conditioning as an issue. I think you have to look at this no differently really than how we play on offense. James Starks is an outstanding running back, so we want to be a one-two punch. At this point, I'm not really interested in running one of my running backs 20-25 times in a game, I don't think that's the best thing for us. Right now, it's not the best thing for them. The running back position is an extremely punishing position that can take a lot of hits. I think you have be conscientious of that, and Eddie has a bruising running style. You look at the numbers early last year. I forget who had him in fantasy football was beside himself every week because he wasn't getting enough carries so but it worked out at the end of the year pretty good. Yeah, I'm not concerned there. Just really I like the one-two punch, and frankly if one of them gets hot in a game, then hey he may carry it 20 times. that's how we talk as a staff.
On what prompted it:
It's really always been the mindset, this isn't really something new. It's kind the way the numbers worked out. There's stretches last year we did this too. We didn't talk about it. Frankly, with James being out there on the first series was a product of the way he's playing. I thought he played extremely well in San Francisco and he's done some big things.
On adjusting during the bye week:
I think if you watch our history here. The way we approach the games schematically, particularly with Aaron Rodgers. We’re loaded to play a double-header each Sunday if we had to. That’s really what you have to stay focused on schematically.
On James Jones’ catches:
We don’t really go about it that way. We’re fortunate we haven’t built our offense on featuring a guy. That’s not the way we’re built or designed.
The ones that are unacceptable are these pre-snap penalties and the bad decision penalties in combative environment. You’re going to have some of those, but I’m definitely aware of where we are with penalties.
On Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s penalty:
I think he’s competing there. I don’t think that’s a bad decision. I didn’t pay much attention of it today when we were watching the tape.