Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke with the media before Wednesday's practice, three days before his team travels to Denver for a prime time matchup against the Broncos on Sunday. Here are the highlights of his conversation.
On Eddie Lacy’s status: He looks good just watching him work out Monday in the individual stuff. I don’t think the injury is affecting him anymore.
On James Starks not practicing Monday: He has an injury. I talked with James earlier, and he’s hoping to do more today than he did Monday. It was an injury from the game.
On facing Broncos: A lot of energy in the building so far this week. it’s more about our opportunity to get to 7-0, facing the Denver Broncos. The environment we’re going to be in up there is going to be big time, on Sunday night football. So add national TV to it.
On self-scout over bye week: I went through a bunch of statistics, offense, defense and special teams.
On Broncos defense: They’re flying around. Wade Phillips, he’s done it forever in this league. I think every place he’s been. The one thing about Wade is his defense all plays the same.
On whether Peyton Manning has regressed: We’re preparing for Peyton as the same player that he’s always been. What I think you’re seeing is a change in philosophy and scheme. With that, there will be some things differently Sunday than what we’ve prepared for. This is a very potent offense, particularly with Peyton Manning and his ability to do a number of different things at a high level.
On playing in high altitude at Denver: We’ll talk about it. we’ll talk about, every week we have an emphasis in areas of attribution and hydration and sleep and those sort of things. The fact is when you play in high altitude, you need more energy.
On quarterbacks handling pressure: Well, it’s a number of things. The first part is, anticipation and awareness. If you don’t, you can the quickest release in the world, but you’ll get hit harder than you should. There’s a footwork and training involved in pressure throws. It’s something that’s always been taught.
On Packers’ running game: We’re not running enough plays. If I was going to emphasize, we need more attempts at the plate. Sixty attempts a game, that’s not what we’re looking for. Offensively, we have a chance to clean our own house. We need more attempts in the run game, but we need more total plays. We want to be in the 70s.