Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday evening. Here are some highlights:
On Eddie Lacy’s groin injury:
Eddie Lacy went through the workouts today. So far, so good. But we’ll see what his availability is Wednesday. He did the full workout today, which is a good start.
On running game’s struggles:
Running the football is important. Stopping the run is important. That’s where the game starts on offense and defense. We didn’t do a good enough job clearly. At the end of the day, it comes down to doing the things right mentally and beating the guy over you.
Our pass protection was not where it needed to be. Quarterback was hit way too many times. Our mental errors were one of the higher grades of the season from a negative standpoint. That’s disappointing in your eighth game. It’s something we talked extensively about with our staff and the players. We had a chance to go through the mental mistakes and put it towards Detroit.
On last nine minutes of offense:
I think there’s a lot to take from the whole game. I thought the offense came out in the second half and Randall (Cobb) got us going. I think the second half of football was fun to watch.
On Julius Peppers and Clinton-Dix’s altercation:
No. We had enough to talk about. I have zero concerns. A part of me likes it. It shows they have passion and they care. That’s part of it. There’s nothing really to get bent out of shape about. I know what they showed on TV but I’m also aware of what went on after that. Frankly, we played better after that.
On second-year guy talking to an established leader:
I think we’re looking into that too much. Based on what was said and so forth, it was a dead issue by the time the game ended.
On Jake Ryan:
OK, he had some productivity. It wasn’t as clean as he’d like. He was in line for a number of our players. … We talk about our personnel Tuesday morning.
On losing patience with Eddie Lacy:
My job is to get our players ready. If they’re going through a tough spot, trying to make it better. I’m not losing patience with anybody. They don’t come much better than Eddie. There’s things he’s not doing really well right now and he’s working to correct them.
On Casey Hayward:
(He’s in the concussion protocol)
On becoming more involved in offense:
I’m as involved in the defense, offense and special teams as I can be. Our job descriptions have been fine and that’s not going to change.
On using multiple personnel formations:
Our no-huddle with Aaron Rodgers, we have more options at the line of scrimmage than normal no-huddle operations because of his excellence and mental capacity. Personnel groupings is something we still do. I’m always going to tilt more to Aaron Rodgers with the ball.
On if he’s seeing the game the same way as Aaron Rodgers:
I’d say we definitely see it the same way. He plays a lot faster than I can. Every season is a work in progress. It’s never really built around one guy.
On the lack of pass rush:
Containing Cam Newton is obviously of high importance. We let him out of there twice in the first series. I thought we did a much better job in our rush-lane discipline after that point. When you go with that approach, there’s certain schematics you can go into, that’s part of the chess match.
To give you some really insight into our meeting rooms, I think all of our players have the red ass today.