McCarthy: 'We're not playing to our standard'
Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday. Here are some highlights:
On David Bakhtiari:
David, I haven’t been to the training room yet. I’d say David has avoided a serious injury based on the way he was moving around and being around in the meetings.
On if Ha Ha Clinton-Dix sustained a concussion:
Ha Ha looked good today. I’m not a doctor, but he looked good today.
On what the film showed:
Offensively, I think as a whole the coaching staff, we take a lot of pride and put a lot of time, energy and effort into the fundamentals. Really, we feel is the key to continue to grow as a team. We’re not playing to the standard we all believe in. The good news is everything we need to do, we have the people in our locker room to do it. The big play opportunities, which we feel is a fundamental of football, we left some big plays on the field. We need to do a better job of hitting those whether it’s winning the one-on-one matches. You can take the phrase one-on-one matchups in all three phases. We need to get them playing at a higher level in the area of fundamentals.
On offensive inconsistency:
That’s why each position coach breaks down the video of his players. We go through every, single plays together. We go into the offensive staff gives all of their grades. We start at 6 in the morning. It’s my job to sort through it and say these are the things that we need to focus on in practice. I don’t have a buzz word to get everybody excited, but we need to be better with our fundamentals.
On the three-game slide:
I’ll never panic. That’s not the way you play the game and that’s not how you coach. I think having a little fear in losing your job is healthy, I’m not going to lie to you. After I came back from the Denver game, I was going through the loading dock and my card didn’t work. I was like, ‘Shoot.’
On handling losses:
It’s the second stage. These are the trials. It’s an opportunity to galvanize a group of men. That’s big picture stuff. That’s irrelevant. The most important thing is beating the Vikings on their own turf. You feel like you should win all your home games.
On Mike Zimmer’s defense:
They’re disciplined. Mike does an excellent job of utilizing his players’ strengths. They play aggressive.
On late production on offense:
We had a fast start against the Lions. I thought our tempo on offense was good. I thought our defense played extremely well for 3½ quarters. We’ve seen a very similar defensive challenge since San Diego. We need to do a better job of doing the little things. We’re not getting it done.
On Jeff Janis:
I really like the development of Jeff Janis. I know the snaps may not be what Jeff would like or feel he’s earned. There’s a lack of experience. When Jeff has something he hasn’t seen before, he has to learned it. We’re asking him to do things he’s never done. I feel those times are coming on offense, too. Game-planning is part of it. Jeff is definitely an ascending player.
On Aaron Rodgers:
I think this is a great example of the quarterback position is the toughest in all of sports. The demands are high. It’s an 11-man game. Everything has to be in sync and the ability to trust the routes and protection. We’re not as efficient as we have been in the past. He just has to stay true to his fundamentals. If he’s guilty of anything, he’s trying to do too much. That’s what you expect from your leader. We’re all kind of on offense chasing the game. We’re chasing the game. You don’t chase the game of football. You let the game come to you and attack it. We have to quit chasing our tail.
On the run game:
Confidence for everybody. We have to trust the game. Like any good run game, we need the attempts. We’re playing a football team that keeps running it and then Adrian Peterson breaks one. We need some of that too.