McCarthy: 'I have faith in this team'

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) hangs his head as he walks off the field after fumbling the ball in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday evening. Here are some highlights:

On message to team:

Team message today was it’s all about the Minnesota Vikings. We talked in the locker room last night. Addressed what I felt needed to be addressed after the game. It’s a football game that clearly got away from us. I think what’s obvious is the turnover ratio and points off turnovers. We met as a staff this morning. Wanted to get in there and get focused on the Vikings. Liked the time we spent with the players.

On confidence:

Not worried about confidence. We’re playing for a division championship. We have injury situations we have to work out this week. Minnesota is healthy. They had a big win over the Giants last night. Impressive victory. We’re dialed into the Vikings right now.

On David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga:

Bryan was getting treatment and same with David. They both want to play and hope to be available.

On handling injuries this week:

Every injury is different. Every player reaction, recovery to injuries is different. We obviously want to have our best players out there to win the game, win the division and have the home playoff game. I’m not a big believer in holding players or take another week. You have to put your best players out there each and every week.

On Jared Abbrederis:

Jared Abbrederis had some opportunities. He had the dropped ball on the big play there. Substitution patterns are based off performance. Our production on offense was poor.

On defensive performance:

I thought the defense did some good things. Going through the corrections, we had too many mental errors and penalties. This was a fast starting offense and game got away from us.

On sticking with Davante Adams and not Abbrederis:

Really, who plays, where they play really has no concern — that’s not even a topic in here. Those decisions are football decisions. I’m not saying Jared didn’t play because of that one play.

On what he saw from the film:

My opinion of our football team is we made too many mistakes against a football team that played well. I think they’re flawless in the first half. Be down 17-0 at halftime, really wasn’t a pure reflection. … Unfortunately, it looked as bad as it felt during the game. It’s time to beat the Vikings.

On JC Tretter at tackle:

He’s always worked there. JC Tretter has always worked every position. He’s definitely part of the conversation and part of the backup rotation.

On James Starks’ ball security:

You have to hold onto the football. If you don’t take care of the football, you won’t play. James has put the ball on the ground in consecutive weeks now and it affected his reps.

On balance going forward:

I’d like to have 72-75 plays a game and if you could cut that in half 35-35 that’s a dream game. With our quarterback, our offensive line and our backs, that tailors to what you want to do. It doesn’t happen that way all the time. We played a team yesterday that leads the league in (fewest) penalties. They’re disciplined. We were sloppy. It was a factor we discussed Saturday night during the officials review. … I have faith on the team regardless of what happened yesterday.

On worrying about plays:

I think it’s just myself reiterating a common theme I’ve restated up here a number of occasions. I think so much gets made of plays and scheme … we know what we’re doing by designing plays but at the end of the day it’s about giving players resources to be successful.

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