McCarthy hoping Lacy stays on course
The following is a summary of coach Mike McCarthy's pre-practice news conference Wednesday, the second day of mandatory minicamp:
(On Tuesday’s practice) Yesterday’s practice was a good practice. It’s like a lot of things: You go through the meetings, go through the corrections. … We have another opportunity today. We have two-minute (drill) today. … I thought the quality of work was pretty good, and the quantity as far as the workload was excellent.
(On young players preparing now versus 10 years ago) I think you have generations of pro football that you look at different times. I would say the last, shoot, six or seven years, you look what technology has done and how it’s available in the college game and how they’re able to transition mentally. … These guys are a lot more in-tune with scheme and recognition, learning new languages, technology. … There’s so many improvements and resources to bridge that gap. I would definitely say the player coming out of college today has a little bit easier time transitioning than prior years.
(On Brett Hundley’s leadership role) It’s clearly one of the most important things the quarterback position has to experience. … Throwing with a full pass rush, just having full-speed coverage in the secondary, command in the huddle, command in the quarterback room, that’s really where a lot of the growing goes on at the position. … You can’t buy these reps for the quarterback.
(On the rookie quarterbacks) They’re getting better. Joe (Callahan) has been here longer, so he’s really picked it up. … He’s a playmaker. I think he’s going to be fun to watch once the games start. … Really the language part for both those guys is the biggest hurdle. We’re not doing a lot of signaling and things like that yet, so our non-verbal communication is at a minimum. That’s a little bit of a disadvantage for these guys.
(On the learning curve for inside linebacker) I would say inside linebacker, safety are probably the biggest challenge for our defense. Obviously the communication responsibility that they have (is huge). We don’t line up in just one or two fronts or a couple coverages. We have a lot of adjustments. … Our adjustments to what we’re trying to take away from the offense has increased. Winning the pre-snap has been a focus for our whole football team.
(On Eddie Lacy’s next five weeks) You have your program, you have your internal and then with the rules and regulations of the CBA every player is responsible for their five weeks. And with that, there’s a plan in place. … Eddie in particular, I hope he definitely goes with the plan he used this year as opposed to last year. He’s just like all of our guys. Our strength coach and nutritionist have programs for our guys. There’s plans for who they’re going to work with, where they’re going to work.