McCarthy: Packers youngsters have mixed day against Niners
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The Green Bay Packers had to depend on a number of rookies and untested youngsters in their contest against the San Francisco 49ers.
The results were mixed in the 34-28 loss, but they also lead to some good things down the road for some of them.
Coach Mike McCarthy said that on the offensive end, rookie draft picks Eddie Lacy and David Bakhtiari didn't exactly get off to a rousing beginning. It was the same with the entire offense.
"We didn't execute at the start of the game. I didn't like the way we started on offense, the first series. The second play was poor," said McCarthy on Monday.
On that second play of the game, Eddie Lacy and David Bakhtiari both played a part in Aldon Smith sacking Aaron Rodgers for an eight-yard loss. Green Bay ended up with a three-and-out on the series, which began with just a one-yard run by Lacy.
Lacy had just 2.9 yards per carry for the game, and rushed four times for minus-one yard in the first quarter.
"We had too many three-and-outs."
They had fewer of them as the game went along - partially thanks to Bakhtiari and Lacy's improvement.
"The execution, run blocking...as the game went on, it got stronger. Eddie Lacy was a lot more comfortable in the 2nd half than he was in the first half," said McCarthy.
"David played well. He did a lot of good things," said McCarthy.
"It was a great test. We have a lot of respect for their defensive line, well coached."
McCarthy said that the little things make a great NFL player, and that Lacy has to work on those.
"Eddie needs to detail his work...he's a fine young football player, but the details...the difference between winning and losing in this league."
Things were not exactly as good for Jerron McMillan, the safety asked to fill in for the injured Morgan Burnett.
McMillan and company got torched for 412 passing yards by Colin Kaepernick, Anquan Boldin and company, and many of those yards came on passes over the middle - typically guarded by safeties.
"Our safeties...they can play better. I think they both would tell you that. Without Morgan, it's something you have to deal with through the season," said McCarthy.
"Things weren't as clean as you probably would have liked. We were a step slower than we needed to be on some of the routes."