McCarthy effusive in praise after hard-fought Packers win

Jay Sorgi

Packers coach Mike McCarthy. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

McCarthy effusive in praise after hard-fought Packers win

CREATED Oct. 6, 2013

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spoke exclusively to 620WTMJ/NBC26's Larry McCarren on the Packers Radio Network after the team's 22-9 win over the Detroit Lions.

Here are his thoughts:

"Very good team victory...all division wins are important."

On the team's subpar first half:
"The first half...some long drives...we had to speed the game (up), get it going."

On running the ball more (180 yards rushing)
"Offensively, we wanted to commit to the run/pass balance.  Did a very good job of that."

On Mason Crosby's five field goals:
"Mason was outstanding.  Good stroke."

On a defensive effort that held Reggie Bush to 69 combined rushing-receiving yards and the Lions to 64 yards rushing:
"I take my hat off to our defense...particularly as the injuries came...(players) stepped up and played."

On the injuries decimating the linebacking corps:
"Brad Jones has a hamstring injury.  Clay Matthews has a thumb, so there will be testing.  Francois...achilles tendon.  I feel terrible for (him)."