Notes from Mike McCarthy's Wednesday press conference


Notes from Mike McCarthy's Wednesday press conference

CREATED Jan 9, 2013

Here we go again with another rousing edition of. "What Mike Says!" Packers Head Coach, Mike McCarthy addressed the media after Wednesday's practice. Below are some notes from the session.

DID NOT PRACTICE: Boykin, Cobb (illness), Nelson, Worthy, McMillian (not injury related)


  • Feels pretty confident in WR situation even though Cobb and Nelson did not practice.
  • Hopeful that Nelson can practice tomorrow (Thursday).
  • James Jones body of work speaks for itself. He's put in a lot of work this season and has cashed in. He and Rodgers have a great relationship on the field and it shows.
  • Donald Driver means the world to the organization. As far as being active for the game, that decision will be made at the end of the week.
  • Players need to be fresh this time of the year. Goal is not to wear them out during practice. The number one priority for Saturday night is to make sure the team is fresh.
  • Run game needs to be improved versus week one.
  • No-huddle offense has been solid and could play a factor in Saturday's game.
  • 3rd and short situation is very important for both sides of the ball. Execution needs to be on point.
  • 49ers pass rush is very good. Team is preparing for Justin Smith to play this weekend. Their linebackers are impressive.
  • Young guys are at the team facility around the clock. When they are called upon, they are ready. Coaches do an excellen job preparing young guys.
  • Don Barclay is a tough competitor who doesn't over-react to the negative plays. He has a great work ethic.
  • Jim Harbaugh has done an outstanding job with the 49ers. Record speaks for itself. He did a remarkable job in taking the team to the NFC championship game last season. Harbaugh and Bruce Arians have done the most impressive coaching jobs the last two seasons.
  • 49ers two tight end sets are something to mindful of. They are dangerous with their tight ends.
  • Football starts up front. A lot of what happens on Saturday night will be the result of what happens in the trenches.

Off to the locker room to talk to the players and watch the offensive lineman play backgammon.