Notes from Mike McCarthy's Wednesday press conference


Notes from Mike McCarthy's Wednesday press conference

CREATED Oct. 23, 2013

The Green Bay Packers returned to the practice field Wednesday in preparation for their Sunday night matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Unless something very strange happens, Sunday will mark the final time the Packers will play in the Metrodome. The Vikings will play home games outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium the next two seasons while their eventual new home is built. 

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy addressed the media following Wednesday's practice. Below are some top-line notes from his session. 

DID NOT PRACTICE: Jermichael Finley, James Jones, Clay Matthews (out), Ryan Taylor, Nick Perry

  • Encouraged by returning players (Starks, Brad Jones, Casey Hayward).
  • Jermichael still seeking opinions from specialists. Seems to be doing better every day. Making progress. Still in hospital. McCarthy has had no discussions with team doctors regarding Finley's future. 
  • James Starks looked good. Wants to be back. No pads today at practice...lots of jog-through stuff. Similar situation for Brad Jones. 
  • Lots of great games at the Metrodome. Tough place to play and tough place to hear. Incredible home field advantage for the Vikings. It's time to close the door on that place. 
  • Lattimore has played very well given his opportunity. 
  • Casey Hayward looked good today. He was close last week. 
  • Noise in dome could present biggest challenge for David Bakhtiari. Will be facing Jared Allen.
  • Fast start is always important, but especially inside the Metrodome. 
  • Davon House is playing very well in secondary and special teams. Playing physical, competing hard, defending passes...talented man. 
  • Adrian Peterson presents a lot of challenges. Gap control is critical with a guy like that. He can do it all. 
  • Coach was diplomatic in discussing Greg Jennings. Had a nice career in Green Bay. 
  • Not sure who will start at QB. Team needs to stay true to the film. 
  • Road Monday night games followed by a Sunday game are not ideal, but doesn't think there is a big advantage for the opposing team. (NOTE: Sunday will be the third time this season the Packers will play a team coming off a Monday night game).