Notes from Mike McCarthy's Wednesday press conference


Notes from Mike McCarthy's Wednesday press conference

CREATED Dec 4, 2013

The Packers began on-field preparation for the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday in Green Bay. As expected, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was a limited participant, and Matt Flynn took reps as the starter. After a perfect October, the Packers went winless in the month of November. In order to make the playoffs, they will likely need to win all four December games, and hope the Detroit Lions lose two of their final four.  

Following Wednesday's practice, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy addressed the media. Below are some top-line notes.

DID NOT PRACTICE: Mike Neal, CJ Wilson

LIMITED IN PRACTICE: Aaron Rodgers, Nick Perry, Evan Dietrich-Smith

  • Aaron Rodgers did everything he was cleared to do medically. Still in rehab mode. Looked good for what he was able to do. Hoping he can do more tomorrow. 
  • Another bone scan on Rodgers collar bone is not anticipated.
  • Tony Gonzalez: Great person, great work ethic. Still very talented. Looks like he could play another 5 years. 
  • Matt Flynn's arm strength is fine. Bigger deal is getting in tune with his weapons and how defenses have been playing them.
  • Jerron McMillian struggled with consistency. Roster was in need of a change. 
  • Not interested in evaluation of McMillian's draft class. Has not thought about big-picture things. Focus is on playing the Falcons. 
  • Atlanta's record is reflective of challenges they've had throughout the season. There's still plenty of talent. Have had an extra day to prepare. Need to win. 
  • Haven't had success dealing with 8-men in the box. Both Minnesota and Detroit were able to stay in it. Need to cash in on opportunity's to attack secondary. 
  • Fundamentals need to improve. 
  • Extended layoff should help physically. Today's energy was reflective of that. 
  • Evan Dietrich-Smith twisted his ankle today. He was unable to complete practice. 
  • Been impressed with Khalil Bell in the classroom. Goal is to get him ready for work at running back and special teams.