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Mike McCarthy on Adrian Peterson: "If Something Happens, We'll Adjust"

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Mike McCarthy on Adrian Peterson: "If Something Happens, We'll Adjust"

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy met with the media on Monday, following his team's 53-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The following are select comments from McCarthy during his usual day-after-game press conference:

  • On the improved run defense: Definitely. I think we're doing a better job fitting the runs, pursuit, gutting off blocks. I think all those things factor.
  • On if there were any injuries: As far as I know. No reports.
  • On Micah Hyde's punt return for a touchdown: I thought Micah Hyde's punt returns was one of the bigger plays in the game. It gave us a chance to jump out and front and play with a lead. He did a good job taking the ball and getting north and south.
  • On the game plan for the Eagles: Each and every game is its own specific opportunity. I know what they've done in the past and it's really part of the planning. … I thought they did a lot of good things in all three phases. … The game didn't end the way we'd like as far as our field-goal protection and punt block.
  • On momentum: I think momentum is very important in any sport. Its something you try to build. … Momentum is something that can be viewed as an energy source. … You definitely have to guard against over-confidence.
  • On the Minnesota Vikings: This is a division game, very spirited rival. I think you have to stay in tune to what kind of game this is going to be. … It's a new program. Playing them early in the season I thought was a challenge with the new staff. … Just from the video I've seen, I think the cohesiveness has picked up. … This is going to be a tough football game, all these division games are.
  • On playing at TCF Bank Stadium: It'll be different. I think we're used to being outside, so I think we'll be okay. … Yeah, I'm curious to get out there on the field. I've heard some different things about it.
  • On playing outside in Minnesota for a change: I think it'll be improtant for our guys to get out there early and makes rue they have the right shoes on and stuff like that.
  • On Aaron Rodgers: I think obviously Aaron is having a great season and is doing so many things. … I think our offensive line has started the charge here. It starts up front. … I think this group has the chance to be the best offensive line in my time here. … Eddie Lacy is a premiere player. James Starks.
  • On how the Packers were able to have success against the Eagles defense: Philadlephia as far as our approach to their defense, obviously a pressure team. … I think their plan was too keep Aaron in the pocket. … Obviously I think Aaron's 30-plus yards rushing is something that's very detrimental to a defense.
  • On Bryan Bulaga: I think Bryan's getting better each and every week. I think he just needs to play… I think he's putting together a very nice year.
  • On the potential of Adrian Peterson being reinstated: Not really focusing on it. Don't really know the specifics of everything that's involved. We're planning for playing what we see on video. If something happens, we'll adjust.
  • On Clay Matthews: These are concepts and schemes we've been working on since day one. … Moving Clay Matthews around is something we were talking about back in April.
  • On the success when wearing throwback uniforms: I know we've had some great moments out there. Donald's play is one that's very special. … The point-diffeerential has to be pretty high. Those have been some pretty big games for us.
  • On the success at Lambeau Field: It's everything involved. We have a great home-field advantage. The fans are tremendous. … The fast starts obviously add to that. I think everybody plays a little better at home.
  • On the team coming together: It takes everybody. We've had good plans. It's just the way they train. Younger guys, they're fitting together. … Aaron gives us great flexibility. I think the biggest thing we have to guard against as a staff is not doing too much. … We're going to see new challenges and it's going to start this week in Minnesota.
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MarkinMadison's picture

Vikings. Outdoors. No more artificial sound. Bad team. Demoralized fans. Cold weather. Yeah, this one will probably be over by half time too.

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