Mike McCarthy: Sam Barrington Has Earned His Opportunities

The Packers head coach commented on his new starting inside linebacker on Wednesday.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy met with the media on Wednesday in advance of the upcoming match-up with the Buffalo Bils.

The following are select comments from his press conference:

  • On Davon House being held out of practice: Davon hurt his shoulder. We're still looking at it. I do not see him being available tomorrow for practice.
  • On Bills quarterback Kyle Orton: Kyle Orton I think is an excellent addition, ten years in the league. I've always thought he's been very productive. … He has a complete understanding of the offense. He can make all the throws.
  • More on Orton: Definitely, he's played a lot of football. He's been in a number of different systems.
  • On if House's injury was related to a shoulder injury from years past: It doesn't really have anything to do with any past injury.
  • On Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins: Sammy Watkins, big athletic receiver. I think he's made the adjustment to the NFL. … He has an excellent catching radius. Very good young player.
  • On the importance of avoiding turnovers: The Buffalo Bills do a great job in their coverage units. I think they're No. 2 in the league in takeaways. … We have three players on our team that played against the Buffalo eight years ago. It's an old-style stadium. It's an electric atmosphere. So we have to take care of the football.
  • On Ralph Wilson Stadium: I think anytime you have communication challenges, you have to overcome it. … It's one of the louder places we'll play this year.
  • On the Bills defensive line: When you look at their defense, it clearly starts up front. They get a lot of production with a four-man rush. … They're playing very well.
  • On avoiding the rookie wall: You have your practice structure. When you get to December, things adjust. … We continue to do our fundamentals each and every week.
  • On the practice structure late in the season: I think you have to conscientious of your workload in the fourth quarter of the season, and I think we have. … We're very fortunate in our facilities to do a lot of classroom, a lot of walkthroughs without having to go down to the Hutson Center.
  • On the importance of Sunday's game: They need it, we need it. And that's really our mindset… and we definitely need to get to 11 wins.
  • On Eddie Lacy and his hip injury: Eddie was in good spirits and we'll see what he does tomorrow.
  • On Sam Barrington: Sam's doing well. He's earned this opportunities. Last week he was the game ball winner. … Sam's doing some good things.
  • On the Packers defense's second-half struggles against Atlanta: I thought we started the game just the way you'd like. … I thought the preparation showed up in the beginning of the game. We didn't sustain it in the second half.
  • On the running back rotation: It's a couple different variables … based on what they do is another variable. It's never written down in stone how we're going to do it.
  • On Brad Jones: Brad has played a lot of football for us in the middle and I know what happened in the second half. I will never apologize for a win in December.
  • On the team make-up: It's about people, and this game will always be about the people. We're fortunate right now, we have a good culture. … This particular group is very consistent. They answer the bell.
  • On personnel evaluation: I think there's definitely a part of it in the evaluation process. You identify players you want to bring into our program. … Everybody's wired differently. Some need more development than others.
  • On the fallout from the Falcons game: It's the game of football. You talk about communication. We have a game management report that's done each and every game, and it's not always positive. … There's always things to learn from. Then from that you have the schematic. How did you line up and addresst heir strengths. … At the end of the day, good teams find ways to win and the offense picked up for the defense.
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Imma Fubared's picture

December 10, 2014 at 02:02 pm

How about Davante (sometimes makes a nice play) still not knowing the playbook. Seems he is often not on the same page as Rogers. Again in a critical situations he went missing in action. At this point in time he should have the plays down unless he is too stupid to get it.
If that's the case you will always have the unreliable quotient going on with him. and that can kill you in big games.

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Snackpack's picture

December 10, 2014 at 05:11 pm

I'd say he's a rookie making some rookie mistakes just like any other rookie. He's also had some really big games and great plays. I think he is going to make an excellent football player. Probably best to at least wait until the end of next season to start deciding about him either way.

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Imma Fubared's picture

December 10, 2014 at 02:02 pm

How about Davante (sometimes makes a nice play) still not knowing the playbook. Seems he is often not on the same page as Rogers. Again in a critical situations he went missing in action. At this point in time he should have the plays down unless he is too stupid to get it.
If that's the case you will always have the unreliable quotient going on with him. and that can kill you in big games.

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4thand1's picture

December 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Your posts should be killed.

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LASVEGAS-TOM's picture

December 11, 2014 at 12:32 am

He's made a couple of Crucial Mistakes, but you'd have to be Blind not to think he's going to be a Great Receiver. He's a Rookie, give him some Slack. Everyone knows, I'm a James Jones fan. This is the guy I want to Replace him, not Boykin. LVT

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

December 11, 2014 at 01:29 am

Imma is a Vikings troll.

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NickPerry's picture

December 11, 2014 at 06:36 am

Imma is also pissed off that Patterson is starting to be talked about as a bit of a bust. Just think Imma, your team with that annoying horn spent a 1st round pick for a returner!

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RCPackerFan's picture

December 11, 2014 at 07:19 am

What is funny is that Charles Johnson (Packers 7th round draft pick) is being more involved in the Vikings offense then Patterson (Vikings 1st round pick).

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Evan's picture

December 11, 2014 at 09:59 am

Seeing Johnson blossom with the Vikes kind of kills me.

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RCPackerFan's picture

December 11, 2014 at 10:38 am

me as well...
I really liked Johnson. I thought he could have been a really good player for the Packers.

And the way he left really was a crappy way too. I wish him the best of luck, just wish it would have been with the Packers.

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zeke's picture

December 11, 2014 at 07:36 am

Not to worry; they're still getting quite a return on the investment they made in Greg Jennings.

Oh, wait.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

December 11, 2014 at 07:59 am

*rim shot*

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RCPackerFan's picture

December 10, 2014 at 02:19 pm

How good has Davante Adams been this year. To date he has 435 yards receiving on 35 receptions (12.1 ypc) and 3 TD's.

For comparisons the Packers previous rookie WR's numbers are...

Randall Cobb - 25 receptions, 375 yards (15.0 ypc), 1 TD

Jordy Nelson - 33 receptions, 366 yards (11.1 ypc), 2 TD's

James Jones - 47 receptions, 676 yards (14.4 ypc), 2 TD's

Greg Jennings - 45 receptions, 632 yards (14.0 ypc), 3 TD's

Adams has already passed the production that Cobb and Nelson provided as rookies. And in the next 3 games he could come close to what Jennings and Jones did their rookie years. (He already has more TD's then Jones and as many as Jennings).

What a great draft pick by Thompson.

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Bohj's picture

December 10, 2014 at 02:38 pm

Awesome response rc. NFL fans have become so impatient with losing and poor performance and rookie development. I don't get how a lot of people even enjoy thIs game. Its fun to watch rookies develop. There used to be a time when they hardly cracked the starting lineup for the entire first season. The culture is changing so rapidly. Thrown into the fire is the way of things now. That with a shortened camp....shortened practices....padless practices. And yet time and time again our coaches get these young guys ready for action. Props to our amazing developmental coaches. We have four rookie starters folks. And they are all playing meaningful minutes....... This while drafting at the bottom of the league every year.....because......we are awesome.

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RCPackerFan's picture

December 11, 2014 at 07:22 am

Thanks, i just get tired of these people that just come to start crap.

That is a pet peeve of mine. A lot of people think that if a rookie isn't a pro bowler then they are a bust. Rookies take time to develop. All develop at different rates. I really am looking forward to seeing how this rookie class develops as a whole.

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PETER MAIZ's picture

December 10, 2014 at 05:20 pm

Davante will develop into a very good and consistent WR. Give him some time.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

December 11, 2014 at 01:44 am

Great response, RC. I have posted these numbers before. In fact, prior to Jennings in 2006, you have to go all the way back to Sterling Sharpe in 1988 to find a receiver with more yards than Jones and Jennings. Walter Stanley (1985) and James Lofton (1978) also surpassed Jones' rookie year.

That said, I liked Dante Moncrief and Martavis Bryant better than Adams, but I never argue with any 2nd round WR draft picks made by TT!

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RCPackerFan's picture

December 11, 2014 at 07:40 am

There was a lot of really, really good WR's in that draft. Packers drafted 3, and all 3 have the potential to be really good contributors in the future.

In most years Abbrederis would have likely been a 3rd-4th round draft pick or so, and Janis would have been a 3rd - 5th round pick. They got Abbrederis in the 5th round and Janis in the 7th. That just shows how deep the draft was at WR.

I am happy they have Adams. I look forward to seeing how theses guys grow.

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December 10, 2014 at 03:18 pm

Agree with RC here and would also remind folks that it's not just the plays that WR's have to learn but all the audibles (which aren't even audible in some cases, just small motions/head nods etc. If Cobb's agent places too high a price on Randall, then Adams would be in line for 85-100 catches next year.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

December 10, 2014 at 04:23 pm

But let's not even think about not having Cobb.

BTW,I don't think there's no way we DON'T get a deal done w/Cobb.

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RCPackerFan's picture

December 11, 2014 at 07:43 am

That is right. Its not even the audibles. You can see on the back shoulder throws that Adams didn't get the call on. Most of those plays are just eye contact between Rodgers and the WR. Rodgers has been working with Nelson many years to develop that chemistry. Adams will get it, but it will take a year - 2 to get to that point.

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December 11, 2014 at 09:04 pm

Adams has already exceeded expectations and from what I see he has already arrived. The catches he has made have been amazing at times. And the beauty is he will only develop.

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