News now! McCarthy provides direct answers to questions

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 9, 2015 – 5:20 pm

150930-nn1-650GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy was direct in his answers to questions from the media.

“At the end of the day, it’s about winning the game. Lord knows, we haven’t won a game in a while,” the Packers head coach said on Monday, a day after the Packers lost in Carolina, 37-29.

Eddie Lacy, who left Sunday’s game with a groin injury?

“Eddie Lacy went through the workouts. So far so good. He did a full workout today,” McCarthy said.

The running game and run defense?

“Running the football is important. Stopping the run is important. It’s where the game starts. At the end of the day, it comes down to doing things right mentally and beating the guy over you.”

Pass protection?

“Our pass protection was not where it needed to be. The quarterback was hit way too many times. That’s disappointing in your eighth game,” McCarthy said.

His thoughts on a sideline scuffle between defensive players, including Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, B.J. Raji and Julius Peppers.

“I didn’t even talk about it. We had enough to talk about. I have zero concerns about it. A part of me likes it. It shows our players care. I know what they showed on TV, but I know all of what went on. We played better after it,” McCarthy said.

The play of rookie linebacker Jake Ryan, who led the Packers in tackles?

“Just OK. He got some productivity, but it wasn’t as clean as he’d like.”

McCarthy finished his press conference¬†by confirming all of the team’s players and coaches were in a foul mood on Monday, as a result of Sunday’s performance.


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