Packers’ young inside LBs ‘approach the game the right way’

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 6, 2016 – 6:00 pm

161006-coordinators-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators and defensive coaches addressed the media late Thursday afternoon. Here’s a synopsis of some of their key comments.

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on getting Janis back at full strength)

“He’s excited to be able to be out there without the cast. He never complained about it. He did a nice job. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do without it.”

(will Janis get involved in the return game)

“That’ll be up to Coach (McCarthy). We have a number of guys that can do it. We’ll see who’s got the hot hand.”

(on Harris in the return game for Giants)

“He’s returned three for touchdowns in his career, and anybody who does that, you respect him. And he had three tackles on special teams Monday night. I think he’s a heck of a special-teams player. He’s fearless. He plays very, very hard.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on the pass defense)

“Too many big plays. I think we’re getting pretty consistent pressure. I think we’ve got to convert our opportunities (for turnovers). If we make a couple of those interceptions, that’s two possessions we take away from them and give the offense the ball. That’s what you have to do.”

(on Manning)

“He’s very efficient. They don’t give up many sacks because he gets rid of the ball. He understands the system and doesn’t want to take negative plays.”

(on Randall)

“It’s like any young corner in the league. You’re going to make some plays, you’re going to miss some plays. I think Damarious will be fine. He’s a young guy that’s a real competitor, and he’s going through what I think a lot of young corners go through.”

(on Beckham)

“You don’t have to watch much tape and Odell catches your eye. He’s a rare guy. He’s got elite ability and he’s a dynamic player. You’re always worried when he gets the ball in his hands because he’s so good after the catch. Every time he touches the ball, he has a chance to make a big play.”

(on emotional players)

“Sometimes that’s what makes them great players. I’ve seen a lot of great players play on the edge. This is a game sometimes where you have to play on the edge, but you can’t let that influence your play.”

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on Pierre-Paul and Vernon in the pass rush)

“That’s one of their strengths, the two guys they have on the outside. We have to make it more about us and what we do. That’s our approach.”

(on McAdoo)

“Excellent football coach but even better person. Tremendous work ethic. You saw that Day 1, and when it works out the way it did, you say that’s what you want to see, a guy that’s putting in the work, day in and day out. It’s about taking care of the job that’s in front of you, and good things will happen.”

Associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss
(on getting the OLBs healthy again)

“I think it’s a blessing and it’s great from a coaching standpoint to have so many different options with different skills sets that are all very capable of performing at a high level. Sunday night, if we can get all these guys on the field at different times where we see they best fit to impact a game, that’s what we’re looking for.”

(on Perry’s play and the impact on Matthews)

“If Nick continues to play that way, it better serves the defense. I think Nick Perry is off to a very impressive start, and you want to take it one game at a time to where let’s continue to find ways to put him in the best position to continue to play well.”

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac
(on the leadership of Daniels and Guion for the younger players)

“Letroy and Mike both, they’re both a good influence on those guys in that room. The first day you walk in there, you do have a lot of young, new faces in there. Mike’s work ethic is so good. Letroy is a very smart, intelligent guy football-wise. He’s always helping them out. You still coach the guys, but when you have a veteran player in there reinforcing it for them, that’s huge.”

(on Price’s debut)

“I thought he did well. He’s another kid for a young man that’s mature and very serious about his business. That’s what I like about these young guys, Ringo included, they’re very serious about their jobs. Dean, Kenny, BP, you can see they’ve got some football smarts.”

Safeties coach Darren Perry
(on Burnett)

“He’s coming along. He’s progressing, and we hope to get him back this week. He’s got some reps this week, so hopefully he’ll help us out on Sunday.”

(on Brice)

“Brice had as good a camp as anybody we had on defense. He’s earned his snaps. We’re just trying to find ways to get our best guys on the field.”

(on playing against emotional receivers)

“There are some guys that talk, some guys use it as motivation and use it as fuel to get them going a little bit. There are different ways to try to get after people. The biggest thing is you have to play with your personality. You have to be smart about it, not be selfish and not hurt the team.”

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr.
(on what was discovered during self-scout)

“That we need to improve. We’re working at it, hopefully we’re getting there. We need to play a better brand of football, winning football. The things we haven’t done well, hopefully we’ve addressed it and we’re moving forward.”

“A lot of pressure is put on our room for the success of the defense. That’s just part of it, and they know that coming in. I know that coming in. They have to do it. We have to get it done.”

(on Beckham)

“He can do it all. He’s one of the few guys that can run the whole route tree. He has a great catch radius. He’s very dangerous with run after the catch. He runs with more power than people give him credit for. Him and Antonio Bryant are average-sized guys, but they can do whatever you ask them to do. He’s an elite player.”

(on the other Giants receivers)

“They’re as good a receiving corps as there is in the league, from top to bottom, and they have a quarterback that can get them the ball.”

Assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley
(on the play of his young group through three games)

“It was a solid start. A lot of good reps, good and bad, some bumps in the road, but right now, it’s experience. They put some good snaps together. Defensively we’ve done some good things against the run. We just need to keep growing. They approach the game the right way.”

(on Martinez’s nose)

“It’s going pretty well right now. It looks like they cleaned up the stitches a little bit. That was brutal. I was hoping we could get through the Detroit game and heal up over the bye week, but it didn’t take but one hit there and it was split back open. He’s fighting through that OK.”

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