GREEN BAY–The Packers officially listed Aaron Rodgers as “out” for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Aaron Rodgers has been declared out for the game. As an organization, we feel we are not ready for him to play. He is not medically cleared,” Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday. “I thought Aaron Rodgers did everything he could possibly do. He did some really good things in practice. This is where we are.
“Matt Flynn is our starter. He’s ready,” McCarthy said. “We feel we can beat Pittsburgh with our football team. I had hoped Aaron’s situation would progress. We have a very good team coming in here on Sunday,” McCarthy added.
Here’s more from McCarthy’s press conference:
On how Rodgers took the news: “He understands where we are. Everything has been explained, but he obviously wants to play. The kid has played with injuries. He’s a tough guy. He’s done everything he possibly could to try to get back on the field.”
On how Rodgers tried to state his case: “I think Aaron clearly wants to play. He’s a very competitive man. He’s done everything he possibly can from his end of it, but he understands how the organization feels. Everything was laid out on the table, and the organization is not ready for him to play.”
On Randall Cobb: “Looks good. Curious to see how he feels tomorrow. I felt Randall made progress this week. It was good for him to get three days of practice in.”
Cobb is not yet on the active roster. A spot would have to be cleared for him on the 53 if he were to be activated for Sunday’s game. McCarthy did not say whether Cobb would be activated or not.
As for possibly making space on the roster, McCarthy said on Thursday that DE Johnny Jolly’s neck/shoulder injury is “significant,” meaning he would be a candidate for injured reserve. McCarthy also announced on Friday that TE Brandon Bostick’s foot injury will require season-ending surgery.
DE C.J. Wilson returned to practice this week after missing the last three games with an ankle injury. He was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
After McCarthy’s press conference, WR Jordy Nelson and G T.J. Lang spoke with reporters and gave their reactions:
“We had a feel for it throughout the week, but we didn’t know for sure,” Nelson said. “I don’t think anyone in this locker room is surprised.
“They’re going to be smart, especially with the type of player he is and what he means to this organization. They’re doing the right thing. We’ll just have to continue to try to go out and play good football, win some more games so we can keep the season alive and give him another week to get healthy and come back.”
Lang added that when Rodgers was taking more scout-team than first-team reps in Wednesday’s practice, the players pretty much figured out where things were headed.
“From that day on, we’re not sitting here playing a guessing game,” Lang said. “We put our trust in Matt, stop focusing on that and move forward.”
The Packers did practice outside in the wind and snow for their team periods on Friday. During practice, the weather resembled what forecasts are calling for on Sunday in Green Bay.
“Everybody has played in snow before,” Lang said. “Today was cold and windy, so it’s difficult, but I don’t think it’s a shock to anybody. For us to go out there today and try to get used to it, that should help us if we get the same conditions on Sunday.”
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Atlanta QB Matt Ryan has been known for years as “Matty Ice” for his calm, cool approach late in games, but Packers WR James Jones thinks his current QB, Matt Flynn, can lay claim to that nickname, too, after Green Bay’s second-half comebacks the past two games.
“Matt’s a gamer,” Jones said. “He comes into the game, he’s got ice in his veins. That’s the new ‘Matty Ice’ over there. He just comes out and plays ball. That’s what he does. We have 100 percent confidence in Matt that he’ll get the job done and go out and help us win.”
For his part, Flynn said his cool approach in clutch situations is a combination of his laid-back demeanor and a focus on being emotionally in control as a leader on the field.
“I think I’ve always kind of had that,” Flynn said. “I’m a laid-back guy, and that’s my nature. I make a conscious effort not to get too overly excited or too down, just because I feel like there’s a lot of chaos going around, so when we get in that huddle, a couple seconds before we run each play, it’s good for them to have a calming effect in the huddle.
“I definitely get excited, though, when we do good things and it’s crunch time.”
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Your votes are needed for QB Matt Flynn and RB Eddie Lacy to win two of the league’s weekly awards.
Flynn is up for the Never Say Never Moment of the Week for his four-TD performance in the second half at Dallas. Flynn led the Packers offense to five TDs on five possessions in the second half as Green Bay rallied from a 26-3 halftime deficit for a 37-36 victory.
The other nominees are Arizona CB Antoine Cason for his two INTs against the Titans and Baltimore K Justin Tucker for his 61-yard game-winning FG vs. the Lions, his sixth field goal in an 18-16 victory.
To vote for Flynn, click here.
Lacy is up for the Ground Player of the Week following his 21-carry, 141-yard performance in Dallas. Lacy had 110 of those rushing yards in the second half, and he scored the game-winning TD on a 1-yard dive over the pile with 1:31 left.
Other nominees for the award are San Diego RB Ryan Mathews and St. Louis RB Zac Stacy.
To vote for Lacy, click here.
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The Packers coaching staff awarded game balls to five players for their performances against the Cowboys on Sunday.
On offense, QB Matt Flynn and RB Eddie Lacy were the recipients. Flynn completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards with four TDs and one INT for a 113.1 passer rating. He led the offense to five consecutive touchdown drives in the second half.
Lacy rushed 21 times for 141 yards and a TD and added 30 yards on four receptions. He went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season, and at 1,028 he’s closing in on John Brockington’s franchise rookie record of 1,105 yards set in 1971. The rushing TD was also Lacy’s eighth of the season, already a team rookie record.
On defense, CBs Sam Shields and Tramon Williams were awarded game balls. The duo combined for 14 tackles, and they each had an interception of Dallas QB Tony Romo in the last three minutes of the game.
Shields’ pick, his third of the season, gave the Packers the ball at midfield, down 36-31 with 2:46 left, and set up the go-ahead TD drive. Williams’ interception, also his third of the season, came with 1:22 left and ended any comeback hopes for the Cowboys after they had fallen behind, 37-36.
K Mason Crosby was the game-ball recipient on special teams. Crosby kicked five touchbacks on seven kickoffs and was good on a 57-yard FG, his fifth FG of 50-plus yards this season.
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Last week, QB Matt Flynn got a couple of short, walk-through practices to get ready for his first Packers start of 2013.
This week, Flynn was able to get a full, normal week of preparation for his second straight start in place of Aaron Rodgers, and he expects that to make a big difference.
“Without a doubt,” he said. “I feel like I’m calling the plays and not really thinking about where guys are lining up and what they’re running. I feel more fluid with everybody and feel we can get a little chemistry going.”
Any and all fluidity was lost last week against the Lions, a game Flynn says you just have to “forget about.” Detroit packed eight and sometimes nine defenders at the line of scrimmage, daring the Packers to beat them with the pass, and Flynn says it’s up to the offense to take advantage of those situations, which leave single coverage on the outside against the wide receivers.
“It should be a quarterback’s dream,” he said. “Obviously last week we didn’t execute, but that’s over with, and we need to get it done and play like the Green Bay Packers.”
Up front, the Packers could be shuffling on the offensive line again, with C Evan Dietrich-Smith listed as questionable after missing practice on Friday. He injured his ankle on Wednesday, and the Packers have a few different ways they could go in his absence.
Flynn expects the Falcons to give the Packers a number of different defensive looks to try to confuse them with their pass-protection assignments. Given that, it will be important to trust the offense and the preparation. As much as everyone wants to make up for the disaster in Detroit, that can’t be the mentality come kickoff on Sunday.
“We don’t go out and try to make something happen, we don’t go and try to press and be something we’re not,” Flynn said. “We go out there to execute, and if we play our best, it should be good enough.”
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Head Coach Mike McCarthy officially ruled out QB Aaron Rodgers on the injury report for Thursday’s game in Detroit and declared Matt Flynn the starting QB.
“Matt Flynn will be the starter tomorrow,” McCarthy said following the team’s practice on Wednesday. “He’s taken all the starter reps this week, and he’s ready to go.
“We’re ready. We’ve got a full game plan in.”
As for G Josh Sitton’s disparaging comments about Detroit’s defensive line and coaching staff, which he made on a radio show Tuesday, McCarthy addressed them briefly.
“I’ll say this about Josh Sitton’s comments. They definitely don’t reflect how we go about our business here,” McCarthy said. “It was discussed with the football team.”
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Former Packers QB Matt Flynn was released by the Oakland Raiders on Monday, prompting media speculation as to whether the Packers might pursue him as a backup to Aaron Rodgers, a job Flynn held for four seasons (2008-11).
Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t sound as though the Packers would be making any changes at the quarterback position at this point. Seneca Wallace is Rodgers’ current backup, with Scott Tolzien on the practice squad. Both players were signed following training camp this summer, after Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman were released.
“Personally, I’m very happy with the quarterback room, the way it looks, the people in it,” McCarthy said. “Obviously Matt was a Packer. I’m very fond of Matt and his time here. I do like Seneca Wallace. I like what he’s done since he’s been here.”
Flynn left Green Bay after the 2011 season — which he ended with a record-setting 480 yards passing and six TDs filling in for Rodgers against the Lions in Week 17 — and signed with Seattle in 2012, but he was beaten out for the starting job by Russell Wilson. This year, he went to the Raiders but was beaten out by Terrelle Pryor. When Pryor had to miss a game two weeks ago, Flynn got his lone start since leaving Green Bay but lost and was demoted to third string.
McCarthy admitted to being surprised that things haven’t worked out for Flynn elsewhere given how he performed in Green Bay. In his first NFL start, he nearly beat Tom Brady and the Patriots on the road in a prime-time game in 2010.
McCarthy suggested that perhaps Flynn simply hasn’t found the right “fit” with another team, though he said he couldn’t know for sure without having studied Flynn’s game tapes.
“Definitely I’m surprised, because when his opportunity came, I obviously gave him a very high recommendation,” McCarthy said. “I haven’t watched the film of Matt, so I can’t really give you an educated or informed opinion on exactly how he did play.
“On a personal level, as I said I’m very fond of Matt Flynn. He was excellent in his time here, and I wish him the best of luck.”
For today’s feature story, which gives the latest on Clay Matthews plus a review of other aspects from Sunday’s game, click here.
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INDIANAPOLIS–Coaches and general managers of the NFL’s 32 teams take turns addressing the media during the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. The questions they entertain are usually topical, so they have answers ready to go.
For example, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert had an answer prepared on the potential for losing wide receiver Mike Wallace in restricted free agency, and Packers GM Ted Thompson certainly knew he would face a similar question about quarterback Matt Flynn.
Broncos GM John Elway had a smile on his face when he stepped up to the podium.
“What took you so long?” Elway said when the first question he faced was, “What are your thoughts on Tim Tebow?” The rest was probably rehearsed.
“We’re happy with his year last year. He added a great spark for us. We’re hoping he’s going to be the guy for a long, long time,” Elway said of Tebow.
Fans and media are interested to see what the Broncos will do in this draft. Will they select a quarterback to compete with Tebow? If they do, will be he a spread-offense type of running quarterback, as Tebow is, or will he be a classic drop back type?
“We can do it with either one, whether it’s a guy like Tim or a drop back guy,” Elway said.
What the Broncos do at quarterback will be one of the headline stories of this draft.
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Head Coach Mike McCarthy conducted a conference call on Saturday with Miami media regarding the hiring of Joe Philbin as the Dolphins new head coach.
Here is a transcript of McCarthy’s remarks, courtesy of the Dolphins:
(On the qualities of Joe Philbin that convinced him that he could be a NFL head coach) – “I don’t think it’s just one quality, but I know one that will stand out for sure, when it comes to motivating and getting his team ready to win games that’s his communications skills. Joe’s an excellent communicator, has excellent people skills, he is a very strong member of our coaching staff and someone who had excellent relationships not only with our football players but with our whole football program. I think the character of the man and what he stands for, with his family values speaks for itself, but I have always appreciated Joe’s ability to coach the whole room.”
(On if he relied on Joe Philbin and put a lot on his shoulders) – “Absolutely, Joe did a great job for us. We had the opportunity to work together for the first time in ’06 and take the offense system that was brought in there and develop it and definitely take it to another level. Joe is an outstanding football coach.”
(On if at any time during the last five years you considered giving him the play calling duties) – “There was a year that I thought about giving the play calling up to Joe. I think any head coach in the NFL has to decide how he’s going to structure his program and build the responsibilities of every coach on his staff. After the ’08 season, I made changes on the defensive staff and with my particular job responsibility being so much involved in the offense and not as involved with the defense, I thought about taking a step back and just being a pure head coach and overseeing all three phases and with that I was going to give the play calling to Joe Philbin which I wouldn’t have even thought twice about. But we went through the interview process, had the opportunity to hire Dom Capers and kept our structure in place the way that we had it.”
(On how much he spoke with Joe Philbin during the course of a game) – “Joe was the main person I talked to, ninety percent of the conversation that goes on on the headsets was between Joe Philbin and I. We would go through the game planning process throughout the week together as a staff and as a staff that has been together for six years, so I was very fluent in the way we game planned and build our game plans, but Joe was the guy that I directly talked to ninety, ninety-five percent of the time.”
(On Joe Philbin’s persona on the practice field with the players) – “It was good energy. Joe is a very likable individual. People gravitate towards him, so very detailed orientated. We had a unique set up and just the way we structured practice and it goes back to our first couple of years there. I would run the huddle, as far as the play entry on the offense and Joe he would coordinate the defense just to make sure the defensive look was exactly what we wanted, so I think it tells you something about him, just making sure that the big picture is always right. Joe is extremely organized, very detailed, that will be very evident from day one when the Dolphins take the field.”
(On if Joe Philbin was vocal on the practice field) – “When he needs to be, he is in command. He knows what he wants out of every drill and he gets it out of the drill, so he is as vocal as he needs to be.”
(On if Joe Philbin has interest in any member of his staff joining him in Miami would have an issue) – “That’s really a conversation that will be between Joe and I.”
(On if Joe Philbin would yell at players if they were doing the wrong thing) – “I think today’s environment is different than in years past, have I seen Joe Philbin yell before? Yes, I have seen him yell before. I have been able to work with a man for six years that communicates extremely well and was able to get his point across, so I don’t think that he is going to be running up and down the sidelines screaming and yelling if that’s what you are looking for, but everybody will clearly understand his message.”
(On quarterback Matt Flynn and his relationship with Joe Philbin) – “Joe has a very good relationship with all of our quarterbacks. Being the offensive coordinator, I would just go to one particular meeting that we have every Saturday morning at 8:30, it was with Joe and the quarterback coach Tom Clements, myself and the three quarterbacks. We have done it for years its just kind of a final, it put the final points and addressed all the potential situations that would occur in the game the next day. But he has a great relationship, and I am just thinking of the time that we talked personally about the things we did the night before and everything, so it tells you the level and the type of relationship that Joe had with all the quarterbacks, so I would say that he and Matt Flynn have a very healthy relationship.”
(On if he has any doubts that Matt Flynn is ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL) – “In my opinion Matt is ready for that challenge. He has had the opportunity to take a full week of game plan reps, prepare for a game in New England and at home against Detroit and perform very well. So with that you never really know until you go through a full sixteen week season. Every head coach and coordinator goes through that with their first time quarterback, but there is a lot of evidence that Matt Flynn can do that. I have been very impressed with Matt and what he has been able to accomplish with our time in Green Bay together.”
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QB Matt Flynn’s record-setting performance against Detroit will be shown on NFL Network’s NFL Replay at 8:30 p.m. CT Tuesday.
Flynn and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford combined for 1,000 gross passing yards (971 net passing yards) in Green Bay’s 45-41 victory. Flynn set Green Bay records with 480 yards passing and six TDs.
NFL Replay offers an exclusive look at the previous week’s games in a condensed, 90-minute, high-octane format. With the use of bonus NFL Films and NFL Network footage, including never-before-seen camera angles and coaches’ commentary, combined with exclusive wired sound from the field, locker rooms and sidelines, viewers will experience the game like never before.
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