Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy
“(TE) Matthew Mulligan had an arm injury and did not return. That is all I have to report at this time.”
(On the game)
“As far as an overview of the game, I thought that the football team took a step forward tonight. We obviously still have a lot to work on. I thought the offense moved the football. We need to focus on getting the ball in the end zone this week. We took care of the football, we had the one fumble on the ground during the fourth quarter but it was reversed. Defensively, I felt good about our defense, particularly on the third downs and their ability to keep them out of the end zone. On special teams we were able to get a number of kicks for both Mason (Crosby) and Giorgio (Tavecchio) so that we can continue that evaluation. I feel like the productivity and the opportunity on a number of different fronts gives us the chance to evaluate and move into preseason week number three. Overall, I think like I said to start off, we took a step forward but we still have a lot of work to do.”
(On the play and interception of DT Johnny Jolly)
“You go back to his play in college and when he played in the earlier years for us, he is a very instinctive football player. I don’t know the specific statistics of how many batted balls he has had in his career. With his hand-eye coordination, for him to make a play like that in that particular defense, he is the perfect guy for a role like that. It was obviously a big play to keep them out of the end zone. It speaks a lot to Johnny Jolly’s case to make our football team. When I talk about the team taking a step forward, I think Johnny taking a step. We are starting to see the player that was here a few years back. I am very happy for his individual success here tonight.”
(On the play of RB Eddie Lacy)
“If you go back to his college film and his ability to not waste any steps, that is something that I have always looked for in a runner, particularly a good north and south and with his body type. We wanted to give him some opportunities. We visited with him before the game. I wanted to make sure that he was all the way back from his injury and I think that was evident tonight. He clearly took advantage of his opportunities.”
(On the play of QB B.J. Coleman)
“B.J. did a good job. He had a couple of plays that he wished he could get back, but I thought that he saw pressure from their defense and did a couple of things at the line of scrimmage. He needs to settle down still a little bit more, but he improved today.”
(On watching the kickers in a live game time situation)
“It is a kicking competition and it is important for both of them to improve off of film. The opportunity did not present itself last week and frankly I think that it was important to get them the opportunity. I think the way the game was played will reflect that. We will continue to let those guys battle it out. We will try to kick to them as much as we can on the six-day week as we lead up to Seattle.”
(On the #2 quarterback selection and evaluations)
“You can say that at the quarterback position, on the cornerback position, you can say that at the right tackle position. This is the time that the individual that the guy who will be in that position to jump forward. This what usually happens in the second or third preseason week.”
(On QB Graham Harrell)
“I thought he was better this week than he was last week, but I thought that his ability on some things that we had really been stressing with Graham – his play out of the pocket, his transition from in-pocket to the out of pocket phase and I thought he did a good job.
(On the play of QB Aaron Rodgers)
“I thought that Aaron was very sharp. I took the ball out of his hands in a couple of situation that I wouldn’t do on a normal Sunday. I thought he was sharp and kept us in key plays.”
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
(On his performance tonight)
“It was okay. It was frustrating not getting in the end zone. But, I’m going to highlight a couple of guys I thought that played really well. On our side of the ball, Jermichael (Finley) was awesome. He’s had a great spring, summer and camp and I’m excited about his progress moving forward and the role he’s going to play in our offense. We need to find more ways to get him the ball, Eddie Lacey as well. Eddie was in there working with the first group. He did a nice job being on the same page as a rookie and ran the ball really well.”
(On Eddie Lacy being a quality running back)
“I think we’ve had quality running backs here in the past. It’s just a matter of doing a better job of scheme that fits our personnel and the game up front and making the most of the athleticism we have with those guys. And then we have a back that has very good patience in Eddie. But there are six guys who have run the ball really well in camp. I think it’s a fun competition to watch and we’ll see what happens moving forward, but Eddie had a good night.”
(On his other observations tonight)
“I like our team. We’re a young team with a lot of energy that’s exciting to see the guys and their personality. I felt there was more life on the sideline tonight. We actually scored some points tonight and the defense was playing great. One moment that sticks out more than any tonight was Johnny Jolly having an interception. I was jumping up and down running down the sidelines and I know James Jones was doing the same thing. There were probably 25 guys on the field congratulating him and that just says a lot about his presence, his personality, the way the guys feel about him and how happy were are to have him back and he played great tonight.”
Packers RB Eddie Lacy
(On his performance tonight)
“I felt good tonight. It was my first night out there with the number one offense in a real live situation and I felt as though I did a good job tonight.”
(On the Green Bay offense)
“We came out and played a lot more physical in this game. We didn’t like the way things went in the last game and we wanted to come out and be different and take a step in the right direction and we did that tonight.”
(On getting an opportunity to play)
“I was just happy to be out there and to be a part of what we’re building here this season. I did make a couple of great runs, but the offensive line did a great job and I made good reads. But I’m just out here to contribute and the coaches are going to play who they want to play.”
(On his comfort level playing tonight)
“I was nervous at first, but after the first hit I got a lot more comfortable and then just let the game come to me.”
(On if he brings something extra to the Green Bay offense)
“I’ll watch it on tape and see how things went out there. But for me I thought I did a great job and I hope to continue to do the same thing.”
Packers LB Clay Matthews
(On his thoughts regarding the team’s performance)
“I definitely think we took a step in the right direction. We aim to win every game around here. Obviously, preseason is a little different, but with that being said, we came out (last week) and defensively, we gave up a few too many points and had a letdown. But tonight, I thought we took a step in the right direction with the victory. We had a goal-line stand, so I think we did some things out there. We definitely took a step in the right direction.”
(On coming up with key stops in the red zone)
“Last week, we didn’t do so well in certain situations, but this week we gave up a deep ball down to the five-yard line and we were able to keep them out so we feel good about that. We improved on the areas from last week where we had some letdowns, so that’s what’s important right now. We have two more games, obviously. The Week 3 matchup is our biggest as far as seeing where your team is at, so we’ll see. I know I continue to say it, but we took a step in the right direction.”
(On his thoughts on the offense’s performance)
“We saw that last week. Aaron (Rodgers) played limited snaps last week and I know we had the ball at the goal line and we were unable to punch it in. It’s unfortunate, but ultimately they looked good. They looked real good. We know with Aaron in charge it’s going to be for defenses to not allow them to put points on the board, so anytime you’ve got him back there with the offense we have, it should be a good day for us.”
Packers TE Jermichael Finley
(On how it felt to have so many balls coming his way today)
“It felt good. It comes out from the chemistry that I have with ‘12’ (QB Aaron Rodgers). It’s started off pretty good.”
(On how he can maintain that level of chemistry with Rodgers)
“Catch the ball and run your routes.”
(On if it was part of the game plan to funnel the ball to Finley today)
“No. That’s just how it’s been going lately and I guess everything’s coming ten-fold.”
(On how much of his success is due to an increased focus on maintaining a vision of the whole field)
“I would say all of it. You’ve got to look out and see what you’ve got and ‘12’ has put it on me the last couple weekends, so we got hot.”
(On if yards after the catch is a focus for him this year)
“Yeah, that’s one of my focuses. I mean, that’s how I want to be. I want to catch it and do something after it, so I’ve been working on that, and it’s coming. It’s all coming into place, so we’ll see what we’ve got for the next two preseason games.”
(On his thoughts on where the offense is after being able to move the ball consistently tonight)
“I think that’s one aspect of our game on the offensive side that we need to do, which is finish. We need to be able to put points on the board and keep driving the ball like we are, but when we get in the red zone, we need to make it count.”
Packers LB A.J. Hawk
(On where the Packers are as a defensive unit right now)
“We’re definitely not where we want to be, but going from last week to this week, we improved a bit. It was good to have a lot of different situations tonight. We got down there on the goal line and had a couple of good goal line stands. We were happy to get off the field there and stop them on fourth down. Overall, we would have loved the shutout, but it’s tough to get shutouts in the NFL, we know that much. We’re a work in progress, for sure.”
(On if it’s difficult to gauge a unit’s progress in preseason games)
“A little bit, but when you’ve been around and you judge your preseason, it’s still football. That’s the great thing about football. This isn’t like other sports. You can’t go out there like a preseason basketball game and just loaf around the field. If you’re on the field, you’re playing hard. Everybody is, so I think you get a good gauge of where you’re at.”
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ST. LOUIS-Aaron Rodgers threw for 134 yards in a little more than a quarter of action, but it was backup quarterback B.J. Coleman who led the Packers’ only touchdown drive of the preseason to date, in a 19-7 win over the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night at the Edward Jones Dome.
Coleman became the fourth Packers quarterback to play in the game when he replaced Vince Young early in the fourth quarter. Coleman then led a 13-play, 75-yard drive he capped with a 9-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Jake Stoneburner. Coleman was quarterbacking an offense of third-team reserves against wholesale Rams substitutions on defense.
The Packers held a 12-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter, as Mason Crosby kicked three field goals and Giorgio Tavecchio kicked one.
Coleman might have rejoined the battle for the backup quarterback job with his performance on Saturday. He completed eight of 13 passes for 86 yards. Graham Harrell was five of 10 for 44 and Young was five of nine for 26.
The game was dominated by the Packers defense, which made two goal-line stands, but the Packers lost their shutout bid in the final minute of the game when the Rams engineered a garbage-time touchdown drive.
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ST. LOUIS–Defense continued to be the Packers’ strong suit through three quarters of Saturday’s game. The visitors held a 12-0 lead following Mason Crosby’s third field goal of the game.
A Jarrett Bush interception of a pass tipped by Johnny Jolly left the Packers at the Rams 29-yard line early in the third quarter. Vince Young, who replaced Graham Harrell at quarterback, missed wide receiver Myles White at the goal line on the first play following the interception. Two plays later, Young found White in the back of the end zone, but White was ruled not to have gotten his feet down in bounds. Another pass to White failed to move the chains, and Crosby came on to kick a 30-yard field goal that was partially blocked.
Rookie linebacker Andy Mulumba poured in on quarterback Kellen Clemens for the Packers’ first sack of the game and the Packers stopped another Rams possession, but a Rams punt was accidentally touched by Packers rookie Brandon Smith and the Rams recovered at the Packers 10-yard line with about eight minutes to play in the third quarter.
That’s when the Packers defense got tough again; remember all those skirmishes in training camp? On third-and-goal from the 5-yard line, defensive line Johnny Jolly intercepted a Clemens pass that skipped through the hands of cornerback Loyce Means, killing another Rams drive near the goal line.
Field position was clearly in the Rams’ favor when the Packers began a drive at their 1-yard line, but Young converted a third-and-one play with a naked bootleg run, and the Packers had breathing room. Young showed signs of growth in the Packers offense, in just his second week with the team.
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GREEN BAY PACKERS vs. ST. LOUIS RAMS, Aug. 17, 2013, at St. Louis
HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY
(on his impression of the team in the first half) “Well, I thought the defense did a heck of a job keeping them out of the end zone. Real impressed with our defense being able to do it on third down. One thing missing from the game is we need to take the football away, either from our coverage units or defensively. So offense, put the ball in the end zone. First downs, taking care of the football, we’re doing that. I think we’ve had a solid first half.”
(on Eddie Lacy’s first-half performance) “Yeah, you know it’s great to have Eddie back healthy. You know that’s number one. He felt good out there and did some good things. So obviously we wanted to look at the run game tonight. I feel good about the way it was blocked and we’ll take a look at the video.”
QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS
(on moving the ball but only coming away with six points) “Yeah, it was frustrating missing on those third-and-ones, but there were a lot of positives. Jermichael (Finley) carried over what he has been doing in practice. He’s big and athletic and he’s playing very fast right now. He’s going to be a big weapon for us. Jarrett (Boykin) stepped up and made a nice catch. We’ve just got to finish off those drives off with touchdowns.”
(on how the offensive line handled the test of coming into a road environment) “The noise wasn’t like a regular-season game, but I thought they did a good job. David (Bakhtiari) is going to have a tough test every week on that side. (Robert) Quinn is soon to be one of the premier pass rushers in the league and I think he did a pretty good job on him. He obviously let him beat him inside on the one, but I thought the tempo was good, the protection for the most part was good, and we moved the ball well.”
(on Lacy’s performance) “Eddie is a talented guy. He just needs to stay healthy and get more opportunities. He’s a big-time player with a bright future in front of him if he can stay in the moment and not get content and continue to do the things he is doing. He’s very gifted.”
TIGHT END JERMICHAEL FINLEY
(on the first-team offense) “We felt good out there. We got the running game going early and then that opened up the passing game. We’re feeling good right now.”
(on the rhythm he is in with Rodgers) “That just comes with talking off the field, just getting things right. We talk a lot and we’ve just got that chemistry going. I feel like we have got it but there are always things to work on and always things to improve on.”
(on the frustration of only coming away with six points) “Yeah, the first group will go in and we’ll dissect the series we had. We’ve got to finish and put the ball in the end zone.”
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ST. LOUIS–Aaron Rodgers completed 10 of 12 passes for 134 yards in a little more than a quarter of work, and the Packers held a 9-0 lead over the St. Louis Rams at halftime of Saturday’s preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome.
A 33-yard pass from Rodgers to Jermichael Finley got the Packers rolling early in the second quarter. Eddie Lacy followed with a powerful run of 11 yards. On third-and-five from the Rams 21, Rodgers was sacked by Robert Quinn. Mason Crosby was then good from 48 yards, his second field goal of the game, which gave him an early lead in his competition with Giorgio Tavecchio.
Cornerback Davon House atoned for having been beaten a couple of times in the Packers’ preseason opener last week by knocking away a pass while in tight coverage on a third-down play. That play helped give the Packers the ball at their 35 following a Rams punt. At that point, Rodgers was replaced at quarterback by Graham Harrell with 9:38 to play in the first half.
Harrell avoided an interception on his first play when the Rams were flagged for pass interference. Tight end D.J. Williams didn’t help Harrell’s cause by dropping a perfectly thrown deep pass up the seam. A play later, tight end Brandon Bostick hauled in a 13-yard dart by Harrell. A drop by wide receiver Tyrone Walker, his first of two, didn’t help matters, and Harrell’s first series ended with a Tim Masthay punt.
The Packers went to a mixture of ones and twos on defense midway through the second quarter, but there was no falloff in the defense’s play. Rookie cornerback Micah Hyde got credit for another pass defensed and continued his strong play. Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein missed wide to the right from 50 yards and the Packers defense continued to pitch a shutout.
Green Bay scored its third field goal of the game when Tavecchio hit from 38 yards with two seconds left on the first-half clock.
Lacy carried eight times for 40 yards and displayed his power running style on a 15-yard run in the first quarter. Finley led the Packers in receiving in the first half with four catches for 78 yards. Rodgers threw wide of Finley on a pass that offered touchdown potential on the Packers’ first drive of the game.
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ST. LOUIS–The Packers offense moved the ball but had to settle for a Mason Crosby field goal and a 3-0 lead over the St. Louis Rams after one quarter of play at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday night.
The Packers offense exploded out of their one-game funk with a game-opening drive that featured the power running of rookie Edddie Lacy and the precision passing of Aaron Rodgers. Lacy followed a 25-yard pass from Rodgers to tight end Jermichael Finley by running through several defenders for 15 yards and a first down at the Rams 22-yard line.
On third-and-one at the 13, Lacy carried around left end for what was a gain of seven yards, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty against Finley. The Packers had to settle for a field goal attempt by Crosby, who split the uprights from 34 yards.
Rookie cornerback Micah Hyde helped stall the Rams’ promising first drive of the game by nailing running back Isaiah Pead for a 6-yard loss. The Rams failed on a fourth-and-five play, turning the ball over to the Packers at their 36-yard line.
Rodgers went right to work on his second series of the game by completing a 26-yard pass to wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, who broke two tackles on the play. On second-and-one, Rodgers missed a wide open Finley up the seam, and on third-and-one Lacy was tackled for a 2-yard loss, as the Rams defensive line penetrated into the backfield to disrupt the flow of the play. Kicker Giorgio Tacvecchio then missed on a 49-yard field goal attempt, wide to the left.
The Rams took possession at their 39-yard line and on the first play from scrimmage quarterback Sam Bradford hit wide receiver Chris Givens in stride with a 57-yard bomb. Givens had beaten Hyde, who was in single coverage.
Hyde recovered to make a nice stop on a second-and-goal pass completion at the 2-yard line, and the Packers defensive line forced a fourth-and-goal play by stopping Pead at the 1-yard line on third down. Bradford fumbled the snap from center on fourth down and the Packers retained their 3-0 lead.
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Packers players, coaches and staff deplane at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Friday afternoon
The team arrives at Edward Jones Dome on Saturday
DT B.J. Raji on the sidelines before Saturday night’s game
The offensive and defensive lines in pregame warmups
The Packers head into the locker room before kickoff
RB Eddie Lacy looks to get his first NFL game action Saturday night
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The following players have been ruled out for tonight’s Green Bay Packers-St. Louis Rams preseason game at Edward Jones Dome.
Green Bay Packers
16 WR Kevin Dorsey
17 WR Charles Johnson
18 WR Randall Cobb
26 RB DuJuan Harris
28 S Sean Richardson
29 CB Casey Hayward
38 CB Tramon Williams
73 T JC Tretter
75 T Bryan Bulaga
78 T Derek Sherrod
81 TE Andrew Quarless
82 TE Ryan Taylor
87 WR Jordy Nelson
95 DE Datone Jones
99 DE Jerel Worthy
St. Louis Rams
27 S Matt Giordano
30 RB Zac Stacy
54 LB Jabara Williams
57 LB Sammy Brown
64o OL Sean Hooey
76 T Rodger Saffold
97 DE Eugene Sims
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* Press box notes written by Packers public relations
PACKERS VISIT ST. LOUIS FOR ROAD PRESEASON OPENER
- Green Bay (0-1) visits St. Louis (0-1) tonight to take on the Rams in the Packers’ first road contest of the preseason.
- Despite squaring off 93 times (including two playoff meetings) in an all-time series that dates back to 1937, this marks just the fourth preseason meeting between the clubs. The Rams hold a 2-1 edge in the all-time preseason series.
- This will be the first time Green Bay has faced the Rams in the preseason since they moved to St. Louis in 1995. The three previous preseason meetings took place in 1984, 1992 and 1994, with the last matchup coming at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., on Aug. 6, 1994, a 14-6 Green Bay victory. The games in 1984 and 1992 were played in Los Angeles.
- Tonight will mark just the Packers’ second preseason game played indoors under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2006-13). Green Bay’s last indoor preseason game came on Aug. 28, 2009, at Arizona.
- Green Bay played the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during the 2011 preseason, but the roof was open for that contest. Prior to the ’09 contest against the Cardinals, the last indoor preseason game for the Packers was at the Georgia Dome against the Falcons on Aug. 9, 2003.
- Green Bay visited St. Louis last year in Week 7, the fifth time in seven years (2006-07, 2009, 2011-12) that the teams had squared off during the regular season. The Packers topped the Rams in the 2012 meeting, 30-20, with QB Aaron Rodgers connecting on 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 342 yards and three TDs.
- Outside of their foes in the NFC North, the Packers have played more regular-season games against the Rams (five) under McCarthy than any other opponent in the NFL.
- The Packers have won four straight against the Rams in the regular season and 10 of the last 13 meetings dating back to 1992.
- Following the contest at St. Louis tonight, the Packers will host the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on Friday, Aug. 23, in a nationally televised game on CBS. This will be the 20th time in the last 21 seasons that the Packers have appeared on national TV at least once during the preseason.
THE PACKERS-RAMS SERIES
- These clubs first met in 1937, when the NFL launched its long relationship with the city of Cleveland. The franchises met every year from 1937-71 except 1943, when the Rams didn’t field a team.
- Beginning in 1946, when the Rams moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles, these foes consistently played their Wisconsin games early in the year (before cold weather set in) and their warm West Coast games late in the year.
- The clubs have met twice in the postseason, with the Packers topping the Rams, 28-7, in the 1967 Western Conference Championship in Milwaukee. The Rams beat the Packers, 45-17, in St. Louis in a 2001 Divisional playoff contest.
LAST MEETING, PRESEASON
- Aug. 6, 1994, at Camp Randall Stadium (Madison, Wis.); Packers won, 14-6
- RB Edgar Bennett scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and WR Robert Brooks caught a 2-yard TD pass from QB Ty Detmer in the third quarter in the Green Bay win.
- Green Bay’s defense limited the Rams to a pair of Tony Zendejas field goals and held Los Angeles to 79 yards rushing.
- The Packers posted 150 yards on 39 carries (3.8 avg.), with FB Dexter McNabb picking up 33 yards on four attempts (8.3 avg.).
SAVE THE DATE
Important dates to remember (all times CDT):
- Friday, Aug. 23 – Preseason game vs. Seattle Seahawks, 7 p.m., Lambeau Field (Midwest Shrine Game)
- Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Final practice open to public, 11 a.m., Nitschke Field
- Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 75 players by 3 p.m.
- Thursday, Aug. 29 – Preseason game at Kansas City Chiefs, 7 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium
- Saturday, Aug. 31 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 53 players by 5 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 1 – After 11 a.m., clubs may establish a practice squad of eight players
- Sunday, Sept. 8 – Regular-season opener at San Francisco 49ers, 3:25 p.m.
Packers DT Ryan Pickett was a first-round draft pick of the Rams in 2001 and played his first five NFL seasons (2001-05) in St. Louis…Packers TE Matthew Mulligan played in all 16 games for the Rams in 2012…Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene was a fifth-round selection of the Los Angeles Rams in 1985 and played the first eight seasons (1985-92) of his career there. He ranks second in franchise history with 72.5 sacks…Greene played for Rams head coach Jeff Fisher when Fisher was the club’s defensive coordinator from 1989-91…Packers QB Vince Young played for Fisher for five seasons (2006-10) with the Tennessee Titans…Rams C Scott Wells played for Green Bay for eight seasons (2004-11)…Rams S Matt Giordano played in five games for the Packers in 2009…Rams secondary coach Chuck Cecil played safety for the Packers from 1988-92 and was a teammate of Packers offensive line coach James Campen…Rams wide receivers coach Ray Sherman held the same position with the Packers from 2000-04…Packers head coach Mike McCarthy coached with Rams quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and in New Orleans from 2000-01…McCarthy also coached with Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1998…Rams strength coach Rock Gullickson served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Packers from 2006-08…Gullickson and Rams assistant strength coach Adam Bailey also coached in New Orleans with McCarthy, assistant head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss and quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo…Rams TE Lance Kendricks played at the University of Wisconsin and attended Rufus King High School in Milwaukee…Rams offensive line coach Paul Boudreau was Packers assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg’s position coach for seven seasons (1987-93) when Hilgenberg played on the line for the New Orleans Saints…Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot played for the Bears when Rams assistant head coach Dave McGinnis was on Chicago’s staff…Rams director of operations Bruce Warwick spent six seasons (2000-05) with the Packers…Packers LB A.J. Hawk was a senior at Ohio State when Rams LB James Laurinaitis was a freshman in 2005…Other college teammates include Giordano and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (California), Packers T/G Don Barclay and Rams WRs Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey (West Virginia), Packers DT B.J. Raji and LB Robert Francois and Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (Boston College), Packers DE Datone Jones and RB Johnathan Franklin and Rams TE Cory Harkey (UCLA), Packers CB Casey Hayward and S Sean Richardson and Rams RB Zac Stacy (Vanderbilt), and Packers TE Ryan Taylor and Rams DE Robert Quinn (North Carolina).
As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
- Tonight’s captains will be WR James Jones (offense), DT B.J. Raji (defense) and P Tim Masthay (special teams).
WEARING THE STRIPES
Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Mike Carey (94), umpire Chad Brown (31), head linesman Mark Baltz (26), line judge Tim Podraza (47), field judge Jabir Walker (156), side judge Doug Rosenbaum (67) and back judge Brad Allen (136).
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PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE MCCARTHY
“This was a very good win for our football team. We knew that it would be a tough game coming down her to St. Louis with the Rams being undefeated (at home) coming into the contest today. I have a lot of respect for the team and the improvement that they have made since last year. That was something very evident throughout our preparations, so we knew this was going to be a tough match up. I have a lot of respect for Jeff Fisher and his staff and the way he goes about his business and getting a football team ready. I was very proud of how the team responded at halftime. I felt the Rams pep level was a little higher than ours and we were able to make some adjustments with that. To come in here and not turn the ball over, I think the team played smart today. They played very good situational football. We were pleased to win back to back, that was our message all week, stacking successes. You have to stack success as you do every single year. Being on the road is tough, but we are looking forward to getting back to Lambeau field next week. It seems like we have been gone for forever, but this was a big one. This was a very important game for us today and I thought our football team responded.”
(On the offense’s third down efficiency)
“I thought it was huge, because our run game efficiency was not where it needed to be. I thought it was important to maintain some balance especially when you are on the road. I thought our pass protection, once we settled down after the first quarter, was really good. I thought that Aaron (Rodgers) played exceptional again today. Third downs helped in our success in our performance last week. You have to play good situational football, especially when you are on the road. We took care of the football today and on the defensive end we got the turnovers. We won the turnover ratio and that is something we focus on every single week.”
(On the play of QB Aaron Rodgers)
“It is more than Aaron being dialed in. I think it is also staying in clean plays because that makes his job easier. We started the game with no huddle and we had some communication with the referees about the mechanics of our no-huddle and substitutions and them standing over the ball much longer than we experienced in the past. We were a little disjointed at the start of the game so we went back to the standard huddle in the second half and that worked more effectively. We are all about getting in as many punches as possible, that is the way we like to play offense. We don’t want to play slowed down. I think it helps everybody especially the quarterback.”
(On the Packers fan presence)
“Our fans are unbelievable. To drive in from the airport yesterday and to see Packer fans everywhere, it was like walking down Oneida Street. This is every week, every week that we are on the road. You can never get tired of hearing, ‘Go Pack! Go!’ especially in St. Louis. It is a great tribute to our fans. I can’t say enough about them. They are the best, second to none. When opposing coaches are talking about keeping your fans out of the building, I think that says it all. So, thank you fans, they were outstanding today.”
(On the emergence of WR Randall Cobb)
“Randall is a unique player. He can play the 1-2-3 spot in the wide receiver position and he can play out of the backfield. Obviously, we know what he can do as a returner. We are focused on trying to make sure that he gets some opportunities each game. I think we did a good job with that and getting him the ball in those particular situations. I think that he was exceptional in a couple of those third down plays in the second half to keep the sticks moving. He is a young dynamic player.”
(On Rodgers’ touchdown to Cobb)
“It was very difficult. It was a free play. It is something that we practice all the time. He is very good with his cadence to create that, and our older players do a great job in responding to it. I don’t know if there is a throw that I haven’t seen him make, to his left or to his right. He is a very gifted player.”
PACKERS QB AARON RODGERS
(On what it’s like to be over .500 heading into the bye week)
“It’s still early, but we’ve won two in a row now. We’ve played better offensively the last couple of games, we’ve played two really good teams. St. Louis is a good team, they’re on the upswing, for sure. They’ve got a real good defense, a real good young quarterback and some young receivers who are improving, so it’s a good win for us. We needed this one, going home, hopefully get back on the right track before the bye knowing what we’ve got afterwards. But we’ve got nine games left it’s a long season and games like this are important.”
(On how key the third quarter was in terms of time of possession)
“That was huge. We had one of our best drives of the season, for sure, starting the second half. It wasn’t the prettiest drive, but we converted a lot of third downs and we held the ball for seven minutes, so that helped our defense out I think. Obviously, (that) got it back to a two score game for us. That was a very key drive for us and a good one to look back on as we watch this film tomorrow.”
(On the fan support they had at the Edward Jones Dome today)
“Yeah this is one of the shorter trips I think for some of our fans, which is still a jaunt. I think it’s probably about eight hours maybe driving if you’re pressing the speed limit a little bit. So we love our fans. We got to see a couple of them yesterday in the carriage and it’s been fun to have such great support. The chants are incredible. The boos that we had today on one of those calls from our fans was incredible. It was louder than the cheers for the Rams. Special connection between the players and the fans and we just love our fans. We’ve had some amazing experiences on the road hearing that, ‘Go Pack Go,’ chant leaving games.”
(On the offsides play)
“It’s pretty good. (C) Jeff (Saturday) did a great job of snapping that one early there and from there it’s just kind of ad-libbing a little bit. To be honest with you I saw the left side collapsing a little bit and I was thinking I might be able to run and get some yards and keep the play clock going. Randall (Cobb) put his hand up and felt good about the throw. He made a big catch in the end zone. That’s a big time play for us and we’ve made some big ones at times when we draw them offsides.”
(On if he would have thrown the ball if it wasn’t a free play)
“Oh for sure, yeah. To be honest with you, as I moved to my left I couldn’t quite tell when Jeff snapped it if he was offside’s or not. Usually, maybe it’s different at home, but I feel like I can kind of see the flag a little better out of my peripheral. As I caught the snap, I saw the guy on my right jump a little bit, I couldn’t tell if he was across the line. That gets you in that grey area where Jeff (Saturday) is aggressive to snap it, but forcing the ball there when it’s not offsides would not be a good thing, so it was a roll to my left. I did feel like it was either us or nobody on that throw, so he made a great catch.”
(On WR Randall Cobb)
“He’s a star in the making. He’s a big time player. He has the right approach for being a professional. He takes his job very seriously. He sees the game through the eyes of a quarterback. He’s played quarterback before, but he asks the right questions. He wants to be on the same page with me, he kind of wants to know what I’m thinking. He’s always in tune to second reaction plays. Those are some big time plays. The first one really got us going and he broke a tackle and kept that drive going. He’s a lot of fun to play with and he’s a good human being, which makes it even easier.”
(On how important it was to have another good game after scoring six touchdowns last week)
“That wasn’t really on my mind. My mind is usually focused on doing what I can do to put ourselves in good situations at the line of scrimmage. I’m expected to be consistent week in and week out. There’s been times where that hasn’t been the case, but I’m happy with the way the offense is progressing and obviously I wanted to come out and play really well. Missed a couple throws I probably could have hit, but other than that I thought it was a good performance by our offense.”
(On finishing wins on the road)
“Yeah that’s what we’ve done around here in the past. We’ve been up maybe a score or less than a touchdown and had to come up with a big drive and we’ve been able to, so we’re proud of that. We had to convert some tough third downs today, I’m not sure what the percentages were, but I’d like to think that we converted a number of third downs and kept drives going and flipped the time of possession. Gave our defense a little bone there and were able to finish off that drive with a touchdown and put it back to two scores and gave us a good chance to win the game.”
RAMS HEAD COACH JEFF FISHER
“When you play a team as good as they are offensively, in order to have a chance to win, you need to get turnovers. You need to get the ball back or you need to get off the field on third down. That’s obviously what we did not do today defensively and that’s really the difference in the game. (Green Bay QB) Aaron (Rodgers), we knew he was coming off a hot hand last weekend and feeling pretty good and he’s got a lot of weapons and that’s certainly the difference. We kept it close for a while, but we couldn’t get the ball back the second half and that was the difference in the game.”
(On what Rodgers did best during the game such as changing the plays at the line of scrimmage)
“Yes. He’s just throwing with great accuracy and then putting themselves in position. They’ll change things after the snap. They’ll recognize things and change it after the snap. We had some oppourtunities. He took advantage of our defensive mistakes, our defensive offsides. Both those two long balls would probably not have been thrown had we not jumped in the neutral zone. So, ‘Let’s just take a shot,’ and he’s really smart. You can’t do that. But that’s what he does and they run it to keep you honest, but he’s a very accurate passer. You’ve got to make tackles on third down. You get third-and-eight and you make a tackle and get off the field, create fourth downs, and we just didn’t do that.”
(On if there were things that he conceded to Rodgers when he was gameplanning)
“Well, you like to keep him underneath and not give up the big shots. ‘Jenks’ (CB Janoris Jenkins) is watching flags fly on the first touchdown pass and he should’ve been playing defense and got caught out of there. He’ll learn from that. You’ve got to make him try to take his stuff underneath and then get into third down and then make a play on third down and get off the field. And then also know that field goals, at times, are wins for your defense. Then of course, you’ve got to score more points, we’re not scoring points, not enough points to beat a team like this on offense.”
(On if the loss is an opportunity to perform better in London or if it’s frustrating to have to change the schedule)
“No, we’re looking forward to the opportunity, but reality is, maybe you should’ve asked me that question a couple days from now, not 30 minutes after a loss. But we have a lot to do. Obviously, we go back to the office and players come in. We’ve got a lot to do to get ready to get on this airplane tomorrow afternoon.”
(On what made Packers WR Jordy Nelson so effective)
“Jordy’s a big target that runs bettter than, I think, people think and he’s outstanding out of frame. He can make the tough catch. He doesn’t drop balls. He gets open and they’re really on the same page most of the time.”
(On Rodger’s rolling left and throwing across his body for a touchdown)
“He did that a couple weeks ago. He did it against the Bears, I think. He rolled left and threw across his body and put that in there. He’s pretty good at it.”
(On if he had experience coaching in games where the opponent’s fans traveled so well)
“Yes. I’ve expereinced that before. That’s just a tribute to the Packer organization – the tradition and history of the Packers. They travel well. They do that wherever they go. We’d like to get our organization to that point, so we travel well as well.”
(On how T Joe Barksdale and G Shelley Smith performed)
“I thought they played pretty well considering. Joe battled. He had a pretty good pass rusher out there and he battled. It’s easier to watch in person live, the tackle than it is the guard because, of course, we’re concerned about the matchup. We ran the ball well over them, away from them and I thought both of them played pretty well.”
(On what the key was for Green Bay in eliminating the Rams’ sacks)
“Yes, we got some pressure on them. Well, they made some adjustments. They started banging the ends. They started chipping ends because that’s where we were getting our pressure in. We nearly had him down three or four more times. We just couldn’t because his mobility’s extraordinary.”
(On not getting in the endzone)
“That’s right. We’ve got to keep working on it. That’s it. Worked on it this week. We make a fourth-and-two catch and we might have another opportunity at it, but we didn’t.”
(On if the ball had to be caught on the fourth-and-two play)
“Yes. You’ve got to make that catch and then we get three or four more shots at it.”
(On if he tried to get a replay on the onside kick because he wasn’t sure if the ball went 10 yards)
“No. I wanted to confirm who touched it first because if they touched the ball inside of the 10-yard restraining line, then I can challenge that, but I never got a look. I went and asked ‘Tru’ (CB Trumaine Johnson) and he didn’t know.”
(On if WR Brian Quick got hurt at the end of the game)
“No, he’ll be OK. The only thing we’ve got to concern ourselves with is (DE) Eugene (Sims), so we’ll see how he is.”
RAMS QB SAM BRADFORD
(On today’s game)
“It’s a tough one. I thought we did a fairly decent job in the first half. We probably would’ve liked to come away with a few more points, especially the possession where we got stopped on fourth down down there. It would’ve been nice to convert that and put seven on the board. We came out cold in the third quarter, just didn’t really get anything going. We’ve just got to do a better job of overcoming.”
(On if he can put his finger on what happened in the third quarter)
“Seven points. They controlled the ball. When we had an opportunity to control the ball, we didn’t. We had a quick series, then the turnover, just things you can’t do when you’re playing a team like that.”
(On what contributed to his interception)
“I should have checked it down. My body just wasn’t in a great position. I think I was trying to step up and tried to get it out there and just wasn’t in good position to throw it downfield like that.”
(On if he was fearing a sack on the play)
“I don’t think I was fearing a sack. I just felt the edges kind of collapsing and wanted to get it out there and give (WR Chris) Givens a chance, but when I’m not in a good position to throw it downfield I just can’t do that.”
(On if he has to always be aware of the threat of a sack given the state of the offensive line)
“No. I trust those guys. I think they did a great job today. I think everyone who’s had to step up all year has done a great job. Those guys were put in a tough position. Green Bay led the league in sacks coming into today, and with that being said, I think those guys did a great job.”
(On what positives he takes from the game)
“It’s hard to say right now. I think we’ll have to look at the film to really draw the positives, but just another frustrating loss.”
(On if the team felt they were back in the game when RB Steven Jackson scored)
“We knew the whole time that being down 14 if we could score and cut it to a one possession game, we had a shot. When we did that, I think our sideline was really excited. We thought our defense was going to go out there and get a stop, get us the ball back, and then we were going to go score again. Unfortunately it didn’t work like that, but any time you’re able to cut into a lead late in the game, you feel good about yourself.”
(On if the Packer fans took the home field advantage away)
“I wouldn’t say that. Obviously we knew that they were a team that was going to travel well. They sure did, but it really didn’t change anything from our perspective.”
(On being able to play with New England next week)
“We’ll come in and look at film tomorrow, see what things we can take from this game, both the positive and the things we need to correct, but our mentality as a football team is that we can play with anyone on any Sunday and we’re going to take that same mentality into the game next week.”
(On who he trusts the most in the red zone)
“I think all those guys down there. It’s hard to pick one guy. I think they’ve all done a great job. Gibby (WR Brandon Gibson) has really stepped up since (WR) Danny (Amendola) went down and I think he’s played exceptionally well the past couple weeks. I feel very comfortable with him, but with that being said, I think you look at it…we threw the ball to a lot of different guys down there today. I’m comfortable with everyone down there.”
RAMS RB STEVEN JACKSON
(On today’s game)
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do. We’re slowly coming together as an offense, a unit. But, we’ve still got to continue to get better, continue to help our defense out by putting points on the board.”
(On if he wanted the ball more in today’s game)
“I’m called to do whatever the coaching staff here feels is best for this team and for the offense. So, whenever I get my opportunities, I’ve got to make sure I take advantage of them.”
(On what went wrong today)
“We’ve just got to take advantage of every opportunity. They surprised us with an onside kick, but when you face a team that’s a potent offense, we’ve got to do our job as an offensive unit and that’s to keep up and help our defense out.”
(On if they needed to score touchdowns instead of field goals against Green Bay)
“They’re red hot right now. They have one of the best quarterbacks in football. We knew it was going to be a challenge. We have to continue to get better at that.”
(On if Green Bay controlled the ball in the second half)
“Yes. They did a good job. At halftime, I’m pretty sure they went in and made adjustments, saw what we were doing effectively and tried to take it away from us.”
(On if this was the best they’ve run the ball this season)
“We’re getting better. This unit continues to gel week in and week out. The guys up front did a good job for me creating some lanes.”
(On if today’s game felt like a road game)
“No. We know that Green Bay travels. It didn’t stop us from doing what we wanted to do. We were able to use a snap count because we knew that they’re pretty fast off the ball. We mixed it up.”
(On if he has mixed emotions from scoring a touchdown but losing the game)
“Personal stats are not what I’m focused on anymore. Winning games.”
(On how he will handle the quick turnaround before flying to London tomorrow)
“We have a long flight ahead of us, so we have to make sure we get our rest. I’ll be in the cold tub tonight.”
RAMS DE CHRIS LONG
(On how the Packers played)
“This was par for the course for them. They threw the ball around the yard and played a really good game. You’ve got to take your hat off to them.”
(On if the crowd disparity was disappointing)
“I wouldn’t say disappointing, but I expected that they’d be well represented here. We just never got the chance to quiet them down. It wasn’t a factor, but not disappointing, no.”
(On trying to keep the game close)
“We had our opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of them. We were close there for a while, but we weren’t playing our best game, myself included. We can play a lot better. Hats off to them. They’re a very good football team. There’s a reason they’ve won so many games.”
(On the Rams’ play in the third quarter)
“They came out with a really good game plan in the second half and executed it and we couldn’t get off the field. That was just a really disappointing stretch.”
(On if the game changed on the free play where he was called offside)
“Absolutely. That was a hundred percent on me. All week I knew that he was going to take a shot if we got offsides or jumped offsides and then lined up and got back. What you need to do is keep rushing because that’s what he does. That’s his M.O., so that’s completely on me. I hung our coverage out to dry.”
RAMS DE ROBERT QUINN
(On trying to get to Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers)
“He’s definitely an elusive quarterback. I don’t know if he gets credit enough for being elusive. It’s hard to take the quarterback down and get sacks, so we just have to keep grinding every week and hit them as many times as possible, really try to rattle them. You’re not going to get sacks every play, but at least try to rattle them.”
(On if it was frustrating to be close to sacking Rodgers on multiple occasions)
“You just keep grinding. If this game was simple and not frustrating, it wouldn’t be as fun. You’ve just got to keep grinding away, chipping away, doing whatever you can to help your team win.”
(On being near the top of the league in sacks)
“I’m just trying to play hard every snap I’m out there, doing anything that’s possible to try to help us win. If I’ve got to go to the three technique or whatever it might be, just doing everything I can to try to help the team win. I’m really not paying attention to the stats. I’m just trying to chip away each game, get better, and try to get a W at the end of each game.”
RAMS LB JAMES LAURINAITIS
(On what Packers QB Aaron Rodgers does well)
“I think what he does the best is that he’s good at improv. He escapes to make the deep throws and maneuvers in the pocket. That’s something that he does really well. He did that today a couple of times. (He) maneuvered around guys was able to break out of the pocket and chuck it deep. He’s going to make throws that other quarterbacks won’t.”
(On Rodgers making adjustments at the line of scrimmage)
“He’ll make a lot of adjustments. I don’t think he goes to the extent that (Denver Broncos QB) Peyton (Manning) does where you have no idea if he’s actually checking something or if he’s bluffing. He’s going to put his offense in the best play possible and when you’re a defense, you just have to react to it. When you play a team that’s truly a west coast (offense) team like this, you know you’re going to get a lot of different stuff out of multiple looks. You just have to play your fundamentals well and tackle well in space. Looking back, we’ll look at the film tomorrow, I don’t think we really tackled well enough to win this game at the end.”
(On what separates the Rams from the Packers)
“I don’t know about the whole ‘how close are we.’ I just think they made more plays in this game to win. We had a chance on multiple third downs to get off the field at the end, and we didn’t do it. They made plays and we didn’t. That’s the reality of it. These games in the NFL come down to who’s going to step up and make plays at the end. Today, Green Bay’s offense did it.”
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