Friday press conference notes

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 21, 2011 – 12:55 pm

Here’s a summary of the live tweets from Friday’s press conferences from the Packers’ official Twitter account:

Zombo out, Spitz questionable, everyone else probable on injury report. Hawk (knee) and Walden (shoulder) added to report Friday, but both probable.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy

Hawk has bruised knee, but McCarthy fully expects him to play on Sunday. Just being cautious with him in practice.

Team did not practice outside, but it was 18 degrees in the Hutson Center with the doors open.

McCarthy feels team has a championship-caliber QB and defense. “We’re a complete football team.”

McCarthy said he felt during his time as an assistant coach in Kansas City that he’d be a head coach someday. Blessed to be here.

Starting as a quality control coach taught him the basics of the business.

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers

Defense has been more “multiple” this year because the players understand the scheme better in Year 2. Closer now to a real 3-4 team.

Being a former head coach helps to be a better assistant, Capers says. Wanted to be for McCarthy the guy he never had in Carolina, Houston.

Sign of a good team when all players are accountable to one another, stepping in to fill roles.

Capers sees Martz’s offense as more balanced second half of season than the first. Force you to defend both run and pass, helping Cutler.

With the pass rush, if you do the same thing all the time, “people are going to block it up.” Have to always change things up.

Shields playing some of his best football now. Same with Williams. Corners dictate how much you can do defensively.

Defense playing in playoffs much like it did down the stretch in regular season, unlike last year.

Capers says defense had 17 penalties in the first six games, nine the rest of the regular season. Technique limits penalties.

McCarthy knows how he likes to attack defenses, and how he likes his defense to look, Capers says. Seeing the big picture is key.

For a month, team has been in the same playoff mode. That has helped.


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