Packers-Chiefs post-game quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 18, 2011 – 7:41 pm


On the game: “OK, I’ll start with injuries. Bryan Bulaga had a knee strain and Derek Sherrod had a broken leg. With that, I’ll take your questions.”

On the disappointment that the perfect season is over: “Really, what is disappointing to me is that we didn’t clinch home-field advantage. That was always the goal. I personally always viewed the undefeated season as, really, just gravy. The goal was to get the home-field advantage and win the Super Bowl. That’s what we discussed as a football team. We were fortunate enough to be in the position to possibly achieve the undefeated season, but we still have the primary goal in front of us, and that’s to get the home-field advantage.”

On how much he attributes the offensive struggles to the absence of WR Greg Jennings: “I don’t think anytime you have struggles you look to individuals that are not on the field. You look at the game. I’ll go back, I’ll look at the way it was called. We didn’t catch the ball like we normally catch the ball. We had some opportunities, particularly in the first half. We had too many penalties. We’ve been clean week-in and week-out, and as far as the penalties, we weren’t very detailed today.”

On the Chiefs approach to the game: “The film didn’t lie. We talked about it all week. We expressed that to anybody that asked a question. Their ability to run the football… Kyle Orton is definitely an improvement at quarterback, and I thought he played well, which he normally does, just in my experience seeing him play on that other sideline. Defensively, I have a lot of respect for their defense the way they were playing coming into the game. We talked about it being a spirited football game, and we didn’t answer the bell. We were beaten today. The Kansas City Chiefs outplayed us. We were beaten.”

On his concern for the offensive line: “You never want to see players get hurt. We’ll assess everything tomorrow and have a better idea. It’s unfortunate Derek is lost for the season. You never want to see that happen. I really don’t have a pulse on Bryan Bulaga and the injury that he had.”

On whether he considered challenging the pass to TE Leonard Pope along the sideline: “No, I thought we were right on it actually. They have the replay here in Arrowhead. I was of the opinion that the foot was out of bounds before the ball came out. We talked about it. We had a long break in between that point in time to make the decision. Based on the information, I thought it was right not to challenge.”

On whether the press coverage caused any problems: “They challenged us. Frankly, that’s the way you stop a team that can throw the football. Their corners, they played us a lot of 2-Man or however you guys refer to it, Cover 1. They pressed us from the time we got off the bus.”

On whether they talked about kicking it deep rather than going onside: “That’s obviously the conversation. You have two options there, and I chose to go with the onside kick.”

On whether he thinks the Chiefs told the officials to watch for WR Jordy Nelson pushing off: “Well, two quick calls like that, offensive pass interference, I would say that’s uncommon. I don’t think you see that very often. I did not see the replay on either one, so I don’t really have a comment on it. We pushed the ball up the field, and they were playing man-to-man. They got the calls there.”

On whether there is something to take from the game that will help: “It’s really faint. You win and you look to improve your quality of play. We did not improve as a football team today, so we’ll do what you do after that happens. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had to address the team in this fashion, but we didn’t get better. That’s not taking away anything from Kansas City. They won the game. They did the things necessary, time of possession all the way through. I’m sure they hit all the targets as far as the way they approached the game. They got it done. They got their game plan done, we did not. We’ll grade it, like we always do on Mondays, and we’ll get ready for Chicago.”

On whether T Chad Clifton is close to returning: “I don’t know. The path that Chad has been taking back, it’s been up and down, so I don’t know. Hopefully, he can get back, but I wouldn’t know which way to lean.”

On whether the players were heavily invested in going 16-0: “I think our team did a good job of staying on point. I think that was the message. I didn’t see a bunch of guys running around talking about 16-0. That was my sense of it. We knew the type of game we were coming into today. This was no surprise. It wasn’t just talk. We answered the questions all week. We knew we were coming into a juggernaut, and we didn’t overcome it.”

On the play of QB Aaron Rodgers: “I thought he was put in some tough spots. I thought Aaron played with more long downs and distances today than he has in quite some time. He managed this game very well. I thought he was productive at the line of scrimmage. He had one or two balls knocked down. We’ll look at the film and grade him like we always do.”

On whether the pressure is reduced now: “We’ve got our 15th game coming up. We’re fighting for home-field advantage. I say the same thing as every day. We need to improve as a football team, and we need to play our next game better against the Chicago Bears. We have an opportunity, so that’s really where our focus is.”

On QB Kyle Orton’s ability to move the team up and down the field: “I thought they did a very good job with their first down cadence and ability to do late substitutions. That’s a challenge for a team when you’re matching personnel. I thought they were very productive in the action passing game, a lot of the things that he did when we saw him at Lambeau. He hit us on a few big plays. I think the guy is a damn good quarterback. I’m not questioning his coaching decisions that have gone on in his past, but I’ve always felt Kyle is an excellent player.”


On what happened today: “They had a good plan today. We didn’t execute very well. Didn’t throw well, didn’t catch it well, and didn’t get open enough.”

On how disappointing this is: “Our goal ultimately is to win the Super Bowl. The next step in getting that is the number one seed in the playoffs. We’ve got a home playoff game, we’ve got a bye secured so we’ll watch the game tomorrow night and see what happens and finish up the season.”

On whether or not any pressure is removed from the loss: “Probably outside of the facility, yes. But the priority was to focus on getting to 14-0 and securing a number one seed and then looking forward to the potential of being 16-0. But ultimately our goal is to win the Super Bowl.”

On how everything affects how much he would like to continue to play: “You’d have to talk to Mike [McCarthy] about that but I’d like to keep going and finish this thing off.”

Was this the most you have been hit in a while? “Basically.”

On how much he missed WR Greg Jennings: “Yes we missed Greg, it’s tough to replace a guy like that but we stepped in and did some good things, a lot of man and gave some help to [Brandon] Flowers and [Brandon] Carr at times. We need to do a better job of getting down the middle and making some plays when they are going to be so wide with their safeties. I’ve got to give them credit, they had a good plan and executed well, got after me with a four-man rush and had a lot of guys in coverage.”

On an explanation for the drops: “Just physical mistakes, they are going to happen. The mental ones are the frustrating ones; the physical ones are going to happen.”

On if being 16-0 was a goal: “The Super Bowl is the goal. We are three games away from the ultimate goal, still trying to win the Super Bowl.”

On how a loss is used for motivation after winning for so long: “It still sucks. It’s nice to go a calendar year without having to feel like this but we’ll finish out the season 7-1 on the road and we’ve got two home games to finish this thing out with Chicago and Detroit.”

On if he thought they would get another shot with the ball: “I was optimistic. We had the two-minute and three timeouts and regardless if we kicked it deep or with the onside, I figured if they got it we had a chance to stop them and get the ball back.”

On if he was tempted to use more no huddle: “It’s really not my decision. When we get the chance to do that I enjoy doing it, but it just depends on the flow of the game.”


On what the loss feels like: “It’s a bad taste in your mouth that’s going to be in there for a minute, probably until we win again. Every loss hurts so we’ve got to go back to the drawing board, go back to work. They beat us up today, were a better team than us today. We have to tip our hats to them and get back to what we do.”

On what this particular loss means since it broke up a potentially undefeated season and 19-game winning streak: “They did break that but like we’ve been preaching all year, the ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl, if we were 16-0, 19-0 on the way, we did, but the ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl and we’ve still got all of that in front of us and that’s our goal.”

On how much WR Greg Jennings being out affected their offense: “Greg is a big time receiver for this offense. We all feed off of each other so when you lose a guy that’s done the things he’s done in this game it’s huge. But at the same time we’ve lost guys before and stepped up and made plays; today we all just didn’t step up to the plate. Everybody has to look at themselves in the mirror.”

On if he was telling himself they would come back throughout the game: “Oh yes, always. We’ve been through so much adversity as a team, not just this year but last year as well. We never think we are out of a game, even when there was four minutes left and we had the ball we thought we were going to win the game and it worked out the other way. Go home, get on the plane and try to get better.”

On how the Chiefs defended the pass offense: “A lot of cover two, a lot of 55, two-shell over the top, man-to-man coverage underneath. The corners had a lot of help. We did see a little bit of man-to-man, they made plays, they were better than us today. They out-schemed us and everything; they made plays against us and we didn’t come up and make the plays we knew we could make as an offense and as an individual.”


On the disappointment of this loss: “We know it’s tough to win in this league, especially on the road. The Chiefs came out and played a great game and we didn’t show up the way we needed to.”

On what he means by not showing up: “I mean, I’m not saying we didn’t show up. We didn’t play the way we needed to I guess. To be fair to the Chiefs, they played well. I don’t think we played like we’ve played all year, but no excuses, they came out and beat us.”

On his dropped passes and penalties: “I don’t know. They must have been calling it close, I don’t know. I’ll have to look but I don’t think I was doing anything different than normal, but you’ve got to adjust to what the officials are calling.”

On the drops in the game: “Part of the game. We don’t want them but it’s tough, we’ve got to look at it and improve and keep moving forward.”

On how much WR Greg Jennings being out affected their offense: “It’s going to affect you. We expected ourselves to step up and make plays. We have a belief in our talents that we can make plays as well. Obviously, Greg is a great talent and all-pro receiver so that’s going to hurt but we need to do our job and step up and fill in.”


On up until what point he thought they could turn it around: “Up until that four-minute, I was thinking, with this two-minute, we’ve got an extra timeout, we’re going to stop them, get the ball back and Aaron [Rodgers] is going to do what he does. Obviously, we didn’t hold up on our end so he didn’t have the opportunity to get that done.”

On how thinking they would be able to do something special this year makes losing even tougher: “Not so much. We still have everything we want to accomplish in front of us. We obviously are blessed to have the opportunity to play in the postseason, play a home game, but obviously the 16-0, 19-0 won’t be a part of it.”

On if they took the Chiefs too lightly: “I don’t think so. I mean every man speaks for himself. Personally, I knew how good these guys were. We played these guys earlier in the preseason, we know with the whole coaching situation they would play inspired football. We just didn’t play well and in this league if you don’t play well you are probably going to lose.”


On how bad this loss hurts: “We lost, and losing is never fun. We came into Arrowhead and managed to lose a game so tomorrow it’s back to work.”

On if there were guys that took the Chiefs too lightly: “No I don’t think so. We just allowed them to make plays throughout the day and they made them. That’s the name of the game, you have to stop the other team from making plays and they made the plays they needed to.”

On if Chiefs QB Kyle Orton kept himself in a position where they couldn’t make great plays on the ball: “They just made some plays. This is the professional football league and sometimes the other team is going to make some plays and they made more than we did.”

On if there was ever a sense that the defense thought they had to get a turnover: “Yes, I mean you always kind of feel like that in a tight ball game, that you need to get the ball back but we weren’t able to do it all day. Give them credit for taking care of the football and they came out with a win.”

On the challenge of dismissing this week’s game to get onto the next one: “No question we’ve had some games where we felt like we’ve played bad and were still able to win. Today we managed to lose so it’s no different than those other games. We’ve got to put this one behind us and focus on next week. The next team coming in isn’t going to care about what happened this week so we can’t.”

On what the main difference was between today and all the other games: “Today, from a defensive standpoint we just allowed too many plays. We allowed them to sustain drives down the field, let them pick up third downs and so when the offense is able to do that, you keep the ball and run time off your clock. Then you’re not scoring points and you are in trouble and today we found ourselves in trouble.”

On if there is any comfort in the fact that they are still 13-1: “Well, there’s no comfort in losing, I can tell you that. But we do understand even with losing this game that our focus is on what we all play the game for. We’ve assured ourselves a spot in the playoffs so we’ll continue to play hard these next couple of games, try to win those games and try to go into the playoffs and do what we do.”

On if there was ever any extra pressure on the club because they were unbeaten: “No, I don’t think so. I don’t think anybody approached it that way. I think we came in here to try to win the game because we felt like we could win but we didn’t come up with it.”


On the game: “The Chiefs played a very good game today. They played the way that I would like to see the Chiefs play all the time. They followed the game plan, they had energy, they had effort and they played their hearts out. And that’s the thing we talked to those guys about with a Green Bay Packers team coming in here, undefeated, everybody had marked it off as a win for the Packers, but those guys in the locker room, they’re football players. They decided that they were not going to lay down, they were not going to give up, so they went out and played a tremendous game. One, I would like to give credit to the offensive coaches because they did a good job of putting a plan together and then calling a good game. Kyle [Orton] did a nice job of controlling and operating the offense, but if you look at it all, all those guys did a nice job. The defense did a nice job and that’s what happens when a team wins, everybody wins. We’re just proud that we were able to win this one. We know that it’s a short week that we have to work on. We close out the season with division opponents, which are always tough and rivalries are always good, but now our guys have a little confidence and will be up for the challenge. The best part about it is that our next game is a home game, and even though we had more Cheese Heads in the stadium than I would like, we prevailed. Playing at home is always a plus for us and that’s good because our fans are wonderful fans. Saturday we hope they are out and enjoying the holidays and come cheer us to another victory.”

On whether or not today’s win solidifies his chances to return as head coach next year: “I really have no way of knowing that. All I know is we won a game and played a good football team and we played a good football game. We looked like a pro football team. That was a positive. We’ll see what the next two weeks bring because every week is a different week in the NFL. Then at the end of it, we’ll see…we’ll let the chips fall where they may. That’s what you always do in football. That’s what I tell those guys in the locker room – Do your best and play your best and let the chips fall where they may. The only thing we can control is how we play, the kind of effort we give and hopefully we can win as we go.”

Could you have scripted this win any better as the new head coach? “As it turned out it was a great script. Wins are always good in the NFL. I don’t care how you get them. If you can win that’s a positive and we feel good about the win.”

On the excitement of the team following the victory: “Situation and circumstance always impact how players and coaches feel. We had this losing streak going and a very good team coming in. I think they were excited about the fact that they were able to play good football and didn’t turn the ball over and didn’t make mistakes and fought it out and were able to win some one-on-one battles. That was all positive. We just have to keep it going.”

On the players’ excitement after giving you your first win as head coach: “They know that I care about them as people and as football players and I ask them to do the best that they can do. That’s all I can ask of them. If they do that and we end up winning games, that’s a plus and a positive. They are the ones that play the game and should get all the credit. I was just standing on the sideline, that’s all I did today. They got it done.”

On what he asked of QB Kyle Orton today in leading this team: “We asked him to protect the football and not turn the ball over. Take what the defense is giving you, which he did. There were some times when he was stressed a little bit but he ran his progression and found the open receiver and he controlled the offense. His experience as an NFL quarterback helped control the offense some also. That was all positive for us.”

On his confidence in using Orton for the long term: “For the next few weeks I’m going to be pretty confident. If we win these next few games with him and he continues to play like he did today, then you might have to say that. You see what kind of production a player has and then you make a determination whether that production will continue and if you want that type of player on your team. So if he continues to do what he did today, then I would say, ‘Yes.’”

On clearing up the quarterback question early in the week: “I would like to think that it helped. Like I mentioned earlier in the week I’ve been through a quarterback situation before where the players didn’t know who the quarterback was going to be until the last minute. So I wanted to clear the air and get it out there so they wouldn’t get asked questions about it, they wouldn’t have to wonder about it. They would know who they guy was going to be and give them an opportunity to learn his cadence and his voice and how he operated. Adapting to that was beneficial to us because as it turned out he took all the reps in practice.”

On holding the Packers offense to 14 points: “We tried to mix things up. Aaron [Rodgers] is a very good quarterback and as we were watching tape and looking at the things he was able to do, we knew that we had our work cut out for us. Sometimes with a quarterback like that, you can’t contain him all the time. We were very fortunate in the first half that they didn’t get any points but then he started clicking in the second half and so that concerned us. But try to mix it up, that’s all you can do. If your guys mix it up and play good then you have a chance.”

On getting the ball to a bunch of different guys today: “That’s the way it developed because if they are covering some of those other guys somebody’s open and the quarterback was able to get the ball to the open people.”

On not starting WR Dwayne Bowe: “Dwayne Bowe had a medical situation with his family that he felt like he needed to attend to and he didn’t follow the proper procedures or protocol in getting that done, so I told him I wasn’t going to start him…He did not miss a practice.”

On the play of the defense, especially LB Tamba Hali and CB Brandon Carr: “Tamba Hali comes to work every day, and you notice him out there every game, he gives it everything he has. Carr has been improving as the year has gone on. With Flowers on the other side, sometimes teams choose to try Carr, but Carr has stood up to the challenges and he has improved as the year has gone on. So I think that’s a positive for him and this team as well.”

Does it seem that Tamba gets held quite a bit? “That’s not my call, but you’re probably right by what you see.”

On the pressure of both calling the defensive plays and monitoring the game as the head coach: “I have experience in the job before so that was a plus for me. The other thing that is a plus is that I have very good assistants on this team who have NFL experience and have been around for a while. Bill Muir who called the game today called a really good game. I’ve got Emmitt Thomas on defense, Gary Gibbs on defense… Jim Zorn on offense, I can let those guys do a lot of the work and they do a good job of it. That made it easier for me.”


On the game: “That was a good football team we beat. The coaches put together a good game plan for us. Everybody on offense, everybody on the team did their job. They didn’t try to do too much. We beat a really good football team.”

Did you have an advantage having faced this team already this season? “It is always better to be able to see a team twice. Having said that they beat me the first time. That’s a good football team. They have a great chance to win the Super Bowl. We are happy we played together as a team. Our coaches coached great and we got a big win.”

Where does this game rank in your career? “This about the most fun as I’ve had on the football field. You go through practice and all that stuff but your teammates don’t really know you until you get in that huddle. That’s a special time for me, inside the huddle. I kind of turn into [another] person. I think everybody took it well. We had a lot of fun and battled together.”

Before scoring the touchdown, was it frustrating having only field goals on previous trips to the Red Zone? “We just kept on pressing. We kept on pushing and kept on fighting. Obviously, when you are playing an offense on the other side, which is so prolific, you want to come away with touchdowns. We talked about it all week. They did a good job on their goal-line defense and we couldn’t punch it in. It’s a team win. We kicked field goals and special teams played outstanding and we made enough plays on offense.”

Did it help to be named the starter early in the week? “Yes, not only for me but for all my teammates too. No matter what, the quarterback has to lead the team through the week of practice and lead them into the game. I always try to be the most prepared guy on the field and go out a play well for my team.”

What did they ask you to do in the game? “I thought our tight ends showed up. I don’t know if [Coach] expected them to catch that many passes but they were open and did a great job. They made some big plays. [Leonard] Pope made a couple of really big plays for us. Anthony [Becht] on the naked we ran to get the touchdown was a huge play. I think everybody stepped up. It was a total team win. It wasn’t just one guy. It wasn’t just one coach. It was everybody fighting together for a win.”

How do you deal with moving around and the uncertainty of the future? “We play Oakland next week. That’s the only thing that you think about. We had so much to think about this week. We played a great team in the Packers and now we will go play a big rival in the Oakland Raiders and try to go get a win.”

Was this the most excited you have ever seen a locker room? “I’ve played in a Super Bowl so it’s hard to say. All teams are different, with different personalities and that’s the tough thing coming into a team late in the season; you haven’t had training camp, you haven’t had all those grueling practices to get to know the guys. They haven’t had those practices to get to know me so it was a crash course on the field. I thought everybody gelled together and played hard for each other and got the big win.”

What’s the key to keeping the ball for 36 minutes? “I think that was the key to the game. We talked about it all week. I thought we did a great job of having success on first down. We ran a bunch of second-and-three, second-and-four plays. We could throw play action, we could run the ball, we could take shots and we did them all. I thought Bill [Muir] called a great game, was aggressive and gave us a great chance to have success.”

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