Joe Whitt Jr. on Micah Hyde: ‘I’m glad he made the play’

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 21, 2016 – 6:01 pm

161221-hyde-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators plus defensive assistant coaches met with the media late Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a sampling of some of their key comments:

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on Vikings’ returners Sherels and Patterson)

“Really good returners coming in here this week. It’s every week in the National Football League but these two guys are special. They can change a game. We’ve got to go down and cover. We’ve had a lot of practice the last few weeks with Philadelphia and Seattle.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on Clinton-Dix making the Pro Bowl)

“Ha’s just progressively gotten better. He’s a guy that practices every day, very attentive in meetings. He’s a physical player on the run. Because of his experience, he does a good job of disguising coverage. He understands when he needs to be close to the line of scrimmage, and when he can hang back and bait the quarterback. He made two big plays for us. He’s had an excellent year and it’s well-deserved. I can remember when we started him as a rookie in Seattle, and he’s come a long way since then.”

(on playing Matthews in such a limited capacity)

“Anytime we can get Clay on the field, he’s one of those guys can make one or two plays that might change a game. When Clay says he wants to try it, you’re going to look at him and limit what he does at certain times. I think he’s getting better. I certainly appreciate Clay going out there, understanding the importance of each and every one of these games.”

(on facing Peterson again)

“Anytime there’s a chance of Adrian Peterson being on the field, it’s going to catch your attention. The thing about Adrian Peterson, he can hit a home run at any time. If you make a mistake, with that speed, he can take it to the house. You’re always concerned about that. You want to try to get him before he gets started. That was the best thing we did in the game. That, and we got pretty good pressure on the quarterback.”

(on Bradford)

“He’s a quick rhythm passer. He hasn’t thrown a lot of interceptions. He gets the ball out quickly and he’s completing a high percentage.”

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on having Rodgers back at practice this week)

“It certainly helps. Obviously, some players can operate and play without taking the entire number of reps and still be ready to go play, but it certainly helps as far as the other guys. That’s what it’s about, the teammates and getting everybody on the same page.”

(on Lang making the Pro Bowl with his full body of work)

“It really is. Overall, the success that he’s had over the years, as well as this year, he’s a tremendous leader for us. He’s a role model and sets the example for our younger players. You love his play style.”

(on Montgomery’s transition)

“You knew he had the toughness. That’s the starting point, the attitude of it. He breaks tackles. He does all the little things. It doesn’t really surprise us.”

Associate head coach/outside linebackers Winston Moss
(on Perry, Matthews playing with one good arm)

“We don’t know if Nick is going to play. Clay has been playing with the shoulder and doing the best that he can. I think we’ve gotten his best, the best that he can do. Based upon Clay’s history and expectations and what he could do, you never know.”

(on Jones getting his first sack vs. Seattle)

“I love what Datone is doing. He just has to keep on going.”

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac
(on the success vs. Peterson the first time)

“One thing with Adrian, when you play against a guy of his skills, it’s everybody staying coordinated along the front, and I thought we did a good job with that. When you have guys on different levels, that’s where he thrives. It looks like he still can do what he needs to do. He’s got a ton of heart and a ton of fight in him.”

(on the stamina of rookies Clark, Lowry)

“Neither of those guys are starters, so they aren’t worn out. They come from programs that have been in bowl games. That’s always a plus because they’re playing into January. We have good vets that show them the way. I don’t really have a concern in that regard.”

Safeties coach Darren Perry
(on Clinton-Dix’s progression to the Pro Bowl)

“He just continues to lead and continues to grow as a player. He’s a young player that’s still learning, but at the same time he’s being a leader and a great influence on the young guys. The way he goes about his business and prepares, it sets a great example. Always been a hard worker. Just keep the same work ethic that he’s displayed since Day 1 when he got here.”

(on his leadership)

“He has a positive mentality throughout, and I think that’s contagious. The way he’s trying to be uplifting to all the guys out there, young or old, that’s just what he is, and I think the guys feed off of that.”

(on where he’s improved the most)

“His tackling. His first year, he was in double digits I think in missed tackles. The fundamentals and consistency part of it, that’s important. The interceptions will come.”

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr.
(on the fourth-quarter struggles in Chicago)

“We didn’t play great in the fourth quarter. You can’t hide from that. If we’re going to be a championship type team, we can’t have those things happen. The great thing is we won the game. We had a great third quarter. But to be the team we want to be, we have to shore that up, and we have the guys to do that. We understand the issues, and we’re going to take care of them.”

(on Hyde making the goal-line play and avoiding Guion running onto the field)

“I’m glad he made the play. Micah is the type of guy who’s never up or down. He’s level. He’s not going to panic. He’s always going to be the same way.”

Assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley
(on Joe Thomas)

“I like what he’s done. I like how he’s progressed. We’ve had different situations where he’s had to become the signal-caller, the decision-maker, to do those kinds of things. He’s had to take on both spots that we play in there. He’s really developed. He plays a tough, aggressive game that I respect a lot.”

(on the health of the inside group)

“Hopefully we haven’t had any setbacks and we’re back to where we can get all three of them rolling.”


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