GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators and offensive coaches addressed the media late Thursday afternoon. Here’s a synopsis of some of their key comments.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
On Clay Matthews:
Obviously it’s good to have Clay working back in the right direction. We’ll see how he does tomorrow. It’s nice to have him back out on the field doing some work. As soon as Clay is healthy and ready to go, we’ll be able to use him.
On injuries at cornerback:
The first thing we do – Tuesday is our game plan day. We put together a depth chart and go through worst-case scenario and best-case scenario. Because before you even start to talk Xs and Os, you look at who is going to be available and who might not be available because it has a big influence on what your plan will be. You have to look at your opponent and how you matchup in certain areas. We’ve had some interesting Tuesdays.
Special-teams coordinator Ron Zook
They have a great punter and kicker. Kicker (Adam Vinatieri) is probably as old as I am, but he does a great job. Hasn’t missed a kick in forever. The kickoff team, they do a good job. They don’t let you get set in their returns. They’re subject to onside at any time. They’re always moving around. You have to make sure to get your guys on the right guys.
On Mason Crosby:
With the way he’s kicking right now, he’s taking care of himself and doing the right things. When the season is over, he takes his time and comes back slow. It’s what allows him to extend his career.
On aftermath of Trevor Davis’ 55-yard return:
You have to be consistent in what you’re doing. We felt like Trevor has the ability to do those things. The guys do a really good job of protecting. They have to do their job, which was the case last week. Everybody did a nice job with what they were supposed to do. We’re just fortunate it worked out on that particular play.
Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
On Davante Adams:
The goal is to be consistent and stack successes, and preparation. He has a tremendous work ethic. He’s being consistent. That’s always the goal with all our guys on offense. … The more you do it at that consistent level, the confidence goes up and that plays an important role in it, as well.
Associate head coach/offense Tom Clements
On Aaron Rodgers’ performance the past two weeks:
I think he’s gotten into a rhythm and guys have made some plays. Individuals have made plays that boost their confidence. Anytime you’re successful, that boosts your confidence. He’s always made good decisions and knows where to go with the ball.
On Rodgers meeting with RB Don Jackson:
You get that a lot in the meetings because the quarterbacks meet with the tight ends and the wide receivers. I think that was probably a function of not having a lot of experience with Don. He was here in the spring and wasn’t here in training camp. He didn’t have a lot of reps and he was trying to get him comfortable. It was mutually beneficial.
Offensive line coach James Campen
On Corey Linsley:
He’s in very good shape. His wind is up. He’s been doing all those things. The trainers and the staff have done a great job. There’s no concern at this point.
On T.J. Lang getting used to playing next to Linsley again:
They’ve played together for a lot of games and have a lot of plays. It’s only common. You’ve rode a bike next to a guy for a while. It’s more of a confidence thing and a feel.
On offensive line’s increase in pass protection:
Whether you’re running the ball 50 times or throw it 50, no matter what the assignment is, you do your job. Every lineman likes to run the football, but there’s satisfaction in protecting the quarterback.
Quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt
On Rodgers leading team through injuries:
Aaron’s always a guy who loves a challenge. I haven’t felt any change in his attitude. I think it’s just more of a challenge to him personally. I think he looks forward to those kind of challenges.
On Rodgers’ scrambling ability:
You definitely have to account for it. That’s something you saw in Atlanta. They took one of their biggest pass-rushers and spied him. You’re going to have to account for it, for sure. That’s part of it and I’m sure defenses have to take into account.
Receivers coach Luke Getsy
On Jeff Janis:
When I got here, Jeff was getting here. It was a guy who didn’t have a lot of background on details of position. This year, I think confidence is starting to come. Anytime you know what you’re doing, you can play a little faster and a little more physical.
On Davante Adams’ improvement:
Anytime you’re healthy, that definitely helps. He’s a guy who’s always had confidence in himself and his ability. He’s getting more opportunities and taking advantage of them.
Tight ends coach Brian Angelichio
On Jared Cook’s work at practice:
He did a little individual. It’s good to see him out there. He’s been working hard with the trainers. It’s a good step. He’ll continue to progress hopefully.
On keeping Cook sharp when he isn’t playing:
He’s in every meeting. He’s taking notes as if he’s playing. His preparation has been good. He knows that. We’ve talked about that. He’ll look at it as if he’s playing. He’s taking part in all the walk-throughs and everything. He needs to stay up on all the adjustments that have taken place.
Running backs coach Ben Sirmans
On Aaron Ripkowski’s production:
It’s probably more of looking at our situation and understanding what the H-back does in our offense. That evolved into him getting more carries. … Sometimes it depends on some of the things you’re asking him to do, we’re not asking him to run outside-zone or something that’s unfair to his ability. I think with the plays we were running with him are more suited to him. I think he averaged like 5.7 yards per carry with that.
On James Starks:
He went through individual. He wanted to do more and I kind of held him back out of some of the drills we did. He didn’t do any team reps but he’s feeling pretty good. He moves around pretty good. We’ve been slow with him.
On Ty Montgomery learning the RB position:
He pretty much spends a lot of time with me in my meeting room. The thing that helps is he has a great grasp of what to do as a receiver. He did running back in high school and some at Stanford. He can do both positions at a pretty good level.