GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators and offensive coaches addressed the media late Thursday afternoon. Here’s a synopsis of some of their key comments.
Running backs coach Ben Sirmans
On Christine Michael:
Being out there on the football field today, one of the things about this league is how much terminology is similar like protection. I said, ‘This is what this is,’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah, that’s what we called it in Seattle.’ It makes the transition much easier.
On his skill set:
I’ll tell you what. I was really impressed. He’s really quick. He has good, sudden movement. It seems like he has good vision. He runs with a natural body. It gives him a better chance to get in and out of seams. He has a pretty good skill set. I think he was leading Seattle in rushing.
Tight ends coach Ben Angelichio
On Jared Cook’s progress:
It’s been good. Obviously he’s been practicing more, participating more in some of the team stuff. We’ll make that decision when we get to Saturday and see where we’re at. It’s good to see him out there getting reps.
On how Cook was playing when he got injured:
Yeah, I thought he got off to a good start in the Detroit game. I think in the second half against in Minnesota when he started to progress. The game was moving in a positive direction against Detroit. It was unfortunate he ended up getting hurt there in the second quarter.
Receivers coach Luke Getsy
On Randall Cobb playing through hamstring injury:
He’s starting to get on the other side of that thing. He’s as tough as they come. There’s nobody tougher in the business than that guy. Nobody in the building will see him holding his hamstring or limping around.
On Washington CB Josh Norman:
I think as much as anything, you know someone is going to face him. We keep it general in our room about how you want to attack somebody. Whether he’s going to follow somebody, there’s no way to prepare for that. If he does follow somebody, you’re preparing for man (coverage). We’ll find out pretty quickly on Sunday.
Quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt
On Davante Adams’ improvement:
I think Davante is really coming on. He looks confident in his play. The more confidence he has, the better he’s going to play. I think he’s feeling really good about where his game is right now. He’s a guy, Chicago in particular, I don’t think they had an answer for him no matter who they put on him. Since then, he’s playing with a lot of confidence.
On the prevalence of back-shoulder passes in Tennessee:
A lot of that goes into the details of the game plan and how they play downfield throws. They played the high shoulder and invited you to throw the back shoulder. We had some success with it last week.
Offensive line coach James Campen
On how Jason Spriggs and Don Barclay did against Titans:
I thought they did OK. Losing T.J. Lang, I thought Donny did well. They have good rushers there. It was a good learning experience for Jason. There’s one play there he’d love to have back. The first time playing and a good opponent, it’s a good way to get your feet wet.
On if offensive line is better equipped this year to handle injuries:
I would think so because of the positions they play. We have two big guys, tackles, you can always move them inside if you have to. I think that’s a tribute to the scouts who are picking them. I would have to say yes and then you have a guy like Donny who can play all three. You watch tape and of course you’re going to watch last year’s game and see JC playing (at left tackle). He played a good game out there against them.
Associate head/coach offense Tom Clements
On third-down production:
In order to play well regardless of (situation), you have to execute. It’s all in paying attention to details. When you have a chance to make a play, you have to make a play whether it’s a runner, passer, receiver or blocker. We got into some long-yardage situations that are difficult to convert. It’s not one factor. We have to play as well as we can and execute.
On Jared Cook in the offense:
He was starting to play well. He was feeling more comfortable in the offense. Aaron was feeling more comfortable with him. It’s unfortunate he got hurt. He’s done some good things in practice. We’ll see what happens.
Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
On what Christine Michael can do for offense:
It’s early right now. He came in today, literally, so obviously it’ll take a little time before we can get going. Coach McCarthy will put a plan in place for him and he’ll get up to speed.
On what it would mean to get Jared Cook back:
He’s another playmaker. It’s always good to get those guys back out on the field. He goes about it the right way in the classroom and practice environments. It’s just continuing to work through it. It’s early. From the overall preparation standpoint, just continue doing what he’s doing right now.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
On Julius Peppers:
We’ve had a plan with Julius all along that hasn’t’ changed a whole lot. We have a number of people at that position that we feel good about. We’re just trying to stay the course with the plan we’ve had with Julius. There probably isn’t a player on defense that wouldn’t want to play every snap. … Rushing the passer every down is exhausting, the advantage is you have a fresh guy rushing against a guy who’s been blocking two or three guys. It’s just something we have to keep our finger on the pulse.
On difference with Clay Matthews in defense.
It’s like most defenses in the league. I always felt if you want to be an outstanding defense, you want to have two or three difference-makers and then a lot of good guys who fill their roles. I’ve always felt Clay is a difference-maker. I look at our game last week, which is one of the toughest starts we’ve had since I’ve been here. The 75-yard run had a big impact on the game. You have play every play like that play is going to determine the game.
On whether Clay Matthews is an emergency option at inside linebacker:
He always is. We haven’t talked to Clay about playing inside, but if Clay was up last week and we ended up on the first play losing Jake, then Clay would’ve been the best alternative if he had to go in there. He doesn’t need a lot of reps.
Special-teams coordinator Ron Zook
On P Jake Schum:
He had a couple punts that were inside the pooch area where you’re not going to get the big net (average). You just have to be steady. We strive for net punt and field position. You get into the latter months of the season when the weather becomes a factor here. Last year one of the things that helped us with our net punt was getting our gunners down there to cover and keeping the returns to a minimum.