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 Cowboys offensive line:
It’s one of the most talented groups in the league. They have three first-round picks who are all athletic with good size. They do a nice job of working up to the second level to the linebackers. Their run game is where everything starts. They have a very good play-action game with a mobile quarterback. It all ties together.
On Packers ILB Joe Thomas:
I like the flexibility he gives us. He’s a little different style player than Blake or Jake. I think he can win and do some of the same things, but he also can matchup when you put people out there against some of the third-down personnel you see. He’s a young guy. Your first year you’re seeing a lot of things for the first time. He’s had that go-around now.
Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
On running back situation:
Really any other week. You go into it and there’s a plan in place as far as the guys and overall preparation in the room. You always have to prepare like you’re the starter because at any moment a guy could get injured. I think all of our guys prepare that way. … We have a plan in place as far as who’ll be contributing this week.
On Eddie Lacy:
I love his play style. That’s something that stands out when you look at Eddie Lacy. He breaks a tremendous amount of tackles and the energy he brings from his running style. You get him in there and get him going, but also keeping in mind – we’ll take the approach to do what’s necessary to win the game.
Special-teams coordinator Ron Zook
On punter Jake Schum:
He hit the ball great today. Obviously we track that. He had a good week of practice and I’m looking forward to getting out there Sunday. … They all are deep thinkers. Really, you try to get them away from thinking too much. Do your thinking off the field and when you get out there let it rip.
Associate head coach/offense Tom Clements
On the offense:
I don’t think we’re far away. The guys are practicing hard. They’re working to get better. It’s just a matter of having some things click in the game. As I said, you look at the last game, there were plays that could have been big plays that for whatever reason didn’t happen. At some point they will and that’s what we’re working towards.
On the offensive line:
Usually you get better as you go along and the offensive line in general is the case. A lot of them have been playing together for a long time. They’re smart. They know what they’re supposed to do.
Offensive line coach James Campen
On offensive line’s jelling early:
They work so well together. Lane took a lot of reps last year. He would fill in a lot with both guards. He had a lot of work with David and the centers. It doesn’t surprise me from that standpoint.
On Lane Taylor:
Each one of those five positions has a job requirement. You work hard to get in that position. When you’re in there playing the game, there’s a job requirement and an expectation. He already filled that expectation for me, so I’m not surprised.
Quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt
On putting emphasis on passing game:
Spending more time than we have in the past. Groups of time together where we’re putting my emphasis on it on the practice field and in the meeting room. … We still meet a lot together. It’s maybe more time together dedicated to it.
On Joe Callahan’s release:
Obviously Joe I thought did a great job. He’s a great success story coming from a small school and making it and earning a spot on this team. He understands things happen throughout the course of a season.
Receivers coach Luke Getsy
On Randall Cobb’s performance against Giants:
Some opportunities presented themselves, that’s for sure. When he got the ball in his hands, there was a purpose behind it. He definitely had a purpose behind him this past week. … He had some space around him, so he was able to get going after the catch.
Tight end coach Brian Angelichio
On Richard Rodgers getting more playing time:
He played a lot of plays. I think he had like 70 plays in the game, which is a lot. Certainly he’s done it before, so I think he responded OK.
On how Jared Cook is doing:
He’s been good. He’s been positive. He’s been working hard. He’s been good in the classroom and the meetings. He’s been partaking in everything that he needs to do.
Running backs coach Ben Sirmans
On injuries at running back:
The first thing is, you always react under the assumption that the guys are going to play. In sports, you always have to have a Plan B or another guy ready just in case. I think that’s kind of where we’re at with everything is making sure we’re prepared and don’t get caught (unprepared).
On Eddie Lacy’s 31-yard carry against the Giants:
You guys have been seeing that for years. Those are the things he’s capable of doing. I remember his rookie year during the preseason as a rookie and running through it. Those are the things that he’s capable of. It’s a shame what happened in the second half because he was on pace for a really good game. He was feeling really good before the game.