Packers-Vikings post-game quotes
Posted by Duke Bobber on December 31, 2012 – 10:33 am
GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE MCCARTHY
Tough, tough loss today here in Minnesota. The playoffs are here upon us, that’s the message to the football team. We have the opportunity to play the Vikings again back at Lambeau, so that’s where we’re set in our mindset as far as our performance today. Offensively we didn’t have much there in the first quarter, then I thought once we got going we performed very well. Defensively we have to do a better job of stopping the run. I think that’s obvious. They played good down-and-distance ball against us; give them credit. Special teams, I like what Jeremy Ross did for us today in the return game. Our coverage was a little up and down.
Q: Do you like playing them again this quickly – in the playoffs?
A: Absolutely. We’ll play anybody in the playoffs. I think it’ll be a great contest. It’s an opponent we’re very familiar with, and they’re familiar with us. Everybody has confidence going into the playoffs; most importantly we’ll be at home. We’re excited to play these guys again.
Q: How about facing Adrian Peterson again? Are you looking forward to that? How are you going to stop him?
A: It’s obviously important to take away the focal point there, and we didn’t do that today. We’ll go back, we’ll grade it, and we’ll be ready to go, and I look forward to us having a better performance on defense against Adrian Peterson on Sunday or Saturday.
Q: What was the message to the team afterward?
A: The root of it was we had an opportunity here to take care of business, have a bye week – that opportunity is past, so the playoffs have started for us. It’s official. We got a taste of the environment – what it’s going to be like on the road. Playoff football’s different, it is every year. Today’s opportunity is something we can apply to this upcoming week.
Q: Just defensive lapses today?
A: Football’s a team game. There are going to be some things, when we watch the tape, offensively we wish we would have done better, same thing on special teams, and no different on defense. Adrian Peterson was the focal point, and we didn’t do a good enough job there.
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