Coming Up
  • Mon., Dec. 22, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Lacy, Clinton-Dix appearance Packers Eddie Lacy and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are scheduled to appear at the Big Red Kettle at Bay Park Square Mall on behalf of the Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign.
  • Sat., Dec. 27, 2014 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM CST Alumni Appearance (Flanagan, Rivera) Mike Flanagan and Marco Rivera are scheduled to appear at the Packers Pro Shop on Saturday, December 27th, from 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 28, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM CST Alumni Appearance (Flanagan, Rivera)

    TTZ: Mike Flanagan
    Club Level: Marco Rivera

  • Sun., Dec. 28, 2014 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST Packers vs. Detroit Lions Packers vs. Detroit Lions
  • Sat., Jun. 20, 2015 12:00 PM CDT Kenny Chesney/Jason Aldean concert Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney have announced that their tours, The Burn It Down Tour and The Big Revival Tour presented by Corona Light, will collide for 10 stadium shows next summer, including Lambeau Field on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  More on-sale information and special guests will be revealed over the coming weeks.

News

Print
RSS

Mike McCarthy learned lesson in 2010

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Don’t overthink, just cut it loose

QB Seneca Wallace

GREEN BAY—Three seasons ago, when Mike McCarthy was getting Matt Flynn ready to start a game in place of Aaron Rodgers, the head coach and QB guru learned an important lesson.

“It’s really not to overthink it,” McCarthy said on Wednesday, recalling the offensive preparation for Flynn to take the helm at New England in Week 15 of 2010. “It was important to go into that game and cut Matt loose and play the way we felt we needed to play to win the game.”

Flynn almost pulled out a victory, looking much better after a full week of practice than he did the previous week coming off the bench unexpectedly in Detroit.

It might be asking too much of Seneca Wallace to repeat what Flynn did, considering Flynn had three training camps in McCarthy’s offense under his belt by that time and Wallace arrived in Green Bay just two months ago as a Week 1 signee.

But Wallace getting that week of preparation now has everyone – Wallace included – counting on a better performance than Monday’s rough relief outing against Chicago.

“It makes a huge difference, when you’re able to get snaps with the ones, and to be able to see things clearly, that helps you out big-time,” said Wallace, who was only taking a handful of snaps with the first-team offense each week until now.

“Figuring out timing and things like that with the receivers, just from a comfort level, it helps out. The biggest thing is to get as comfortable as possible as quickly as possible.”

Realistically, almost nothing could be more difficult than the challenge Wallace faced against the Bears. Wallace is an experienced veteran, but until coming to Green Bay, he had been out of football since being cut by the Browns at the end of training camp in 2012. His last snaps in a regular-season game came in Week 17 of 2011, the same day Flynn was setting the Packers’ single-game passing yardage record in place of a healthy Rodgers.

“Knowing what kind of plays we’re going to call when we go into the game instead of just being thrown into the fire, I think he’ll be a lot more comfortable out there this Sunday,” receiver James Jones said.

Coming off the Monday night game, the Packers conducted a short practice at walk-through pace on Wednesday, which Wallace called “a good teaching day.” Rodgers was by his side throughout and will continue to be as the on-field work cranks up on Thursday and Friday.

For what it’s worth, that’s something Flynn didn’t have, because Rodgers was out with a concussion then and wasn’t around the facility for meetings or practice.

“Aaron’s going about it just as if he’s playing in the game,” McCarthy said. “It’s important for him to stay mentally sharp. He’s an excellent teammate. He’s going through it right next to Seneca, and he’s involved.”

McCarthy added that Sunday’s opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, play at a fast pace on offense they try to match with a certain level of aggression on defense, particularly with pressure packages.

So while the game plan must fit what Wallace does best, it also must be designed to counter Philadelphia’s defensive tendencies. There’s some give and take to that dynamic, but Wallace said it himself, that he has to “cut it loose” and “don’t be hesitant.”

McCarthy has been here before, and so has Wallace, with 21 career starts, many as an elevated backup. The coach has the plan, and the quarterback knows the drill.

“Obviously, I’m not going to be Aaron Rodgers. He’s been doing great things here for years,” Wallace said. “My job is to just try to go in and maintain things at a good level, and win some ballgames until he can get back healthy. That’s my job.”

Additional coverage - Nov. 6

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Packers huddle up to chants of "Go Pack Go!"

    (1:06) Posted 40 minutes ago

    Get an exclusive look over the top of the Green Bay Packers as they prepare for Sunday's matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

  • Final Thoughts: Packers at Buccaneers

    (3:08) Posted 16 hours ago

    Packers.com's Vic Ketchman and Mike Spofford preview the Green Bay Packers' Sunday matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Vic and Mike talk about what's at stake, players to watch, and ways the Packers can win.

  • Trailer: Packers at Buccaneers

    (2:27) Posted Dec 19, 2014

    The Green Bay Packers head to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers in Week 16, following a loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 15.