GREEN BAY—Three seasons ago, when Mike McCarthy was getting Matt Flynn ready to start a game in place of
“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.”
“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
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.
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