Davante Adams has 'that extra gear'

Packers’ coordinators comment on the state of their units


GREEN BAY – The Packers' three coordinators met with the media on Friday afternoon.

Here's a summary of their key comments:

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook

On Crosby:

"Mason's a pro. He'll fix whatever needs to be fixed. I think he's probably a little bit more zoned in, if that's the right word. I'm not one bit worried about him.

"There's certain people that could rattle. When you look at the field goal operation, it's everybody, the protection, all 11 guys have to work in sync. I feel very comfortable with where we're at and where we're going."

On the other troubles on special teams in Detroit:

"You take it and you learn from it. We had three penalties going into that game, and the penalties you get upset about and that coach gets upset about, and I don't blame him, are the foolish penalties.

"Some of them were on the edge of not being called other times, but that's the way it is. You have to be able to play with aggression, but you can't have foolish penalties, and we haven't had that until that game. For whatever reason, it all hit us at once and we have to get back to work and clean it up."

On the punt play with King:

"I don't think it hit him, but that's neither here nor there. They said it hit him, so it hit him. (The Lions) didn't think it hit him either, because they stopped. They thought they were downing the ball on the 2-yard line, the guys on the field. We have to be more in tune with finding the ball and getting out of the way."

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin

On how much Rodgers' knee is affecting him:

"The things he does in practice, he throws the ball extremely well. Only he knows how that's really impacting him, but I can tell you from watching the tape and watching him with my own eyes live, he's throwing the ball really, really well. There's not a big change, but he would probably have a better sense of that than me."

On the Detroit game:

"We had an opportunity to score points every single time. The biggest thing moving forward is A, let's hold onto the football, and B, let's finish some of these drives. There were plays here and there and we just didn't get it done. If there was the magic pill, we would have swallowed that thing a long time ago. I see progress, but the critical errors we made really hurt us and hurt the football team."

On Adams:

"Davante, when you watch him sometimes, it's almost like he's in glide mode, and all of a sudden, there's that burst, that move, kind of that extra gear he has. He's got something slithery about him, even though he's a big guy. He's performed well, and we're going to continue to need him to develop and make plays, but he does have that confidence. He doesn't really care who he's lining up against, if he does the things he's capable of, he's going to get open, and for the most part he's proven he can do that."

Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine

On Breeland:

"We've got an experienced guy that's made plays in the league over a long period of time. His tape is impressive. Very pleased the circumstances played out that he kind of fell to us, and when he's been out there full-go, he's impressed. I think some of the young receivers didn't know who he was, like he was just another scout-team corner, and they were getting beat down pretty good."

On getting geared up for a struggling 49ers team:

"The phrase any given Sunday is a cliché for a reason. Just look the scores. The Bills going into Minnesota and doing what they did, there's examples every week. We don't feel we're anywhere near being on top of where we should be. If you truly study the film, from the last couple of weeks, without Garoppolo in there, they've done a nice job offensively. They've turned the ball over. That's been the issue. But you don't put up 30 first downs by accident against an NFL defense. We have our hands full. The tape doesn't lie. They dominated the game, it just didn't show up on the scoreboard."

On the defense's progress:

"We feel good about where we're headed, but there's a lot of details we need to get cleaned up. There's no substitute for game reps. There's no easing into this. There's no honeymoon period. We're in the win-now business, and our guys realize that. We've got a long way to go until we feel like we're a truly cohesive unit, where guys know what the guy next to them is doing, where there's the trust. It's only natural not to have that in the beginning. I like where we're headed, but there's always that urgency to get where we want to go quicker."

On the Detroit game:

"The red-zone stuff was the most discouraging thing in Detroit. Did we get put in some bad situations? Of course. That happens in football. But we have to find ways to do better. At a very minimum, we want to force the field-goal attempt. Those are four-point situations. We've reviewed it, added some things, and hopefully we'll get the results we want on Monday night."

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