Hackett on Giants: 'They can really stuff the run'

New York Giants DL #99 Leonard Williams & #97 Dexter Lawrence
New York Giants DL #99 Leonard Williams & #97 Dexter Lawrence

GREEN BAY -- The Packers' three coordinators met with the media on Friday afternoon in advance of Sunday's road game with the Giants.

Here's a summary of their key comments.

Special teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga

(on JK Scott)

He’s had some punts he’d like to have back. We’re just continuing to work on his drop and his mechanics and fine-tuning those things, going outside and working with the wind, things he’s going to face. He’s mentally strong and confidence in himself. We’re confident in him.

(on special teams overall)

Our coverage units have improved. We haven’t flipped the field on the net punt like we’ve wanted to the last couple games. The return game hasn’t been what we’ve wanted at all. We’re trying to create some explosive plays and we’ve not done that. We’ve improved our penalties, and we haven’t done anything to really hurt us, but we haven’t created the plays we’ve wanted to.

(on punt returns)

It always starts outside blocking the gunners. We say our gunners have to win with the right hang time and distance. Every punt starts with the gunners and you have to get those guys blocked first.

Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine

(on Barkley)

He’s still explosive. I think there are some other circumstances that may have affected his production. You don’t see anything from an injury standpoint. This is an explosive guy who’s a home-run threat anytime he touches it.

(on the defense trending the wrong way)

It’s been frustrating. Every game we play well for stretches and we can be dominant for stretches. You look at the first 20 plays against San Francisco. A lot of it is a consistency thing. Unfortunately for us we’ve had too many and we’ve had them at inopportune times. For us to get where we want to go, we’ve got to become way more consistent.

We’re all frustrated together. These are competitive guys. They’re professional, they want to win, they want to get it done. We have to break through that, get over that hump of having those handful of plays that are lapses and we end up giving up explosives.

(on communication issues)

It’s player to player, but it’s also coach to player, player to coach, at all levels. When we watch film, we want our players to go ahead and make the calls as they would on the field. In our walk-throughs, we’ve done a really good job of that, but it doesn’t always carry over and it needs to. As a staff, we try to limit the number of times there has to be communication. The fewer moving parts you can have … it might be a call that’s great on the white board where you have all the answers and are checking and communicating things, but that’s not reality. We have to make sure what we do in the meeting room, in the walk-throughs, in the practices, it has to carry over.

(on moving forward)

I think the biggest thing and what we all have to master as football coaches and players is the ability to compartmentalize. When the week is over, good or bad, you put it aside and we’re on to the next one. Each week we start fresh. Put the plan together and work it that week. We’ve tweaked some things, we’re still finding out who we are at times.

Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett

(on the Giants’ run defense)

Those guys they have up front are very big human beings that can really stuff the run. They’re really good at that. The back end, they’re a younger group, so they’re working through that stuff, but they can really stuff the run.

(on the possibility of having four TEs active)

I would love to. From my perspective, you’d always like to have as many offensive guys as you can. But it’s obviously the whole team and special teams are incorporated into that.

(on defenses changing what they normally do)

You’re always going to see something new versus a team. They’re always going to throw some wrinkle at you, and you’re always wondering when they’re going to revert back. With Aaron Rodgers back there, people want to change so much because they want to throw him off as much as they can. We try to have plans for that. Every team does it a little bit different. A couple times this year that has happened, maybe three or four, where you’re like whoa, this isn’t what we prepared for. If you have a solid system and everybody understands it, you can put yourself in a position to adjust.

(on running the play clock down all the time)

You want Aaron to be able to take advantage of as much time as possible, to evaluate the defense and what they’re doing. You also don’t want the defense to go, OK, here it goes. It’s a fine line. We want Aaron to snap the ball when Aaron’s comfortable. Let him get as much information as possible.

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