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Mike McCarthy Press Conference Transcript - Nov. 27

Read the transcript of Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s post-game press conference Monday night. will post these full transcripts after each of Coach McCarthy’s press conferences during the 2006 season.


(Disappointed you only came away with one TD off the turnovers?)

Any time you have the momentum like we did, particularly early in the game when you do have turnovers, you want to score nothing but touchdowns. Those are all factors in the game, particularly early. We had a number of opportunities in the game we didn't take advantage of, and that's the start of it right there.

(Did you make a more conscious effort to be aggressive when the snow stopped in the second half?)

To answer your question, yes, but it was also based off what the defense was giving us. They were clouding towards Driver a lot, and there were some coverage tendencies where we felt like we were able to get the ball deep. That's why we took our shots.

(What did you call on the TD pass to Driver?)

It's a run-pass option. Brett did a great job, and Donald did the rest. It was a good play by those two guys.

(Been pretty good against the run - what happened against Alexander?)

Well, I don't think it was just one thing. I say it all the time, but if it was just one thing then we need to fix that. Without looking at the film and based on the communication, they ran it a lot particularly to the left. He got the ball outside and was able to cut it back. I'm sure tackling factored into that. Those are all things we need to look into and get cleaned up.


Charles Woodson - forearm, he returned. Noah Herron got the wind knocked out of him; he returned. Kabeer (Gbaja-Biamila) took an IV for cramps, and Nick Collins did not return with a hamstring.

(How did Hodge play?)

He obviously had the big play for a touchdown. It's great to see a young player have some success, but without looking at the film and going through the ins and outs of that, I couldn't tell you specifically how he played.

(What was the problem with the kick coverage issues?)

It was definitely poor in the second half. We had a couple of guys get pinned inside, and they were able to take advantage of it by getting the ball to the boundary. It definitely factored in the field position.

(Were the interceptions forced passes or good plays by Harris and Woodson?)

I thought our defense with the turnovers early in the game, just the way they played the ball was outstanding. As I said earlier, you would have liked to get more points off of it. I really thought our defense gave us a bunch of opportunities offensively over and over again with the turnovers.

(The call on Cullen Jenkins looked questionable - your thoughts?)

I have no comment.

(Third-and-goal before the blocked field goal you ran the ball from the 11 - what was the thinking there?)

I played for the field goal there. I played it safe. I was concerned with the weather early in the game.

(What went wrong with the blocked field goal?)

It looked like we had some penetration, but I don't know how well Dave hit it. He thought he hit it well enough, so the film will clear that up.

(Did Favre's arm seem okay tonight?)

I thought the ball came off his hand accurately tonight. You'll have to ask Brett, but I had no communication from him that he was affected by his injury tonight.


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