GREEN BAY – Over the past couple of days, the Packers' coordinators and defensive assistant coaches met with the media. Here's a summary of their key comments:
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine
On getting more turnovers and sacks:
It's been disappointing and one of the reasons it's disappointing is 'cause as I've mentioned before we're doing a much better job of attacking the football and we've had a bunch, a bunch close which accounts for nothing. But it's encouraging to see the progression we've made, but equally discouraging that we don't have the results. Interception-wise, we've had some drops. It's our old rule, catch the ones they throw to us, and when we get those opportunities, you know with the quality quarterbacks that we're playing, they're so few and far between, we've got to take advantage of them. We have to. It's been frustrating for sure, but we also don't want to get to the point where we let that affect us, where we start looking for it and we start chasing it. That's when you get into trouble.
On being more aggressive with blitzes:
A lot of factors go into it. It's situational, it's the status of the game, it's how we feel about a certain matchup, it's also down-and-distance driven. You might have a range of yardage where when they get in a grouping and this D and D, this is where we want to pull the trigger on this and sometimes that area of your call sheet goes untapped because those situations don't come up. And then some of it is opponent-driven. When you're playing quarterbacks that get the ball out quick, are well over 100 and tops in the league in QB rating when they're being pressured, you've got to pick and choose your moments. We're not going to do it just to be reckless and just to say, 'Hey, we're doing it.' But, again, when we do bring pressure and we do bring five or more, then we need to effective, We just haven't been good enough at it.
Special teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga
On JK Scott's performance in Tampa:
I thought he performed well. It was some tough conditions down there. Had a strong side wind blowing toward our bench, and I thought he punted well both ways. We've had some really windy conditions here over the last three weeks. He's punted in some really strong winds. I think that helped him out with his confidence just doing that in practice.
On any changes on returns without Tyler Ervin:
No. Our game plan doesn't change. We always carry a certain set of rushes into the game and then have certain returns we're going to try to run based on what we think we can get. We may change a return as far as the direction we call based on who's back there, but it doesn't change our aggressiveness.
Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett
On Marcedes Lewis:
There's nobody like that guy. I've known him since all the way back in 2003. My wife's brother played with him in college. He's awesome. It starts in the locker room and then it goes onto the field, and just his toughness and his ability to block and make those catches. When he does have his opportunities, he's a true pro and he's going to make that happen. I mean, gosh, we're almost the same age, and he's still doing it out there. You can't say enough about what he brings to our football team. He's a special guy and it shows and that's why he's played so long. Hope he plays a lot longer.
On getting out of the huddle faster:
There's so many different chains of communication – from Matt calling the play to Aaron Rodgers getting the play to then communicating it to the huddle then get up to the (line) and then making all the calls. And you only have a 40-second shot clock, so it seems like it might be plenty of time but we were up against the clock a little bit last week and that's something we have to be more efficient on. It starts with communication across the board. It's everybody, it's all of us, coaches getting the information to Matt, and we just need to be better.
Outside linebackers coach Mike Smith
On getting more pressure:
I know what type of players we have. I know the guys that love football, that love to work, that always work. The last thing you want to do is freak out and then you start doing things that aren't what we do. You see it around the league – guys panicking, you're trying to get sacks on run plays, you get up the field because everybody's talking about it. You've got to attack what we're doing and believe in what we're doing. I've done this for long enough and I know what it looks like. It's going to be fine. I'm not even worried, I'm not even stressed about, haven't lost sleep over it. When it all gets rolling, everybody's feeling good and everybody's back into it, it'll change.
On Preston Smith:
You can get frustrated. It's easy for me to sit here and say, 'Don't get frustrated guys and stay with it on time.' But obviously everybody wants to affect the quarterback more than we are. That's me, as a coach, to keep them positive and keep them understanding how things are. The thing with Preston is he always holds himself to a high standard, and you should. That's kind of where he's always made it so far in his career like this. But he'll be fine. He's going to be ready to roll.
The Green Bay Packers practiced inside the Don Hutson Center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.
Inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti
On how the young inside LBs have adjusted to wearing the communication headset:
They've done a good job. 'Pett' has made it easy on them. There's bumps in the road in any NFL game, with some of the communication stuff. Sometimes it's self-inflicted and sometimes because the offense does something they might be screwed up on the sideline, which you have to figure it out. For the most part, those guys have really done a nice job. They work at it.
On if Kamal Martin can hit the ground running once he returns:
Getting his legs underneath him and running around, he did a really, really good job of staying involved while he was not being able to practice, so that was nice to see. It's one thing to say that you did that. It's another thing, once you get back out there, to not be so far behind even (with) the technique things that he needed to work on. He kind of knows what he needed to do and he's efforting in that way.
Defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery
On how Montravius Adams is playing lately:
Good, good. To be honest with you I think he's doing some better things. He's showing up, he's doing the little things right, he's playing hard, he's holding point. He had some splash plays in there that kind of showed up. Another one, the ball kind of bounced out or he probably would have had another tackle for loss there.
On Kingsley Keke's play:
I know a lot of people talk about the stats, the stats, the stats. Some of things you guys don't see is a guy who has grown physically on the field playing with better fundamentals, knocking the line of scrimmage back, being disruptive at times. Even though he may not make the play, he might be sending it to somebody else. He's gotten better at the things we're asking him to do. I'm just excited because he is stacking those bricks. He may not have two sacks every game but I wouldn't be shocked if that happens again to him at some point in time.
Defensive backs coach Jerry Gray
On getting some interceptions:
We've had our hands on them, we've just got to catch the ones that they throw to you and then you have to work to catch the ones that they don't throw, and I think we'll be fine. But the biggest thing is we have to get confidence back in getting turnovers. We see guys on tape trying to get the ball out, now we have to finish the play.
On Josh Jackson's ups and downs:
He's shown that he can make tackles in space, so he did a good job there. I think Jacko's a good cover guy, but the thing is confidence with him, and he's got to keep having confidence because I thought (Tampa Bay's number) 10 was one of the fastest guys on their team and he was running stride for stride. It's not the speed. I think it has everything to do with the finish.