GREEN BAY – The Packers' coordinators and offensive assistant coaches met with the media over the past couple of days. Here's a summary of their key comments:
Special teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga
On the breakdown on the punt return vs. Jacksonville:
He outpunted the coverage a little bit. Then we had a guy get pinned in, got doubled and never got back out to his side. Had another guy from our right side fall down, was late getting out and then missed a tackle down the field. And they set a wall return and the guys on the left side need to do a better job squeezing when they recognize it's a wall return and squeeze over. So it was the perfect recipe. We never want to have happen, but it did. So we're going to learn from it and get that corrected.
On playing with so many young guys, new players:
It's our job to get them ready as coaches. There's no excuses. At the end of the day it all is; it's my responsibility. We try to prepare our guys the best we can and get guys ready. We always talk about you never know when you're opportunity's going to come and when you get that chance you make the most of your opportunity.
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine
On Josh Jackson's recent play:
He's done a good job. Obviously he had to step up when Kevin King went down, and then when Jaire Alexander went down and we didn't have either starter, he took on more of a role. I also think hat's off to Ka'dar Hollman. I think Ka'dar did a really good job filling in for what we asked him to do. It's not like we came in and played a lot of Cover 2 to protect the corners. Those guys had to match their wideouts and stay, play some man, play on top down the field. It was good to see the depth that we have, that those guys were able to step up and function at a high level.
On the challenge for the pass rush vs. Philip Rivers:
He knows right where to go with the ball. We've talked to our guys. We can't get frustrated. That's the thing, you can't chase that. You've just got to keep pounding away, and I don't know how much we'll get him on the ground, but you at least want to affect him. You at least want to make him move his feet. If you let him hang in the pocket and get the ball out on time and you can't take away his first read, he's going to have one of those games where he carves you up.
Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett
On Corey Linsley:
You first take the standpoint of him just being the leader that he is and the man that he is, which is amazing. It's amazing for our locker room. Everybody focuses on the quarterback and the calls and the checks and all the things that he'll make. But it's also the same thing for a center. I think whenever a center goes up – and it's all across the league – they're forced to make a lot of different calls, from the run game calls to the pass game calls. There's all kinds of things that we put on those guys, and Corey is unbelievable at his craft.
MVS had a very good game last game. He really made some huge plays and really was one of the big reasons why we were able to win that football game last week. He's improving, and his ability to run down the field is awesome. He can really go. And then EQ, I think he's really come on. He had a really good game this past week, both from the blocking standpoint, which I think is huge for us, and then his ability to put his foot in the ground and trust his ability to be able to get out of cuts. I think as that slowly comes back, he's going to be able to bring more to the football team.
Passing-game coordinator/QB coach Luke Getsy
On combating Indianapolis' blitz tendencies:
(Against) a guy like Aaron Rodgers, I think it's important that they know they can't just line up and play and do the exact same thing they do every single week. So, that's been a staple since I've been here since 2014 is we know there's going to be some changes, people are going to do something differently because of him. Then you put guys like Corey (Linsley) and David Bakhtiari and Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, all those guys that communicate really well and can diagnose things quickly and we get it communicated on the sideline.
Wide receivers coach Jason Vrable
On expectations for Allen Lazard once he returns:
Because he's so tough and so gritty, once that adrenaline kicks in, it's going to be hard to ever sub him out. Today he practiced with pads on. Once he knows he's gonna be good to go, he just needs to be honest with me in the game if he has two or three plays in a row (and) he feels a little winded. In the Saints game, when he was hurt, he played through an injury in the fourth quarter. He's the type of guy that nothing is going to keep him off the field. It's just more of that trust factor of both of us, being on the same page to know where he's at to build this thing back up.
On Marquez Valdes-Scantling's recent performances:
On the sideline, I remember a couple times, it would be the third or fourth drive and I'd just say to MVS, 'Hey man, you're winning your routes. Keep your focus. Keep digging.' He always just shakes his head. 'I'm good. Don't worry about it.' There's never like a selfish part of him whatsoever. He's a team guy. I think the biggest thing is he's been playing now for three years. He knows what the standard has to be and he's holding himself to that standard, knows the level he needs to play at … consistency.
Running backs coach Ben Sirmans
On Aaron Jones picking up blitzes:
I think without question, the No. 1 thing to be a good pass-protecting back is your heart and your will to make sure that the guy you're blocking is not going to get to the quarterback. And that's one of the things that he has, so even despite his size, when you have that type of courage and willingness that you're going to step up … the biggest thing is have pride in the fact that I can't let my guy get to the quarterback. He has that. And I think when you combine that with how we've been training and him picking up on the little technical things to be better at it, that's what gives you confidence.
Offensive line coach Adam Stenavich
On David Bakhtiari's new contract:
I think it's huge for the line. He's the leader in the room. To have that stability and that presence and a guy who performs the way he does, it's invaluable what he does for everybody as far as how he goes about his business. Just a great example for the younger guys to learn from and then doing it on the field. For me, I was obviously extremely excited when he told me the news. So, I'm glad he's here, for sure.
On facing DeForest Buckner:
He's just a great combination of size and speed. The guy is 6-7 and he beats you with speed off the edge, he's got power. He's quick, he's got moves, he uses his hands well. He's kind of the total package as far as a guy in a three-technique. Being around him for two years in San Francisco when I was the assistant line coach there, I have a lot of respect for him and how he plays.
The Green Bay Packers practiced on Clarke Hinkle Field on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.
Tight ends coach Justin Outten
On Robert Tonyan playing through injuries:
He hasn't wavered at all, which has been great. He's been doing a great job as far as keeping up his positive mindset, working through the bumps and bruises that come with this game, and playing the amount of reps he's playing, it's gonna happen. Just having the mindset that everyone is not gonna go through the season perfect and 100 percent. You have to play through some adversity.