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:
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine
On Will Redmond getting the start in Houston:
Ultimate pro and he's a great example for our young guys. He takes his job very seriously, he's very serious about his preparation. He asks a ton of questions. He makes sure he's taking the mental reps when he's not in there. And we put a lot on Will. He's that guy, that utility defensive back. He can play nickel, he can play dime, he can play safety, we can put him outside at corner if we had to. You need guys like that who can go out and function with limited reps. The energy he played with, he was just flying around. And our guys fed off that, so it wasn't a surprise to us because we know how passionate Will is about the game and we know how well he prepares. We have a guy that we know is battle-tested and can step in.
On Kamal Martin:
You could tell he was anxious being his first game and he handled it well. We all saw flashes of what he's capable of and I just think he'll only get better because he's one of those guys that – you guys know I love to talk about it – love football. Passionate. It's important to them. They're going to will themselves to get better.
On Josh Jackson:
We're very pleased with Josh. He's stepped up and done some real good things for us and not just coverage-wise. He's triggered and made some plays in the run game and he's done a real, nice job getting guys on the ground. He's responded and a lot of it's been a credit to him and his preparation, knowing that he was the guy and making sure he really dug into the details. Fortunately, for us it's paid off.
Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett
On Minnesota's pass rush:
It's funny, every week we go in and we think that we know what we're going to see, and it really does change quite a bit. I think it really starts with Aaron Rodgers and how they want to confuse him. So I think coming off of a bye they're going to have a unique plan. They're going to try to generate pressure one way or another, whether it's a four-man rush or with the unique things that they can do. So I think we've just got to be ready to adjust and see a little bit of everything.
Truthfully, we haven't had a lot of experience with EQ. He's kind of been sprinkled in here and there. He definitely has a lot to offer this team. We're excited to get him out there. He's a big-bodied guy that can run fast, smart guy. I think it's going to be about getting more opportunities and him being able to showcase his talents.
Special teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga
On the blocked punt and Dexter Williams' missed block:
Obviously you'd want to have that back. It's a deal where if you go back and watch, the snap was high and to the right, we happened to punting in that direction. It was kind of the perfect storm that you never want to have happen. Then obviously the slot getting beat off the edge, he needs to make that block and widen him up the field. It's unfortunate that it happened. Those things tear a special teams coach up, it's like scars that never heal. But it's over with, we've got it corrected and we'll move on.
On how to correct the onside kick:
We just need to bring our up back and slide him a little more over the ball, and I think he would've had a better angle to come in and approaching the ball downhill, as opposed to coming in from the side. I need to coach him up better on that and get him lined up inside a little bit more to help take that away.
Passing-game coordinator/QB coach Luke Getsy
On Davante Adams:
Every year, he just takes his game to another level. Each year that I've been around him and each week, he just gets better and better. We're able to do more with him and move him around because he's a unique skillset that ... not every team is fortunate to have. We're blessed to have him. There's no doubt. He can go out, he can go in. He can break people off. He can run by people. He just has a lot to his game that we're able to play off of. Not only does it help him, but it helps the teammates around him, too.
On using different personnel due to injuries:
That's one of the biggest battles you face in this league. It's a long season. It's a violent game. And these athletes are unbelievable. Coming up with ideas is the fun part, but making sure it matches who you have and what you have available, and who you're going against, that's all an important part of the process during the week.
Running backs coach Ben Sirmans
On Jamaal Williams' outing in Houston, and finding the end zone:
I wasn't surprised by his performance, because those are things he's capable of doing when given the chance. I'd been teasing him about his celebration dance that he typically does when he scores. I asked him when are we going to have a chance to see that. It was good he was able to get in the end zone and get that monkey off his back and just be ready to go on from here.
On AJ Dillon:
I think he definitely wanted to do more with his opportunities. He had some very productive plays in there, and he knows that he had some plays that could have been a little bit better. But he's real excited about having opportunities as we proceed. That's the most he's played so far this year, so I think it was really an opportunity for him to see what he can do, what he has to do. He's been having really good practices so far this week.
Receivers coach Jason Vrable
On Allen Lazard's recovery:
I know when he got hurt, he got the surgery and I was like, 'If he could come back in three weeks, if they allowed it, I bet he would try and find a way because that's just how he is.' To see him out there is a good thing. The one thing he's done for the room that's been awesome is just taken some of the young guys underneath him. He's really tried to help groom some of the younger players who are getting to play for the first times in their careers. He's kind of been like a coach in the meeting room and also around the building. It's been nice to have him step up and have that role, see him grow as a leader and a person.
On Malik Taylor:
I think it was a relief for him to finally get in the stats and to play, but I think the one thing that hasn't shown up is he's blocked really, really well. He's really kind of taken over Allen's role in being more physical in the run game. If you watch the tape, you'll see him block. A couple of weeks ago, we're having him sift a defensive end who's obviously 6 inches taller than him and maybe 50-70 pounds more and he's blocking him. He's just earned his stripes and done a good job.
Offensive line coach Adam Stenavich
On Billy Turner switching over to left tackle:
He's a pretty stress-free guy. So, it wasn't too hard. You're basically, 'Hey Billy, we're going to need you to play left tackle.' 'OK.' That's about it. He's got the right kind of mindset where as long as you give him a heads up, he'll be good to go. He'll get prepared and he did a great job.
He's a really athletic guy. He moves well in space. He's got good length so he can play on the edge. He's not the biggest guy but he's still a very strong guy. He's an extremely smart player. He knows his deficiencies and he makes up for it with how he plays.
On the group bouncing back from the Tampa game:
It was an uncharacteristic game for us. They were upset about that. We said after that game that, even if we won that game, it really shouldn't change our mindset as to how we prepare. What Coach LaFleur preaches all the time is take it one week at a time, one day at a time and just focus on the task at hand. So we were just focused on beating the Texans and now we flipped the script and we're focused on beating the Vikings.
Tight ends coach Justin Outten
On Jace Sternberger getting the TD catch:
His confidence has been growing weekly so that's just the icing on the cake and, just like every guy in that room, they're not selfish guys but when those things do happen, you've got to celebrate it. His confidence has been climbing each and every week and every practice, and he's getting more comfortable for sure.
On the progress of the young tight ends:
I think that the growth is coming with the comfort level of all aspects of this offense. Whether they're run blocking or they're going out on a concept, they're starting to understand and slow the game down. You can definitely see that occurring. It all comes down to the confidence part of it and the technique and the plays. Just to see the character in that room expand, which is cool to see guys that are typically shy guys that are pretty soft-spoken come to life on the field and they're a different breed of cat, that's exciting to watch.
The Green Bay Packers practiced on Ray Nitschke Field on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.