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Packers Conference Call Quotes

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY (on QB-Aaron Rodgers responding to and handling everything fairly well this year) “He’s handled everything very well.  He obviously had a different situation to go through at training camp, probably uncharted territory, and I thought he did a great job with that.

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY (on QB-Aaron Rodgers responding to and handling everything fairly well this year) * *

"He's handled everything very well.  He obviously had a different situation to go through at training camp, probably uncharted territory, and I thought he did a great job with that.  Now he's fighting through an injury and has really been impressive with the way he's played the last two weeks with this injury.  So we're pleased with Aaron's performance and the way he goes about his profession."

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY (on having confidence in Aaron Rodgers)

"We have great confidence in Aaron Rodgers and he's prepared himself, number one, for this opportunity and now he's attacking it, he's taking full advantage of it.  You have to admire and respect that because we're all given an opportunity in this league and the most important thing is to take advantage of it, and so far, he has."

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY (on the parity in the NFL, and it being so back-and-forth this season)

"I really think it's been consistent with the way the league has gone.  It's parity, and it's been going on in the National Football League for some time now.  There's a lot more attention media-wise than there was 10 years ago, and everybody's trying to figure out who the hot team is.  In this league, it doesn't last more than a week or two it seems so far.  I just think it shows you how competitive and how tough it is to win a football game.  It's hard to win a game in this league.  There are so many other factors involved—the health of your team, playing on the road.  It's a competitive league and we know we have a big challenge this week in the Colts."


"He's off to an excellent start and Greg has done a great job.  He has a complete understanding of our offense.  We can put him at any position.  He's always been a natural route runner, and now you're seeing Greg and Aaron Rodgers getting on the same page on a number of different routes, so that just keeps coming with reps and playing in games together.  So I'm very pleased with the way he's playing."

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY (on DB-Charles Woodson having a good start)

"Yes, Charles is off to a great start.  He was NFC Defensive Player-of-the-Month last month.  I think that tells you a lot about the start that he's had.  He's playing through a broken toe, and he has been on limited practice time the whole year.  I just can't say enough about his toughness and his ability to make big plays in games."

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY (on what he has seen of QB-Peyton Manning on tape and how he has responded to the knee surgery)

"I think he's responded very well.  I think that was very evident in the Baltimore game, just the way he's coming off his back foot and throwing the ball and the comfort and timing.  You just see the timing back that you always expect when Peyton and the Colts take the field."

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY (on the Colts defense improving the last two games)

"I like their defense.  I think they have an excellent group of players.  You have to be real impressed with their pass rushers.  You talk about (Raheem) Brock, (Robert) Mathis and Dwight Freeney, that's a terrific group.  They do a great job of creating penetration and havoc up front.  They all fly to the ball.  I really like their corners.  I have competed against (Kelvin) Hayden and (Marlin) Jackson and those guys before.  That's a group that has been very impressive on film.  We spend most of our time going over the latest schemes just to see where they're at as far as their rhythm and timing that they're playing with right now.  They were very impressive against Baltimore."

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY (on DEs Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney doing stunts last week where they moved around all the way to the other side, and if that is unusual)

"They're unique in what they do, but it's just impressive with the quickness and athletic ability that they have and the challenge that they give for your pass protection unit.  That's a very impressive group, very impressive."

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY (on Freeney and Mathis stripping the ball and if he talks to Aaron Rodgers about that)

"It's really something we practice every day, and they do a great job of taking the football away.  That's always been pretty much a staple of a Tony Dungy defense.  We have a period every day that's designated to ball security and ball extraction.  So it's something we practice and it will definitely be put to test this week."

QB-AARON RODGERS (on if everyone has moved on from the Brett Favre situation)

"I think everyone on the team has definitely moved on, yes."

QB-AARON RODGERS (on how things are going at 3-3)

"Last week was a big win for us.  We needed to right the ship.  We had lost three in a row and hadn't played a complete game yet, and then Seattle was a good example of when you play a complete game with offense, defense and special teams, you can win in this league.  We did a nice job moving the ball on offense, finished some drives off, long drives.  We had three drives over 12 plays with points.  Our defense did a great job of getting us the ball back and special teams put us in situations with a short field.  That all added up to a win in a tough environment."

QB-AARON RODGERS (on how his shoulder is feeling)

"Doing better, continuing to rehab and the strength is coming back.  I'm feeling a lot better."

QB-AARON RODGERS (on toughing out an injury and coming back to lead a team to victory)

"It's important as one of the leaders on this football team to be out there every Sunday and I think the guys appreciate me being up.  We're all playing with injuries.  I don't want to single myself out as the only guy playing through pain.  I did feel confident in my preparation during the weeks and although I haven't been able to practice as much as myself and Coach (Mike) McCarthy would like, I feel good about the way I've played on the last two Sundays."

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