As expected, less than 24 hours after Packers QB Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion that forced his removal from Green Bay's 7-3 upset loss to the Lions, head coach Mike McCarthy wasted no time in his “day after” press conference saying it will take some time before Rodgers’ status for this Sunday night’s prime-time visit to New England is clarified.
“It won’t be until Wednesday or Thursday that we’ll know about him,” McCarthy said before launching into a negative critique of the Packers’ offense in Detroit, for which he took most of the blame.
“We performed poorly, and that starts with me,” McCarthy said of the offense’s uneven and unispired 258-yard performance against the Lions. “We probably did not do a good enough job during the week preparing. Frankly, you go back and look at the tape, you’ve got to give credit to Detroit’s defense. But they mostly played their base, and it was our guys up against their guys, and we did not perform or execute well.
“It was not a very good day for anybody.”
McCarthy gave backup QB Matt Flynn, who early in the week must be considered a definite possibility to start against the Patriots, a mixed review for his effort in relief of Rodgers Sunday.
“Matt did some good things, but he missed some throws,” McCarthy said. “That was probably the biggest criticism. As far as game management, he was productive. We did not help him, as far as the run game, and our protection was not a positive. He made some throws, and he missed some throws.”
McCarthy bristled when asked about both Rodgers and Flynn putting themselves in harm’s way by not sliding properly on QB keepers.
“Our quarterbacks are coached to slide, and that’s twice now that Aaron has taken an unnecessary hit, and Matt did the same thing,” McCarthy said. “We probably need to do a better job of getting across that you just can’t do that.”
In other news on the Packers' ever-present injury front, McCarthy said starting OLB Frank Zombo could be challenged to play against New England because of a knee injury, and starting DE Cullen Jenkins (calf) “definitely is out a couple more weeks.”
McCarthy denied reports that the team was thinking about placing Jenkins on injured reserve.
“If we felt that way, we already would have made that move,” he said. "A calf muscle is different from a knee sprain. It's never the same for any two people.”