What follows are some noteworthy quotes from Packers players and coaches in advance of the team's playoff opener vs. the Giants this Sunday at Lambeau Field:
Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin's official statement to the media on the death of his 21-year-old son, Michael (Michael Philbin's body, which had been pulled from the Fox River near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, was positively identified Monday, Jan. 9): "We love Michael so much and will miss him dearly. He loved his family, friends and life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. We are appreciative of the prayers and the support of our family, friends and the Packers family. We ask for continued respect and privacy for our family as we deal with our loss. Our family also wants to thank the Oshkosh Police Department, Winnebago CountyDive/Rescue/Recovery Team and the Winnebago County Coroner's office for their efforts and compassion during this difficult ordeal." (Source: Green Bay Packers).
Packers OLG T.J. Lang on the death of Michael Philbin: "As children we all have to someday say goodbye to our parents, but a parent should never have to say goodbye to their child." (Source: the Twitter account of Lang, whose father, Thomas, died last week).
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy at his Monday press conference on the Giants' defense: "It's a four-man line scheme. To run their scheme, you have to have the horses up front to run it. I think they have a very good seven-man rotation. They're healthy, and they put it on their down linemen to generate pressure. They played a lot of two-shell with aggressive man-under in our first contest. Their secondary has a lot of experience. They have playmakers in their secondary. It's a very experienced football team with a lot of veterans on defense. This will be an excellent challenge for us." (Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).
Milwaukee resident Brooke Messenger on not getting the Packers' stock certificate she had purchased in the team's recent stock sale by Christmas, as originally promised: "I can understand errors in the printing process and things that go wrong, but it's pretty disappointing to spend $525 on a Christmas present and not even have it for Christmas, or be able to find out where it is." (Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette).
Packers RB James Starks on the ankle injury that had shut him down for a couple of weeks: "I went out there and was cutting and making the jump-cuts that I usually make and stopping on a dime to see how everything felt and I felt good. I feel fine now. Usually, I was getting a little sore afterward or a little more sore. Right now, I feel good." (Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).