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Wednesday Media Transcript: Head Coach Ben McAdoo

Eric from BBI : Admin : 1/4/2017 5:15 pm
Head Coach Ben McAdoo

January 4, 2017

Have a great challenge ahead of us this week. Playing a red-hot team on the road. Winners of six in a row. Theyre scoring the football at a good clip, 31 points a game during the streak. Taking care of the football and Aaron is playing MVP-type football. Defensively, they get after the quarterback and are forcing turnovers. They have 11 turnovers in the last three weeks. Theyre holding opponents to 18 points during their winning streak. Special teams, theyre creative and multiple. We have to be on our toes there. They have a variety of returns at their disposal when they have them all up. With that, lets open it up.

Q: Hows Janoris Jenkins?

A: He was limited today but he worked.

Q: Was he moving well?

A: Limited.

Q: Any doubt hell play?

A: He was limited today. Well take a look at him tomorrow.

Q: What do you feel about the team youre taking into battle?

A: I like this team. I said it all along, we have talented men of integrity. They work hard, like football, are growing closer together. We had a good day today, well have a great day tomorrow and were excited for the opportunity.

Q: How important for you is it for the investment of playing time for the young guys early in the season to start to pay off now?

A: Thats big for us. We talked about it early in the season. We had some young guys get opportunities on special teams early and then on offense and defense as the season went on. We have to cash in this time of year with those opportunities early in the season.

Q: Whats the one thing youre going to work on this week that you didnt necessarily do well when you played the Packers earlier this season?

A: We just need to play better football all around. The game is simple this time of year. Its about fundamentals. You are who you are schematically. You need to fit together tight like nuts and bolts. The fundamentals, the blocking, the tackling, taking care of the ball, handling the ball. The Duke is like a bar of gold this time of year. We need to take care of the football.

Q: Any advantage going against a secondary that is a little banged up?

A: They have some guys that are in and out of the lineup. Well play whos out there. Theyll have a good plan in place and we need to make sure were sound fundamentally and schematically.

Q: How much have they changed their defensive schemes up since youve last seen them?

A: Dom (Capers), I think he has everything there is in the book. He does a nice job tailoring what they do defensively to their players. Their front is still getting after the quarterback. Thats the key to their game. Their secondary, they do have some young guys that are playing. Theyre playing a multitude of guys. They have talented players back there that can make plays and they fit well off of the front.

Q: That was early. How different do you see your team now?

A: I think were two different football teams. I think weve learned how to win since then. Weve grown together and weve learned a lot about each other. We just have to prepare for the game and let the game play out.

Q: What kind of challenges does Ty Montgomery present?

A: He was a big receiver coming out. A good special teams player. Hes grown nicely and developed nicely into a back for them. Hes not really a jack of all trades for them because hes a talented player with a nice skillset from the backfield. Hes improving with protections. Hes a good player.

Q: Has Odell and the attention he gets off the field diminished what he has done on the field this year?

A: I think each and every week its a challenge for Odell. Teams go in and they have a good plan. Not only do they have one plan for him, but they have multiple plans throughout the course of the game. They try to disguise what theyre doing. There are a couple of different things that they like to do during the course of the game, not just one, to try and take him away.

Q: Can you talk about the impact that Mike McCarthy has had on your career?

A: Were excited for the opportunity. To be able to play a 17th game in the league is not a given. Were excited for the opportunity. We earned the opportunity and now we have to go out there and prepare for a big ballgame. Mike has been a tremendous influence on me, but this isnt the time or place for that.

Q: Are you surprised at all that Aaron Rodgers was able to run the table?

A: No. As a football team, Ive been there. They do a good job of staying steady and not reacting to whats going on outside of the building, like a lot of good organizations. Aaron is playing at a high level and the team feeds off of him.

Q: What are your thoughts on how DRC has played for you this season?

A: I think DRC is playing tremendous football for us. I think hes developed into a leader in the locker room. Hes playing fast and hes playing aggressive. His ball skills showed up last week again.

Q: How important was it for him to take a reduced role but still step up and make big plays?

A: We have three starting corners, weve talked about that before. No one has a reduced role.

Q: What do you see since the last time you played Green Bay?

A: We went through some hard times early in the season. We stayed focused, stayed together, fought through the hard times and learned how to win.

Q: There was a report that drugs were being handed out like candy on the boat the receivers were on. Does that change your view?

A: The players were off. Im not going to talk about players and their off time.

Q: Were you surprised by the reaction?

A: Im not aware of it.

Q: How have they been since theyve been back here?

A: They showed up yesterday ready to work. Had a good practice today.

Q: What do you think of the way this team has come together chemistry wise?

A: We had a lot of players and a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball. You have to give the personnel department, Jerry (Reese), a ton of credit for that. What we did, we hit the lottery in character and integrity. The guys fit together well and they enjoy seeing each other be successful. Thats a big reason why were playing great defense with them.

Q: What is it about Elis personality that helps him succeed in these types of playoff situations as he did in 07 and 11?

A: Eli Apple, you go back to Ohio State, he had some success in the playoff there. No, Eli Manning is a guy that is very consistent in his preparation and the way he approaches each and every week. Its important to him. Hes steady. The rest of the team feeds off of him in that way. Thats really all you can ask for from a quarterback. Week in and week out, there is a lot on his plate and a lot he has to handle. Game plans change a lot week in and week out and defenses change. He stays consistent.

Q: Is there a timetable on JPP or is he just out here at practice for support?

A: He enjoys being around the guys. Hes a big part of this football team, whether he can dress out or not. As soon as hes ready to come back physically, medically, well take him.

Q: Robbie Goulds experience?

A: Robbie, hes kicked in some grey conditions. Hes handled all the elements well in his career. Its hard to make it where he made it for all those years without being able to handle the elements. Its good to have Robbie.

Q: Did you feel like it was necessary to talk to the receivers or was it not an issue?

A: The players were off. They showed up Tuesday and were ready to work. They had a good practice today.

Q: Youve been on both sides of big games at Lambeau. What makes it so hard to play there as a visiting team?

A: Its a tough place to play. Its loud. The end zone is closed now. It makes it a little tougher to communicate. Its a place that has a ton of tradition and a ton of history. Its a tough place to go win. They have good players and good coaches. We have to be at our best.

Q: What are your memories of being in Green Bay?

A: Its a great place to live.

Q: What makes it so great?

A: Green Bay is not like a lot of other organizations. Its a great place, great family type place. A lot of similarities to the Giants and the way that they are run. Different ownership structures, obviously, but that doesnt have anything to do with the ballgame.

Q: You said your team learned to win. How did they do that?

A: You have to go through tough times together, stick together, get hardened by some controversy at times, and you have to play through it. I think were a battle-tested football team.

Q: Is there a point where you realized that happened?

A: I think it happens over time. It doesnt happen with one instance.

Q: Was there one game that was essential for that?

A: No.

Q: You said this was a cold weather team. If it is single digits, do you feel that its an advantage for you?

A: I think were battle-tested and were ready to go handle the elements.

Q: What has Leon Hall brought at safety?

A: Leon has been great since hes been here. Very versatile and smart player. Hes played a lot of football and hes seen a lot of things schematically in the back end. Hes doing a nice job for us back there.

Q: Whats your message to guys that are playing in their first playoff game?

A: Were not playing a wild card this week or the playoffs this week. We need to get ready to go play the Green Bay Packers this week. We need to focus on the preparation. Its not about any of this other stuff. Its about football.

Q: How important do you believe playoff experience is going into a playoff game?

A: None. Zero. We have to prepare to play a football game. Thats what we have to do. We have a game to get ready for. All this energy and other stuff doesnt matter. We need to focus on playing the game and preparing to win the game.
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Big Blue '56 : 1/4/2017 5:21 pm : link
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Q: How important do you believe playoff experience is going into a playoff game?

A: None. Zero. We have to prepare to play a football game. Thats what we have to do. We have a game to get ready for. All this energy and other stuff doesnt matter. We need to focus on playing the game and preparing to win the game.



Belichick said the same thing today
Funny thing ...  
dancing blue bear : 1/4/2017 6:06 pm : link
over the course of the year, i have often thought there was some similarities with how macadoo and little bill handle the press. It is annoying as a fan, because i expect to get little useful info and macadoo has a little less disdain for the press, but he consistently stonewalls and stays on message. there is a robotic quality.

I am not making broader comparisons
RE: Funny thing ...  
micky : 1/4/2017 6:22 pm : link
In comment 13305402 dancing blue bear said:
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over the course of the year, i have often thought there was some similarities with how macadoo and little bill handle the press. It is annoying as a fan, because i expect to get little useful info and macadoo has a little less disdain for the press, but he consistently stonewalls and stays on message. there is a robotic quality.

I am not making broader comparisons


i said this the other day. He handles the press in a manner of giving them borish, no substance, and strictly to game at hand..like lil bill. Whether Mac took pages out his book on media relations or it his own way..similarities there.
The media isn't too bright with some of these questions  
SGMen : 1/4/2017 6:36 pm : link
It is like they are hoping a player or coach makes a "mistake" that they can then wordsmith into negativity that sells.
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