Packers coach Mike McCarthy is fed up with those fretting over the team’s offense, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
“You know, we had 400 yards of offense, so I don’t know why the hell I’ve got to come in here and answer questions about the things you think that went wrong,” McCarthy said in his Wednesday news conference after being asked back-to-back questions about offensive issues.
Maybe the fact the Packers managed only 23 points against a Giants defense that was playing much of the game with an undrafted rookie at one starting cornerback position and a practice squad player at one starting safety position has something to do with it.
Or the fact that quarterback Aaron Rodgers posted a 65.0 passer rating, receiver Jordy Nelson dropped a couple of passes, tight end Richard Rodgers was a non-factor, the screen game was absent and there were only three passing plays of 20 or more yards.
Or the fact, the Packers rank 25th in total offense, 31st in completion percentage and 19th in passer rating after one quarter of the season.
McCarthy acknowledged that the passing game isn’t up to par, but he said a change in approach against the Giants to less no-huddle offense and more rotation with the receivers and tight ends may have affected continuity.
He wouldn’t say that he planned to continue the approach of getting receivers Jeff Janis, Trevor Davis and Ty Montgomery more playing time would continue. But he has it in his pocket after going the first three games with Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams receiving the vast majority of receiver snaps.
“At the end of the day, we’re trying to play more players in the perimeter group,” McCarthy said. “Last week was our first real attempt at that, so we’ll see how this week shakes out with game-planning.
“But we need to spend a little more time on the passing game then we’ve had in the past and we’re doing that particularly in our meeting structure.”
McCarthy insists no one with the Packers is satisfied with what has occurred so far. He doesn’t think they need the outside world to point out where they could be better.
“It’s a group of men that really operate with a lot of accountability,” McCarthy said. “They do it publicly and I know they definitely do it privately. So this is a process. This is a long year. we’ve done some good things throughout our football team, but we’re well aware of not only why we’re doing things but how we’re doing things and what we need to do to get better.”