Legendary senior writer jclombardi reports Rams postgame day after news.
McCarthy's press conference highlights:
- Cornerback Shields sustained a concussion during a foolish return of an end zone interception. Per NFL policies, he must go through the testing process for this week.
- Outside linebacker Frank Zombo hyperextended his knee.
- Safety Burnett performed extremely well with broken hand cast.
- LBs Hawk and Bishop won game balls on defense.
- QB Aaron Rodgers won game ball on offense.
- K Mason Crosby on won game ball on special teams.
- LB Hawk's "obscene gesture" after sack was joke. McCarthy cannot explain his sense of humor.
- McCarthy sees the need for team improvements, especially the run defense as the Vikings and RB Adrian Peterson in the next game.
- McCarthy said, "We're a much more mature team" than last year. The Packers are not overlooking the Minnesota Vikings.
- Coaches are constantly making corrections. McCarthy said, "That's the challenge of constantly chasing perfection," borrowing a Lombardi phrase. "It's about winning. We're about winning football games, so we're accomplishing the first goal."
- McCarthy happy with Wells and Sitton. Lang is coming along. "Our tackles. Bryan played very well coming off the injury. Newhouse graded out well"
- McCarthy said about DE Neal:, "Were hopeful that he'd be ready around the bye."