Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talks to quarterback
Scott Tolzien during the first half of an NFL football game
against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in
Green Bay, Wis. Tolzien replaced injured quarterback Seneca
Wallace earlier in the game.
GREEN BAY —
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is more concerned with the
way his defense is playing than he is about the revolving door he
has at quarterback or the team's seemingly endless list of
quarterback Aaron Rodgers set to miss his second straight game
with a fractured left collarbone, McCarthy's focus Monday in the
wake of the team's second straight loss wasn't on new starter
Scott Tolzien, who played well against Philadelphia on Sunday
after veteran backup Seneca Wallace suffered a groin injury on the
McCarthy's concern is with his defense, which allowed Eagles
running back LeSean McCoy to run for 155 yards and had quarterback
Nick Foles throw 55-, 45- and 32-yard touchdown passes in the
Eagles' 27-13 victory at Lambeau Field.
McCarthy was also
unhappy that for the second straight week, his defense couldn't
stop the opponent in the fourth quarter.
A week ago
against Chicago, the defense allowed the Bears to drive 80 yards
in 18 plays and use 8 minutes, 58 seconds in the fourth quarter.
By the time kicker Robbie Gould made a field goal to push
Chicago's lead to 27-20, the Packers had used all three of their
timeouts and only 50 seconds remained in the game.
On Sunday, after
Tolzien's fourth-down pass to Jordy Nelson in the end zone was
ruled incomplete and the call withstood McCarthy's replay
challenge, the Eagles took over with 9:32 to play and kept the
ball the rest of the game.
Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers watch
as quarterback Seneca Wallace warms up before an NFL
football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov.
10, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.
disappointed in, and it's gone on all year, is our fourth-quarter
performance. We're not playing our best football when it
counts," McCarthy said Monday.
have a drill for (fixing) it, particularly on Mondays, but it's
something we've been emphasizing. And to see it happen again
(Sunday) is obviously disappointing and frustrating."
coordinator Dom Capers, whose group has just three interceptions
this season after picking off more passes over the past four
seasons (103) than any team in the NFL.
The Packers had
at least two opportunities for interceptions Sunday. On one, the
ball caromed off cornerback Tramon Williams' shoulder and helmet
and into the arms of Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson for the
55-yard touchdown; the other went through the hands of a leaping
Williams for a 23-yard completion to Jason Avant.
takeaway came on a sack of Foles by Williams and defensive tackle
Mike Daniels in the fourth quarter. The turnover failed to lead to
points when Nelson's near-catch was incomplete.
the kind of plays you want to make. Those are game-changing
plays," Capers said of the fumble.
the most disappointing thing was they hit three balls over the top
on us for touchdowns. Those are things you've got to get rectified
because no matter what else you do in the game, if you give up
touchdowns over the top, it's going to be hard to overcome."
McCarthy confirmed that Rodgers will miss back-to-back games for
the first time in his career and won't play Sunday against the
he'll be ready to go real soon," McCarthy said. "But
he's a couple weeks away I would think."
In his place, the
Packers will go with Tolzien, who'd never thrown a regular-season
NFL pass before Sunday.
With Rodgers and
Wallace out, McCarthy confirmed that former No. 2 quarterback Matt
Flynn worked out for the team Monday, but he wouldn't say if Flynn
would be signed to back up Tolzien.
is here," McCarthy said Monday afternoon. "(He) went
through his workout this morning. (He) looks good. That's really
all I have for you right now. Everything else is a work in
Asked how much
the offense has changed since Flynn threw for 480 yards and six
touchdowns for the Packers in the 2011 regular-season finale
against Detroit, offensive coordinator Tom Clements said on Monday
afternoon: "It's still the same the terminology and the same
McCarthy also had
no update on the injuries sustained by starting center Evan
Dietrich-Smith (knee), starting right tackle Don Barclay (knee),
starting defensive end Johnny Jolly (groin), starting outside
linebacker Nick Perry (foot) or No. 3 cornerback Casey Hayward
(hamstring), all of whom left Sunday's game with injuries.
The Packers are
already without Rodgers, wide receiver Randall Cobb (broken leg)
and tight end Jermichael Finley (bruised spinal cord), among