McCarthy: Packers have 'moved ahead' from wreckage of past failure toward Texans

CREATED Oct 12, 2012

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  • Mike McCarthy. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Next game: Sunday, October 14th at Houston
Packers Gameday at 5:00 p.m. on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and 6:00 p.m. on TODAY'S TMJ4

GREEN BAY - The 2-3 Green Bay Packers enter their toughest test of the season, a game at the undefeated Houston Texans, on Sunday night.  They do it after having fallen to the lowly Indianapolis Colts Sunday.

When asked about the psychology of his team and how the Green Bay Packers were holding up, Packers Coach Mike McCarthy responded on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" with a pointedly positive response:

"We're not holding up.  We've moved ahead."

He takes that idea from how his team has responded on the practice field.

"I'm very pleased with the first two days of practice.  Thursday was our best work of the year.  Today is the clean-up day," said McCarthy.

McCarthy admits his team is banged up, with running back Cedric Benson on injured reserve and key pieces like tight end Jermichael Finley, wide receiver Greg Jennings and defensive tackle B.J. Raji all battling injuries.

"These three guys are doing everything they can to get back on the field.  Greg is a little further away than the other two."

McCarthy also told 620WTMJ that those guys will potentially be able to reap the benefit of a few extra hours of rehab and rest Sunday before the game.

"Definitely.  It gives them all day Sunday to get treated.  It definitely helps."

Green Bay may need all the help it can get with a Texans team that, in the minds of some experts, has become the NFL's gold standard.

McCarthy calls them "A football team that is very committed to staying on track, very committed to running the football, staying out of long down, distances," while defensively, "They don't beat you with a ton of schemes...It's important for us to be aggressive schematically."

With the fact that the Packers are playing a Sunday night contest, how does McCarthy and his staff fill the players' extra free time?

"We get up in the morning.  We have breakfast.  We'll have a special teams meeting and walkthrough, and offense and defense walkthrough, then a team meeting.  We'll break for lunch.  Then we have a three hour block of time where guys get treatment."