Here’s what coach Packers head coach Mike McCarthy had to say about his team and the Falcons during a conference call with the Atlanta media on Wednesday:
Q: How good did that (defensive end) Mike Daniels’ performance look on tape … against Seattle?
A: “Mike played a great game. When you give out a game ball to one of your players it reflects on how he played. Mike was dominate in the game. That was especially a performance that we’d like to build off of.”
Q: How’s (linebacker) Nick Perry doing? Is he healthy?
A: “Nick played very well. Actually Mike and Nick both got game balls on defense. Nick played one of his better games as a Green Bay Packer. So, it’s great to have Nick healthy.”
Q: How important in (safety) Morgan Burnett to whole operation for coach (Dom) Capers?
A: “He’s important to the operation, but it’s more important for the number of positions that he can play for us. Morgan is a leader. He’s one of the established leaders on the football team. On defense, he’s an excellent communicator. He knows the defense in and out. He’s been giving us a lot of flexibility because we are able to move him around and have him play different positions.”
Q: How did the Falcons look offensively with Wes Schweitzer at right guard?
A: “We looked at the preseason and the first game, the one thing about their offense is that Matt Ryan is on the scene. He was the MVP last year and he’s right back at it. So, I know they can run the football and protect the quarterback and get to the perimeter. They are extremely balanced. They have different personnel groups and they used a lot of motions. It looks like they are off to a solid start.”
Q: When you are watching tape, does the Falcons team speed jump off the tape at you?
A: “Yes, they have excellent team speed. It’s a really fast football team. In particular, their linebackers are probably as fast of a group that you’ll see in the league. The rotation of the defensive linemen is excellent tempo. I think the backers are playing the best that I’ve seen them in the last two years. The speed is definitely very apparent especially on turf at home.”