Mike McCarthy sees the light in an otherwise dark night

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy pulls his headset off during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers head coach met with the media tonight following his team’s 17-0 loss at home, saying that he wasn’t happy about the loss but that there were positives he feels will come out of the tape after he has the chance to view it on Saturday.

“Not exactly where you want to start, you know, in preseason game number one … zero to 17 tonight here on on our home field,” McCarthy said as he opened his press conference.

“The first thing that jumps out were the turnovers. Our ability to take care of football … we have a time commitment and emphasis … and we didn’t take care of the ball. Didn’t take ball away. Gotta take care of the ball and take it away.”

But McCarthy was happy that they were able to get players into the game … a big goal for the team.

“We got a lot of film on a lot of guys … accomplished that. We’ll give it a hard evaluation on the morning.”

When asked about the positives, McCarthy couldn’t commit to calling out any player, but said that there are “always a couple guys to jump out.” However he also indicated it’s difficult for him to watch individuals because he’s calling the game for four different quarterbacks.

“There are a lot of moving parts. You never feel good when you don’t win a game.”

While the Packers came out of the game healthy overall, the one big blow was losing first round draft pick Datone Jones with an ankle sprain. While McCarthy said he didn’t know the extent of the injury, he would know tomorrow. Injuries continue to plague the Packers and should Jones’s injury be deemed serious, it would be a blow to the Packers defensive line.

As for Vince Young, McCarthy said his goal was to get him about 10-12 snaps. “I wanted to get him where he can go play quarterback.

“Spent some time this morning to iron out a package for him. It was good to just get him out there. H hasn’t played football in a year …

We’ll do more with him next week.”

So, after a night when they got shut out at home, McCarthy was somewhat positive, acknowledging it was still preseason and that while there is plenty of work to do, there is plenty of time to make corrections.

Stay tuned …

Topics: Green Bay Packers, Mike McCarthy

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