Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Mike McCarthy in better mood today as he looks toward Giants


“Losing is tough,” Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said during his press conference this afternoon, but he also admitted that at the pro level, you can’t dwell on it. He and the team have to move on.

That was the drift the coach gave when asked about how long it takes him to recover from a loss. Yesterday afternoon, he was upset. In fact, he was downright pissed.

At that time he said there were “reoccurring” things that he and the team were going to address today. There was much speculation about what those things were, but when asked about it today, he was a bit confused and said with a smile, “I said that?”

But once he got by that, he admitted his greatest frustration and disappointment over the past couple of weeks was that the team is failing in the fourth quarter and that the team has to correct that aspect of the game. Allowing the opposition to go on nine- and 10-minute drives to close out the fourth quarter was unacceptable.

On other matters, here are some notes of interest from his press conference:

• He was highly impressed with the play of Scott Tolzien and that he sees a large upside with they young quarterback. He said Tolzien wishes he had a couple of throws back, but it’s all part of the learning process. Tolzien will start at New York this coming weekend.

• He said he wasn’t sure how things would shake out with those who were injured yesterday because he doesn’t have the reports on the players yet.

• He said the Matt Flynn was in the building today for a tryout and he thought he “looked good.” However, there has been no decision on whether the Packers will sign him. McCarthy said that’s out of his hands at this point.

• He said Aaron Rodgers did an “excellent” job on the sidelines helping with Tolzien yesterday and it was like having another coach. McCarthy also said that he doesn’t have a specific date for Rodgers’ return but he estimated it would be at least another couple of weeks … at least.

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