Green Bay, Wi (WSAU) The players are off, but the bye week gives no break to the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff. Head coach Mike McCarthy is putting his assistants to work this morning for scouting sessions aimed at finding areas to improve. McCarthy says the 7-and-0 Packers are generally playing above average, but he does not believe they’ve played their best football yet.
One area of concern is the number of big plays the Packer defense has given up. STATS L-L-C says Green Bay has given up the N-F-L’s second-highest number of plays of 20-yards-or-more – 36, second only to New England with 40. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers says his unit can play a lot better. He says the defense plays well for a couple of quarters and then has some breakdowns.
Linebacker Desmond Bishop says his unit is never satisfied when it doesn’t play up to its capabilities, regardless of the Packers’ record. He expects the bugs to be worked out. And Bishop says it will be scary when the Packers reach their full potential. Most players have headed back to their off-season homes. They’ll return Sunday, and practice begins Monday for their next game at San Diego on November sixth. Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy says it’s “very unfortunate” that rookie Alex Green is out for the season with a knee injury suffered at Minnesota on Sunday. Green is a running back who played mostly on special teams – and he missed some time earlier in the season with a bad Achilles’ tendon. McCarthy said Green’s play was improving before his knee injury – and the Packers had expected him to make an impact this season. Green was hurt on a kickoff play against the Vikings. He was a third-round draft pick from Hawaii. The coach says Green will have surgery, but it has not been scheduled. Also, it’s not clear when he’ll be put on injured reserve.
McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson are considering possible roster moves. Meanwhile, the coach says receiver Greg Jennings will be okay for the Packers’ November sixth game at San Diego. Jennings bruised a hand against the Vikings.