Before talking to reporters on Monday afternoon, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy had a brief meeting with the medical staff.
The status of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, almost unbelievably, was not discussed.
“Aaron’s situation will be evaluated Wednesday morning and then we’ll have a plan for him come Wednesday,” McCarthy said a day after a season-saving comeback at Dallas.
Rodgers missed a sixth consecutive game with a broken collarbone sustained against Chicago on Nov. 4. He practiced extensively on Wednesday and Thursday last week, leading to optimism that he’ll be given the go-ahead to return for Sunday’s home game against Pittsburgh. For now, though, McCarthy said the game plan will be created for Matt Flynn.
“That’s where we started our conversation Saturday,” McCarthy said. “We do some preliminary game planning each week for the next opponent. That’s the way we’re going about it as an offensive staff.”
Flynn’s performance in the second half of the 37-36 victory at Dallas was every bit as impressive as his record-setting performance against Detroit in 2011. In that game, he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns and rallied the Packers from behind six times. On Sunday, Flynn threw for 182 yards and four touchdowns in the second half, leading the Packers to five consecutive touchdown drives.
With the Packers trailing 26-3 at halftime, offensive coordinator Tom Clements said there was no discussion of removing Flynn in favor of Scott Tolzien.
It was one of the best non-moves in McCarthy’s tenure. Three of Flynn’s five touchdown drives went 80 yards.
“If any player’s having success, they kind of build on that,” Clements said on Monday. “I think the biggest thing about Matt is if things aren’t going well or he makes a mistake, he doesn’t dwell on it. As a quarterback, at other positions, as well, you kind of have to play without a conscience. If something happens bad previously, you have to forget about it and focus on the next play. That’s really at each position. We talk about it a lot. If things go well, great, forget about that play and move on. If things don’t go well, try to learn from it and move on because the most important play is always the next play.”
With Sunday's win, Green Bay is 7-6-1. If Detroit loses to Baltimore on Monday night, the Packers would control their destiny in the NFC North.
That should mean some good TV ratings in Wisconsin. At least one interested observer, however, will not be glued to his TV.
"Personally, I won’t watch the game," McCarthy said. "I really have no interest in watching the game. I’ve got to pay attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers and (sons) Jack and George have basketball games tonight, so I’m going to try to catch that."
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