Take a look at what the Green Bay Packers (6-6) are saying about the Seattle Seahawks (8-3-1) before the two teams meet in Week 14 at Lambeau Field.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy
(On whether he sees the Packers and Seahawks as a rivalry...) "It's an important game. We've played in big games, so we have history. The teams definitely know one another very well. I think our veteran players are very much in tune with Seattle's veteran players. We have great respect for their roster and coaching staff. I guess if you want to put it in a rivalry category, I'm all for it. We look forward to playing the game Sunday and like I said, we've had some great games and we've played in some big games and I think this one will be the same one. I think it's going to be a heck of a game."
(On adding former Seahawks running back Christine Michael...)"He's doing a heck of a job. I think just the fact that he's gotten more carries in the past two weeks, you just look at the progress he's made. He's very talented, he just put his nose down and has been very hard working. He's very explosive and I really like the way he's fit in the locker room so far."
(On why he thought Christine Michael would be a good fit...)"He's a hell of a football player and he was available. We had a high grade on him coming out of college. He's been productive at his time in Seattle and we were fortunate to have the opportunity to bring him in."
(On the Seahawks losing a player like Earl Thomas...)"He's a tremendous football player. I think the whole football world knows that. Having a chance to compete against him and be around him at the Pro Bowl, I think his leadership and energy and personality that he brings to a football team is very unique. You never want to see players get hurt, especially a player of Earl's caliber. It's unfortunate, it's the tough part of the game."
(On what Seattle loses on the field without Earl Thomas...) "That's really to be seen. I think number one he's a playmaker, he has tremendous range, his anticipation and understanding of what the offense is doing, I think he's at the top of his game doing that. How well that will be replaced, that really has to be seen by [Steven] Terrell assuming he'll be back there and that's who replaced him. He looks to have really good range and so forth. It's like all these medical situations, you lose a great player it's unfortunate but also creates an opportunity for the next guy. The game goes on but I don't think it's going to change the way they play. They play a certain way and this is a hell of a defense, it's a defense that we've had a chance to go up against and they have big time players at all three levels, at the front, linebacker and secondary. That's really what we're focused on."
(On the characteristics of Seattle's defense that has allowed it to be so successful in recent seasons…)"The thing that really jumps off the film at you are the players. It's a veteran group, you have a number of guys who have been there quite a few years. They're very systematic in how they play, so it speaks to quality fundamentals. They do a very good job of playing their scheme, disciplined in the scheme, and playing for one another. But it's a very talented defense. When you look at defensive systems and you look at defensive teams, it's obviously number one in the League in giving up points."
(On the play of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson…) "I think he's a dynamic player. He's coming off some tough games early, you can see where he was hurt. But he's looked like he's always looked. He's going to make plays. … He's obviously a focal point for us."
QB Aaron Rodgers
(On Christine Michael's impact...) "We're just trying to work him in the offense. He's an energetic guy and we're trying to find ways to get him some more carries, last week we did that, gave him some more opportunities. It was some tough sledding on the field footing-wise. We're trying to find ways to get him the ball because he brings a little something different to the backfield."
(On what Earl Thomas' loss means to the Seahawks defense...) "He's a really good player, tough to see an injury like that for anybody. This league is connected, we see people in the offseason at events, Pro Bowls and Super Bowls where you run into these guys and you hate to see that happen to anybody. But it's a next-man-up mentality throughout the League. Steven [Terrell] is going to get a chance to get out there and he's played some good ball."
(On what stands out to him about cornerback DeShawn Shead…)"He's a big guy, just like Sherm is, 6-2 and he uses his body really well. He's a smart corner. Both those guys and Jeremy [Lane] inside they understand route concepts and timing and they understand how important their pass rush is to the ball coming out. So they do a great job in their scheme of time-clock awareness and they all cover really well."
(On what the rivalry is like with the Seahawks…) "We've had some good games against them over the years and they're obviously a very talented team, have gone to the playoffs most years. It's become a good matchup every single year. We know what's at stake for us and obviously they have a lot at stake too."
(On the Seahawks having a healthy Kam Chancellor…)"He's one of the top players in the League. He does a lot of things at the top of the NFL. He's obviously a big-time hitter, he's got great awareness, great instincts, very good ball skills, he's around the football, causes turnovers. He's got the size and athletic ability that all the other teams in the League are trying to find, I think."
WR Jordy Nelson
(On the Seahawks' missing Earl Thomas…)"I'm sure they will. He's a great player, one of the best safeties in the game for a long time and makes a lot of plays and covers a lot of ground back there, so I think that'll make an impact in the game. But I'm sure they're thinking next man up just like every other team and we'll just go out and prepare and try to play well."
(On if it feels like a rivalry is growing between the Packers and Seahawks…) "There's a little bit, but like you said it's two good teams that when you're in the NFC you'll constantly face each other if it's in the regular season or end of the playoffs, so it just makes the games that much more enjoyable."
DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
(On facing Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham this weekend…) "Those are two great offensive weapons. We've just got to go out and compete, that's what I love to do. I look forward to playing against Graham."
(On if he sees the Seahawks as a rivalry game…) "It's just the next game up. I look forward to playing these guys. They're a great opponent and we're going to do what we've got to do to go out and win this ball game."
(On the challenge of facing Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson…) "Keep him in the pocket, make him think on the fly and just control him and hopefully he doesn't get out the pocket and make plays on his feet."
TE Jared Cook
(On what it's like going against a safety like Kam Chancellor…)"You just can't worry about it. It's the game of football, you're going to get hit, you're going to have defenders in the middle of the field, so you've just got to catch and secure the ball."
(On if ball security is more important against a team like the Seahawks who thrives on turnovers…)"Absolutely. I mean it's always important because you never know when another opportunity comes where you're going to get the ball, so when you've got it you've got to hang on to it and make the best out of the opportunities that you're given."
(On Earl Thomas being out for the Seahawks…) "Earl's a great player, man. He's a sideline to sideline safety and when the ball's in the air he can get there so fast and so quick. He's kind of their last line of defense whenever the ball breaks through, whenever it gets to the third level, he's that guy that makes sure the ball doesn't get past him. So he's a huge and intricate part of that defense, he's a huge leader on that team. It's not going to change really what we do. We've still got to make sure that we go out and do our thing and make sure that we kind of keep the pressure on him and go do the things that we can, make sure that we keep the chains moving and keep the ball rolling."
(On having success against the Seahawks when he was with the Rams…) "It was just a huge division rivalry for us. We saw them twice a year, always used to get the best of them most of the time at home, but going to Seattle is a different place to play, so I'm thankful that we get to see them here at home. As long as we do what we do and not worry about them, go out and play rough football, tough football, that's what we're here for. It's a huge game and we've just got to go out and do us."
RB Christine Michael
(On playing against his former team this Sunday…)"Those guys are lifelong brothers. Thomas [Rawls], Russ [Wilson], Doug [Baldwin] on the offensive side of the ball and Earl [Thomas] — I hope things work out for him — Kam [Chancellor], all those guys, man, Bobby Wagner, Michael Bennett. All those guys, I miss them all. We stay in touch. That's my brothers. But this is my team now … And I'm just trying to help this team win. It's going to be fun, of course, just like I played when I met them when I was in Dallas. It's going to be fun. At the same time, I've got to do my job."
WR Davante Adams
(On the key to matching up against big cornerbacks like Richard Sherman and DeShawn Shead…) "Just attacking them and getting them moving. Two very talented corners out there, so getting them moving, using quickness to our advantage, staying fundamentally sound for the most part, because they're definitely guys who like to get hands on you, feel you throughout routes. Just staying in the film room and making sure we're tight with that."
(On if Seattle's secondary is one of the more talented they will face…) "Yeah, they'd definitely be up there. There's a lot of talented DBs around the League, but definitely going against [Richard] Sherman, Shead's going to be out there playing corner I believe — last time he played safety against us — but it'll be a good test."
WR Randall Cobb
(On if he expects holes in Seattle's defense to be open longer without Earl Thomas in the game…) "Yeah, possibly. Earl is a great player. It sucks not having him out there, but things happen in the game. I wish him the best. You've got to be prepared for whatever. They backup's come in, he's played well. I think he fills the void as best as he can."
(On if Kam Chancellor is a player you always have to be aware of where he is on the field…) "Yeah, he's a great player. He's a man. I'm not worried about it. I can take his hits."
S Morgan Burnett
(On defending Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson…) "He's capable of extending plays and in a big-time situation he always steps up for their team. It's always fun going against him because he's one of the best and he brings a different challenge. It's going to take a collective effort to stop a guy like that."
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Take a look at the Green Bay Packers players you can expect to see when the Seattle Seahawks take the field in Week 14 at Lambeau Field.