What The Packers Said Following Their 17-0 Win Over The Seahawks

Interviews, transcripts and press conferences from Seattle vs. Green Bay.

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Head Coach Matt LaFleur

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Opening statement.

"It's great to be back at Lambeau. It's felt like a long time since we've been back here. Definitely appreciate the fan support. It's so important to be able to win games in different fashions in this league. I thought our defense really carried the night. We definitely did some good things on special teams and on offense, but anytime you hold an opponent to zero points, especially one led by a quarterback of that caliber, I think that's a pretty good night. I was really proud of the effort, the execution, and I know we have another tough game next week against an NFC North opponent in Minnesota, so we will flip the script shortly and move on to the Vikings." 

On RB Aaron Jones injury and how confident he is in RB AJ Dillon.

"I don't have any updates on Aaron, but AJ did a great job tonight. He was running hard. How about that 50-yard reception down the sideline? Just his ability to break numerous tackles. I think people are not going to sleep on him as a weapon out of the backfield. He's just great hands, does a great job, and just runs really hard. I think that is one thing that you've seen from him, I would say is just his ability to run with, just behind his pads and lower his pad level and he is running really, really hard. I think the guys upfront did an outstanding job blocking for him. We grounded out some tough gains. But we knew that going in, especially when they play their single safety defense. They're tough to run against. You've got a guy like Jamal Adams in there that is triggering all the time, but I was really proud of his effort and how far he's come." 

On how hard it was to game plan without QB Aaron Rodgers practicing this week.

"I wouldn't say it was tough to game plan. But you're always kind of wondering how it will look on game day when you haven't had any reps with him. But we've got so much confidence in his ability to go out there and execute. I thought there were a lot of plays for whatever reason that didn't quite work out. And I thought there were a couple plays where we had opportunities where he threw some great balls and we just didn't come up with it. And there were some where I am sure he would like to have back just like there is every game. We did a solid job in terms of being able to move the football. We've just got to finish drives. You've got to give Seattle credit because we knew this was one of the top red-zone defenses in the league and they did exactly that. We had what, 200 yards at halftime, and three points to show for it. So you've got to give Seattle a bunch of credit. I do think that there is a lot more out there for our offense and I know we expect more out of the offense, there is no question. So hopefully we come back and we're hungry and we attack it when we get back to practice on Wednesday." 

On the offense getting off to a slow start.

"That's a great question. That's something that we're searching for. Obviously, it all starts with us as coaches and myself as a play-caller and we've got to a better job. We've got to make sure that we get these guys ready to go so that when we go into a game we're capitalizing on our opportunities. I thought, again, we had some opportunities there in the first quarter and didn't do enough obviously. But, that's always a good problem to correct when you're winning football games. We'll look back at it, we'll look at it tomorrow, be hard on ourselves and we'll make the necessary corrections. We know that this league is so week-to-week and you've just got to be on your A-game every week." 

On if he could have imagined the defense would be this good with all the injuries they've had.

"I was just thinking about this earlier tonight. Just how differently it feels from week one and even from week two. But that's such a credit to everybody on that side of the ball. Our players, our coaches, Joe Barry, the rest of the defensive coaches. I really like the culture that we have on that side of the ball. The guys buying in, playing for one another, playing with great energy and effort. It's a big-time credit to Gutey (Brian Gutekunst) and his staff for getting the right kind of guys in here and I think these guys believe and they're just playing at a really high level right now." 

On the plan going forward to recover at this point in the season.

"I think our team is tired to be honest with you. So, we'll take a look at that I think tomorrow, we'll have some good conversation in terms of myself, I'll talk to Flea (Bryan Engel) and Giz (Chris Gizzi) and our other coaches and we'll come up with a good plan because it definitely felt like you know, you could feel the energy was maybe a little bit off. But we've got to find a way to kind of get rejuvenated because there is a lot of ball in front of us. And we know we have to have a ton of energy next week in Minnesota against a really tough opponent, against a team that just went on the road and had a big time win." 

On if a later bye might have something to do with the fatigue right now.

"Yeah, I think that absolutely could be part of it. You know, when you have a later bye there is so much that goes into this on a weekly basis that when you get those opportunities to kind of recharge, you've got to take advantage of it. But again, that's still a long ways out and we've got to make sure that we continue to get better, put in the work come tomorrow and throughout the course of the week to get ready for Sunday." 

On if RB AJ Dillon could carry 25-plus times a game.

"Yeah, I think, absolutely. But I thought Patrick Taylor, when he went in there, he did some really good things. I thought he was running hard and he's a guy that we have a lot of confidence in as well. I think each game we have a different plan for that, but that's something that we'll certainly look at." 

On how good his defense is between the 20-yard lines.

"Yeah, because I know there was a lot made out of the red-zone early on by many of you in here. But we know that hey, listen, it's one game right? So you've got to come back. Every week is such a grind, is such a challenge. That's why like when I get up here, I'm exhausted because of all the work and energy that goes into every week. And I think that goes for everybody across the league. But yeah, you're only as good as your last performance. So we know that there is still stuff that we have to work on, and then there are things that we have to overcome. I mean, when you lose guys, I don't know the extent of how long certain individuals will be out. But when we lose (Whitney) Mercilus and Rashan Gary, that's going to be another challenge that we have to take on and we're going to have to have other guys step up and they're going to have to put in the work and we're going to have to get back to that grind starting tomorrow." 

On having Aaron Rodgers back.

"I thought he played pretty well, just from what I saw from the sideline. We will go back and look at everything critically. I thought he did a lot of great things out there. There were a couple plays he made that got called back, where he was able to scramble and get first downs and it definitely took points off the board. You could feel the guys' excitement to have him back. I felt that yesterday. I felt that tonight. He is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, to ever do it so anytime you get a player of that caliber back on your team I think everybody is pretty excited." 

On what gives him the confidence to overcome defensive injuries.

"It is the depth. That certainly helps, but I think defense is so much more than scheme. I do think that is a part of it no doubt about it, but it is everybody buying in, owning their role and doing their one eleventh. Those guys have done that, and that is a credit to the men in that room with the way they prepare. It seems like when we do lose somebody, somebody is right there to step up and plug that hole so there isn't a drop off. That is what you always talk about, right? Sometimes it can be a little coach talk there is no doubt, but that is the expectation. That is the standard, and nobody really cares at the end of the day as far as how you get it done or who is in there. There is a certain standard that you have to go out and perform at a certain level and we are going to find ways to win games in this league. It is a credit to everybody in that room to be able to step in. It seems like we haven't missed a beat when we are losing some very, very great players." 

On the Rashan Gary injury) "I have nothing for you guys tonight.

(on the effective screen plays tonight) "It was something that showed up on tape that we thought we could take advantage of, and I had (offensive coordinator Nathaniel) Hackett in my ear all game "Call a screen, Call a screen" and I finally listened to him and we got two big plays out of it." 

On AJ Dillon's growth.

"I don't want to say that he has come a long way, but he has come a long way. I don't want to discredit what he was able to do before, but he is so much more detailed, but I think that goes for many players that are young guys. I am just really happy to see progression. I think (running backs coach) Ben Sirmans has done an outstanding job with everyone in that room. We get constant production no matter who is in the game. That is a credit to Ben and each individual in that room that step up and perform. I do think there are a lot of things in terms of just his ability to play multiple plays. Reflecting back on his first year there were times he would get worn out quickly and I don't think that is an issue anymore. I think he has learned himself and how he needs to prepare. I think he puts in the work in the offseason. I think he is so multi-dimensional as a halfback. He didn't get a ton of opportunities in the pass game at Boston College and he has proven time and again to be a very reliable receiver. I think he has done a much better job of learning how to run in this league, in terms of running behind his pads and lowering his pad level; really delivering the boom. I think you saw that on that last touchdown. There wasn't much of a hole there. I think our guys upfront did a nice job, but AJ kind of just barreled down. We were able to push the line of scrimmage in the middle, but there was a little bit of push on the edge and he was able to find that and punch a hole in it, and find a way into the endzone. There is so much good that he has done. He is a very intelligent person and I think that really helps him." 

On if there was a reason that Dillon wasn't playing more earlier this season.

"No. There are so many times where I just trust Ben in terms of being able to rotate those backs, and he does a great job with that. Unless I am calling for a specific player it is just whoever is in the game at the time many times. That is how much confidence we have in both of those guys. They both bring so much to the run and pass game. It is just a by-product of whoever is in the game. Sometimes there are runs called, but we throw the run solution because we have a certain look. We want Aaron (Rodgers) to take advantage of those looks and spit the ball out to (Davante) Adams, because he is pretty good with the ball in his hands too. I just think it is how it transpired." 

On Green Bay players staying calm during the end of game conflict.

"You have to give Henry Black a lot of credit right there. It is not easy to sit there and take that when you are getting your facemask grabbed. I was told that it happened to multiple guys. I couldn't really see what exactly was going on. I saw what happened to Henry and for him not to retaliate I was really proud of him. It does speak to the character of the men we have in this locker room. That is something we talked about going into the game; that this could happen. We showed some clips to the guys. They took that to heart. They take that coaching and are able to keep their composure. I know we got flagged for taunting and we talked about that a little bit. Thank god it wasn't a one possession game because that is an off-setting penalty. Our guys need to be mindful of that so we aren't in that situation." 

On what the impact will be if Aaron Jones misses games.

"It is a big blow. It is hard to replace a guy like that. Just everything that he brings to this football team on a daily basis. Just watching him at practice with the effort that he plays with. He is always the same. He is super consistent in his approach, his work ethic, his attitude, his energy. You miss that when somebody isn't in the lineup. Other guys are going to have to step up. We are going to have to do a great job as a staff of making sure that we supplement that in a different area whatever that may be, whether it is throwing the football. We have to find ways to still produce without him." 

On if he is ready to tell people I told you so on (defensive coordinator) Joe Barry's abilities.

"I would never do that. It is so week to week in this league. You can never relax. You can never take a deep breath and feel like you have arrived, because as soon as you do that you are going to go out and get your butt whipped. You have to earn it every day and I think that is the mentality that he brings to this football team and to our defense. I think he does a great job of involving our other assistants not only in the game planning process, but allowing them to coach their guys. We have so many great coaches on the defensive staff that we feel very fortunate to have all these great men. It just speaks to Joe's leadership and that is really what I was looking for when we hired him, a guy to come in and make it very inclusive and do what we have been doing. There is a lot more out there for us. We have to continue to earn it every week, but I love that mentality from him."

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers

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Opening statement: "It's great to be back at Lambeau. It's felt like a long time since we've been back here. Definitely appreciate the fan support. It's so important to be able to win games in different fashions in this league. I thought our defense really carried the night. We definitely did some good things on special teams and on offense, but anytime you hold an opponent to zero points, especially one led by a quarterback of that caliber, I think that's a pretty good night. I was really proud of the effort, the execution, and I know we have another tough game next week against an NFC North opponent in Minnesota, so we will flip the script shortly and move on to the Vikings."

On RB Aaron Jones injury and how confident he is in RB AJ Dillon.

"I don't have any updates on Aaron, but AJ did a great job tonight. He was running hard. How about that 50-yard reception down the sideline? Just his ability to break numerous tackles. I think people are not going to sleep on him as a weapon out of the backfield. He's just great hands, does a great job, and just runs really hard. I think that is one thing that you've seen from him, I would say is just his ability to run with, just behind his pads and lower his pad level and he is running really, really hard. I think the guys upfront did an outstanding job blocking for him. We grounded out some tough gains. But we knew that going in, especially when they play their single safety defense. They're tough to run against. You've got a guy like Jamal Adams in there that is triggering all the time, but I was really proud of his effort and how far he's come."

On how hard it was to game plan without QB Aaron Rodgers practicing this week.

"I wouldn't say it was tough to game plan. But you're always kind of wondering how it will look on game day when you haven't had any reps with him. But we've got so much confidence in his ability to go out there and execute. I thought there were a lot of plays for whatever reason that didn't quite work out. And I thought there were a couple plays where we had opportunities where he threw some great balls and we just didn't come up with it. And there were some where I am sure he would like to have back just like there is every game. We did a solid job in terms of being able to move the football. We've just got to finish drives. You've got to give Seattle credit because we knew this was one of the top red-zone defenses in the league and they did exactly that. We had what, 200 yards at halftime, and three points to show for it. So you've got to give Seattle a bunch of credit. I do think that there is a lot more out there for our offense and I know we expect more out of the offense, there is no question. So hopefully we come back and we're hungry and we attack it when we get back to practice on Wednesday."

On the offense getting off to a slow start.

"That's a great question. That's something that we're searching for. Obviously, it all starts with us as coaches and myself as a play-caller and we've got to a better job. We've got to make sure that we get these guys ready to go so that when we go into a game we're capitalizing on our opportunities. I thought, again, we had some opportunities there in the first quarter and didn't do enough obviously. But, that's always a good problem to correct when you're winning football games. We'll look back at it, we'll look at it tomorrow, be hard on ourselves and we'll make the necessary corrections. We know that this league is so week-to-week and you've just got to be on your A-game every week."

On if he could have imagined the defense would be this good with all the injuries they've had.

"I was just thinking about this earlier tonight. Just how differently it feels from week one and even from week two. But that's such a credit to everybody on that side of the ball. Our players, our coaches, Joe Barry, the rest of the defensive coaches. I really like the culture that we have on that side of the ball. The guys buying in, playing for one another, playing with great energy and effort. It's a big-time credit to Gutey (Brian Gutekunst) and his staff for getting the right kind of guys in here and I think these guys believe and they're just playing at a really high level right now."

On the plan going forward to recover at this point in the season.

"I think our team is tired to be honest with you. So, we'll take a look at that I think tomorrow, we'll have some good conversation in terms of myself, I'll talk to Flea (Bryan Engel) and Giz (Chris Gizzi) and our other coaches and we'll come up with a good plan because it definitely felt like you know, you could feel the energy was maybe a little bit off. But we've got to find a way to kind of get rejuvenated because there is a lot of ball in front of us. And we know we have to have a ton of energy next week in Minnesota against a really tough opponent, against a team that just went on the road and had a big time win."

On if a later bye might have something to do with the fatigue right now.

"Yeah, I think that absolutely could be part of it. You know, when you have a later bye there is so much that goes into this on a weekly basis that when you get those opportunities to kind of recharge, you've got to take advantage of it. But again, that's still a long ways out and we've got to make sure that we continue to get better, put in the work come tomorrow and throughout the course of the week to get ready for Sunday."

On if RB AJ Dillon could carry 25-plus times a game.

"Yeah, I think, absolutely. But I thought Patrick Taylor, when he went in there, he did some really good things. I thought he was running hard and he's a guy that we have a lot of confidence in as well. I think each game we have a different plan for that, but that's something that we'll certainly look at."

On how good his defense is between the 20-yard lines.

"Yeah, because I know there was a lot made out of the red-zone early on by many of you in here. But we know that hey, listen, it's one game right? So you've got to come back. Every week is such a grind, is such a challenge. That's why like when I get up here, I'm exhausted because of all the work and energy that goes into every week. And I think that goes for everybody across the league. But yeah, you're only as good as your last performance. So we know that there is still stuff that we have to work on, and then there are things that we have to overcome. I mean, when you lose guys, I don't know the extent of how long certain individuals will be out. But when we lose (Whitney) Mercilus and Rashan Gary, that's going to be another challenge that we have to take on and we're going to have to have other guys step up and they're going to have to put in the work and we're going to have to get back to that grind starting tomorrow."

On having Aaron Rodgers back.

"I thought he played pretty well, just from what I saw from the sideline. We will go back and look at everything critically. I thought he did a lot of great things out there. There were a couple plays he made that got called back, where he was able to scramble and get first downs and it definitely took points off the board. You could feel the guys' excitement to have him back. I felt that yesterday. I felt that tonight. He is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, to ever do it so anytime you get a player of that caliber back on your team I think everybody is pretty excited."

On what gives him the confidence to overcome defensive injuries.

"It is the depth. That certainly helps, but I think defense is so much more than scheme. I do think that is a part of it no doubt about it, but it is everybody buying in, owning their role and doing their one eleventh. Those guys have done that, and that is a credit to the men in that room with the way they prepare. It seems like when we do lose somebody, somebody is right there to step up and plug that hole so there isn't a drop off. That is what you always talk about, right? Sometimes it can be a little coach talk there is no doubt, but that is the expectation. That is the standard, and nobody really cares at the end of the day as far as how you get it done or who is in there. There is a certain standard that you have to go out and perform at a certain level and we are going to find ways to win games in this league. It is a credit to everybody in that room to be able to step in. It seems like we haven't missed a beat when we are losing some very, very great players."

On the Rashan Gary injury.

"I have nothing for you guys tonight."

On the effective screen plays tonight.

"It was something that showed up on tape that we thought we could take advantage of, and I had (offensive coordinator Nathaniel) Hackett in my ear all game "Call a screen, Call a screen" and I finally listened to him and we got two big plays out of it."

On AJ Dillon's growth.

"I don't want to say that he has come a long way, but he has come a long way. I don't want to discredit what he was able to do before, but he is so much more detailed, but I think that goes for many players that are young guys. I am just really happy to see progression. I think (running backs coach) Ben Sirmans has done an outstanding job with everyone in that room. We get constant production no matter who is in the game. That is a credit to Ben and each individual in that room that step up and perform. I do think there are a lot of things in terms of just his ability to play multiple plays. Reflecting back on his first year there were times he would get worn out quickly and I don't think that is an issue anymore. I think he has learned himself and how he needs to prepare. I think he puts in the work in the offseason. I think he is so multi-dimensional as a halfback. He didn't get a ton of opportunities in the pass game at Boston College and he has proven time and again to be a very reliable receiver. I think he has done a much better job of learning how to run in this league, in terms of running behind his pads and lowering his pad level; really delivering the boom. I think you saw that on that last touchdown. There wasn't much of a hole there. I think our guys upfront did a nice job, but AJ kind of just barreled down. We were able to push the line of scrimmage in the middle, but there was a little bit of push on the edge and he was able to find that and punch a hole in it, and find a way into the endzone. There is so much good that he has done. He is a very intelligent person and I think that really helps him."

On if there was a reason that Dillon wasn't playing more earlier this season.

"No. There are so many times where I just trust Ben in terms of being able to rotate those backs, and he does a great job with that. Unless I am calling for a specific player it is just whoever is in the game at the time many times. That is how much confidence we have in both of those guys. They both bring so much to the run and pass game. It is just a by-product of whoever is in the game. Sometimes there are runs called, but we throw the run solution because we have a certain look. We want Aaron (Rodgers) to take advantage of those looks and spit the ball out to (Davante) Adams, because he is pretty good with the ball in his hands too. I just think it is how it transpired."

On Green Bay players staying calm during the end of game conflict.

"You have to give Henry Black a lot of credit right there. It is not easy to sit there and take that when you are getting your facemask grabbed. I was told that it happened to multiple guys. I couldn't really see what exactly was going on. I saw what happened to Henry and for him not to retaliate I was really proud of him. It does speak to the character of the men we have in this locker room. That is something we talked about going into the game; that this could happen. We showed some clips to the guys. They took that to heart. They take that coaching and are able to keep their composure. I know we got flagged for taunting and we talked about that a little bit. Thank god it wasn't a one possession game because that is an off-setting penalty. Our guys need to be mindful of that so we aren't in that situation."

On what the impact will be if Aaron Jones misses games.

"It is a big blow. It is hard to replace a guy like that. Just everything that he brings to this football team on a daily basis. Just watching him at practice with the effort that he plays with. He is always the same. He is super consistent in his approach, his work ethic, his attitude, his energy. You miss that when somebody isn't in the lineup. Other guys are going to have to step up. We are going to have to do a great job as a staff of making sure that we supplement that in a different area whatever that may be, whether it is throwing the football. We have to find ways to still produce without him."

On if he is ready to tell people I told you so on (defensive coordinator) Joe Barry's abilities.

"I would never do that. It is so week to week in this league. You can never relax. You can never take a deep breath and feel like you have arrived, because as soon as you do that you are going to go out and get your butt whipped. You have to earn it every day and I think that is the mentality that he brings to this football team and to our defense. I think he does a great job of involving our other assistants not only in the game planning process, but allowing them to coach their guys. We have so many great coaches on the defensive staff that we feel very fortunate to have all these great men. It just speaks to Joe's leadership and that is really what I was looking for when we hired him, a guy to come in and make it very inclusive and do what we have been doing. There is a lot more out there for us. We have to continue to earn it every week, but I love that mentality from him."

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