Head Coach Doug Marrone
Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Q: Injuries?
A: Scott Berchtold: Did not participate in practice: Chris Gragg with the knee, Mike Williams with the calf, Limited participation: Dan Carpenter with the groin, Da’Norris Searcy with the hamstring, Stefan Charles with the quad and Jarius Wynn with the knee.

Q: Are you concerned about Searcy’s status for Sunday’s game?
A: We’re progressing. He did some stuff today, but we’re going to see how it goes. He was out here today, tape up and going. It was from a limited status. He did individual.

Q: Your thoughts on the season at home? Have you got a nice boost from the crowd?
A: The fans have been great. We haven’t been as consistent as we’ve wanted to be at home. That’s something that we have to establish for us to get where we want to go, but this game is a big game. We’re excited about playing at home in a big game. We’re excited about our crowd. They can make a difference. I really believe that. It’s shown through my two years here. Our players have to be able to feed off of that and go out there and play well.

Q: Is there anything to coming out flat in games that you can correct?
A: It’s not a matter of not being ready or flat. It’s more of a matter of being inconsistent. I go back to that because you guys would know. You would realize if a team was flat. It would’ve been reported already. That’s not the case. The case is that we need to continue to be more consistent and keep drives going and, like I said before, score when we get into the red zone. It’s not like we haven’t been in there. It’s not like we haven’t moved the ball better than we have in the past, but we haven’t scored. That’s what you need to do in this game to win. Defensively, there’s going to be about four or five plays a game, no matter how good you are or where you are, and you need to make sure those plays are contained and they don’t get much of it afterwards. Like I said, the games that we’ve won this year we played a complete game. When we do that we can challenge anyone.

Q: Who is playing at a higher level? Aaron Rodgers now or Drew Brees in 2009?
A: When you’re a quarterback and you’re getting on a run and you go to the Super Bowl, that’s pretty high. I think that they’re two different types of guys from the aspect of on-field characteristics. Aaron Rodgers can really extend plays. He can run. I don’t want to compare him to other people, but he has probably one of the quickest releases, if not the quickest release I’ve seen on tape. Even though he’s looking down field, as soon as he makes a decision to throw it, that ball comes out quick. It’s uncanny how, when you watch these defensive lineman and they get they’re hands on him, they can’t get him down. Some guys you see can get grabbed with one hand and brought down. Not him. They have different styles, but the common dominator is that both of those guys can get the ball down the field and score a lot of points.

Q: It seems like their receivers are ready to get into a scramble drill once Aaron breaks the pocket and extends plays.
A: I would like to give them a little more credit from an offensive standpoint, knowing Mike McCarthy, that the thing they take pride in and do a heck of a job at is execution. When you watch them on the field, they’re executing at a high level and that’s why they’re getting those results. When plays get extended, they execute those drills well and everyone has to be in sync on that. The lineman have to get back and make sure to give him extra time, the receivers have to know where they’re going in the scramble drill and the quarterback gets credit because he’s keeping his eyes down the field.

Q: Can you talk about the unique challenges that this offense brings?
A: It’s speaks for itself how good they are offensively. If you just had a quarterback and a running back, you wouldn’t be at the numbers that they are. If you just had a quarterback and one wide receiver, you wouldn’t be at the numbers they are. It’s a credit. I was on the phone with the Green Bay media and they were asking about their offensive line. You look across the board and those guys are five tough sons of a guns that get after it. They deserve a lot of the credit for the success that they’ve had. You have to defend the whole field. When you have to do that from a defensive standpoint, no matter who you’re playing against, it becomes difficult. That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to get defense to defend the whole field because, when you get defense to do that, you can make bigger plays.

Q: They stretch a defense so thing.
A: They do it formationally and they also do it with their route patterns.

Q: Have you had time to reflect on what an impactful year this has been for the franchise?
A: I haven’t sat back and looked at it, but I know there were a lot of challenges that were a little bit different than what most people do. It’s still the same thing. It’s still our job to get the team prepared and go out there and win football games.

Q: What about the impact on the community, with this being the last home game?
A: I can’t really speak for the community. What I’m trying to do is put a good football team out there that wins and try to impact the community from that standpoint. I don’t know how, outside of the snowstorm, which I was apart of. I know what type of affect that had. There were a lot of good people out there that did a lot of good deeds, which makes you proud to be from this area and makes you believe in being a human being when people do the right things.

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