GREEN BAY, Wis. — After reviewing film of the Green Bay Packers’ 34-28 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 of the 2013 season, coach Mike McCarthy’s three coordinators spoke about all of the game’s major topics.
Here are three question-and-answer highlights from each coordinator:
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR DOM CAPERS
1. What adjustments needed to be made — or were made, but didn’t work — as 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin was on his way to a 13-catch, 208-yard game?
CAPERS: We had some double calls in there. As a matter of fact, two of his catches — the touchdown pass, we had a double on him and he just beat the double, and the very first third down of the second half, we had them to third-and-9 and we had a double call on him and that’s when I think it was a 22-yarder on a 7 route. So, it wasn’t like we didn’t have things up and ready. We just didn’t execute with the kind of efficiency you need to against a veteran receiver that’s been doing that for a long time. He’s a good physical receiver, and we felt that we might need to double him at times, but when we did we really didn’t do a real good job of it.
2. Colin Kaepernick beat you mostly with his legs in the playoff game eight months ago, now he did it entirely with his arm. What makes Kaepernick better — or different — as a mobile quarterback?
CAPERS: I think he can do both. He obviously has a strong arm. And those guys that can buy time, they give those vertical receivers more time to work up the field. They’ve got (Vernon) Davis, who’s a rare guy because he’s probably the fastest guy on their team as a tight end. So they’re always seeking to try to get that matchup with him inside on a linebacker. You’d see when they’d empty out and go to no backs, he was normally in line as one of those inside receivers trying to get a match-up on a linebacker. So it’s a combination of their speed to get vertical and Kaepernick’s ability to buy time to let those routes develop.
3. When did you make the decision to put Johnny Jolly in as a starter in the base 3-4 defense for this game?
CAPERS: I think we will have a combination of guys. I don’t know we really have a starting end right now. Johnny played a number of snaps yesterday, but I think if you look at our rotation we played – C.J. (Wilson) had a number of snaps, Mike Daniels had a number of snaps. We’re going to need all those guys to play for us because you have days like (Sunday) when it’s warm and you have to keep rotating so guys don’t get worn out. We had an awful lot of plays and the type of game it was, we were probably in our Okie defense more than what we normally are because they were in two tight ends, two backs and regular personnel with two wide receivers and two backs for most of the game. We probably played maybe as little sub (in Sunday’s game) as we’ve played for awhile.
SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR SHAWN SLOCUM
1. What went wrong with Jeremy Ross in the return game?
SLOCUM: I thought our production in the return game was nowhere (close) to where it needed to be in the kickoff return game. We had opportunities and we didn’t get it done. Our blocking was poor. We gave our offense two series starting inside the 10-yard line. That’s totally unacceptable. Our punt return, we had an explosive return with Randall (Cobb) and Jeremy had a solid return and could’ve broken it even longer.
2. Why go with Tim Masthay on kickoffs instead of Mason Crosby?
SLOCUM: Just production. I think his three kicks there toward the end — his last three kicks — were outstanding. Particularly the last two, from what I can tell were greater than 10 yards out of the end zone.
3. What did you think when you saw Masthay making tackles downfield?
SLOCUM: I don’t want to see Tim making the tackles. We’ve got guys that are paid to run down the field and make tackles. Now, Tim is a very good tackler.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR TOM CLEMENTS
1. What did you think of your offensive tackles (David Bakhtiari and Don Barclay) against San Francisco?
CLEMENTS: Didn’t notice them that much, so that was good. They both played well. They got after it and they were playing against excellent players and they moved their front four around at times to get different defenders on them and they reacted well.
2. What can Eddie Lacy do specifically to correct McCarthy’s assessment that he needs to detail his work?
CLEMENTS: You try to make sure during the course of the week he understands specifically what his assignment is on each play. Maybe initially not try to put so much on his plate, although I don’t think we did. You have to have a sense of focus, everybody does, I’m not just saying this about Eddie. Everybody has to focus in on what they’re doing, because it’s important to everybody. And you’ve got to make sure you give it your best effort.
3, A.) Were you surprised to see an offensive lineman as good as Josh Sitton struggle and get called for three penalties on running plays?
CLEMENTS: Well, I’m going to have to be careful, but there were, um, there were, how should I say this? I don’t think they were flagrant fouls. They could have gone either way, so they just went against us in that instance.
3, B.) So all three of Sitton’s penalties seemed questionable to you?