HEAD COACH BILL O’BRIEN
The elements will be different in Green Bay. Did practicing outside today help?
“This is probably as close as Houston will get to Green Bay type of weather in December. It was important to be outside today. Little bit of rain. Little bit of wind. As much as it’s going to be different on Sunday with what the weather report is right now, I think it helped to be out there today.”
How is S Andre Hal doing and is he feeling any better?
“That’ll be a game-time decision. I think he’s feeling better. I definitely think he’s feeling better, but we’ll have to decide that Sunday morning.”
What do you think about your players switching jerseys at practice?
“You’d have to ask them. That wasn’t a directive from me.”
What does Packers OLB Julius Peppers bring to the table?
“There’s another guy - like we were talking about last week with Philip Rivers. I mean I coached against this guy when he was at North Carolina and I was at Georgia Tech. This guy has withstood the test of time. He’s obviously a big, tall, rangy guy. Very athletic. Plays hard. Got a lot of different moves. He can bat the ball. He’s got obviously great length and reach to be able to get into the offensive lineman. Does an unbelievable job on field goal block with his technique. You have to know where he is on every play. They’ve got a number of players like that where you better understand where he is on every play.”
When you look at the film from Green Bay’s game against Philadelphia, did the offense look they were working well together?
“No question. I have not seen their offense out of sync. I’ll be honest with you there. If you go back to the Atlanta game. If you watch even the Indianapolis game, I mean this is an offense that’s very dangerous. In the Philly game, very efficient. They were able to get the ball out quick in the passing game. Also protect and get the ball down the field. Ran the ball well against Philly. It’s a dangerous offense obviously because the players, the quarterback and then obviously the playcaller Mike (McCarthy). He does a great job, so it’s a big challenge for our guys.”
ILB BRIAN CUSHING
It’s very unfortunate what happened to former USC and NFL RB Joe McKnight. Obviously he was a guy you knew for a long time. What are your thoughts?
“Just completely heartbroken when I heard the news. Good friend of mine, kid I shared a lot of good times with. Played with him for two years in college. Just horrible. Kind of like a younger brother role to me. You know, you hear the news yesterday and you’re just completely in shock. Obviously wish something like that never happened. Just pray for his kids, his family and his mom.”
Have you reached out to anybody in the McKnight family?
“No, I haven’t yet. Just talked to a lot of guys that we mutually played with. No one can really believe it. Just one of those calls and messages you hope you never get. Like I said, though, it happened. It’s just extremely unfortunate, mostly for his family. So, just got to make sure they’re taken care of.”
Some thoughts about going up against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers?
“It’s going to be a tough matchup and we understand that. It’s never easy, especially playing up there, too. We’re looking forward to it though. It’s going to be a good matchup and a good challenge. He can run, he can throw, he can do it all. Definitely something we’re looking forward to.”
What is your mindset dealing with the elements in Green Bay?
“Football is football, you know? Wherever they ask us to play, I’ll be there and ready to go. I just try to kind of pass that mindset off to the rest of the guys. But I think whatever it is – rain, snow, sleet, whatever – I think these guys will be ready to play.”
You wore CB Kareem Jackson’s jersey at practice. Is that just a way to loosen it up a little bit?
“Yeah, I think so. They don’t take me seriously when I catch the ball on punt return with (No.) 56, so when I put (No.) 25 on there, there’s a lot more respect and they take it a lot more seriously, which they should.”
Were you ever number 25?
“No. Just swapping jerseys on a Friday. Eight years in the league, sometimes you just got to switch some things up just to keep practice a little bit more entertaining.”
Have you ever returned punts before?
Did you do some damage returning punts back in the day?
“There were some touchdowns scored.”