"We didn't want to be deflated"

Williams says Packers had a choice after McCarthy fired

Mike Clemens
December 10, 2018 - 5:20 pm
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Green Bay, WI - When Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, and his assistant Winston Moss were both fired last week after nearly 13 seasons with the franchise, the team was faced with a choice, according to veteran defensive back Tramon Williams. 

"When changes are being made two things are going to happen. You're (either) going to have a lot of energy. Or it's going to deflate you," said Williams after the Packers finally looked like themselves Sunday in a convincing 34-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons." 

"We didn't want to be deflated," said Williams.

A common response from around the locker room was that the first order of business under interim head coach Joe Philbin was to pick up the pace at practice. 

The Packers manage to score 34 unanswered points, despite missing three starters on the offensive line. Tackle Bryan Bulaga, guard Lane Taylor and Byron Bell were all inactive Sunday with injuries. Jason Spriggs, Justin McCray, and Lucas Patrick had to start in their respective spots. 

“I thought they battled really well,” Rodgers said. “They had a good week. And we all did. I think this was a really good week of practice. Now, sometimes that gets thrown around and said in situations like this, where it’s trying to galvanize some sort of false confidence, but in actuality, it was probably our cleanest, fastest, most efficient week of practice that we’ve had this season. And thankfully – it doesn't’t always do this – but thankfully it showed up in our execution.”

Some players indicated that perhaps the most motivating factor, ironically, was the goodbye speech delivered by McCarthy, allowed to address the team Wednesday afternoon, after being fired following a dismal 20-17 loss at home to the Cardinals. Green Bay was 14 - point favorites heading into the game.

"Some of the players seeing Mike McCarthy after he had been fired made them realize the fact that you don't have very much time in this league," said former Packers running back Gary Ellerson Monday on The BIG SHOW, Sportsradio 105.7 FM The FAN. 

NFL.

Not. For. Long.