From the locker room

Post-game comments from Brett Favre, Eric Mangini, Chad Pennington and more


On if he had ever seen a game like today's, especially the first half: "I was hoping I'd never saw anything like that through my career. I guess it holds true that if you play long enough, just about anything will happen. But that's tough to swallow."

On what he thinks went wrong: "Either we're not executing the scheme very well, or we're not playing up to our abilities individually, or we're just not very good. One of the three. It might be a combination, I don't know. I don't think the Jets are that much better than us. I'm not taking anything away from what they did. They made the plays, we didn't. We need to take a look at ourselves, not point fingers. That obviously will not help."

On if he said anything to the team: "I don't know what to say. We were losing 31 to nothing at halftime. I mean, pick it up guys? I mean, that was embarrassing. I would hope that, as professional football players, at any time during the course of a season or a career, that you would never need anyone to tell you or to pick you up. I know there's times when guys need a little boost, but this is not the time for a boost. What I said earlier is true: we're playing for our jobs. If you don't play, you don't get paid."

On if losses like this make him regret coming back this season: "I'm glad I made the decision to come back, but this is difficult. I never thought I'd see it, but here we are. I never thought I'd be a part of a game or a season like we've had the last two years, but I'm as much to blame as anyone."

On what he thought about Coach McCarthy saying that the young guys may have been looking to the veterans to make a play and turn the game around: "I don't know. When it was my first time to play – maybe I didn't know any different – but I couldn't wait for me to make one."

On where do the Packers go from here: I don't know where we go from here? Hopefully up. I would hate to say it gets worse.


On his individual matchup with Laveranues Coles: "It is what it is. We lost. That's where I'm at with it. You don't want to lose. There's no moral victories, even if there is an individual battle. We're a team, and collectively as a team, offense, defense, special teams, we didn't get it done today. They were a better team today."

On not giving up in the second half, stepping up and creating turnovers: "No, no, no, we didn't give up at all. They beat us today."

On where they go from here: "Back to the drawing board, look at the mistakes we made, correct them and move toward the next week."

On if the Jets did anything to surprise them except for the reverse call: "No, not at all. They executed a good plan. We got to make more plays collectively as a unit."


On if he talked to Brett Favre at all, who also lost his father in the middle of a season: "He talked to me yesterday a little bit at practice. He told me a story that happened, said that my dad and his dad are probably up there joking around right now. So things like that make me feel a little bit better."


On how frustrating the season is becoming: "It's very frustrating. Losing ain't fun, it's the worst part about the game. It's definitely frustrating losing, especially in the manner that we lost the last couple home games. It's frustrating."

On what happened in the first half: "They absolutely played the best they could play and we absolutely played the worst we could play. It was just like nothing, it was like effortless. They just drove the ball down the field the first half. It was like whatever we did, didn't work, didn't stop them. It's pretty tough on us."

On how they gear up for the last four games of the season: "We're not gearing up for the last four. We just got to gear up for the next, we just got to win next week. That's the most important game, too. We definitely don't want to tailspin at the end of the season like this. We're definitely trying to build up something. And it seems like we took a couple steps back this week. Definitely have to win and start building up on something."


On if it's tough to lose three in a row after the Minnesota victory: "It's always hard, you hate to lose games. But we know we're close, we know what we have inside this locker room. We just got to get things going and we can really get the ball rolling around here."


On why it was so tough to put together a drive in the first half: "I felt like we really hurt ourselves with the turnovers in the first half. You can't score points if you don't take care of the football. First half that was it, second half we came out and did better. But it was too little, too late."


On if progress has been halted at this point: "I don't know, it means a number of things. It could be also that the teams we're playing are getting better at a higher rate than we are. We could still be getting better, but I don't know what it exactly means. All it means is that we've lost three in a row. That's where we're at. We have to find a way to correct it and win some games."


On the Jets running game: "I thought Cedric (Houston) did a nice job and I thought the offensive line did a nice job. It was a nice mixture of Cedric and Leon (Washington). They complimented each other, and I really like the job that the offensive line did as well."

On Chad Pennington spreading the ball around: "One of the trademarks of the offense is trying to play fast and in doing that different guys are going to come open based on whatever the scheme is. One of the things that Chad is always very good at is understanding where the hole in the defense is and getting the ball to that receiver, and I thought he did a nice job of finding those spaces and taking advantage of those spaces."

On the progress the Jets have made this season: "I like the consistent approach and I like the way that week in and week out guys are approaching film the same way, practice the same way, that they are pushing each other in a positive way."

On Green Bay's third quarter comeback attempt: "The momentum could have shifted there in the third quarter; I thought that there wasn't any real sense of panic by anybody. We just went out there dealt with the situations as they came up. There was a sense of calmness throughout the defense during that period."


On the Jets first half success: "It was exciting. I think that our guys did a great job of having a mindset to execute and to not let the elements affect us with a game like this. Hats off to all of my teammates for doing a great job of executing within the passing and the running game. It was definitely a full, all-around offensive effort."

On his pass protection: "Our guys just keep getting better and better. From week one up until now, they seem like they just keep getting better and better. They work well with each other, and they communicate with each other. I think that says a lot for having a core group of guys that have had a chance to really gel together."

On winning three out of their four last games: "We seem to be putting full games together and I think that is important later on in the season. In order to be successful, you have to play well as a team and compliment each other in all facets of the game whether it is special teams, offense, or defense. This game is truly a team game, and that's not a cliché; it takes all three facets to play well if you want to have a chance."


On the Jets dominating defense today: "I am not surprised. As practice went on during the week, we were working hard. We focused on running to the ball and we focused on fundamentals. That has carried over into the game from practice each week."

On developing a defensive reputation: "We want eleven guys around the ball each and every play. We want to be known as a defense that just terrorizes people."

Note: Post-game comments compliments of Green Bay Packers public relations department.

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