In his usual fashion, Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy succinctly summed up the team's first preseason game, "Not exactly where you'd like to start in preseason game number one."
That's no understatement. Beyond the offense's opening drive that ended with what appeared on replay to be a James Starks touchdown, the Packers struggled to convert third downs. They also had trouble holding onto the ball, "If you look at the game from my view, the thing I was able to evaluate offensively is the turnovers." McCarthy blamed both Graham Harrell and Jeremy Ross for the team's first half interception. He also harped on the offensive line for the sack and forced fumble the following drive.
McCarthy also discussed some of his team's DNPs. When asked why Datone Jones didn't play, McCarthy was fairly straightforward. He labeled the injury an ankle sprain and suggested they'd have more information on the severity tomorrow. The team will also play it safe with running back Eddie Lacy who was an early inactive for tonight's game.
Beyond that, the Packers' head coach talked mostly about Vince Young's debut. "I'll be honest with you. The thing about Vince Young in the evaluation process is the man's a winner." McCarthy elaborated on his first meeting with Young earlier in the week. He's apparently impressed the coaching staff with his demeanor and physical ability. However, tonight he looked exactly like a guy playing quarterback after sitting out a year. McCarthy, while admitting the team rarely brings on projects this late in the process, remains optimistic. "[Packers' quarterbacks coach] Ben McAdoo's doing a great job with him... We have packages designed for Vince."
With that, McCarthy wrapped up his first post-game presser of the year. Expect more news to filter out tomorrow when the players return to the facility. Make sure to keep your internet machines tuned to Acme Packing Company for the most up to the minute information and analysis of the Packers preseason.
Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Co. He has previously written for Lombardi Ave, College Hoops Net, LiveBall Sports, and the List Universe. He is also currently a senior writer for Beats Per Minute, an indie-music webzine. Follow him on Twitter: @JBHirschhorn