*You probably looked at the film from last night's game. What was the difference from the Packers offense? *
COACH DAVIS: I think the first thing that jumped out at me is they put a fullback in the game. With Aaron Rodgers, it's really three wides and one back. I don't know if it was the plan against Chicago, but Seneca [Wallace] went in, there was more of a two-back run feel to it. Still running the same offense. It's a high-efficiency offense.
And I know Seneca from being in Cleveland last year. He was with us the last two years when I was in that division and coached against him. He's [from] a Coach [Mike] Holmgren raised West Coast offense, so is [Green Bay head coach] Mike McCarthy. It's a high-efficiency offense that's really built for a quarterback to quickly distribute the ball. And they didn't come too far off of that and I think they'll stay with that type of plan with Seneca.
They didn't have much success on third down. What did the Bears do?
COACH DAVIS: I think the four-man press rush got after them. It really did. They didn't really pressure a whole lot, they pressured some. But their four-man rush, with [DE Julius] Peppers and those guys, I think put pressure on Seneca.
Do you guys do more game planning on Monday? How much does your game plan need to change based on the uncertainty of the quarterback?
COACH DAVIS: It doesn't seem like there's much uncertainty. It looks right now like Aaron [Rodgers] wouldn't be playing, and we'll probably get Seneca or whoever they choose to sign. So right now, you always have a plan for their passing attack, and you don't know what's coming at you. It could be three wides the whole game like they do more with Aaron. It could be more fullback, like they did a little bit last night. You prepare for all of it, but you major in certain different things. So we would have majored probably in one plan with Aaron Rodgers and now we'll adjust and see how they plan to do it. You don't know what's coming at you, other than the base offense, and then whatever they feel Seneca does the best, along with their other weapons. And they've got their share of weapons. The running backs are really playing well. They've got [WR] James [Jones] back, [WR] Jordy Nelson who plays outstanding. There's a lot of weapons on the field for them. The quarterback they put in there will distribute to the weapons and that's what we have to defend.
What have you seen from Eddie Lacy and do you expect they're going, with Seneca, to run more heavily?
COACH DAVIS: I don't know if it's because Seneca will be playing or that's what they've been doing as of late is shifting to the big running back, because these running backs are playing real well. They're downhill, run you over, angry downhill runners. And they're getting a lot of production out of them. We've got our hands full to stop their run game, along with this high-efficiency passing game they've always had.
James Starks was the guy who wrecked the Eagles in the playoffs in 2010. Is he an underrated back?
COACH DAVIS: I believe so. I think they've got ‑‑ when they commit to the run, like they have lately, they've got a solid offensive line, and they run behind their pads well with their running backs. It's a downhill, get what's there, type of smash mouth running game you haven't seen from Green Bay for years, but it's there now.
How did you feel like Bennie Logan did in his first start at the nose tackle position?
COACH DAVIS: I thought both Damion [Square] and Bennie did a nice job, they really did. There was a rotation going on. Everybody on our defense played in that game. And early on, we'll always have a rotation. We played 95 snaps in that game. That's a lot of defensive snaps. Everybody plays. Everybody rotates. We start in a very early rotation, to make sure that everybody stays fresh throughout the game. I thought both of the young guys did a great job of staying in their technique and taking care of the little things and they played well because of it.
You're on pace to be on the field for about 1,200 snaps this year. I know you rotate front, but your inside backers pretty much are on the field every down. You knew going in that that was the way it was going to be, because of the offensive scheme. Do you have any concerns about their ability to hold up for a season?
COACH DAVIS: I do, with all of them. And I've got to get a better rotation going right now, with the inside backers, like you talk about. We've got to give everybody relief. Nobody wants to play 95 or 90 snaps. It won't be every game like that. But like we knew from the get go this offense ‑‑ we talk about three and out or three and in. And the other night they were three and in. There was a lot of turnover. They really caught fire. And we went out there and that's part of who we've talked about being from day one any way, and that's why we rotate like we do. And I do have to try to continue to find unique ways, without missing a beat, to roll those guys.
When you look at the stats at the end of the game and you see the yards and the total plays but you also see that the defense played well, how do you grade it?
COACH DAVIS: Thank God it's a scoreboard not a yardage board after the Raiders game. They really had a lot of yards. I was actually a little bit shocked when I actually saw the yards they got because it felt ‑‑ I know that their designed runs, our guys did a great job of stopping the designed runs. It was the breakaway runs or the two minute runs that really hurt us in that game. But other than the quarterback getting his, the running backs got theirs when we were in our pass rush mode and they were running the ball toward the end when we had the big lead. We felt good about the run defense in their designed runs.
And then the quarterback is a phenomenal athlete, and he got out on us a couple of times. There was a slant that got 60 yards on us that we could have knocked down a lot easier. We've got a lot of work to do in a lot of areas, but I do believe the guys' fundamentals and techniques are improving. The effort is there. The turnovers are showing up a little bit more. That's a product of running to the football and being where you're supposed to be and communicating with the guys in your area, how they relate to you. So we're moving in the right direction. The yards were way more than we would have liked. But the points were where we wanted them. And that's really the goal.
Will you have Bradley Fletcher for Sunday?
COACH DAVIS: He's day‑to‑day. I sure hope so. He thinks he'll be there. But he's got an injury that just takes us day‑to‑day and we'll watch it one day at a time.
Where do you see the safety situation going with Patrick Chung healthy and Earl Wolff playing well. How do you see that all working out?
COACH DAVIS: We'll probably start with rotations like we did. I think Earl is growing at a great pace. I really like some of the production he has out there. Nate [Allen] has made improvements, we talk about that every week. Patrick was very steady for us before he got injured and now he's coming back from the injury. We'll only benefit from a rotation going on back there and who gets what amount, we kind of go by feel. That's what I did the other night. I don't want to throw Patrick right back into it, but the feel of the game and how we were doing and how the safeties were playing. It's a good problem to have, if you want to call it a problem, which I don't think it is.
In what ways is Wolff growing and how much credit does he get?
COACH DAVIS: I think the main thing with Earl is the understanding of the defense that he's running, and the NFL offenses that are coming at you. And you do get a very diverse amount of offenses that are coming at you, from what we faced last week with [Raiders QB Terrelle] Pryor, to the week before with [Giants QB] Eli [Manning]. It really does change each week. And I think he's learning the NFL and the offenses and at the same time growing in his own job as a safety.
Have you been impressed that a rookie has picked that up so quickly?
COACH DAVIS: Yes. I think all the safeties have. I really do. There's a couple of unblocked blitzes and those are the ones you really want to make. When you start beating the running backs, that's when I really start getting excited. When we're sending pressures, and you have a blocker assigned to you, and then you win, those are the ones that really separate us. But the ones that are unblocked, I think he's done a nice job of. He's got a good feel for it. He's a good athlete, a young kid that's running around and fearless. Those are all benefits.
At this point, where is Roc Carmichael in the scheme?
COACH DAVIS: Roc's been impressive. Roc came out and competed well and made a couple of plays for us. And I've got all the confidence in the world in Roc, and him out at corner. He's a competitor, he's a bright young man that's picked up the defense well for not being here through the offseason. We're excited about Roc and feel very comfortable with him out there.
If Fletcher is down, how do you handle the outside spot?
COACH DAVIS: Well, right now, we're going to take some looks at different combinations that we have with Fletcher, without Fletcher, how much nickel are we going to play, what's coming at us. All those things factor into how we make that decision. Toward the end of the week, we'll kind of narrow down to what we're going to do it.
You resigned Curtis Marsh today, how long does it take to get him up to speed?
COACH DAVIS: Not long. That's one of the benefits of having a guy that you signed that you can run and compete. He almost made the team, so he was very close; one of the last cuts. We have a lot of confidence in Curtis, and he knows the system. And that's a big benefit to someone who might have been out there on the street that doesn't know the system. He may very well have to go out and play a lot of snaps against Green Bay, and we have to have someone that understands how we communicate and how the defense is structured.
You're nine games into the season. You've talked a lot about moving the front seven to the bigger front line. It's probably been the strongest part of your defense up front. How are you doing with that progress? Are you still ‑‑ is it hard for you to juggle staying with what you're doing well now or get moving towards that two-gap scheme?
COACH DAVIS: I think one of the strengths of our defense right now is the run game and the run defense, and it starts with those two-gap techniques that the d-linemen are getting better and better at. I just made a big point about Vinny Curry, his technique in the two-gap and the technique that [defensive line coach/assistant head coach] Jerry [Azzinaro] has been teaching these guys since day one. They're all improving at a real nice clip. And I think that's one of the things we feel confident about competing and stopping some run games to get them to third down and more winnable for us. I think the techniques that we taught from day one are really starting to show themselves, and that's a product of playing the run game better than we did earlier in the season.
*What did you see from Trent Cole against Oakland? *
COACH DAVIS: Trent had one sack, but a lot of pressures. Trent really had a nice game. We kept flushing that quarterback out and he kept running around making plays. The first part of that is get him off his spot so he can't throw down field on you, and from there it's just everybody run as fast as you can, try to cut him off and tackle him. Everybody else stay plastered in your coverage and get attached to a man, so he can't do the backyard football that you see when these guys break the pocket and scramble. But the first part of that is the pressure we put on them. And Trent was a big part of the pressure.
Is that what you have to do with Seneca Wallace in many ways?
COACH DAVIS: Absolutely. And being around Seneca I know he's a great move quarterback, the boots, the sprints. He's a very athletic guy. And nine years now. So he really knows how to run that offense and we've got to make sure that no quarterback sits comfortably in a pocket, but that's obviously the first goal of defense.
Knowing that Seneca can get out of that pocket and has great escapeability, the back half of the coverage has to cover longer, and that's what we talked about a week ago, when we were playing Oakland, the count in your head as a coverage player goes a lot longer when you play the mobile quarterback that can get out and you get on an edge. Now instead of covering for three seconds, you're covering for five, six, possibly seven. There's a big difference in the mobile quarterback for us.