rookies who will start on the O-line for the Cardinals

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rookies who will start on the O-line for the Cardinals

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Whatever issues his quarterback has with his offensive game plans Josh Jackson Jersey White , Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy made sure he didn't escalate the tension by airing his own frustrations on Monday.On Sunday, Rodgers reacted to the team's 22-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills by saying that the offense was "terrible" and calling the 423-yard effort "as bad as we've played on offense with that many yards in a long time."And when asked what was wrong with the offense, Rodgers said, "We need to find ways to get our playmakers in position to get some more opportunities," referring to wide receiver Davante Adams and tight end Jimmy Graham.Asked how the team could get Adams more involved, Rodgers said, "It's by the plan. Find ways to get him in No. 1 spots."McCarthy, in his 13th year as head coach and offensive play-caller, is in charge of the game plan.All that led to McCarthy spending much of Monday answering a host of questions about Rodgers' comments.McCarthy was measured and seemed to be intent on not making matters worse."I'm not going to referee words here," McCarthy said at one point. "I understand the topic at hand, but we're about improvement. That's the focus."Asked specifically about his relationship with Rodgers, McCarthy said, "I have good relationships, proper relationships, with all of our players. Aaron and I, we have gone through a lot of years together, so I feel good about our relationship."As for their communication McCarthy said that "Aaron and I talk on a daily basis. Whether your opinion of how things are communicated within our structure, your opinion is heard and respected."But, at the end of the day, I feel very good, very confident about our operation. I think it's important to always move forward at all times. I worry more about the good times than the stress points."Asked directly if he was disappointed that Rodgers had publicly questioned the offensive plan, McCarthy said, "I'm not going to ... I think we all recognize and realize that this is football. I'm not going to get into tone and things like that. (Rodgers is a) very passionate man. Very passionate , very competitive."Hey, I'm no different, too. I've called a lot of games in this league and I've gone through a lot of game plans and still represent the team as a head coach. But when I closed my door last night and watched the game, I felt like we left a lot out there (on offense)."At 2-1-1 through four games, the Packers trail the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears, who are off to a 3-1 start.Chicago's only loss is a 24-23 defeat to the Packers in the season opener, when Rodgers came back from a first-half left knee injury to rally Green Bay from a 20-0 deficit.Rodgers' knee injury has been an issue ever since, although he appeared more mobile against Buffalo than he has been since the injury. Rodgers completed 22 of 40 passes for 298 yards with one touchdown, one interception, two sacks and a lost fumble (76.9 passer rating) against the Bills. He missed a handful of throws he usually makes and was victimized by five drops by receivers.The offense's up-and-down day stood in stark contrast to the defense, which registered its first shutout since Oct. 31, 2010, and allowed just 145 yards."We were championship defensive level and non-playoff team offensive level," Rodgers said after the game. "That was not great by any stretch of the imagination."The Packers have two games left before their Week 7 bye with a trip to Detroit this week followed by an Oct. 15 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on "Monday Night Football.""I'm not totally hung up on numbers and statistics. I think it's important to look inside those," McCarthy said."There's times where you do put up big numbers but frankly you didn't play as well as you'd like fundamentally. I know one thing: If you stay after the fundamentals and you keep the play style consistent, you're going to win a lot of games. And that's what we're after." Two first-year head coaches will be on the sidelines when the Detroit Lions meet the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, and both have had a rough season."Yeah, your first year you're going to have struggles," Detroit defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois said. "If you don't, you lucked up."Most of the luck for these teams has been bad.Matt Patricia's Lions (4-8) have lost five out of six. Steve Wilks' Cardinals (3-9), though, are coming off the best performance of what's been a miserable season, a surprising 20-17 victory over the Packers in Green Bay.But the Cardinals have been decimated by injuries. When left tackle D.J. Humphries and wide receiver Christian Kirk went down this week JK Scott Jersey White , that left 14 Arizona players on injured reserve, six of them offensive linemen."We've got guys who weren't on the team a week ago that are out there starting and playing," said receiver Larry Fitzgerald, in his 15th season with the Cardinals. "We're not making excuses. We're paid to do a job. Whoever is lined up, doesn't matter where they're from, what their number is, whoever those 11 are on the field, we're going to do our best."The Lions, who also don't have a lot to play for as far as the standings go, echoed that theme."It's all about confidence," defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison said. "If a guy can gain some confidence from some wins, it's hard to gain confidence when you're losing. Just stay in it and be able to go into the offseason on a good note."Detroit is 0-3 against the NFC West this season and has lost eight in a row at Arizona. Here are some things to consider when the Cardinals host the Lions:WHO ARE THOSE GUYSOnly one player from the offensive line remains for Arizona, rookie center Mason Cole. And he became a starter only because A.Q. Shipley blew out his knee in preseason.Cole is one of three rookies who will start on the O-line for the Cardinals. The others are seventh-round draft pick Korey Cunningham at left tackle, and left guard Colby Gossett, an undrafted free agent who made his NFL debut against the Packers. Oday Aboushi, signed on Oct. 23, is the right guard. Will Holden, who was with the Cardinals a year ago but released in training camp, re-signed last week and will start at right tackle."We can't worry about what we don't have this time of the year," Wilks said. "We've just got to go out and execute."NO KERRYONDetroit's rookie running back Kerryon Johnson showed what he is capable of before he hurt his knee last month in a win over Carolina. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry, totaling 641 yards with three scores and caught 32 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown. Johnson didn't practice all week, though, and was ruled out for the game on Friday.It's his third straight missed game.JOHNSON & EDMONDSDavid Johnson Za'Darius Smith Jersey White , like most of the Arizona offense, isn't having a great year, but his understudy, rookie Chase Edmonds, had something of a breakout game against the Packers.Edmonds, a fourth-round pick out of Fordham, gained 53 yards on just five carries, including touchdown runs of 6 and 8 yards. Johnson was productive, too, with 69 yards, but needed 20 carries. Overall, the Cardinals rushed for a season-best 182 yards.Patricia expects to see both backs in the game at times."They have a lot of good players, a lot of skill players that can step in, and they've shown other packages like when the two backs are out there," he said.STAFFORD'S STRUGGLESTurnovers late in the game plagued Matthew Stafford in Detroit's last two losses, to Chicago and the Los Angeles Rams, both at home. He threw two interceptions against the Bears and fumbled away the ball against the Rams.But his struggles aren't solely his fault as his receiving corps has been hit hard by injuries.Stafford has a fierce defender in Patricia."Let's not lose the fact that I don't think anyone's out there trying not to win," Patricia said. "I think everybody's out there really trying to work really hard to go help this team win, and he's certainly at the top of that category."ONE MOREFitzgerald needs one catch to pass Jerry Rice for most receptions for one team in NFL history.He only had three catches last week, but one was a sliding grab of a 32-yard pass from Josh Rosen on a third-and-23 play. Arizona went on to kick the winning field goal.AP Sports Writer Larry Lage contributed to this report.

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