McCarthy said Cobb will continue to return kicks when well


The Packers don’t know yet whether Randall Cobb is going to be 100 percent (though they’re optimistic).

What they’re certain of is that when he is well, he will be returning punts and kicks.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that Cobb’s ankle injury yesterday wasn’t going to scare him out of using the guy who has become their biggest offensive threat in the kicking game as well.

“Randall Cobb is a big part of our success on special teams. Our special teams has been our most consistent unit of our football team from Week 1 to Week 15. You don’t establish the way you play, the vision of the way you play, and then all of a sudden change going into the last week of the season,” McCarthy said, via Jason Wilde of “We’ll see what happens here with Randall and we’ll evaluate his injury and then we’ll make decisions as we go forward. The philosophy of him playing on special teams has not changed.”

The Packers have never hesitated using star players on special teams, and McCarthy said the suggestion that Cobb was too important to risk there wasn’t anything he believed in.

“I’ll be honest with you: I don’t have a really high tolerance for this because I don’t understand how you play scared in the game of football. I don’t get that,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s convenient questioning. I understand the risk involved in every single play. Some plays are higher risk than others, and I’m fully aware of that.

“But you can’t sit here and say special teams is important if you don’t put a guy like Randall Cobb out there as a returner. Now, if we’re sitting here next year, we might be having a different conversation. But the way our team is built for 2012, Randall Cobb is a huge part of our success on special teams.”

With Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings missing time this year with injuries, Cobb has stepped up to lead the team in receptions (80) and receiving yards (954) while returning punts and kicks as well.

McCarthy said the team’s “medical staff does not have high concern,” about Cobb’s availability this week, and because they count on him for so much, that means he must be pretty close to being well.

23 responses to “McCarthy said Cobb will continue to return kicks when well

  1. Randall has quietly been a beast this year in the NFL.

    Over 2300 all purpose yards on a team that boasts play makers like Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings. James Jones leads the league in TD receptions as well.

    IMO – he deserves the Pro-Bowl selection.

  2. Dude is like a Faster version of Antonio Freeman – he just racks up yards doing whatever the coaches ask him to do…

    Play HB, Return Kicks, Catch, play QB …. Cobb is a swiss army knife.

  3. Randall Cobb is a FOOTBALL PLAYER.

    Lost in his ankle issue is the brilliant play he made on kickoff Sunday where he purposely planted one foot out of bounds before touching kick near sideline to get ball placed at 40.

    How many people honestly knew THAT rule? That’s an intelligent play by a kid who respects and understands the game.

    The league needs a lot more Randall Cobbs.

  4. Get the football in his hands as often as possible….including returning punts and kicks. He is dangerous and there aren’t many players like him. He is as dangerous a player as Percy Harvin, only a much more skilled and polished route runner already and much smarter without the “me” attitude.

  5. It would be ludicrous for MM to remove Cobb as kick returner. Cobb’s a playmaker. The more he touches the ball, the better. — To date: — He’s returned 38 kick-offs & 31 punts to go with 80 pass receptions. That’s 69 & 80 touches.

    Remove him from returning duties & you’re reducing his touches almost in half.

  6. McCarthy knows a heck of a lot more about coaching football than I do…. with that said, I disagree with him on this one. The benefit does not exceed the risk.

  7. That’s 80-954-8 TDs on 104 targets… crazy numbers even for a Packers WR. This guy has arrived sooner than I thought, can run just about any route, and has a good set of hands. Sky is the limit! I trust MM on this one to leave him as a returner; you need a sure hands returning kicks especially in the playoffs.

  8. thisdj84 says: Dec 24, 2012 2:44 PM

    “Vikings have Blair Walsh one of the best kickers in the league…..he won’t get the chance to return kickoff’s.”

    Because the Vikings can’t score.

  9. How do the packers keep finding these quality receivers in the second round and later? Greg Jennings, James jones, jordy Nelson, and now Randall Cobb. Rather than burn high picks on receivers, why aren’t teams offering picks for these quality proven guys the Packers have already developed for them?

    Oh I forgot, it’s Aaron Rodgers throwing to then.

  10. Cuz you guys put 45 on us at home rite!??? … Wait Oh yea … We have zero chance of beating the packers !.. Just like 49ers,bears,Texans even Rams lmao! See yea Sunday

  11. vikingsgohard says:
    Dec 24, 2012 8:09 PM
    Guess he can’t play through the injury ?… Too bad he’s not a man!.. Like Winfield

    And Harvin.

    Oh. Wait. Headache never plays anymore.

  12. I think McCarthy is saying the Packers will continue to use Cobb as a return man this year because of the depth the Packers have at the wide receiver position. Next year if Jennings is gone, Cobb will be too valuable to use as a return man.

  13. McCarthy dont know what to do with a playoff bye week so the packers will be put out the first game they play in the playoffs IF THEY BEAT THE VIKINGS. cause AP gone kill them on the ground. 30/13 Vikings

  14. chi01town says:
    Dec 25, 2012 12:49 AM
    McCarthy dont know what to do with a playoff bye week so the packers will be put out the first game they play in the playoffs IF THEY BEAT THE VIKINGS. cause AP gone kill them on the ground. 30/13 Vikings


    I don’t think I’ve seen you predict anything correctly all year. So…thanks!

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