For all his brilliance as an offensive tactician in the game of football, Mike McCarthy tends to let his emotions get the better of him at the worst possible times – usually by challenging plays he has no reason challenging or by making game altering decisions by “hoping” for an outcome.
Last night was just the latest example of McCarthy ignoring hard facts that were right in front of not only him but 70,000+ people in Soldier Field and indeed in front of a nation wide television audience.
First, the challenge.
McCarthy indicated in his post-game press conference that James Jones’ fumble happened “right in front of him”. How in God’s Green Earth did McCarthy’s eyes fail him so badly that he would challenge a play that everyone watching knew was legit?
Oh that’s right – he was “hoping” the officials would bail him out.
Don’t believe me? From the man himself:
I was standing right there and I had a pretty good indication of what happened. I did see the defensive back’s foot swing out of bounds, so I was just hopeful that the officials maybe saw that his foot may have hit. It was 2:18 [left to play], I had two challenges left, and that was obviously a huge play in the game that maybe we could swing our way.
To quote many of my neighbors in the fine borough of Queens: Are you friggin’ kidding me?
Next, there was his reasoning for dismissing the idea of letting the Bears score so that his offense would have a bit over a minute to try and force overtime. When asked about that prospect, McCarthy said:
I did not consider letting them score at the end. I felt they [would miss] a field goal in the end.
Hoping. Feeling. What the hell is this, a football game or a support group?
Look, I’m all for a coach saying “Hell no we won’t let them score. We play defense the way God intended and we take the ball away.” But “feeling” the opposing team will miss a chip-shot field goal? Who is this guy, John Edward?
McCarthy needs to start dealing in black and white and stop coaching as if some magical fairy is going to come and make all his wishes come true.