I can’t stop laughing at the ambiguity in Mike McCarthy’s post practice press conference. I know it’s nothing new, but when it comes to Atari Bigby and mini-camp McCarthy seems to do always do a double take. It’s time for Mike to start yelling.
What I found to be the best quote from McCarthy was actually something I did not realize.
“You used to have the mini-camp historically where it was really the starting point of your offseason program. For us the last couple years it’s been the ending point.”
It’s an interesting way to look at it, and one that never crossed my mind. That as it is, let me remind Mike McCarthy that Atari Bigby’s season ended during the playoffs when he feigned a weak injury and stood on the sidelines with his helmet off like a total loser. And outside of Greg Jennings (who I think mentioned it), no one really seems to care.
It’s pretty obvious the mini-camp seems to be a crucial component for success in Green Bay according if you ask McCarthy.
“It gives us the opportunity to have a smart, tough, healthy training camp environment. It’s because of the commitment here of our football players and our coaching staff getting ahead of schedule on making decisions how we’re going to play the upcoming season.”
I completely agree with that statement, and tend to side with the Carriveau’s of the world in thinking that mini-camp is vital to team chemistry. Since taking off his helmet, and concerning himself more with getting paid than his team, Bigby has completely fallen out of the team’s formula. Yet, he still seems to get a pass.
When addressed with the Bigby situation, and his lack of calling guys out like Mike Sherman and Mike Holmgren would do, McCarthy makes a complete about face.
“I don’t think it is disrespectful to the organization because I am definitely going to always do what I feel is in the best interest of the organization.”
Besides not making a lick of sense if you read it a couple of times, I don’t think the best interest of the organization is continuing to let guys slide and take the upper hand in contract negotiations. Mike is basically giving Bigby a pass by saying he isn’t slightly offended by this. After just getting done stressing how important the mini-camp is to the Packers overall goal, how can you not be upset with a guy who hasn’t been a part of it (or even cared) since halfway through the fourth quarter of the 2009 playoffs.
I want McCarthy to be a father not a friend. Sometimes you need to act like the boss and throw some kind of strong constructive criticism. I understand being a player’s coach, but when the players start looking like they run the show perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate. If I was a guy, on a potential dream making Super Bowl team attending and focusing on making that run, I would want my coach to do everything in his power to reprimand those that seem to think they can adhere to a different standard than I have to.
It’s time to call him out Mike. Better yet, it’s time to show even an inkling of some kind of emotion. This is your moment, bring the hell and bring the fire. You need to.
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