Mike's Best & Worst Week 2

Our new weekly video segment, breaking down the best and worst from McCarthy in Week Two.

Welcome to our new weekly video segment "Mike's Best and Worst" where I take a quick look at the best and worst things McCarthy did on game day.

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Nerd's picture

September 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm

NO ONE asked him about that!?

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Nerd's picture

September 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Because, this is NOT the first time.

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RCPackerFan's picture

September 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Yeah, i agree with both the good and bad this week.

The bad was really bad. They had however many minutes to see that it was a catch or at least not enough evidence to overturn it.

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Tarynfor12's picture

September 15, 2014 at 01:09 pm

I'm more than willing to get blasted here...

The media guys at 90 % of McCarthy's press conferences ask lame questions.

Who selected the music during camp?

A must know.

What snack are the players eating?

Can be asked of a player.

So and so got hurt 5 mins before the end..what s the diagnosis.

Can your DR say whats wrong that fast..duh!

Are the Packers ready for the game?

Because he might actually say the truth and answer...NO.

Is that a new hat Mike?

Yes it is and I'm not telling where I got it no matter how hard you brow beat here during the Presser.

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4thand1's picture

September 15, 2014 at 02:59 pm

To chicken shit. Might be banned from future press con. I'd like to here,"what kinda motivational speech do you give before a game?" Maybe you should change it because it's not working.

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4thand1's picture

September 15, 2014 at 03:01 pm

To chicken shit. Might be banned from future press con. I'd like to here,"what kinda motivational speech do you give before a game?" Maybe you should change it because it's not working.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

September 15, 2014 at 03:20 pm

"Is that a new hat Mike?"

You never know what the other team can use against you...

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zerotolerance's picture

September 16, 2014 at 06:37 am

That question had to be from Tyler Dunn. He always take opportunities to discuss his music, be it a podcast with McGinn, or his tweets during TC practices. Who cares Tyler?

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cuervo's picture

September 15, 2014 at 03:48 pm

Stupid challenge, was in complete panic mode on the onside kick (which the defense bailed him out of). 3rd and goal from the five and calls a run when they haven't run the ball all day. I could go on and on, my confidence in McCarthy is waning.

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4thand1's picture

September 15, 2014 at 04:01 pm

Sometimes coaches outthink themselves. I'm sure he thought he would catch them offgaurd. If it worked, everyone would be saying great call, like the fake FG against the bears.

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Duke Divine's picture

September 15, 2014 at 09:56 pm

All of these could have been the worst.... were the worst....are the worst. Agree 100%, he ou

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Duke Divine's picture

September 15, 2014 at 09:57 pm

All of these could have been the worst.... were the worst....are the worst. Agree 100%, he gets in his own way far too often.

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rwhyan's picture

September 15, 2014 at 06:44 pm

I disagree regarding kicking the field goal and I'm certain you would have put that as a "worst" if the Packers had lost by a few points.

Even though with an offense like ours, I think we should be going for it almost every time from the 2 yard line (barring late game situations where a FG gives us the lead) - my biggest problem here is the playcall on 3rd down.

Why, why, why would you call a run up the middle on 3rd and goal from the 5 if you're going to kick the field goal after getting most of the way to the endzone? There can't be any doubt that the Packers were at the hardest spot on the entire field to pick up 5 yards with a running play.

The only reason you run it there is to a) set yourself up for a shorter 4th down play, or b) "surprise" a defense expecting you to throw. In the case of b, their entire team is stacked up at the line anyway because there just isn't much room left on the field behind them.

McCarthy seems to call 3rd down plays in a vacuum. All those times in the last 3 years we've thrown bombs on 3rd and 1? You should really only be doing that if you're going to go for it on 4th and 1. That play hasn't caught an opponent off-guard in a long, long time. Yeah, a lot of them have worked, but it's because of superb execution by the Packers, not lack of awareness by the defense.

If you agree that we have a great offense, then you must agree that we should be going for it on 4th and short more often than most teams.

I think the decision borders on absurd given that they tried a surprise onside kick immediately following it. Kick field goals from the 2 and follow them with onside kicks at every opportunity for the rest of the season? Or going for it on 4th and goal from the 2 for the rest of the season? Which would you pick?

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PackerAaron's picture

September 16, 2014 at 06:13 am

" I'm certain you would have put that as a "worst" if the Packers had lost by a few points."

You must be new here.

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

September 15, 2014 at 08:18 pm

3rd down and medium (4-6 yds) continues to be the albatross of the Packer passing game. It has been for several years due in large part to McCarthy's dependence on static formations and lack of compressed, stacked & bunched sets to create personnel mismatches. The Seahawks are seen as "gimmicky" but in reality they utilize their below average to average talent in the receiving corps (outside of Harvin) by creating mismatches instead of relying on 1 on 1 match ups on the edges of the formation. Couple this shortcoming with the desire (be it Rodgers, McCarthy, or both) to push the ball down the field at every conceivable opportunity despite D&D, defensive front and coverage and stage of the game and the Packer offense is very hit and miss. Granted....they are missing a low hole hash to hash and seam threat (i.e TE) but those areas can still be exploited through "gimmicky" maneuvers. When it's 3rd &5 McCarthy and Rodgers need to understand that 12 yards on a line are fantastic but 5 or 6 can also turn in to 12 and more importantly, give the offense 3 more opportunities, which, in the end, is what McCarthy has been looking for.....more offensive snaps. As Wyatt Earp said, "Fast is fine but accuracy is everything."

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 16, 2014 at 06:37 am

The lack of a receiving TE has hurt a lot, IMO. It doesn't help when the RB stays in for pass pro, and thus can't run a safety valve route into the flat. LBs don't have to move to protect the flat, and the S that played near the box can also stay in the area. I can't remember Cobb or Nelson catching a pass between the hash marks on a crossing pattern, say 6 to 10 yards down field. Cobb has been underwhelming so far this year.

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Cheddar Melt's picture

September 16, 2014 at 08:31 am

Really, how does settling for field goals make it into the best? Going for it on 4th and short in the red zone is the reasonable decision in most circumstances. It doesn't require advanced statistics to figure out that if you have, say, a 95% chance of getting a field goal, versus a 55% chance of a touchdown if you go for it, in the long run you will end up with more points if you always go for it.

Of course, football coaches tend to be risk-averse about these things, and McCarthy is old-school at heart. But I don't buy that his excessive conservatism sent a message that he was not panicking. It sent a message that he didn't think his offense could get two yards.

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packsmack's picture

September 17, 2014 at 01:44 pm

This. More football fans and coaches need to understand statistics. That is a no-brainer call to go for it there based on every stat there is. Guess what happens if they don't get the TD there? They still win by 4.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

September 17, 2014 at 08:32 pm

"Statistics are for losers," McCarthy said, half smiling and half serious.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2200353-the-reasons-behind-eddie-lacy...

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packsmack's picture

September 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm

There is absolutely no such thing as momentum, and if more teams and coaches realized that, they'd be able to capitalize on statistical advantages. Sorry you don't get it.

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packsmack's picture

September 18, 2014 at 11:58 am

No, it's not, because most turnovers don't happen near the goal line. You put your defense in an advantageous position AND give your offense a potentially short field. Momentum is a myth. That's why the Packers were able to come back despite ALL OF THE "MOMENTUM" pointing on the way of the Jets. And if you do want to stupidly consider momentum to be a real thing, there is no way you can consider a FG in a goal-to-go situation as anything but a win and "momentum" for the defense. Here's a chart showing how dumb that kick was:

http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2013/11/28/fourth-downs/post.html

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packsmack's picture

September 18, 2014 at 06:00 pm

Repost

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Packatron's picture

September 17, 2014 at 09:30 am

I like the flag on the Wisconsin media, Aaron. Outside of a few knowledgable guys, they're pretty much useless up here. It's sad, really. We've got one of the greatest organizations in all of sports boasting one of the greatest fanbases, yet we have some of the laziest sports media in the country.

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lucky953's picture

September 17, 2014 at 11:01 pm

You could try moving to NY or Chicago. They love antagonistic relationships with the media. I don't think the media are going to change how the Packers make decisions. Do you just want to hear him say it? Will that makes us all feel smarter than him? It was a mistake. Jeezus. Let's just beat the crap out of Detroit and Chicago the next two weeks. I want to see Stafford on his ass and Cutler testily pouting through another press conference.

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