Where Did That Come From?

A review of the game last night reminded me of something that struck me Saturday night watching live. McCarthy surprised me (and no doubt the Seahawks) with the number of tight formations he ran, along with the number of times they came out with two fullbacks. Granted, in the second half, when the game was basically over, McCarthy went almost exclusively to the Power T formation. (That's what I'm calling it until I see an official name for it somewhere) where he had both fullbacks in front of Grant. But even before then, you saw a lot of two-tight end, one receiver sets, as well as a liberal use of the Power-T. It's obvious this was a game plan decision, and it's clear the Seahawks weren't ready for it. And once again, McCarthy proves to be one step ahead of his opponent.

UPDATE: Thanks to commenter 'Holly' for pointing me to McCarthy's post game press conference for the names of the two-fullback sets. They are 'Rhino' and 'Falcon'. Much sexier than 'Power-T' no doubt...

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Holly's picture

January 15, 2008 at 06:08 pm

McCarthy did speak to the names of those formations -- the one with the 2 fullbacks (3 backs, 2 receivers) is Falcon, and the one with a fullback and a TE (3 backs, receiver, TE) is Rhino. It's in his post-game PC.

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Holly's picture

January 15, 2008 at 06:09 pm

Make that Rhino is both fullbacks, receiver and TE. Apologies for the typo -- MM's transcript is here: http://www.packers.com/news/releases/2008/01/12/3/

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PackerAaron's picture

January 15, 2008 at 06:09 pm

But I like Power-T!

I jest. Thanks very much!

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