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Next time, McCarthy likely will call for a run

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Greg C., Nov 8, 2006.

  1. Greg C.

    Greg C. Cheesehead

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    Not to beat a dead horse into the ground, but here is an article where McCarthy elaborates a bit on his decision to call that slant on first and goal from the one. He's backed off a little from his hard-line stance that there was nothing wrong with it at all. As I've said before, I don't think it was the decision to pass that was so bad, it was the type of pass, which was a bit risky, required a great deal of precision, and left the QB with no second or third options. I think McCarthy outsmarted himself with this one. I still like his playcalling overall, though. Even the best coaches have brainfarts every now and then. It happens.


    Next time, McCarthy likely will call for a run
    By Rob Demovsky
    rdemovsk@greenbaypressgazette.com

    With a day to ponder it, Mike McCarthy didn't think his decision to call a pass play on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line in Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills was necessarily a bad choice.

    But the Green Bay Packers' coach on Monday indicated that given the same situation again, he probably wouldn't make the same call.

    "A run probably is a safer call, but there's nothing wrong with the call," McCarthy said. "I probably won't call it again. It's a play I've won a game with, and it's a play that potentially cost us the game."

    According to McCarthy and offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, the reason things went awry and Brett Favre's slant pass to Donald Driver was tipped by cornerback Nate Clements and intercepted by safety Ko Simpson was the play took too long.

    After Noah Herron rushed for a 10-yard gain that put the Packers at the Bills' 1-yard line, McCarthy sensed an opportunity to catch the Bills' defense off guard by quickly switching his personnel from base to tiger (double tight end). Most of the game, the Packers got to the line of scrimmage with at least 24 seconds remaining on the play clock, according to McCarthy and Jagodzinski. On the first-and-goal play, however, they broke the huddle with about 22 or 23 seconds remaining, meaning they weren't at the line anywhere near as quickly as they had been throughout the game.

    That nullified the advantage the Packers were hoping to gain and allowed the Bills to not only change their personnel to match the Packers but also allowed Clements to get in position to tightly cover Driver.

    "We call it a speed break," Jagodzinski said, "and we didn't get up there as fast as we needed to. You execute the play, and this a non-issue."

    But it was an issue at McCarthy's regular day-after-the-game news conference because it was one of a couple of glaring plays that factored into the Packers' 24-10 loss. The Packers trailed 17-10 with just less than 5 minutes to play when McCarthy made his first-and-goal decision. He said on Monday his decision to throw shouldn't be viewed as a lack of faith in the running game.

    "Frankly, I think I've proven how important running the football is to our team and to the success of our team," McCarthy said. "I'm of the belief that if you can't knock it in four times from the 1-yard line, then you don't deserve to score a touchdown. I think I've proven that this year.

    "It's easy for me to sit there and say, 'Gosh I wish I ran that thing in,'" McCarthy added. "I do believe that if we ran it that we would have had a great opportunity to get it in on first, second or third down."
     
  2. Anubis

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    No $hit.

    At least McCarthy sees the light, which is a lot more than I can say for a lot of armchair quarterbacks on this forum. :roll:

    GO PACK!!!

    Robert C. Hedley
     
  3. tromadz

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    yeah i cant stand em either, anubis.
     
  4. porky88

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    It's good to see a Coach who will learn from his mistakes. Obviously we want to keep these mistakes at a minimum but as a rookie coach, he's in a learning role just like some of the players.
     
  5. longtimefan

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    I think this quote sums it up and echos what most of the posters here agree with..( least the ones not asking for his head)

    "A run probably is a safer call, but there's nothing wrong with the call," McCarthy said. "I probably won't call it again. It's a play I've won a game with, and it's a play that potentially cost us the game."
     
  6. Yared-Yam

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    Mockery. The more I scream at the TV the harder they play.

    I've lost my voice a number of times this year and you've seen the result.
     
  7. DePack

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    If there is "nothing wrong with the call" then why not call it again?

    I like MM so far...I thought overall he called a good game. Just quit talking out of both sides of your mouth. It's like he's trying to please everybody.

    How about..."it was a sh1tty call, next time I'll run it or call some play action pass on first down".
     
  8. longtimefan

    longtimefan Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I think he noticed that this play wont work so close to the endzone..There are to many factors that can screw it up...

    Maybe b4 this he and the staff never realized that the circumstances had to be perfect in order for it to work
     
  9. Buckeyepackfan

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    I said the same thing the day after and was blasted by "the experts" and was called a Favre fan before a Packer fan.

    There are times a team has a chance to make a statement during close games, this was one of those times, hopefully MM really has learned from his mistake....On to Minnesota and a win!!!!!
     
  10. Bobby Roberts

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    This is exactly what many of us have been saying all along! There's nothing wrong with the call!

    MM is far from perfect and has obviously made his fair share of mistakes. On this one though, the players didn't execute. Unfortunately that happened too many times on Sunday and therefore GB lost.

    Enough shoulda woulda coulda crap and crybabying!! Wake up to the fact that sometimes a call just doesn't work. Sometimes the players don't execute.

    Hopefully the end result won't be that MM becomes too predictable in his playcalling because he's ends up more concerned about crybaby fans if it doesn't work than winning the game! If you prefer your HS coach to the professional, then that your wishes fit perfectly.

    Speaking of armchair QBing, maybe we need cut it out and just let the man do his job!

    GO PACK GO!!!
     
  11. agopackgo4

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    Young coach=some stuipid mistakes
     

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