Mike McCarthy Says Packers Are Tough

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Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy

Despite reports to the contrary — that the higher-ups in the Green Bay Packers organization had privately admitted the team was soft — coach Mike McCarthy says the Packers are indeed tough.

Then again, he was asked that question by a reporter, so what is he going to say? We’re weak? We’re soft? No, probably not, but here’s his response anyway.

“I think it’s a load of nonsense because I think the proof is in the pudding. If you watch the tape and the film and you win 12 games a year and you don’t win the Super Bowl, people have to question something. I get that. That was the line that some people took and hey, when you play good football teams week in and week out, you’re always looking for a hole in your opponent. And sometimes when people don’t see too many holes, the easiest and biggest target to go after is a man’s will. His toughness. And that’s the beauty of our game. Your will and your toughness are challenged every day. So to ever label an NFL football team as not being tough? I mean, there are some teams that are tougher than others. Most teams think they’re tougher than everybody else. That’s part of the DNA of our sport. But I’m very, very confident in the toughness of our team. The way we train and the way our guys go after it, I’ve been around long enough that I have a pretty good barometer of how to gauge where your football team is. And I like where we are.”

Great story. Compelling and rich.

Obviously, this lack-of-toughness opinion stems a lot from the playoff loss to San Francisco and, to some degree, the equally-embarrassing debacle against the Giants the year before.

Whether toughness is the problem isn’t really clear. You could, and I would, argue that San Francisco just had more talent. You could argue, and I would, that the Giants’ Tom Coughlin has outcoached McCarthy the last two times they’ve met in the playoffs.

What we do know for sure is the San Francisco game was more about lack of preparation than anything else. In other words, sheer stupidity or as we like to call it — buffoonery.

The Packers didn’t practice for the read-option and, more importantly, they weren’t prepared for Colin Kaepernick to run on passing plays because they were too busy playing man coverage downfield.

So, in essence, McCarthy was outcoached by Jim Harbaugh much like he’s been outcoached by Coughlin in the playoffs.

Maybe instead of questioning the Packers toughness, journalist types should start questioning coaching ability and, specifically, preparation on the big stage. Oh, but then they couldn’t be buddies with their heroes anymore, so that will never happen.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

12 Comments on "Mike McCarthy Says Packers Are Tough"

  1. Buster Bluth

    its hard to stay good for any length of time in the nfl, and
    the packers are one of the few teams who have found a way.

    the playoffs, the last two years, were mini disasters. but as
    long as mc carthy beats the bears, lions and queens
    he has credibility.

  2. Mike

    For quite a while I have been bitching about what I consider to be the Achilles heel of the Packers, that is the game preparation and game time coaching, and certain players that seem to start over “better players”. MM I think is a great coach when it comes to facilitation of the everyday needs of the Packers, he may even excel at these things IMHO, with that being said, I really have not enjoyed watching the Packers get out-coached, turn soft (be too cautious) after a lead and seem to be predictable in their offensive presentation. The middle of their defense has been pedestrian for years (except D. Bishop) which brings to mind my “better players” statement, What is AJ Hawk doing on this team yet? He seems to play favorites! Not everyone but a few, this has to be a possibility, otherwise AJ Hawk would not be out there. But, I am just a fan watching from the couch, what do I know, except what I have been seeing!!

  3. chungo

    & Visions of Tramon Williams avoiding contact in two different games at the end of last year still dance in my head!

  4. Shawn Iltarion

    Regardless of what we think, I believe it has been pretty much proven that the Packers’ brass don’t think toughness is the problem. They drafted for speed instead of toughness and cut Desmond Bishop.

    The Packers were outcoached in both games against San Fran. The Week 1 debacle was somewhat understandable because we were more concerned with the game against the Bears 4 days later. But the playoff disaster was more inexcusable.

    One can only hope that our coaches have learned some lessons and will be more up to the task this year.

  5. Savage57

    I like coach McCarthy a lot, but I think he’s one of those guys that doesn’t realize that sometimes you need to lay Biff out to be taken seriously.

    I hope that he figures that out this year, and the defense grows some teeth.

  6. GBslacker

    God, I hate to say this, but I think it’s going to be a healthy dose of more-of-the-same.

    You’ve got a SB-winning head coach.
    You’ve got a SB MVP QB.
    Nobody is really going to be telling them anything.

    For an entire season, McCarthy couldn’t figure out the “cover two” dilemma.
    For yet another season, half of Capers defensive line consisted of 250lb linebackers.

    As far as making a 3rd-n-short or preventing a 3rd-n-short, I don’t know if this team can do it.

    I keep hoping a revamped run game will keep the defense fresh. But I can’t help but wonder if McCarthy will use these new guys for pass-protection or split them out as flankers — or some other weird-ass, Rube-Goldberg horseshit — and wind up screwing the pooch.

    I think it sucks that deep in the off-season, he’s still having to defend his soft team.

  7. ay hombre

    The more it is addressed…the more our brass believed it to be true. Just shut the fuck up McCarthy! What are you doing…taking interview lessons from Jermichael Finley? Deflect on this bullshit…tired of hearing about it.

  8. Rob

    I love how every criticism of McCarthy boils down to two playoff loses. Forget that he stuck with Rodgers when Favre wanted to unretire. Forget that he won a Superbowl as a 6th seed wildcard team. Forget that he won the division two years in a row. Forget that he has taken the Packers to four playoff appearances in a row.

    Buffoonery!! Shenanigans!! Flukes!!

    The fact of the matter is that 31 coaches get out coached every year.

  9. chungo

    Our last two playoff appearances happened to set NFL records in negative ways for our defense. The packers are afraid to tackle and just dont seem like they understand how to either.

    We have had our buts whipped by the 49ers and Giants the last two times we played each team.

    I would say the problem is not only a lack of preparation, but also a lack of toughness. The packers are a perfect example of a finesse team. Have my doubts that dialtone jones and nick perry are going to help the D that much!

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