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McCarthy on Calling Plays: What I Needed to Do

Mike McCarthy

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy finally took back play-calling duties from associate head coach Tom Clements and the team’s offense finally looked like it could put up points again.

The Packers had a balanced attack against Dallas that resulted in 28 on the scoreboard.

McCarthy said he told Clements of the decision on Monday, but he kept it from the media and the team until game day.

“Personally, it didn’t feel very good, it didn’t’ feel good at all,” McCarthy said of informing Clements of the change. “That’s a challenge with these types of decisions, but professionally it was what I felt I needed to do.

“And regards to Tom Clements, he’s a big part of our success here, has been since Day 1, and will be as we continue forward. So this is an adjustment in our process and this is the way we’ll go forward.”

Our only question is what took so long?

The Packers’ offense has been floundering all season. McCarthy, meanwhile, has been adamant that he was going to stick to the program and the plan. That being that Clements is the play caller for better or worse.

He talked about being less involved with the offense as recently as last week. In hindsight, that was just double talk.

McCarthy was seemingly protecting his pal, much like he did with former special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum all those years.

That sense of loyalty, while an admirable quality in most instances, has cost the Packers this season.

You could see the difference with McCarthy calling the plays. The offense was more creative and the team was able to build a flow. McCarthy is much more adept than Clements at running plays that set up other plays later on.

With Clements, the theme was isolation.

Isolate these receivers out wide and isolation in terms of plays themselves, meaning one play had nothing to do with the next.

Dallas isn’t very good offensively, but their defense is solid. Hanging 28 points on that team is nothing to scoff at.

We now have some hope for the playoffs. This decision, more so than anything that Hail Mary could have done, could be the turning point of the season.

It’s about damn time.

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Monty McMahon

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

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14 Comments

  1. Kato December 14, 2015

    I never understood the people that thought McCarthy is a moron. Some of his decision making is dubious, especially click management and personnel usage. But I think if you put any nfl head coach under the microscope you would find some issues. No one is perfect. But McCarthy has been one of the top playcallers in the league, period.

  2. Skinny December 14, 2015

    In January 16 news. “Tom Clements “resigns” as Packers assistant to spend more time with family.

  3. ay hombre December 14, 2015

    Whether the play-calling really was any better or not, what was undeniable was the tempo was much faster. I think one of Clements biggest weaknesses was his inability to call sequences quickly and without hesitation. That in turn resulted in too many plays where ARodge didn’t get to the line early enough to try and dissect the defense with bluff calls, hard counts, etc.

    For as good as Rodgers is at those things, it’s imperative that the plays come in quickly and everyone is at the line with 15 seconds or more to spare.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK December 14, 2015

      Good points . . .

  4. Ivomitonvikingfans December 14, 2015

    I think some of this had to do with reigning in Rodgers. I think he had his way a little too much under Clements.

  5. MMTTDCSUCK December 14, 2015

    Also believe there may be some truth to this as well. Rodgers has something with Adams. He is constantly looking for him while disregarding other WR’s. This becomes all to apparent when re watching any of the games played this year.

  6. Phatgzus December 14, 2015

    “…cost us the season”-wow, didn’t realize we were the ones with a 4-9 record not leading the division by a game with 3 to go. Well, notify the scouting department, this season’s over, time to get ready for the draft and free agency. See ya next year, folks.

    1. Fritz fm WI December 14, 2015

      nooooo, Phats, you should stick around; we need you here as Troll Season approaches, e.g., like if ShehawksBoneU gets a whiff of a WC shot…

    2. Andy Pants December 14, 2015

      Phatgzus, in Monty’s defense, I think he was saying that they have “incurred costs during the season” (because of McCarthy’s loyalty), i.e., that they have lost a couple games they otherwise would not have lost, not that it had already cost them the whole season, in the sense that it is all over.

      I had the same initial reaction as you (that he was saying it was “all over”), but the article’s context shows that he believes there is hope. In this case, I don’t think Monty was being as dramatic as he often is.

  7. Packer Bob December 14, 2015

    “That sense of loyalty, while an admirable quality in most instances, has cost the Packers this season.”

    You don’t deserve to be a Packer fan.

  8. V December 15, 2015

    Play calling…check…
    Offensive chemistry…check
    Running game…Check…
    Receivers…fail
    Balance…fail

    Early playoff exit…Check (barring another miraculous run at just the right time).

  9. Salazar December 15, 2015

    Hasn’t one of the main complaints against McCarthy’s play calling over the years been his predictability? And now everyone thinks he’s going to completely shake things up and save the day? I think we’ll be hearing the familiar refrains of FIRE MM/DC by season’s end from the same crowd.

  10. Harry Hood December 15, 2015

    I never understood the people that thought McCarthy is a moron. Some of his decision making is dubious, especially click management and personnel usage. But I think if you put any nfl head coach under the microscope you would find some issues. No one is perfect. But McCarthy has been one of the top playcallers in the league, period.
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    MM has NOT been one of the top playcallers in the league. Period. He has been between 5th and 10th the whole time. Bad enough that we have consistent, key word consistent, troubles against top 5 defenses. But hes an amazing all around coach.

    Most people who aren’t making emotional rants after a loss would not consider MM a moron. Not even close.

  11. shawn December 15, 2015

    Hahaha… I always get a chuckle whenever anyone mentions ours, or anyone else’s, troubles against Top 5 defenses.
    Yeah, that’s why they are TOP 5 DEFENSES.