Just earlier this week, Mike McCarthy was quoted as saying in regards to his input on the play-calling that he needed to “shut up”. Well, as Rod Tidwell once said, “This is definitely a different way to go.”
Jay Glazer apparently was the first to report that McCarthy will be calling the plays for the first time this season today against the Dallas Cowboys.
There are about 100 ways to take this with many being the complete opposite of each other. Just like in politics, how you take this will likely depend on what your stance on the issue was in the first place and how you feel about MM.
One could say it is about damn time, with the Packer offense struggling for weeks. You tried something new and it didn’t work. Sure, the special teams got better, but they had better be improved since you are now punting ten times a game thanks to your pathetic offense. In that case, belated or not, this would be taken as a positive.
It also is seen as a positive if you are of the belief that Tom Clements calling plays was an integral part of the problem on offense. Or if you believe that the Packers lost two in a row at home, and McCarthy better do something, anything, to turn that around, like NOW, before it is too late.
On the other hand, one could argue this is a sign of panic from MM. He has sworn all year that the play-calling wasn’t an issue and he didn’t see the need to reversing course. One could even be cynical and say this is a case of McCarthy scapegoating Clements for the offensive issues, or that McCarthy senses a new energy in the offense and wants to get the credit for when things turn around.
Regardless, I am not going to tell you how to take it. I am going to say though that don’t be surprised or offended that MM swore he wouldn’t do this. That is Coach-Speak 101 in the modern era. You don’t ever tell the media you are unsure of someone or considering a change until you are 100% sure that you ARE going to make that change. There is no middle ground. You either do or you don’t, and any sign of weakness to the media is no different than blood in the water.
What I am also going to do is sit back and judge the results. If you are hoping this turns the Packers back into an offensive juggernaut, don’t. But a somewhat competent offense would be a start.
In the end, it’s pretty simple. Like Al Davis once said, “Just win, baby.”