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McCarthy Says He Needs to Shut Up

Mike McCarthy

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy handed play-calling duties to Tom Clements this offseason and the team’s offense has pretty much been a disaster since.

Despite that, McCarthy has refused to make a change, supposedly staying out of the play-calling realm altogether.

Except that appears not to be the case.

McCarthy admitted that he carries at least some influence when it comes to play calling. We’re sure he’s probably chiming in with an idea here or there.

And now he says he needs to shut up.

“I need to shut up more, frankly,” McCarthy said when asked about his influence on Clements’ offensive play selection. “I think the most important thing is — and I don’t know how other people do it — the communication network when you’re calling plays.

“If you’re calling plays, you need the information before the series and timely information within the series. So that’s something that we’re all conscientious of, and it’s just to make sure we’re trying to give Tom the support that he needs there.”

We’ve advocated for the opposite.

The Packers have a sputtering offense. Part of the problem there — a huge part — is the play calling.

Frankly, the thing McCarthy is the best at is calling plays. Yes, he has some brain farts from time to time, but overall he’s a very good offensive play caller.

If you surveyed coaches around the league, McCarthy would come up in the top three offensive play callers.

We doubt Clements would come up in the top 30.

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.



  1. V December 9, 2015

    Par for course… It would appear Sean Payton is still calling plays in N.O. Despite losing to Carolina this past week the Saints put up big time #s. To think, he (Payton) could’ve been ours.

  2. Phillthy December 9, 2015

    I still don’t think McCarthys the best play caller for Rodgers and our offensive capability when healthy.

  3. ay hombre December 9, 2015

    Oh please V tell us how you’d be a killer GM again. It’s been five minutes.

  4. PF4L December 9, 2015

    Is it the play calling, or the execution?

    Is calling for a Lacy run on a 3rd and 1 , or a 3rd and 2, or 3rd and goal, the wrong play call?

    It’s amazing how many of these plays become failures, considering we allegedly have one of the best 0 lines in the NFL and we have this “beast” we call Eddie Lacy.

    When we get stuffed on these runs, it makes me lose my fucking mind.

  5. Phatgzus December 9, 2015

    And the Packers put up 29 nearly 35+ on them, in Carolina, both teams lost.
    How many Lombardi’s has each accounted for? Oh yeah, one.
    And how many Division titles and Playoff appearances and total Playoff games has MM been in? Payton? Which of these coaches is the only one to lose a Playoff game to a team with a losng record?
    Both coaches are good, but I’m pretty fucking okay with the one we got.