[tps_title]Mike McCarthy Gives Up Play Calling[/tps_title]
It began shortly after the NFC Championship collapse in Seattle. Whether it was a knee-jerk reaction to that loss can be debated, but Mike McCarthy felt he had to make a change. That change would have him relinquishing play-calling duties and handing them over to offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who McCarthy then promoted to assistant head coach.
McCarthy said he wanted more time to focus on other areas of the team. It’s hard to say if McCarthy’s focus on the defense and special teams had any impact because it’s hard to know what he added, if anything. Both units improved in 2015 from the year before. At the same time, the Packers offense became much, much worse.
Clements’ stubbornness in sticking with the Packers’ traditional outside receiver, vertical passing game and his refusal to run the football contributed greatly to that downturn. To put it simply, Clements didn’t have the personnel to operate the type of passing game he desired and he refused to adapt.
McCarthy eventually took play calling back in week 14. However, he exacerbated the situation by not doing it much earlier.
When it was all said and done, the Packers finished 25th in the league in passing offense. That tied them with the Tennessee Titans at 219 yards per game.
The good news is, McCarthy will be doing the thing he does best — calling plays — going forward.