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Mike McCarthy Loves the Week 4 Bye Now

We all bitched about it, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy included. That is, the Packers’ week 4 bye, the earliest bye week on the NFL’s schedule. Well, things have changed.

McCarthy has reversed course and he’s now pretty happy about the bye coming in week 4. Why?

The same reason any football team likes a bye week — injuries.

“I never thought I would say this,” McCarthy said, “but for as different a schedule that we have, it’s a great time to have the bye, because we need it. That’s where we are.”

The Packers were without four starters against Detroit, all on the defensive side of the ball. They were Clay Matthews, Letroy Guion, Morgan Burnett and Sam Shields. Another regular, Datone Jones, also sat. Tight end Jared Cook went and sprained his ankle during the game. You’ve also still got receiver Jeff Janis running around with a club on his hand.

So even though it’s only week 4, the Packers are beat up. And really, what’s new about that?


What’s perhaps more concerning is this. With the early bye, the Packers will follow up with games in at least 13 straight weeks.

If they couldn’t stay healthy through three weeks, what are they going to look like in week 17.

Half the team will probably be on injured reserve by then.

Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.



  1. Mike September 28, 2016

    Probably because they must be using FAT MIKES personal conditioning coach?? You see what shape he’s in.

  2. ay hombre September 28, 2016

    While the toughest teams like Seattle are penalized and fined for holding too many practices with live tackling, the Packers pussy foot through training camp hoping not to get hurt.

    While the tough toughen themselves further and harden their bodies and minds, the soft get overwhelmed and injured as they are not seasoned to handle it.

    Keep doing nothing all preseason guys. That’s working really well.

  3. TyKo Steamboat September 28, 2016

    Fuck the goddam week 4 bye. Criminal. We just had one of those motherfuckers. Better not have another for about 30 years goddam schedulers. Fuck roger goddel
    Also, fuck the goddam London games. London is a toilet