Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s act has been old to us for some time. We imagine it’s probably getting old to just about everyone at this point.
When McCarthy isn’t refusing to be held accountable for anything, he’s either saying nothing at all or talking out of both sides of his mouth. He managed to do the latter once again in the wake of the team’s loss to Indianapolis.
Let’s take a look.
During McCarthy’s Sunday evening presser, he cited energy as the basis for his message to the team after the game.
Certainly, the message was that the team had low energy or, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers described it, juice. Anyone watching the game could see that. One team appeared disinterested, while the other played with desperation.
It’s funny, considering McCarthy was just talking up what great energy the team had the week prior.
McCarthy: This is a fun football team to coach. Great energy, great attitude, great work ethic, but we have a lot of work to do.
And it’s even funnier that McCarthy reversed course on Monday with this wonderful and insightful diatribe.
“Well, energy covers a lot of things,” McCarthy said. “I mean at the end of the day, when you’re watching a football game, you can sit here and act like you know what you’re talking about a little bit, but let’s be real about what the truth is. The fact of the matter is, when you’re competing against a football team, I’m looking for speed, I’m looking for physicality, in the urgency, in the decisions, and a lot of that is body language, assertiveness, conversations, how things are corrected, how you’re moving forward.
“So that wasn’t 100 percent the way it needed to be in particular points of the game. If you want to capture that and put that in the category of energy like I did to the team after the game, that’s the reality of what happened. Our guys played with a lot of energy, but we were not clean in a number of different situations and they took advantage of it.”
That makes it totally clear.
So just to review, this team has great energy, but the message was about their lack of energy on Sunday night, except that — I’ve changed my mind — they really had energy, they just weren’t clean.
Perhaps we should throw them all in a giant washing machine. That should get them clean!