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McCarthy: Timeouts Before Half About Championships

Those of you who hate the way Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy uses timeouts before halftime, prepare to be enraged.

McCarthy has long insisted on using timeouts when the other team has the ball right before the half. The idea being, his defense will stop the opposition and give his offense another chance to score. In theory, that’s great… if you have a great defense.

This very strategy was on display in week 1. Seattle had the ball deep in their territory with 43 seconds left. They seemed content to run out the clock, until McCarthy started calling timeouts. Even though McCarthy’s defense actually was playing well for a change, the Seahawks then proceeded to drive for a field goal. Those were the first points of the game.

Rob pointed out the stupidity of the strategy in that situation.

Of course, no amount of criticism is going to stop Fat Mike and his gravy head from calling timeouts whenever the hell he wants.

You’ll love this.

“I can do the easy way out and never do it and just run out the half,” McCarthy said Friday. “Conservativeness is the easy path if you’re trying to keep the criticism down. I don’t think you can win championships being conservative.

“I think you can get to 9-7. 10-6. You play it down the middle of the road, punt, play great defense, play special teams. I’ve coached in those programs. I know what that looks like. I’m trying to win it all.”

That’s funny.

Being conservative all the time actually DOES NOT keep criticism down. Fat Mike no doubt recalls that from that NFC Championship game in Seattle. Or perhaps there’s too much gravy in his head and he can’t remember.

The only thing that stops criticism is not being an idiot.

The fact is, this move has backfired on McCarthy too many times. The Packers have actually been outscored by more than 20 points when he has employed it.

So basically, this is just another case of Mike McCarthy being stubborn because, well… he doesn’t have to answer to any of you nitwits!

Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!



  1. Bob September 16, 2017

    And that is why AR only has one ring.

  2. Empacador September 16, 2017

    Yeah, because McCarthy has so much experience from those multiple championships he’s promised and won. Give me a fucking break. That look on his face is per

    1. Empacador September 16, 2017

      Was supposed to be “perfect”.

  3. Gort September 17, 2017

    This is all about smoke and mirrors. Afraid that the defense not good enough to just win the game? Hey, lets try to “steal” a 20 second possession for the offense. Nothing can go wrong here.

  4. Nick September 17, 2017

    You can’t fix stupid

  5. PF4L September 17, 2017

    I understand Fat Mike’s mindset on what he’s trying to do. What he isn’t doing, is applying it under the right circumstances. If there was more time left on the clock, i could see it.

    There were bigger mistakes made than the time out’s. Seattle ran 3 run plays, then completed a long pass to Baldwin with Rollins and Dix trailing a wide open Baldwin, while Wilson’s eye’s fooled Burnett, and had time to pass. Then, Burnett and Martinez leave a clear gap for Wilson to rush untouched for 29 yards.

  6. Shawn September 17, 2017

    A coach with confidence calls timeout. A coach with no confidence in their defense does not.
    Fans call for McCarthy to play to win instead of playing to not lose. Calling timeout there is playing to win. The only reason to not call timeout is if you’re afraid your defense will give it up. That would be making a decision based off fear.
    Spare me the premise that the ultra-aggressive Pete Carroll was going to run the clock out and go into half when all history involving Carroll suggests otherwise. Carroll was merely waiting to be aggressive. He knows his offense has scored in less than 30 seconds before.
    And the argument that the Seahawks could have ran the clock out anyway also is only true if the Seahawks ran the ball all three times and failed to get the first. One incomplete pass would have stopped the clock. You try to force a punt, if nothing else. You never know what is going to happen on a punt.

    1. JJ Brat September 17, 2017

      Finally, a post from someone who understands the idea of using timeouts before the half. Well said Shawn! There are so many things things that can happen in those situations, but I like that fact that McCarty is confident in his team and playing to win!

      1. PF4L September 17, 2017

        Or.. the Seahawks could have easily just ran the play clock down before they snapped the ball, erasing 39 seconds off the clock. A trick the Falcons could have used to win the Super Bowl.

  7. Mike K September 18, 2017

    Agree with Nick comment. Everyone should read McCarthys book “How to snatch defeat from jaws of victory” or his new endeavor “Pad Level, and I’ll get that cleaned up”. and if you’re in traction, full body cast hanging facing floor maybe someone can read his first book to you? “How to keep HOF QB to 1-ring” fwd on that one by Jason Wilde(Mr. Vanilla).