Mike McCarthy: Master Motivator?
Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Will Blackmon has suggested coach Mike McCarthy employed some interesting motivational tactics for his team back in the day. The Packers haven’t won a game on the road this season. In 2008, the team lost four straight on the road.
Blackmon suggested that McCarthy put them in worse hotels after each loss.
When I was on the packers in 2008 We lost 4 straight road games. Every time we lost Coach McCarthy made sure each hotel got worse.
He said “If you want to stay in a nice hotel, WIN A DAMN GAME”
One hotel in Jax I swear was on First 48. ????
— Will Blackmon (@WillBlackmon) November 26, 2018
Several teammates seemed to corroborate this story.
Yooooooo this is so true lol . Some of the rooms looked like they had bullet holes Hahha . I forgot about this lol https://t.co/7FQmITl4oX
— Ryan Grant (@RyanGrant25) November 26, 2018
????????????????he had us in the Motel 6 https://t.co/qTONaYILlr
— James Jones (@89JonesNTAF) November 26, 2018
Lol lol lol Boy you guys are crazy, but so true… https://t.co/DBGjST9Oar
— Donald Driver (@Donald_Driver80) November 26, 2018
@WillBlackmon that’s the Got damn truth. I think my room was outside on the roof
— Charles Woodson (@CharlesWoodson) November 26, 2018
I had no idea until now that he did that to us. I remember my room in Jacksonville smelt like full-blown mold. I assumed it was the nicest hotel Jacksonville had to offer. I didn't realize McCarthy was trying to penalize us.
— Brady poppinga (@BradyPoppinga) November 26, 2018
Of course, there’s really no way this would be the case. McCarthy doesn’t book travel for the team. There are staff members who do that. Probably a single staff member. Does that person still have a job? Well, quite possibly not.
And neither will McCarthy if he doesn’t figure something out with this team.