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Mike McCarthy: Packers did not intentionally avoid Richard Sherman

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The Green Bay Packers did not throw one pass Richard Sherman’s way during their loss on Thursday night to the Seattle Seahawks. Not one.

According to Pro Football Focus, the Packers only threw three passes to the right side (Sherman’s side of the field). Two of the passes were to the backfield.

Knowing that Sherman would stay on one side of the field as he always does, the Packers lined top receiver Jordy Nelson on the left and threw to him 14 times out of 33 passes by Aaron Rodgers. 30 of Rodgers’ 33 attempts went to the left away from Sherman. But head coach Mike McCarthy says the team did not intentionally avoid Sherman.

“I don’t think you ever make a conscious decision not to throw to one side of the field,” McCarthy said via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Frankly, it was more of a decision to put Jordy on the left and see if he would come over and play him. They played their defense and obviously they did a heck of a job. I’m sure they feel good about where they are today.”

OK, how about answering this question, Mike: why did you line Jordy up on the left? Oh, because you wanted him to avoid matching up with Sherman? Exactly.

McCarthy’s saying one thing but the actions said another. They were avoiding Sherman whether they admit it or not. And the plan did not work.

Mike McCarthy: I trust Joe Philbin with my children

Joe-Philbin-DolphinsThroughout the ongoing harassment scandal involving Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, there has been little talk about what the future could potentially hold for Joe Philbin. Many are wondering what the head coach was aware of and when he became aware of it. Did he allow his veterans to cross the line with rookie hazing?

While Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy would not directly address the Incognito situation when asked about it on Wednesday, he did give Philbin a very strong endorsement.

“I really don’t have an opinion on what’s going on in Miami,” McCarthy said, per the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “But I trust Joe Philbin with my children. That’s the highest compliment I can give another man. … On a personal note you never want to see anybody go through that, player or coach, and I’m sure they’re doing everything they possibly can to make it right.”

Before he became the head coach of the Dolphins, Philbin was McCarthy’s offensive coordinator. McCarthy also addressed the challenges that go along with keeping a locker room together.

“To me that’s all part about continuing education and unfortunately it’s something that’s happened,” he said. “It obviously looks poor in the public eye but I just know here in Green Bay we talk a lot about being good teammate and things like that but there’s things that happen in the locker room that usually stay in the locker room. It’s no different than the coaches’ locker room or coaches’ office, so this is a challenging profession.”

The truth of the matter is Philbin could lose his job over this. If Martin did indeed go to Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland to tell him what was going on, it would be hard to believe Philbin was left in the dark. With a situation that has become this sensitive, that in itself might be enough to cost Philbin his job.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Mike McCarthy yelled at Aaron Rodgers during sideline argument

Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers got into it on the sidelines during the second quarter of the Green Bay Packers’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Mike McCarthy Aaron RodgersThe Packers started off the game down 14-0, but they caused four straight turnovers to get back in the game. They were down 14-13 upon causing the fourth turnover, which gave them the ball at the Cincinnati 21. Despite getting a first down and 5-yard penalty for defensive holding, the Packers only settled for a field goal. They ran six offensive plays yet were unable to score, and McCarthy may have been upset with Rodgers for pulling the ball down and trying to run for a touchdown on a scramble on 3rd and 3. Rodgers was pushed out of bounds at the one, leaving the Packers to settle for a go-ahead field goal.

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There may have been some disagreements about the playcalling or Rodgers’ decisions on the possessions, but Green Bay turned it around after halftime by driving for touchdowns on their first two possessions of the third quarter. They ended up losing 34-30.

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Packers fan stumbles upon Mike McCarthy when he’s about to pop the question, has McCarthy take engagement photo

Packers-fan-proposalA man from Milwaukee named named Tim Schlosser recently planned a very romantic and memorable proposal for his now-fiancee Abigail Kobriger. However, Schlosser’s plan was not executed exactly the way he had envisioned it. Thank goodness for that, because he could have never imagined it going as well as it did.

The couple was strolling down the beach while on their Caribbean vacation when Tim was just about ready to make his move. The only thing he needed was a person that he could ask to take a picture of the couple, as he planned to get down on one knee and ask Abigail to marry him as soon as he could find a kind stranger to play the role of photographer. The next thing he knew, Schlosser spotted Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy from about 100 yards away.

“I know that guy!” Schlosser told TMJ 4 he was thinking when he spotted McCarthy. “I could just tell from the build, from about a 100 yards away and it’s Mike McCarthy.”

Schlosser says he and his girlfriend were both star struck and asked McCarthy to take a couple photos with them. He then asked the coach if he would mind taking a picture of the couple, which Kobriger found to be very bold considering he’s an NFL coach and a celebrity in their home state. That’s when Schlosser made his move.

“Coach hang on, I’ve got one thing to do,” Schlosser recalled asking McCarthy. “I pull out the ring and get down on one knee.”

Schlosser said McCarthy thought the moment was “very cool” and he ended up snapping 30 more photos of the couple to help them capture their special moment. We’ve seen NFL quarterbacks and punters help guys propose to their girlfriends before, but a coincidence like the one Schlosser and Kobriger came across seems too good to be true. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

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Jordy Nelson hides Mike McCarthy’s challenge flag

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Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy nearly cost his team a touchdown by throwing a challenge flag on a play by the goal line that was likely already going to be reviewed. Luckily for Green Bay, wide receiver Jordy Nelson did his best to cover his coach’s tracks.

Nelson picked up the challenge flag and tried hiding it around his waist as he was walking off the field. Nelson apparently knew what McCarthy didn’t, and that is that coaches are penalized for throwing challenge flags on the field for plays that are automatically reviewed.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was burned earlier this season for throwing a challenge flag on a play that was going to be reviewed, and that gave the Houston Texans a touchdown that likely would have been reversed.

The officials gave Green Bay a break and determined that McCarthy threw the challenge flag after they decided to already review the play, so the Packers were only penalized 15 yards on the kickoff. Aaron Rodgers was credited with an eight-yard touchdown pass to James Jones to make it 27-24 Minnesota.

Why would McCarthy have thrown the flag on the play? There was no indication from the referees that it was a scoring play, so maybe he felt he needed to challenge that it was a touchdown. That’s probably why he threw it.

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Mike McCarthy still believes resting players is right way to go

The Green Bay Packers went 15-1 in the regular season last year and, after clinching the top seed in the NFC, sat many of their starters for Week 17’s contest against the Lions. That meant many of the Packers players, including Aaron Rodgers, went two weeks between playing games thanks to their first-round bye. The Packers were sloppy in their Divisional Round playoff loss to the Giants committing four turnovers and dropping around seven passes. Though many people believe the time off affected their play, Packers coach Mike McCarthy says he would do the same thing over again.

“I’ll share this with the team first, there is something I’ll change if we’re in that position again from my perspective. But as far as sitting players, I wouldn’t change that at all,” McCarthy told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “A fresh team is the best team because you can accomplish the things you need to accomplish leading up to that game if you go about it the right way.”

McCarthy also doesn’t think quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who wasn’t as brilliant as usual, was the problem.

“If you want to talk specifically about Aaron, I thought Aaron played very well in the game,” McCarthy said. “I mean he had what, seven dropped balls? We dropped the football, we turned it over, we didn’t tackle very well.”

McCarthy also told the Press-Gazette that the defense was disappointing last season. He said the team needs to improve its pass rush, pass coverage, and tackling. Few people would disagree with that assessment of the defense, but I’m starting to believe that having players play all their games is the right way to go. Even though playing presents an injury risk — think Wes Welker injuring his knee Week 17 against the Texans in the 2009 season — it seems to keep teams hungrier and sharper headed into the postseason.