1) Get a lead
2) Get conservative, keep opponent in the game.
3) Fail to get first downs to kill the clock in the latter part of the fourth quarter
4) Hand the ball back to your opponent with a chance to tie or win
5) Survive… thanks to a big stop by the defense, often near your own end zone.
The Packers have lived out this scenario in both games so far in 2011. It’s also how they won four out of the last six games last season, including the Super Bowl.
But since the Packers’ Groundhog Day always ends the same way, (with a win) we shouldn’t be concerned, right?
Well, unlike Bill Murray, who tried like hell to get out of the loop he was stuck in, McCarthy seems resigned to let the scenario repeat indefinitely. Murray eventually found himself in the same position.
But then Murray tried a different approach, taking advantage of his knowledge of how the day will play out to try to make improvements to the day, helping to improve himself and all of those around him. Then eventually, the loop was broken.
So how about it Mike, why not use your knowledge of repeating history to your advantage? Make some changes in your “day” (game calls) when you get in those same situations next time. Perhaps you’ll break the loop.