Welcome back for another fun attempt at figuring out what Packers coach Mike McCarthy is thinking during big moments in any game. Today’s installment will examine perhaps the most critical third down call in the Packers – Vikings game.
But first, let’s set this up:
Mike McCarthy has been lamenting all season about the poor third down conversion percentage by his offense. After going 6 for11 this game, he remarked after the game:
“Our issues on offense this year have been third down and giveaways. We obviously played better on third down. And with that, playing the favorable down and distance, we didn’t have many third and long situations so if we can play within that time clock with our protection unit and with our quarterback and he can still extend plays, I think we have the opportunity to play downhill on the defense.”
That’s a typical McCarthy going-in-circles quote. My best interpretation of it is that by converting more of those first downs, the defense will not have to be on the field as much.
I’m in 100% agreement, and that’s a big reason I pay close attention to time of possession. It’s an even more important factor with the condition of the Packers’ defensive line. Sure, you can win a game while getting dominated in possession, but it’s a lot easier the other way around.
In any case, I thought McCarthy had been doing a fine job with the third down play calling through most of the game (see a McCarthy compliment). Here are some examples: Read more... (587 words + 3 images, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
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Mining the Mind of McCarthy: Packers – Vikings, 3rd Down and Short
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There may be no more difficult task, at times. than trying to figure out what Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is thinking. In what I hope becomes a semi-regular feature here, I plan to do a little panning for gold and hope to discover a few nuggets of insight into what defines the Packers’ coach.
In the interest of full disclosure, let me say that I am generally disappointed with McCarthy’s performance as head football coach of the Packers. More specifically, his performance during games in the areas of play selection, game management, and time management.
I don’t want to be unhappy with McCarthy. On the contrary, I want to see him make the right moves to put his players in a position to win. But since I first sat in Lambeau field and watched his first game as Packers coach (a 26-0 spanking by the Chicago Bears that wasn’t even that close) I’ve observed McCarthy do things week after week that just confound me.
I’ve written about McCarthy many times before, lest you think I’m a Johnny-come-lately non-fan of his work. Just a few examples:
Sep 20, 2009: Is Mike McCarthy in Charge?
Nov 9, 2009: Mike McCarthy Said What?
Apr 8, 2010: Mike McCarthy and his Quarterback Obsession
June 11, 2010: Packers Penalty Problems
July 6, 2010: MM, Time to Beat the Good Teams
Sep 30, 2010: Packers Penalty Palooza Read more... (1246 words + 3 images, estimated 4:59 mins reading time)
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Mining the Mind of McCarthy: Packers – Redskins, Goal Line Offense
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