November 15th, 2018 was not a good day in the professional life of Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy. In a loss to the Seahawks that really hurt the team's playoff chances, pushing them below .500 past the midway point of the season, McCarthy had at least two (didn't watch the whole game) crucial mental errors that ultimately led to his team's defeat.
First he didn't challenge what appeared to be a clear drop deep into the 4th quarter on a drive that would lead to the game-winning score.
I almost understand it, with only one time out you don't wanna lose it and be out of time outs in the 4th quarter. That being said, this was a pretty big fucking moment in the game and pretty obvious call. This is why you don't waste timeouts unless you absolutely have to. I know many may disagree but I feel like you almost are better taking a delay of game than giving up a timeout in a close game. Time outs save the most precious resource in a game; time. Something the Packers simply ran out of thanks to poor coaching by one of the most overrated coaches in the NFL.
The Seahawks were down 24-20 at the 50 yard line with a little under 7 minutes to play. This play brought them inside the red-zone down to the 16 yard line. Kind of a big change play imo. 2nd and 10 at midfield is a lot different than 1st and 10 inside the 20. Might want to have the boys take a look. Mike was like me at Thanksgiving when someone offers me corn, all set. 3 plays later the Seahawks took the lead for good. Corn is vile and has no real nutritional value, and is much better in bread and taco shell form.
I know your team doesn't have a real owner, but don't you have someone who's job it is to look at replays to check and see if a call is worth challenging? Do you need to sell more Packer stock? Because to me, even with the erratic catch rules in this league, it is pretty clear this ball it the ground. That challenge flag has to be thrown.
But, despite everything I just said, I can almost overlook all of that. Because either way you were gonna get the ball back with enough time to retake the lead, or try to run the clock out. Maybe he thought that timeout was more valuable for a game-winning drive? Idk man I'm tryna put myself in his shoes, but it's tough. I am a smart football mind.
This is where Mike McCarthy made one of the dumbest decisions I have ever seen.
With 4:20 (nice) remaining in the game the Packers were trailing by 4 facing a 4th and 2 on their own 33 yard line. With only one timeout remaining the Packers chose to punt.
My only question is
When asked McCarthy said he considered going for it.
That picture does him no favors, just captures a look of confusion. Like he knows he fucked up. Dude what are you even talking about with "playing the numbers"? You wanna play the numbers? Here are a couple for you.
That's the number of Aaron Rodgers, you know, that dude who's played quarterback and been the miracle child for idiots who think Tom Brady isn't the best quarterback in the NFL. Regardless of what I think about A-a-ron, he's pretty damn good. He's pulled a rabbit out of his ass a few times. What you did by punting is basically say you trust your defense (who isn't a hall of famer quarterback) to get you the ball back with enough time to re-take the lead. If I'm going down, I'm going down swinging with my best guys. At 4-4-1 going into the game, it was time to put your nuts on the table and say let's go. This was just simply coward football.
That's how many rushing yards your defense already allowed before the final drive. How could you feel confident they would get you the ball back? With three solid running backs, plus maybe the most athletic QB in the league, I would not like my chances here. With the amount of time remaining and the time out situation, the Seahawks could milk some serious time off the clock (which they did). How can you believe in this defense more to get you a stop, than Aaron fucking Rodgers to get you 6 feet??? Just go in the gun 5 wide and he could scramble for it. I just don't understand this chicken-shit, pussy mindset by the Packers.
That's how many chances you have if you go for it. By punting you only have one. Hope you force a punt. Even if you fail on 4th down the game is still not over, there's over 4 minutes left in the game and you have two clock-stoppages left. This situation reminds me a lot of the Patriots-Saints game in 2013. Down 1 with like 4 minutes left the Patriots went for it deep in their own territory, failed, allowing a FG, but were still able to get the ball back (after throwing an INT) with enough time to drive the field for a game winning TD.
Sure the Seahawks would've gotten the ball pretty close to field goal range, basically already in Seabass' range, but a FG would still keep the game a one score game. Now a touchdown ties it. But regardless, from my many years of madden this is the clear call. Look I get a video game isn't real life, but by going for it you're actually giving yourself more chances. Plain and simple. And it's not like it was fucking 4th and 11. It was 4th and 2. That is extremely make-able. Even with poor team numbers 4/11 on 4th up to this point in the year, to anybody with a brain, this is the right call. It's not a position you wanna be in, but if I'm McCarthy I'm playing to my strengths. And my strength is Aaron Rodgers. Taking the ball out of his hand in that spot is essentially inexcusable.
Even Pete Carroll was shocked, and from reading between the lines thought it was a dumb move, and if Pete Carroll is questioning your decision making, you know you done fucked up.
“I was a little relieved,” Carroll told reporters after the 27-24 win via Pro Football Talk. “I really did like that they punted the ball to us right there, because we knew we had a shot to kill the game if we could, and kill the clock, and we did it. The thing about that that’s important is our belief in the running game, and we get the ball in that situation. It was like, oh here we go, this is our time. It’s four-minute time. Thrilled to see that happen. The mentality that’s coming around in those guys up front and the runners and all that, it’s really important, it’s obviously really valuable too, and it’s great to see that happen.”
Even as it happened I knew the Packers made a mistake. I loveeeeeeeee Trump styled tweets when shitting on someone, it's hilarious idgaf.
This is why I understand that people think Belichick is why Brady is the GOAT because of how smart he is, and that Aaron Rodgers has a pussy-boy coach who would rather go down with a sinking ship then try and jump off. Punting was basically conceding the game. It's soft, it's embarrassing, and if I was a Packers fan I would think this was the straw that broke the camel's back. It's time for McCarthy to go.