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Mike McCarthy: The punchmaster

Sometimes Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy hits the target right on when he’s talking about his football philosophy. That’s what occurred yesterday when McCarthy was describing how he approaches the game from an offensive standpoint.

There have been many times that McCarthy has been vilified for his seemingly conservative play calling, but when you listen and read what he had to say yesterday, you may change your opinion about the man who has spent the past seven years leading one of the most prolific offenses in all of football.

Here’s what he had to say – how can you not like his outlook on the game?

“At the end of the day, our job ultimately is to put the ball in the end zone. I don’t play keep away. I think there’s two schools of thought when you play football. Some guys like to shorten the game, play great defense, play field position and try not to lose it. I want to play as fast as I can and throw as many punches as I possibly can and beat you as bad as I can. That’s the way we play.”

Many today have said this could be one of the top five quotes of all time from the coach. I have to agree. In six sentences, he gives us a run through on how he wants his team to perform week-in and week-out.

These words, especially his “I don’t play keep away,” are fighting words that he will have to live by for the rest of his career. While he understands the importance of the run game and its place in the NFL, ultimately its his love of the quick-strike that sets McCarthy apart.

How many times have we seen McCarthy go long on third and one? How many times has he utilized the play action on third down to pass for a first down?


Now with a serious draft that added talent and depth to his offensive backfield we can expect the coach to allow Aaron Rodgers once again enjoy the green light on crucial downs. With a more potent running attack it should open up the pass game and allow McCarthy more opportunities “to put the ball in the end zone.”

When he says, “that’s the way we play,” we’ve got to agree … and hope they have more chances in 2013 to prove McCarthy right.

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