On Carolina, Mike McCarthy, and Sean Payton’s Lameness

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Last year, I thought we might have missed out on getting the top young coach in the NFL by passing on Sean Payton. He worked a miracle in New Orleans. But now I’m not so sure. His attempts to motivate his team are so asinine that I’m becoming convinced that they actually serve to de-motivate (new word, it’s my blog) his players. Before the season, Payton held a New Orleans-style funeral to metaphorically “bury” all of their accomplishments in order to turn their full attention to this year. Stupid. Then, he reportedly exhumed the awards when the Saints started out by losing their first four games. Are you serious?

Last week, Payton set dozens of blue-and-gold mousetraps throughout the Saints locker room in order to remind them that playing the St. Louis Rams could be a “trap” game. Rams, 37. Saints, 29. I’m glad Mike McCarthy doesn’t use such kindergarten tactics to motivate the Packers.

McCarthy, in fact, might be a bit too blunt about his preparations for the upcoming games. I was going to post a cautionary note about looking past this Sunday’s game against Carolina, after reading in a couple of different places Mike McCarthy talking openly about game-planning for Detroit on Thanksgiving. McCarthy has to be preparing ahead, of course, but I’m not sure he should be talking about it. Might be good bulletin-board material for Carolina. In any case, I don’t need to do that post because Aaron at Cheesehead.tv has done it better than I could have. So just go here.

One newsy note to consider, however: Steve Smith sat out his second practice today with some kind of leg injury. If he doesn’t play, it might be okay to quit game-planning for the Panthers entirely and let Favre just draw up plays on his hand.

UPDATE: More good stuff at Bratsandbeer.com. “t could be argued this is the biggest trap game of the year so far.

The Panthers come into Lambeau Field with a three-game losing streak, but they are still 4-5 on the year with wins over St. Louis, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Arizona. All of those were road wins and in each one Carolina held its opponent to 20 points or less. The Panthers defense ranks 13th in the league for points allowed and yards given up and 14th against the pass.” Truedat.

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