Great statement made by reader DaveK after last night’s game. I think it sums up our coaching situation:
“We need a little more Sean Payton and little less Mike Sherman in MM”.
I think this is very much the case. McCarthy flirts with Payton-ness sometimes (the fantastic onside kick to start the game), but usually he’s more like Sherman (probably not even considering going for it on 4th and 1 from the goal line late in the game to potentially close out the Pats). Both Sherman and McCarthy appear to get overwhelmed in big situations – frankly, a sign of self-doubt. Again, we have to be careful to give McCarthy a heck of a lot of credit for preparing the team as he did last night – no question the team was ready to play and in fact deserved to win. But at the critical moments, he continues to struggle. The Packers are now 5-16 in games decided by 4 points or less under McCarthy – that’s terrible.