Packers XLV

Letting Bears Score Was Packers' Only Chance

Posted September 28th, 2010 @ 04:09pm

It pains me to write this. It goes against everything I stand for. Would Vince Lombardi have had the guts to tell Willie Davis and Ray Nitschke to let the Bears waltz into the end zone in the final minute to give the offense a chance to answer?

Of course not. But this is 2010. The age of Madden '11. Where the rules are stacked to put points on the board (see the Morgan Burnett pass inteference call where both players were grabbing each other). When Mike Holmgren did itin Super Bowl XXXII, he caught a lot of flak. But Holmgren was and is a great offensive mind and knew his only chance was to give his Pro Bowl QB another chance.

McCarthy should have done the same thing. Once he wasted a timeout with a challenge that never should have been made, his hand was forced. There was only the slimmest of chances that Robbie Gould was going to miss a chip shot field goal. He's never missed one from inside 30 yards. Never.

With one minute and one timeout remaining, Rodgers would have had a chance to direct a game tying-touchdown. The odds would have been rather long, but the chances were a lot better than Gould shanking one.

Offense rules in today's NFL. Usually, the team with the ball last, wins close games. McCarthy should have given up the points and given Rodgers one more opportunity.

One final thought, while McCarthy and his coaches light up the team this week for its lack of discipline on the field (hello Nick Collins and Frank Zombo, among others), the head coach better think long and hard about how to handle challenges. He's made two very questionable ones already this season. Like some penalties and on-field mistakes, this is a correctable problem. Time to get it addressed now.

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Comments (13):

Hey, you're the goto expert. Thanks for hganing out here.

on January 19th, 2012 at 07:33pm

Deep thinking - adds a new dimesnoin to it all.

on January 19th, 2012 at 08:31am

I can't believe I've been going for years withuot knowing that.

on January 19th, 2012 at 08:42am

This is an article that makes you think "never thohugt of that!"

on January 19th, 2012 at 10:04pm

I'll try to put this to good use immideately.

on January 20th, 2012 at 12:07am

It's wondreufl to have you on our side, haha!

on January 21st, 2012 at 02:02am

Short, sweet, to the point, FREE-exactly as information suolhd be!

on January 21st, 2012 at 03:04am

Yo, good looikn out! Gonna make it work now.

on January 21st, 2012 at 03:59am

on September 28th, 2010 at 04:04pm

Unacceptable performance by a team that is suppose be in the super bowl. Seeing the yellow flags brought back flashbacks from last year.

on September 28th, 2010 at 04:08pm

In regards to the Packers running game. Is there any reason for them not to go after Jerome Harrison? He is completely unwanted in Cleveland after his almost record breaking rushing preformance not even a year ago. With Mike Holmgren as GM there, that is already an open door. He has more upside than Marshawn Lynch and is a better all around threat as a runner. What do you think? Let's get him in Green Bay. Does ir make sense?

on September 28th, 2010 at 12:07pm

I like it. I don't know his contract status, but with Hillis' emergence, he might be gettable. Same with Jonathan Stewart of the Panthers. Make a move Ted...

on September 28th, 2010 at 12:14pm

bad, bad, and worst.. We lost this game in so many ways that you cant even pickout just one play, call or unit. However I still dont understand the challenge in the 4th quarter... We ready missed that 3rd time out.. From the TT, head coach on down they need to get SMARTER......

on September 28th, 2010 at 12:18pm

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