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Mike McCarthy gets his first taste of Super Bowl “total overreaction”

The week off before the Super Bowl always has a few overblown stories because the media’s spotlight on the NFL is reaching a crescendo, and yet there’s not a lot of actual news.

So it shouldn’t come as any surprise to Packers coach Mike McCarthy that a seemingly innocuous issue like whether players on injured reserve will be part of the team picture has turned into a controversy. McCarthy did seem a bit taken aback, however, by what he described as a “total overreaction” to that particular story.

McCarthy said he’s sought advice from other coaches who have been in his shoes, and they told him he just has to be prepared to accept some distractions.

“We’ll be as organized as we possibly can,” McCarthy said. “Something is going to be screwed up. I’ve been told that by a number of coaches. So you have to be able to let it roll off your back, and somebody else is going to get their feelings hurt. We’re going to continue to make sure that we do everything that’s in the best interests of getting our football team ready to win this game.”

Linebacker Nick Barnett was among the players who were upset that the Packers originally planned to exclude the guys on injured reserve from the team photo. The Packers eventually relented and said every player on the team will be in the picture.

“It’s not that they are not part of the team,” McCarthy said. “They are in the photo. You want them in the photo and that’s important.”

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10 Responses to “Mike McCarthy gets his first taste of Super Bowl “total overreaction””
  1. calloustongue says: Jan 27, 2011 2:34 PM

    And the readers of PFT get their fouth taste of “total overexposure” to this story.

    What, no more Favre stories to print?

  2. jimmysee says: Jan 27, 2011 3:05 PM

    The Super Bowl is like a wedding — no matter how well you plan, something always gets screwed up.

    Seems like a big deal at the time — but in hindsight it is not.

  3. shaggytoodle says: Jan 27, 2011 3:13 PM

    It’s not the first time there has been overreaction to the way the Packers players have handled things this post season.

  4. JimmySmith says: Jan 27, 2011 3:22 PM

    By “total overreaction”, McCarthy was referring to the IR players themselves who thought the best way to find redress was to state their cases via Twitter.

    McCarthy has an open door policy for this very reason, he wants the team issues to be resolved internally, not in the press. But as fate would have it, two of the biggest ego’s just happen to hit IR this year and the rest is history.

    Look at the bright side, it gave the CryQueen fans some material for a few days until the Packers announced that they were including everybody. Now the CryQueen fans have to go back to the introspection of looking at their last place team.

  5. 1historian says: Jan 27, 2011 3:34 PM

    Starting the night when the two finalists are determined the “worst 2 1/2 weeks of journalism in the year” tournament starts. It is in these 2 1/2 weeks that the standards of atrocious, awful, moronic, pointless, desperately rotten journalism are set for the next 49 1/2 weeks to give all those wannabes, neverweres, and assorted fauna a target to aim down to.

    Michael David Smith, you have gotten things off to a good start, but the pinnacle is usually reached on “Stupid question Tuesday” (or Wednesday), which usually comes during the last week before the contest.

    I have some advice for those of you out there who agree with me which will help you get through the next 10 days and 3+ hours until the game starts.

    Just say “play the damn game” OVER AND OVER to yourself and ignore everything else. Believe me – it works.

    My work here is done. You can thank me Monday morning February 7.


  6. theo547 says: Jan 27, 2011 3:53 PM

    Barnett is going to look good in Brown next year

  7. itwasagoodrun says: Jan 27, 2011 4:07 PM

    This article doesn’t point out that he was actually mad at the players. He should apologize for the oversight and move on. He doesn’t risk his body in the game of football so he wouldn’t know that his players could feel slighted. Instead, he’s making the problem worse. Distractions are the ultimate equalizer and he’s doing his best to make them.

  8. firemangb says: Jan 27, 2011 6:41 PM

    Barnett has always been all bark and no bite. He won’t be a Packer next year anyway. Pack by 7 in the Superbowl.

  9. mediasloppy says: Jan 27, 2011 10:46 PM

    Jimmy – Look at the bright side, it gave the CryQueen fans some material for a few days until the Packers announced that they were including everybody. Now the CryQueen fans have to go back to the introspection of looking at their last place team.
    I haven’t been here much, but judging from the whole 8 responses to this article and none of which is anti-packer – you look like a tool. No one spouts more nonsense than yourself.

  10. freedomispopular says: Jan 27, 2011 11:23 PM

    In other news, Terry Bradshaw is dead.

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