McCarthy fitted Packers for rings

Eight days before Super Bowl XLV, Packers coach Mike McCarthy took a calculated risk.  He had his players fitted for rings.

“We wanted to come into the game focused,” guard Daryn Colledge said.  “We knew we had a chance to win this and came in with that mindset, and that’s the way we played:  Downhill.

“It’s a pretty quiet process.  It’s a ring fitting like you probably did for your own wedding ring.  I think it just sets that mental mindset that you’ve got to go out there and you’ve got something to accomplish.”

Still, if word of the ring-fitting had surfaced, the Packers would have been called presumptuous, and the Steelers may have discovered some extra motivation in the maneuver.

In the end, there’s a good chance that the effort helped the team put the I.R. photo controversy behind it, allowing the Packers to ensure that the sizes of their fingers wouldn’t be used only for NFC  championship rings.

UPDATE:  Rosenthal sent an e-mail from the stadium indicating that the ring fitting happened more recently.  The quote sheets distributed after the game indicated that the ring fitting happened “last Saturday.”

34 responses to “McCarthy fitted Packers for rings

  1. extra motivation?? u think the steelers would need extra motivation to win a super bowl? that has to be one of the worst journalistic statements ever.. we turned the ball over packers capitalized they won.. no excuses. we lost

  2. Still, if word of the ring-fitting had surfaced, the Packers would have been called presumptuous, and the Steelers may have discovered some extra motivation in the maneuver.
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    You do realize that both teams get rings, right? The loser still gets a conference championship ring.

    So, you see, getting the fitting done before the Super Bowl is not presumptuous at all, because they would have had to do it at some point anyway, win or lose.

    Other than that little point, though, great post!

  3. I don’t understand this. They would have taken their size for the NFC championship rings, so why take another one for the Super Bowl ? Does your finger size change according to the ring you wear ?

  4. McCarthy almost lost his team the game with that terrible clock management in the second half. Andy Reid would have been proud. I’m pretty sure they had 1 or 2 rushing attempts in the entire second half. I’m happy for the Packers and wanted them to win, but McCarthy did a horrible job managing the second half. Luckily, Rodgers got it done in the 4th quarter

  5. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t they have gotten NFC Champions rings if they’d have lost? If so, then its no big deal.

  6. A helluva move by McCarthy. Even though his playcalling makes me nervous when they nurse a lead, this is a great motivational tool.

  7. Well… There were rumors (surprised that PFT didn’t pick up on it), that Steelers players (out in the clubs) were talking about becoming the new “Title-Town”…

  8. I can’t wipe this smile off my face …

    31-25 … WOW!!

    The world is now a better place …
    The Steelers are a class act and a worthy opponent …

    But, it’s been one hell of a season for the Green Bay Packers!

    Go Pack Go!!!

  9. 13 NFL championships.

    The best.

    13.

    No one close.

    And with 8 draft picks… plus a 3rd / 4th for losing Kampman … Finley….Grant …. back …

    Wow ….

  10. “NFL Championships”?

    Silly Packer fans even now after another super bowl victory bringing up that meaningless archaic babble. Poor little flyover country. 😦

  11. 4sacroc says:
    Feb 7, 2011 12:13 AM

    And with 8 draft picks… plus a 3rd / 4th for losing Kampman … Finley….Grant …. back …

    Wow ….

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    No big deal but I don’t think they can get anything higher than a 5th round pick as compensation for Kampman because of his age. There is a restriction based on the age of a player regardless of how good they are. Besides, Kampman didn’t produce enough to garner a 3rd or 4th rnd draft pick.

  12. nailjack says:
    Feb 7, 2011 12:35 AM
    what a bold move. But really, how does MM not get one vote for coach of the year! Go pack Go!
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    Coach of the Year is a regular season award.

    Coaches who take preseason Super Bowl favorites and turn them into #6 seeds don’t generally get many COY votes.

    If they revoted today, he would obviously get much stronger consideration.

    BTW- I personally believe that Aaron Rodger’s great game overshadowed a horribly called offensive game plan.

    Seriously, 13 rushing attempts?

  13. fooath says:
    Feb 7, 2011 3:29 AM
    “NFL Championships”?

    Silly Packer fans even now after another super bowl victory bringing up that meaningless archaic babble. Poor little flyover country.

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    Grapes are pretty sour this morning, aren’t they?

  14. I doubted McCarthy, I didn’t think he was a “superbowl caliber coach” All sorts of penalties early in the year, never shows much fire on the sidelines, but I am glad he prooved me wrong.

  15. realitypolice says:

    Seriously, 13 rushing attempts?

    MM called a game that went balls-out on the passing attack because this was exactly how the Saints and Patriots had success against the Steelers’ defence earlier in the season, and played directly into one of the biggest strengths of the Packers offense.

  16. realitypolice says:
    Feb 7, 2011 9:13 AM
    BTW- I personally believe that Aaron Rodger’s great game overshadowed a horribly called offensive game plan.

    Seriously, 13 rushing attempts?

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    I have to agree with you 100%. Mid-3rd quarter, I thought his horrible penchant to force the ball upfield while nursing a lead was going to lose it for us. The even more disheartening thing was that Starks averaged 4.7 yards per run. LeBeau was obviously sold on the fact that Rodgers would have to beat his coverages as opposed to blitzing and getting burned. It almost worked, because of McCarthy’s habitual four passes and out runs.

    Sorry to my fellow Packers fans for saying this, but that’s not “dynasty” football. That’s Sean Payton football – one and done. He needs to recommit to a run game balance, and I’d be happy with 60% pass / 40% run, the way he’s calling plays (which seems to be more in the woods of 85% pas to 15% run). They have to nail this down for sure if they hope to dream about a dynasty.

  17. Coach McCarthy is a very organized coach.
    I mean with trips to the White House , victory parades, trips to Disneyworld, numerous TV appereances there just wont be time for ring sizing later. Best to get it out of the way early.

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