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Mike McCarthy embraces high expectations

Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson AP

In a sport where managing expectations has a direct connection to job security, Packers coach Mike McCarthy isn’t doing a very good job — which gives him no choice but to do a great job of coaching.

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, McCarthy made it clear he has high hopes for the 2012 season, making it reasonable for the fans to do the same.  And making the fall even more painful, if there is one.

“I just feel with all returning players, our fourth year in the system defensively . . . we have a lot of experience with the players in this system,” McCarthy said regarding his recent description of the team as the most talented and experienced he’s had during his time in Green Bay.  “I just feel as a whole, it was a very athletic offseason program and I’ve been impressed with the quality of depth and the competition we’re going to have.”

Asked to explain where his confidence places the bar, McCarthy initially equivocated before embracing the import of his words.  ” I think we’re probably putting too much into the statement because we’ve been fortunate enough to have quality depth and competitive training camps,” McCarthy said.  “But this one, on paper, looks like it’s going to live up to those standards.”

It’s a bold, shot-calling claim from McCarthy, which could come back to haunt him if the Packers for some reason fall apart in 2012.  Though it won’t put him on the hot seat, it’ll undoubtedly force him to be a little more circumspect come 2013.

McCarthy’s optimism arises in part from a belief that improved tackling will result in an improved defense, and that the offense has “set the standard” at 35 points per game.

To maintain that standard, McCarthy said that quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the league’s MVP in 2012, needs to keep pushing himself to improve.  “You have to go about it that way,” McCarthy said.  “If you just watch him in practice, he still does the fundamental drills.  He’s always working to get better. But to me, when players reach that pinnacle they have to really work and prepare against themselves more than they do their opponent.  Because his biggest challenge is maintaining his discipline and trying not to do too much.  He does such a great job of running the offense, distributing the football, playing fast.  He just needs to continue to do that.”

If Rodgers can continue to do that, the Packers should continue to excel.  Chances are that both will happen, and that Titletown will be in the mix for another title run come January.

But if it doesn’t happen, look for McCarthy to be much more careful about what he says as the team prepares the next NFL season.

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  1. crik911 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:06 AM

    It’s a good thing the game is played on the field and not on paper Coach ‘Catfish’ McCarthy.

    Daaaaaa Bears. Vs. Packers Rivalry History

    Current Trend GB: Won 6 of last 7
    All-Time Series CHI: leads 92–86–6

  2. packattack1967 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:07 AM

    We lost 2 games, what’s he supposed to say?

  3. gbmickey says: Jun 27, 2012 9:07 AM

    Wow these comments like to create a fire where there is none. He states he has high hopes and yet he is being portrayed like Rex Ryan?

  4. lbpackfan says: Jun 27, 2012 9:24 AM

    Lets all wait for contra to chime in and reek of his usual jealousy of the Packers and a much superior team and franchise than his poor little trophyless Vikes. (SKOAL!)

  5. emaimo80 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:25 AM

    McCarthy and Rex should never be referred to in the same sentence! Rex is horrible!

  6. muskyhunter2542 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:29 AM

    crik911 says:
    Jun 27, 2012 9:06 AM
    It’s a good thing the game is played on the field and not on paper Coach ‘Catfish’ McCarthy.

    Daaaaaa Bears. Vs. Packers Rivalry History

    Current Trend GB: Won 6 of last 7
    All-Time Series CHI: leads 92–86–6

    ———————————————-

    The one that counts the most was the NFC Championship game

  7. sj39 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:35 AM

    Anyone else hear something about the Saints having a bounty system in place for the last few years?

  8. hooahitsnotatomthing says: Jun 27, 2012 9:40 AM

    This article should be filed under the “No Brainer” category.

    His team won 15 reg. season games! How is he not supposed to “high hopes for the season.”

    As a bears fan, I really like Coach McCarthy. I think he is a very good coach and has a consistancy of a good to great team. When you have offensive weapons like GB does and Rodgers conducting the offense, any one would have high expectations. Don’t ever compare McCarthy to Rex. Not even close.

    The only thing that could hold the Packers back is a very talented NFC North and NFC in general.

  9. packfaninchitown says: Jun 27, 2012 9:56 AM

    It’s a good thing the game is played on the field and not on paper Coach ‘Catfish’ McCarthy.

    Daaaaaa Bears. Vs. Packers Rivalry History

    Current Trend GB: Won 6 of last 7
    All-Time Series CHI: leads 92–86–6
    —————————————-
    Keep clinging to ancient history. Record since 93:

    GB: leads 29 – 11

    Given the Bears won’t be making the playoffs much in the next 10 years we’ll just have to close that overall gap two games per year…

  10. cooklynn17 says: Jun 27, 2012 10:17 AM

    Don’t worry Mike your overrated team will do something stupid to toss off the season, and then you can claim your team beat themselves like they did against the Giants in the playoffs last year.

    Your expectations are high. But the NY Giants expectations are higher.

  11. contra74 says: Jun 27, 2012 10:23 AM

    lbpackfan says:
    Jun 27, 2012 9:24 AM
    Lets all wait for contra to chime in and reek of his usual jealousy of the Packers and a much superior team and franchise than his poor little trophyless Vikes. (SKOAL!)
    —–
    And like most Packer fans on here you feel the need to continually worry about a Viking fan and take a shot at the Vikings. News flash princess, there are a total of 31 other teams that don’t think highly of the delusional self entitled fan base you belong to.

  12. binkystevens says: Jun 27, 2012 10:24 AM

    Big fan of Mike McCarthy. Intense guy. Have you ever seen him in press conferences? He looks like he wants to kill anyone who’s asking him a question.

    On an unrelated note: this guy has ballooned since coming to Green Bay. Is it just me or is part of the job description for GB head coaches these days that (1) coach must be named Mike and (2) coach must put on at least 50 pounds within the first 3 years of living there.

  13. skittlesareyum says: Jun 27, 2012 10:25 AM

    cooklynn17 says:
    Jun 27, 2012 10:17 AM
    Don’t worry Mike your overrated team will do something stupid to toss off the season, and then you can claim your team beat themselves like they did against the Giants in the playoffs last year.

    Your expectations are high. But the NY Giants expectations are higher.

    I’d think both teams expect to win the Super Bowl. How can either be higher?

  14. glac1 says: Jun 27, 2012 10:46 AM

    His statement is true. The Packers have a talented team and are poised to do well if they stay healthy. He’s telling the truth unlike our president who says the private sector is doing well!

  15. bjamesa says: Jun 27, 2012 10:58 AM

    cooklynn17 says:
    Jun 27, 2012 10:17 AM
    Don’t worry Mike your overrated team will do something stupid to toss off the season, and then you can claim your team beat themselves like they did against the Giants in the playoffs last year.

    Your expectations are high. But the NY Giants expectations are higher.

    ———————–

    Well, the Packers expectations are probably to go undefeated and win the Super Bowl. I don’t think that first part is a realistic expectation for the Giants. They win when it matters most, but struggle early. So, I guess, that would mean McCarthy’s Packers would have the highest expectations…

  16. kiefs85 says: Jun 27, 2012 11:13 AM

    A “bold, shot calling claim”? Why wouldn’t the head coach of a team that scored the 2nd most points in league history with everyone coming back be confident? Christ, they won 15 f’n games!!! Florio is reaching—-not surprising since he is a Viking fan.

  17. ufullpj says: Jun 27, 2012 11:23 AM

    Take your pick – would you rather for someone (or have someone running your business) who thinks that it’ll be great if your average, or someone who expects continuously to be the best? Guys like McCarthy, Tomlin, Belichick – they have a cool, confident demeanor about them that translates into their locker room, their team. Like Tomlin, the guy is a phenomenal head coach that never seems to get his due nationally.

  18. jrmbadger says: Jun 27, 2012 11:40 AM

    Seriously? What’s he supposed to say? ” I think we’re really gonna suck this year…” ?

    Show me a coach who doesn’t expect to win it all and I’ll show you a coach that should be fired.

  19. voicefreason says: Jun 27, 2012 11:41 AM

    Obviously not with himself. Why doesn’t he show a little self respect and get himself healthy? Wisconsin’s ample beer supply is really showing itself on this guy.

  20. higgy5353 says: Jun 27, 2012 11:44 AM

    Hi expectations = don’t choke in first round of playoffs again! DA BEARS!!!!!

  21. LoCoSu@%s says: Jun 27, 2012 12:16 PM

    Much as it hurts me to say – the Pack are the class of the NFL. They will be even more hungry this year after missing out on last season.

    Should be a fun season with several contenders for the Super Bowl.

  22. CKL says: Jun 27, 2012 12:22 PM

    This team has the best QB in the NFL, a great playcaller/HC in McCarthy , a very good defensive coordinator in Capers and top notch personnel guys headed by TT. They will always be in the mix and competitive.

  23. veence69 says: Jun 27, 2012 12:30 PM

    Expectations are high, like an Eli Manning Hail Mary Pass – or Hakeem Nicks going up for an Eli Manning Hail Mary Pass..

  24. dukemarc says: Jun 27, 2012 1:24 PM

    crik911 says:
    Jun 27, 2012 9:06 AM
    It’s a good thing the game is played on the field and not on paper Coach ‘Catfish’ McCarthy.

    Daaaaaa Bears. Vs. Packers Rivalry History

    Current Trend GB: Won 6 of last 7
    All-Time Series CHI: leads 92–86–6
    ———————————

    01-23-2011 Soldier Field Chicago, IL – Never forget because Packer fans surely won’t.

  25. textexington says: Jun 27, 2012 1:58 PM

    The Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bares 21-14 in the 2010 NFC Championship game at Soldier field.LOLZ. Go Pack Go!!!

  26. jakek2 says: Jun 27, 2012 2:40 PM

    I’m sure this will go over like a lead balloon but here goes….

    MM might be one of the most overrated HC’s in the NFL. I actually think Rex is better. MM has been blessed with maybe one of the greatest QBs of all time and a receiving corp that is almost impossible to stop. A monkey might be able to call their offense and it would still score 35+. Now, with such an explosive offense, all the guy had to do was turn his attention to a defense and do something, anything to make it a modicum better than absolutely abysmal. He couldn’t do that. If he increased its ranking by 1 place, they might have gone undefeated last year.

    As for Rex. His QB is Mark Sanchez. If you missed that…I said MARK SANCHEZ. The Jets have 1 WR to speak of and he’s a headcase. The defense is old and overrated. Yet, he headgamed them into b2b AFCCGs. Rex has also won a bunch of road playoff games and MM has lost 2 home playoff games in what was previously an impossible place to win them. That is inexcusable. I think if Rex and MM switched teams, Rex would get the same out of GB and MM would get less out of the Jets.

  27. thetooloftools says: Jun 27, 2012 4:08 PM

    Everybody has high expectations until the ball is snapped and you get clocked. I wonder why nobody hears the Steelers running their mouths?

  28. acdc84 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:29 PM

    “It’s a bold, shot-calling claim from McCarthy, which could come back to haunt him if the Packers for some reason fall apart in 2012.”

    Barring a multi-game injury to Rodgers, “falling apart” should equal no less than ten wins and a wild card for GB.

  29. wafflestomp says: Jun 27, 2012 4:50 PM

    Contra says:
    And like most Packer fans on here you feel the need to continually worry about a Viking fan and take a shot at the Vikings. News flash princess, there are a total of 31 other teams that don’t think highly of the delusional self entitled fan base you belong to.

    ———————————————————-

    Hmmm…wasn’t it you, just yesterday, who took it upon herself to rip on Packer fans in a totally unrelated and unprovoked post about the DETROIT LIONS.

    Seriously Contra, who on these boards has a genuine delusional self entitlement complex?

  30. 28purple4mvp says: Jun 27, 2012 4:52 PM

    In that picture he looks like he embraces jelly donuts. Good coach and team 4 sure.

  31. bigjim50010 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:55 PM

    it’s june…. even the chiefs have high expectations

  32. 7ransponder says: Jun 27, 2012 7:50 PM

    packfaninchitown says:

    Keep clinging to ancient history. Record since 93:

    GB: leads 29 – 11

    Given the Bears won’t be making the playoffs much in the next 10 years we’ll just have to close that overall gap two games per year…
    ——————————

    Clinging to ancient history eh? You mean like those bogus NFL titles that weren’t super bowl wins that you guys keep referring to as world championships? Hell, you guys take clinging to ancient history to a whole different level when you call the place “Titletown”. Look in the mirror bro.

  33. yelix says: Jun 27, 2012 8:38 PM

    We all know about their problems on defense, but what about the fact that their offense is a little one-dimensional? They would’ve beaten the Chiefs if they had just tried to run the ball. Romeo knew that they would be too stubborn, and lined up to stop the pass on every play. Can you imagine this team with a solid running game?

  34. chi01town says: Jun 28, 2012 1:22 AM

    Sorry packers fans but the secret is out the Giants has exposed the packers offense an if I know how to beat them…. Defensive cordinators
    Definetly know…bump the WR on the line an put presure on Rodgers keep him getting up off the grass, green bay has NO running game an they were ranked last in the NFL in defense last season, everybody knows they will pass the ball an try to put up points as fast as they can, the Giants broke there rythem by pressing the WR an putting Rodgers on the grass

  35. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Jun 28, 2012 1:26 AM

    yelix says: Jun 27, 2012 8:38 PM

    We all know about their problems on defense, but what about the fact that their offense is a little one-dimensional? They would’ve beaten the Chiefs if they had just tried to run the ball. Romeo knew that they would be too stubborn, and lined up to stop the pass on every play. Can you imagine this team with a solid running game?
    ______________________
    Run games are boring and old. Pretty irrelevant these days as well. Does a team need to be able to run? Of course but only enough to keep the defense honest. The reason the chiefs won that day was Rodgers had an uncharacteristic off day and the biggest reasons were the chiefs had a great secondary (losing flowers will hurt) and they were playing for a new coach and pride after sucking for most of the year.

  36. chi01town says: Jun 28, 2012 3:27 PM

    Again… Packers fans the secret is out an a running game does a lot more than just keep a defense honest… The running game keeps Rodgers on the bench an takes time off the clock…it also make the defense tired an opens the door for the big play, … The Giants exposed green bay by bumping the WRs at the line an putting presure on Rodgers an knocking him down…that brakes his rythem,

  37. chi01town says: Jun 29, 2012 12:18 AM

    Green bay has done nothing to better that team the defense was the worse in the NFL last season.. They are one demintional an if they dont find a defense or a running game there luck will run out. Kiss that 15 & 1 season good bye because that wont happen this year, the Giants has exposed the packers

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