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Holmgren admires McCarthy’s composure

Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson AP

In the wake of last year’s “Fail Mary” debacle, many were furious.

But Packers coach Mike McCarthy was his normal, steady self, and one of his predecessors said he envied the restriant.

Former Seahawks and Packers coach Mike Holmgren was interviewing McCarthy on KJR 950 (audio here), and admitted he wouldn’t have been so cool about the simultaneous-catch touchdown call.

“There’s not a question in my mind that was as an interception,” Holmgren said (via ESPN.com). “The thing is, when I watched your press conference the next day, and Mike you’re a real gentleman, I would have been fined. There’s no question in my mind, I would have been fined. And you handled that about as well as I’ve seen a coach handle that. Was that difficult?”

“Thanks,” McCarthy replied. “No question that was difficult, but it was the best thing for our football team, and I never lost sight of that. That was my vision of what I needed to do when I walked into the post-game press conference, and I think it was very apparent what happened. There’s good calls in our league and not-so-good calls, and not-so-good calls sometimes go the other way, . . .

“You knew there was going to be a storm that was going to follow that situation, and I was just trying to get our football team to move on as quickly as possible.”

McCarthy’s ability to keep things level is admirable, but he also quickly recognized he couldn’t let it become a distraction for his team, which it easily could have been.

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38 Responses to “Holmgren admires McCarthy’s composure”
  1. blacknole08 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:50 PM

    I would re-watch that if I were Holmgren. McCarthy was absolutely livid with the call and it showed on his face.

  2. jhein23 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:50 PM

    Many NFL coaches would’ve been fined & possibly suspended with their reactions after that call. Bill Parcells and Bill Belicheck immdiately come to mind. And no 1 would’ve blamed them.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 23, 2013 4:52 PM

    McCarthy is almost always placid. Like most ruminents. He just chews his cud, digests, and trusts there will be greener pastures tomorrow.

  4. blacknole08 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:52 PM

    Oh and the correct call was made. It was simultaneous and the offense always keeps possession when both guys catch it.

  5. taskforcefreddy says: Aug 23, 2013 4:54 PM

    Say what you want about MM but the guy carries himself with class.

  6. trollsetter says: Aug 23, 2013 4:55 PM

    With that defense the Packers are pretenders. It will show tonight.

  7. slbasegame257 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:56 PM

    The Packers are packing sour grapes. It was a TD catch. GO HAWKS

  8. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 23, 2013 4:58 PM

    Most underrated coach in the game today.

  9. donnymacjack says: Aug 23, 2013 5:12 PM

    Sour grapes Holmgren…sour grapes. Great coach but a terrible personnel man.

  10. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 23, 2013 5:13 PM

    Donuts have a calming effect.

  11. woodyg says: Aug 23, 2013 5:13 PM

    The whole ‘fail mary’ debacle would have never happened if the defender had been taught to “just knock the ball down”.

    Mac needs to teach his players better and his composure won’t even be an issue.

  12. aldante66 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:16 PM

    Its past history. I’ve got an inkling that this year will be the real debacle and it starts tonight with Seattle.

    1. The Packers did nothing in the draft to shore up a horrid offesnive line. Inside of going 1 and 2 in the draft to get some bodies who can play, they picked a DE who now looks suspect. He has played in one play in preseason and will miss game three tonight.

    2. They spent too much on Lacy. I see him as a player who gets hurt by game 5 and misses the season, each year.

    3. They have a hose of undrafteds on the team first string trying to match up with 1st and second round receivers and backs. This is not how you build s superbowl team.

    Packers go 0-5 and shell shock their fans and finish a miserable 6-11.

  13. nickynick04 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:17 PM

    Yea….I thought MM had Carte Blanch to flip out.
    But it would have done no good.
    And the Pack choked in the playoffs

  14. contra74 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:22 PM

    The reason McCarthy remained composed was because even he knew it was the right call.

  15. Land of Sky Blue Water says: Aug 23, 2013 5:23 PM

    What? Is he lobbying for another street?

  16. packfntk says: Aug 23, 2013 5:24 PM

    McCarthy has a real good head on his shoulders. One of the more underrated coaches in the league.

  17. jimmysee says: Aug 23, 2013 5:28 PM

    That’s why McCarthy will be coaching in Green Bay for a long time to come.

    Stability and consistency leads to winning.

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:35 PM

    I wonder if McCarthy can get into the Hall of Fame.

  19. jrmbadger says: Aug 23, 2013 5:42 PM

    If I were coach, I would have probably approached it like Holmgren and been fined.

    McCarthy isn’t much of a public speaker, but he sure is a good coach and a classy guy.

    I’m sure now we’ll be treated to some Viking troll making fun of his weight now.

    And for the record, I think Les Frasier is a pretty good guy and a decent coach as well.

  20. rikker12 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:53 PM

    The day after that game, I remember McCarthy’s press conference. He answered the question very calm and cool. He just wanted to forget about it and move on. But the media keeps drilling him and the players about it……. At least Holmgren can look beyond those Seahawk blinders and admit it was one of the worst calls to end a football game. Anyone else that thinks different, your just embarrassing and fooling yourself..Two fingers on the ball doesn’t equal to possession…

  21. smedley61 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:01 PM

    Probably one of the more under rated coaches in the league. Glad we have him.

  22. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 23, 2013 6:16 PM

    The Seadderal Seahawks are a fantastic franchise, and Pete Carroll has never been caught cheating.

  23. stellarperformance says: Aug 23, 2013 6:21 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Aug 23, 2013 4:52 PM
    Oh and the correct call was made. It was simultaneous and the offense always keeps possession when both guys catch it.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Your emotions are clouding your judgment. The receiver must “control the ball all the way through the catch.” Not only did Tate arrive late, he at first had two hands on the ball…….disengaged one hand while descending….and re-engaged his hand as he hit the turf. That is NOT controlling the ball all the way through (your supposed catch.)

    “We rule in favor of the ex-Superbowl coach Holmgren…..your Honor.”

  24. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 23, 2013 6:22 PM

    Composure is a survival mechanism for McCarthy. If his blood pressure rises, those cholestorol clogged heart valves will shut down immediately.

  25. stellarperformance says: Aug 23, 2013 6:31 PM

    trollsetter says:
    Aug 23, 2013 4:55 PM
    With that defense the Packers are pretenders. It will show tonight.
    /////////////////////////////////////

    Wow…..thanks for the heads-up Mr. Vegas. Now I don’t even need to bother watching it.

  26. joenash72 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:54 PM

    It was a catch.

  27. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 23, 2013 6:57 PM

    Call was 100% correct. There’s no such thing as having “more” possession, ergo Tate had a TD. I hear if you close your eyes quietly in bed at night, you can still hear the crying of Packers fans all the way from Green Bay!

  28. thepvyharvin says: Aug 23, 2013 7:05 PM

    …and I admire his physique. Very fit for a WI resident…

  29. dellkev says: Aug 23, 2013 7:23 PM

    Funny how only the seahawks fans and people who hate the packers say it’s a catch. A true fan of the game who understands the rules, know it was an interception.

  30. bobhk says: Aug 23, 2013 7:28 PM

    @slbasegame257 says:
    Aug 23, 2013 4:56 PM
    The Packers are packing sour grapes. It was a TD catch. GO HAWKS
    ——-
    Is there a more scummy franchise that the seahawks? Juicing players…

  31. GenXJay says: Aug 23, 2013 8:02 PM

    I didn’t see any problem w/this so called “Failed Mary” play. There shouldn’t have been any possible “storms” brewing in the 1st place. Good on McCarthy for whatever he feels he handled though. Crazy talk.

  32. riverace19 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:11 PM

    Oh how cute. MM is still not a good coach and the Packers win despite him.

  33. riverace19 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:12 PM

    Great Gabbert:
    Your analysis is spot on!!

  34. blacknole08 says: Aug 23, 2013 9:08 PM

    stellarperformance says: Aug 23, 2013 6:21 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Aug 23, 2013 4:52 PM
    Oh and the correct call was made. It was simultaneous and the offense always keeps possession when both guys catch it.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Your emotions are clouding your judgment. The receiver must “control the ball all the way through the catch.” Not only did Tate arrive late, he at first had two hands on the ball…….disengaged one hand while descending….and re-engaged his hand as he hit the turf. That is NOT controlling the ball all the way through (your supposed catch.)

    “We rule in favor of the ex-Superbowl coach Holmgren…..your Honor.”

    —————————————————————

    If a pass is caught simultaneously by two players, and both players have the ball, the ball belongs to the offense.

    The rule doesn’t distinguish whoever has more control. Since they both had it the offense keeps it.

    So while it appeared that M.D. Jennings may have caught it “first”, Tate had control when he grabbed it as well. Tate also maintained constant control of the ball when he landed and never juggled it.

  35. axespray says: Aug 23, 2013 9:46 PM

    trollsetter says:
    Aug 23, 2013 4:55 PM
    “With that defense the Packers are pretenders. It will show tonight.”
    ———————–
    That Defense got two sacks and two picks against the most all pro hall of fame superbowl 48 mvp Russell Wilson….

    that’s w/friggin Graham Harrell starting the 2nd qt.

  36. acdc84 says: Aug 24, 2013 12:21 AM

    If I was the coach I would have refused to send my guys out for the PAT out of protest. Whats the worst that could happen? A fine from the league? The game becomes a forfeit?? I suppose it was the classy thing to do, but I woulda had my guys boarding the team bus while that joke of a referee was waiting with a thumb up his ass, mentally counting his payoff winnings.

  37. xlvbonanzai says: Aug 24, 2013 1:10 AM

    The season is past, over. The refs signing a day or so after was admission that the call was bogus.

    Any fan, whether it be a Seattle fan or a Packer hater should realize the Wong call was made. Many views, many still shots…no way it was a TD. Tate was out muscled.

    If the Packers would have one the NFC Championship would have been in GB rather than San Fran. The Packers still would have most likely lost, but lets pull heads out of asses here….that call was wrong.

  38. atthemurph says: Aug 24, 2013 10:14 AM

    blacknole08 says:
    If a pass is caught simultaneously by two players, and both players have the ball, the ball belongs to the offense.

    The rule doesn’t distinguish whoever has more control. Since they both had it the offense keeps it.

    So while it appeared that M.D. Jennings may have caught it “first”, Tate had control when he grabbed it as well. Tate also maintained constant control of the ball when he landed and never juggled it.
    ———————————————————–
    Simultaneous Catch. If a pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both players retain it, the ball belongs to the passers. It is not a simultaneous catch if a player gains control first and an opponent subsequently gains joint control.

    M. D. Jennings Had control of the ball first. Therefore it cannot be a simultaneous catch. He never lost control of the ball. Ruling should have been interception, Packers win, just as the 2nd referee was calling it.

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