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Mike McCarthy: We can beat Pittsburgh with Matt Flynn

Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn AP

Green Bay got bad news on Friday when Aaron Rodgers was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Steelers, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy pointed out that “bad news” isn’t the same thing as devastating news.

Specifically, McCarthy said everyone in the Packers’ locker room believes that they can beat the Steelers on Sunday with Matt Flynn running the offense, just as they beat the Falcons and Cowboys the last two weeks with Flynn running the offense.

“We feel that we can beat Pittsburgh with our football team,” McCarthy said. “We came in here Monday morning preparing to beat Pittsburgh with Matt Flynn, stated that all along. We feel very good about the preparation.”

That’s obviously what any coach would say (and it was a little surprising that a reporter actually asked McCarthy if the Packers could beat the Steelers with Flynn), but in the case of McCarthy’s comments, he has every reason to be confident. Flynn is no Rodgers, but he understands the Packers’ offense well enough to put them in a position to win.

If the Packers do win with Flynn, they’ll be one win away, Week 17 against the Bears, from the playoffs.

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  1. gopackgo1285 says: Dec 21, 2013 9:31 AM

    To all the people who are going to hate on this….

    Honestly, what is he supposed to say?

  2. dwarftosser says: Dec 21, 2013 9:32 AM

    Of course they can win with Matt Flynn, but the odds are a heck of a lot better with Rodgers.

  3. teal379 says: Dec 21, 2013 9:32 AM

    Don’t even know why that’s a question.

    TEBOW beat the Steelers.

  4. seabreezes51 says: Dec 21, 2013 9:35 AM

    That Matt Flynn magically transforms into a decent QB when wearing a GB helmet is amazing. He’s like a real live Bumble Bee.
    Who knew?

  5. whatjusthapped says: Dec 21, 2013 9:35 AM

    Hell, the Vikings beat the Steelers which begs the question, “How hard could it be?”

  6. bikeman99 says: Dec 21, 2013 9:37 AM

    Rodgers not playing again? What a wimp. Broken clavicle on non throwing shoulder shouldn’t keep him out. What possible harm could come to him? What he breaks it again?

  7. golforepar says: Dec 21, 2013 9:38 AM

    Some reporters need to think of adding just a little more insight to questions! Like when Tomlin was asked who do you like more Lacy or Bell at RB?!

  8. packman15 says: Dec 21, 2013 9:38 AM

    With the weather forecast it will be a heavy dose of the Hulk Lacy, with some Starks thrown in for good measure.

    Go Pack!

  9. bettis3636 says: Dec 21, 2013 9:42 AM

    teal379 says:
    Dec 21, 2013 9:32 AM
    Don’t even know why that’s a question.

    TEBOW beat the Steelers.

    Tebow Beat alot of people… idiot

  10. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 21, 2013 9:48 AM

    McCarthy is right, unless Tomlin decides to juke a Packer en route to the endzone.

  11. beerbratscheese says: Dec 21, 2013 9:49 AM

    If the game were in Pittsburgh, I don’t know if I’d like there chances, but at Lambeau, they do have a decent chance. I’m far from guaranteeing a win, but no intelligent person can say they’d be shocked or surprised if the Packers won.

  12. f1restarter says: Dec 21, 2013 9:52 AM

    Matt Flynn is a better quarterback than anyone on the Vikings’ roster, on their practice squad, or anyone Rick Spielman drafts in the first round next year.

  13. realitycheckbaby says: Dec 21, 2013 9:54 AM

    Of course, the challenge is beating the Stealers AND the refs.

    The most pampered team in the league.

    Yet they still suck.

  14. yooperman says: Dec 21, 2013 9:57 AM

    Name one coach that would say “we can’t win with “. A better question would have been to ask Mike what is his favorite color.

  15. tavisteelersfan says: Dec 21, 2013 10:00 AM

    I don’t think you can beat the Steelers tomorrow even if Rogers were in. This team is fighting mad (at themselves) and I put money on them against anyone (except Patriots who have their number).
    Expect to lose 2-3 guys to IR in this one.

  16. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 21, 2013 10:04 AM

    Of course, the challenge is beating the Stealers AND the refs.

    The most pampered team in the league.

    Yet they still suck.

    Coming from the most penalized d in the league that sounds like the raven rallying cry…..whine whine. Whine.

  17. FoozieGrooler says: Dec 21, 2013 10:06 AM

    Thanks for the bulletin board material Mike…

  18. gbfb88 says: Dec 21, 2013 10:07 AM

    Matt Flynn is this generation’s Frank Reich.

  19. dartwick says: Dec 21, 2013 10:08 AM

    “No its unfortunate but we can not beat the Steelers with Matt at QB.”

    Yhat would have been a newsworthy quote.

  20. myasylum11 says: Dec 21, 2013 10:10 AM

    Rodgers is going to be backing up Flynn pretty soon! Geez!

  21. steelerdeathstar says: Dec 21, 2013 10:12 AM

    Most certainly the Packers can beat the Steelers with Matt Flynn quartebacking, especially in Green Bay. Just as the Steelers could win as well.
    The Steelers have coalesced into a better team than they were early in the season, and are likely a few poor coaching decisions separated from the playoffs this year, even after their horrible start. It should be a good and entertaining game tomorrow…

  22. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 21, 2013 10:18 AM

    I think it’s tremendous that all the top teams in the NFC North are valiantly battling into the final weeks for a coveted playoff berth. The Lions, Bears and Packers are each a credit to the proud history of the Black and Blue Division, and to the entire NFL community.

    And then there are the hapless and tasteless Vikings.

  23. bla bla bla says: Dec 21, 2013 10:21 AM

    Fellow Packer Fans,

    Don’t forget that if the Pack does beat Pittsburgh, it then becomes in our best interest for the Bears to beat Phillie. The Pack will have to beat the Bears in week 17 either way, but if they do, the Bears having beaten Phillie would give the Packers the 3 seed instead of the 4 seed.

    It will be hard rooting for the Bears.

  24. linemanguy74 says: Dec 21, 2013 10:22 AM

    Flynn is so good that 31 other teams passed on him

  25. bla bla bla says: Dec 21, 2013 10:23 AM

    yooperman says:
    Dec 21, 2013 9:57 AM
    Name one coach that would say “we can’t win with “. A better question would have been to ask Mike what is his favorite color.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Mike Singletary. Haw!

  26. linemanguy74 says: Dec 21, 2013 10:29 AM

    Its going to come down to the fact that Packer fans are going to have hapless Vikes beat the Lions so you can back into the play offs

  27. alshonbrandontandem says: Dec 21, 2013 10:42 AM

    Takes a normal human being to recover 6-8 weeks from a broken clavicle. Erin Rodgers, a world class athlete, is on week 7? Hmmm

  28. mrbigass says: Dec 21, 2013 10:43 AM

    Matt, here’s some free advice. Never leave GB ever again.

    (My last three posts were deleted and they were as innocuous as this one so please continue…..)

  29. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Dec 21, 2013 10:44 AM

    Hopefully, with the disaster of a season you guys are having, Rodgers and his pelvic bone will heal in time for next year.

    Cassel > Rodgers.

  30. sdsmooth says: Dec 21, 2013 10:52 AM

    If Matt Flynn played in Minnesota … they’d induct him into their Hall of Fame.

  31. toes110 says: Dec 21, 2013 11:02 AM

    FYI, the sad and pathetic “state” of Wisconsin has now dropped from 32nd to 37th in projected future job growth… I suppose thats why so many of its inhabitants work in the Great State of Minnesota. Its a shame that a “state” in this great country is almost solely dependent on its superior brother to the west, For Jobs, health care, and overall piece of mind, knowing that there is such a place that can provide the american dream. hopefully someday “Wisconsin” will seek professional help and pull out of this depression they have been stuck in for the past 30 years. Maybe then “wisconsin” can actually be a real contributor to this great country instead of depending on other states. The one profitable company that is located in that land of sadness and regret, is the only reason that abyss has not completely shut down…

  32. baltimorons says: Dec 21, 2013 11:08 AM

    Sounds like he’s scared. Rodgers just doesn’t have it anymore.

  33. bert1913 says: Dec 21, 2013 11:27 AM

    as long as flynn doesn’t have the pressure of beating out a rookie for the starting job he’ll be fine

  34. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 21, 2013 11:27 AM

    This reminds me of that movie where the kid says something like, come back, Shane, and he’s all sad. Well, I don’t do sad, I just get a shovel and start digging. I’ve still got a couple of lamp shades to make for Christmas gifts.

  35. golforepar says: Dec 21, 2013 11:30 AM

    toes110 says: Dec 21, 2013 11:02 AM

    FYI, the sad and pathetic “state” of Wisconsin has now dropped from 32nd to 37th in projected future job growth… I suppose thats why so many of its inhabitants work in the Great State of Minnesota. Its a shame that a “state” in this great country is almost solely dependent on its superior brother to the west, For Jobs, health care, and overall piece of mind, knowing that there is such a place that can provide the american dream. hopefully someday “Wisconsin” will seek professional help and pull out of this depression they have been stuck in for the past 30 years. Maybe then “wisconsin” can actually be a real contributor to this great country instead of depending on other states. The one profitable company that is located in that land of sadness and regret, is the only reason that abyss has not completely shut down…

    Any link? Another year another year without a SB has Vikings fans so frustrated that they feel the need to bring up job growth? I pity your fan base!

  36. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 21, 2013 11:31 AM

    Wow. Delusional. We are talking about the league’s most decorated franchise, not the Browns.

  37. blackhawks2010 says: Dec 21, 2013 11:33 AM

    It would be irresponsible to play Rodgers, this season is a write off.

  38. GenXJay says: Dec 21, 2013 11:39 AM

    cheese bay has a proven history of losing to teams, in the regular season, that the Vikings previously beat.

  39. steelcurtainn says: Dec 21, 2013 11:42 AM

    Mike T: “and the steelers can beat Matt Flynn”. Steelers 27-20. Dolphins/ Ravens lose. Jets win.

  40. edshrinker says: Dec 21, 2013 11:44 AM

    Just can’t take it anymore. Stupidity in this world is astounding. For all you dumb MFers who keep referring to Rodgers as a wimp. ONE. LAST. TIME!!!

    It is not his decision. Both Rodgers and McCarthy have been lobbying for him to play. Rodgers has been doing so for 3 weeks! If not cleared medically…HE CANNOT PLAY! Why is this so hard for you IQ deprived morons to comprehend.

    Sorry. Vented. One can only take so much.

  41. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 21, 2013 11:59 AM

    You couldn ‘t even beat the little sister of the AFCN, Bengals, and that was with Rodgers. How can you possibly beat the powerhouse of the AFCN with a backup QB. Silly talk.

  42. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 21, 2013 12:03 PM

    The Vikings lost to the Steelers in Superbowl IX.

    The Packers beat the Steelers in Superbowl XLV.

    We win again.

  43. 6ball says: Dec 21, 2013 12:04 PM

    .

    The vast majority of eastern region games will be affected by rain and/or wet field conditions. Even though both teams are playing in the same conditions, it may affect the passing games and increase the likelihood of turnovers.

    .

  44. seatownballers says: Dec 21, 2013 12:14 PM

    Flynn wins 30-21
    Gets another fat payday 22mill

  45. billh1947 says: Dec 21, 2013 12:15 PM

    “Flynn is so good that 31 other teams passed on him”
    Flynn knows the Packers system after multiple years of playing in it,he goes to three other teams running different systems with players foreign to him and had only a short time to learn before being sent down the road.thirty one teams passed on him but the team that took him are damn glad they did right now.he may not win for other teams but he wins for the Packers and thats a good thing indeed.

  46. packfan64 says: Dec 21, 2013 12:18 PM

    The Packers can certainly beat the Steelers with Matt Flynn, we have a solid running game and passing game. Just can’t turn the ball over, we do that and the game is over

  47. tictoccpthook says: Dec 21, 2013 12:19 PM

    Go Steelers ! This win will be a warm up for next season.

  48. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Dec 21, 2013 12:23 PM

    True colors are definitely shown and frustration is obvious when those “people” to the east of the great state of Minnesota start spelling out their comments in all capital letters.

    Just remember to count to ten, and breathe(or in your case, inhale the varnish).

    Most people agree that Aaron Rodgers is a hard worker, but then again everybody knows Favre would’ve manned up and played through it.

  49. acmepacker says: Dec 21, 2013 12:25 PM

    inemanguy74 says: Dec 21, 2013 10:22 AM

    Flynn is so good that 31 other teams passed on him
    ************************
    That.s exactly true. Now explain his success in GB. I can,t, but I’m sure happy about it. Matt has always looked good when he put on green and gold.

  50. mikezakmn says: Dec 21, 2013 12:37 PM

    Hey, it will be more difficult, but the ‘Organization’ (aka Ted Thompson) realizes that he must protect the Franchise (aka Rodgers) as in terms of $20 millions reasons why,..they would not be set for a long run in the Playoffs anyway,…its not the most popular but wise move to make,..

  51. favrelous says: Dec 21, 2013 12:42 PM

    So your saying there is a chance?

  52. cheddarbob101 says: Dec 21, 2013 12:43 PM

    The Vikings were good enough to play in a Super Bowl? I’m 26 and I can’t even rember them being relevant!

  53. aldante66 says: Dec 21, 2013 12:56 PM

    Dumbest coach in football. Dumbest GM in football too. Steelers will eat these guys alive on Sunday.

  54. aldante66 says: Dec 21, 2013 1:00 PM

    If the Vikes would not have been on Ponder to lead them to the promissed land, they could have had a decent QB and been right in this thing. They are a very talented and young team.
    The Packers have untalented youth at key positions who are not producing. Ever since they let Jenkins go -to cheap to pay him, they have had no pass rush. Mathews was good with Jenkins, not go good on his own.
    This team gave up more passing yards the last two years then any team in football.

  55. sprtsfan1 says: Dec 21, 2013 1:03 PM

    Go Steelers!!!! Make the Pack irrelevant!!! They should have been last week. Leave it to the Cowboys to lay down and give it away.

  56. igocommando says: Dec 21, 2013 1:08 PM

    cheddarbob101 says: Dec 21, 2013 12:43 PM

    The Vikings were good enough to play in a Super Bowl? I’m 26 and I can’t even rember them being relevant!
    ——————-
    Wow, 26 and already showing signs of Alzheimer’s. That or you’re very new to watching the NFL. Btw, you can’t even spell either.

  57. bigassbiscuit says: Dec 21, 2013 1:14 PM

    bettis3636 says: Dec 21, 2013 9:42 AM

    teal379 says:
    Dec 21, 2013 9:32 AM
    Don’t even know why that’s a question.

    TEBOW beat the Steelers.

    Tebow Beat alot of people… idiot

    I might be wrong, but by my understanding, if Tebow was a QB who could beat A LOT of teams…he might still be a QB in the NFL. By your standards, Kordell Stewart was a great QB as well….

  58. mikemccarthyhof says: Dec 21, 2013 1:16 PM

    Pre game meal at Curly’s, get the perfeck cooked bergers with cheese, and get the right officials. We’ll be fine! freckin idot SQUAKLER FANS!

    Wisconsin stammt zum mächtigen König Matt Flynn!

  59. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 21, 2013 1:19 PM

    The Vikings – meaningless football for meaningless people.

  60. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 21, 2013 1:19 PM

    My dear friend McTasty is absolutely right, and I, as the most famous and well known Wiscovite and Packer fan of all time, can attest to the fact that our Packers are not tasteless, in fact, they are quite the opposite. All of us in Wisconsin are tasteful, we know and appreciate this fact because we are all spiritually, and otherwise, nourished by our Acme Meat Packers. We are a rare group, indeed!

  61. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 21, 2013 1:32 PM

    “You couldn ‘t even beat the little sister of the AFCN, Bengals, and that was with Rodgers. How can you possibly beat the powerhouse of the AFCN with a backup QB. Silly talk.”

    They don’t have to beat the powerhouse. We’re playing New England this week and Cincinnati the next.

  62. f1restarter says: Dec 21, 2013 1:37 PM

    To all these cretins talking about how 31 teams passed on Flynn, how he couldn’t beat out rookies, etc. etc. etc.:

    Do you all realize how you’re really paying the highest complements to the Packers’ coaching staff?

    If Matt Flynn is really as bad as you all claim, and he can only be successful in the Packers’ system, then it’s a testament to how great GB’s coaches are in getting the most out of their players’ talents.

    So you’re right about that, even if you did admit it unintentionally.

    Imagine what Mike McCarthy could do with, say, Christian Ponder. Perhaps he could even teach Ponder to be competent.

  63. boyshole25 says: Dec 21, 2013 1:46 PM

    Labeau eats backups and rookie qbs for breakfast

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  65. cheddarbob101 says: Dec 21, 2013 1:50 PM

    I love watching peterson go 9-7 8-8 7-9 6-10 5-11 4-12 and be the leader of a team and Vikings fans think he’s a top player in the nfl.. What if rodgers or other great leaders in the nfl produced like that every single year? His stats come in meaningless games and garbage time.. HOF with a losing record!! Lol at the Vikings franchise and fans

  66. imjinrat says: Dec 21, 2013 2:11 PM

    I’m sure they can win with Flynn. I’m less sure they can win without Jolly.

  67. dgt178 says: Dec 21, 2013 2:12 PM

    ….since there are a plethora of uninformed or ignorant posters here……please allow me to enlighten you…Rodgers has NO say as to whether or not he can play…..it is a medical staff decision……neither favre, nor anyone else would be able to play either…….this has absolutely NOTHING to do with perceived toughness……

  68. imatroll300 says: Dec 21, 2013 2:17 PM

    the only way shiittsburgh can win is if mike tomlin goes n tackles players that his player’s missed.

    mike tomlin dpoy

  69. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 21, 2013 2:51 PM

    They don’t have to beat the powerhouse. We’re playing New England this week and Cincinnati the next.

    The powerhouse that managed six field goals against that defensive juggernaut Lion secondary. Skippy, mom has told you about exaggerations and how they can harm an already tarnished reputation for honesty….ssshhh.

  70. jmblosser82 says: Dec 21, 2013 2:56 PM

    For all the all matt does is win, he is 3-3 as a starter. This will be a close game

  71. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 21, 2013 3:00 PM

    They don’t have to beat the powerhouse. We’re playing New England this week and Cincinnati the next.

    I am sure everybody thinks six field goals to beat the lions constitutes a powerhouse…..sorta like the Jags…right?

  72. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 21, 2013 3:00 PM

    jmf, you already played the Pack. How’d that go again?

  73. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 21, 2013 3:01 PM

    Steelers > Cincy > Packers > Ravens

  74. backdapack4evr says: Dec 21, 2013 3:50 PM

    30 Teams passed on Flynn!
    Vikes can’t be considered a team, and they wouldn’t know a good QB unless he won a SB in Green Bay!!
    How is Freeman these days??

  75. eatitfanboy says: Dec 21, 2013 3:52 PM

    Ok, I’ll say it.

    A QB who got beat out by a rookie, (a very very good rookie, but a rookie), then got beat out by Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin, then got picked up and cut by the Bills, somehow in two separate stints has looked like an above average QB in Green Bay’s system.

    Doesn’t that take a TINY bit of shine of Aaron Rodgers’ star?

  76. nagle9 says: Dec 21, 2013 4:01 PM

    Pittsburg 33 Greenbay 24

  77. alshonbrandontandem says: Dec 21, 2013 4:11 PM

    Let me preface this by saying I hate the Packers, I’m a Bears fan. But Favre plays this game, guaranteed. He prob even plays last week game. Rodgers is soft, bottom line.

    Go Steelers

  78. jjackwagon says: Dec 21, 2013 4:18 PM

    Go Steelers ! This win will be a warm up for next season.
    ———————————————–
    LMAO!!! Two weeks left in the season and Steeler fan is already talking about next year.

  79. icebowler says: Dec 21, 2013 4:48 PM

    Flynn will get us into the playoffs and then Rodgers will take over.

  80. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 21, 2013 5:35 PM

    I think the real story is that McCarthy and Rodgers don’t have a very good relationship at the momment. McCarthy is saying he can win without Rodgers. He can do it with a back up QB like Flynn.

  81. muzzie0323 says: Dec 21, 2013 8:37 PM

    It really doesn’t matter if the Pack can win with Flynn vs Rodgers, because if the Packers Def doesn’t show up, the Packers are going to get their butts handed to them. I hope Capers can finally get a decent Def game plan together, or the Packers won’t have to worry who is starting at QB because our season will be over..

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