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McCarthy: Packers’ 2013 offense could have been “best” of his tenure

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On October 27, the Packers defeated the Vikings with ease in Minneapolis. In victory, Aaron Rodgers completed 24-of-29 passes for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and this was without receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb and tight end Jermichael Finley in the lineup.

The win, Green Bay’s fourth in a row, improved the Packers’ record to 5-2. The Packers were imposing, serious contenders.

Then, eight days later, Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone, and everything thereafter was a greater struggle for Green Bay, which did rally to win the NFC North on the final day of the season.

On Wednesday, three days after the Packers’ 2013 campaign ended with a wild-card loss to San Francisco, coach Mike McCarthy was asked about the 5-2 start and whether the team, as it was playing at that time, could have been one of the best he had led in Green Bay.

“I think it could have been,” McCarthy said. “I hate doing this, especially because I call the plays. I felt that this was going to be the best offense that we’ve ever had here. I thought we were going to go past 2011. When we (came) out of the Minnesota game, I thought we really, really hit our stride because we had a couple bumps there. We got the no-huddle offense where it needed to be. We changed a lot of the mechanics from the past.

“I felt very, very good about our offense, and our numbers reflected it, too, more importantly, our internal numbers, or the things that we were trying to get done. And (the) defense was playing very well.”

The 2013 Packers had promise — lots of it.

But did they ever have terrible injury luck.

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20 Responses to “McCarthy: Packers’ 2013 offense could have been “best” of his tenure”
  1. johngaltwho says: Jan 8, 2014 11:37 PM

    Proud of the team. We’ll get em next year. Go Pack Go.

  2. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 8, 2014 11:45 PM

    I’m a huge Packer fan, but to be fair, most teams defeated the Vikings with ease this last half century.

  3. elliottcovert says: Jan 8, 2014 11:51 PM

    Eddie Lacy really made a big difference for the Packers this year. He’s basically what Thompson and McCarthy probably thought they were getting when they inked Cedric Benson. Can’t believe they nabbed him in the late second round, what a steal.

  4. twolippy4u says: Jan 8, 2014 11:57 PM

    Coulda shoulda woulda.

  5. rainponcho87 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:16 AM

    Maybe. Not sure the defense was good enough to all the way though.

  6. coolzog says: Jan 9, 2014 12:46 AM

    Packers are a below average team without Rodgers

  7. backdapack4evr says: Jan 9, 2014 4:01 AM

    MM and TT = best combo in the NFL!!

  8. fzntdra says: Jan 9, 2014 8:56 AM

    Just think what would be if you could accompany that offense with a defense. Considering the Packers had more than one opportunity to win last Sunday vs. SF, the best offense in the world wasn’t going to win it all with this years defense.

  9. purpleguy says: Jan 9, 2014 10:25 AM

    The Pack offense is great because of Rodgers — period.

  10. pshark5 says: Jan 9, 2014 10:56 AM

    Just imagine how good Rodgers would be if the o-line could protect him better. I hope the Packers focus on their pathetic defense this offseason.

  11. contra74 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:18 PM

    That’s right . Dreams are crushed so all you have left are ‘what if’ scenarios. LOL

  12. deltaoracle says: Jan 9, 2014 3:43 PM

    Actually Contra Packer fans also have happy memories of the 7 times their team has been World Champions since 1960.
    There are some teams of course who have been unable to give their fans even one such memory over that period. I feel those fans’ pain.

  13. stellarperformance says: Jan 9, 2014 5:23 PM

    The Packers won the North Division after losing Rodgers, Matthews, and Cobb. They still won the division. How bad would the Vikings have been if they lost Peterson, Patterson, and Allen?

    Case frickin’ closed.

  14. packhawk04 says: Jan 9, 2014 6:39 PM

    Not too many people realize the packers had a top 5 rushing game, top 5 passing game, and were top 10 in both rush and pass defense, and 6th in defense overall when they were 5-2 and rodgers got hurt.

  15. jebsta16 says: Jan 9, 2014 7:41 PM

    A lot of teams would collapse without their best player. Hard to ask someone to come in and take the reigns of a team when they aren’t good enough to be a starter on any other team in the league. In the new salary cap era you will have to deal with holes on the team, you will never see a complete team.

  16. 52lightsxout52 says: Jan 9, 2014 9:57 PM

    It’s going to be a fun season next year. :-)

  17. lerch77 says: Jan 9, 2014 10:03 PM

    contra74 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:18 PM

    That’s right . Dreams are crushed so all you have left are ‘what if’ scenarios. LOL
    ____________________________

    So true contra. Being Vikings fans has taught us that very well…

  18. diveleft says: Jan 10, 2014 11:03 AM

    Packers were 0-4 against teams that made the playoffs this year (49ers, Bengals, Eagles, 49ers) and three of those games Rodgers played in. Packers did not beat one team this year that finished the season with a winning record. This team is vastly overrated.

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:51 AM

    The 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers appear well poised for another title run next season.

    It’s nice to be relevant.

  20. zinjaboy says: Jan 12, 2014 8:04 PM

    diveleft says:

    Jan 10, 2014 11:03 AM
    Packers were 0-4 against teams that made the playoffs this year (49ers, Bengals, Eagles, 49ers) and three of those games Rodgers played in. Packers did not beat one team this year that finished the season with a winning record. This team is vastly overrated.

    Who rated them that highly? We knew with Rodgers we had a great offense and a bad defense? That makes for all kinds of possibilities come Sundays. No one in Packerland felt we were guaranteed anything in the playoffs. We made the most out of a tough year – Division champs and a playoff game at home. Not bad all things considered. Overrated? Naw. Go Pack!!

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