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Greg Jennings said Mike McCarthy “cuffs” Packers in postseason

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Greg Jennings took another shot at his former team, blaming Mike McCarthy for Aaron Rodgers having only one Super Bowl title in Rodgers’ nine seasons as a starter.

“I’m just going to flat-out say it: If we had a lead, our issue wasn’t the defense — our issue was Mike McCarthy,” Jennings said Wednesday on Fox Sports, where he serves as an analyst. “[McCarthy] would cuff us. . . . When you watch New England play, when they have a lead, they go for your throat; they don’t relax. . . . They have a great quarterback [in Tom Brady]; they have arguably the best quarterback in football, but they have — no doubt about it — the best head coach in football.”

Jennings has ripped the Packers and Rodgers since the receiver’s contentious split with the team in 2013.

McCarthy, who has a 114-61-1 regular-season record and a 10-8 postseason record in 11 seasons with the Packers, said a year ago that he’s “not a conservative coach” after continuing to be dogged by the Packers’ blown 16-0 lead in the NFC Championship Game during the 2014 season.

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  1. meetadam says: Jul 13, 2017 5:31 PM

    He’ll say whatever he needs to get a slot on a NFL morning show. I’m sure he’ll be doing more interviews tomorrow on his ‘hot take’.

    Post-football seems depressing.

  2. The Phantom Stranger says: Jul 13, 2017 5:42 PM

    Packer fans will rip him but I don’t know how you can argue with it.

  3. The Phantom Stranger says: Jul 13, 2017 5:42 PM

    Mike McCarthy is a highly successful NFL head coach. Just ask him.

  4. MichaelEdits says: Jul 13, 2017 5:44 PM

    No lead is ever enough, as proven (again) by the most recent Super Bowl.

  5. aarons444 says: Jul 13, 2017 5:44 PM

    Jennings is spot on.

    Take a look at McCarthy’s losses in the Playoffs.

    I can’t think of another coach who has lost games the way he has.

    I’ve seen plenty lose, but McCarthy seems bent on reinventing the word, as if it were an art form.

    5 times he’s lost Playoff games on the last play of the game. 5 times. Its surreal.

  6. The Phantom Stranger says: Jul 13, 2017 5:50 PM

    To be fair, do we know if McCarthy told Morgan Burnett to take a knee if he intercepted a pass with 5:13 left and no one in between him and the end zone?

    Probably not, although the Packers ran three straight times and ran only 1:04 off the clock after that. That would be McCarthy’s fault.

    Do we know that McCarthy failed to teach Ha-Ha how to defend a Hail Mary two-point conversion? That should probably be blamed on the DB coach.

    Still, to blow a 19-7 lead with four minutes left can’t all be blamed on the coaching. That was a complete team collapse of a choke job that will never be equaled in the history of football. So they have that going for them.

  7. bleedingfacemask says: Jul 13, 2017 5:58 PM

    “…said a year ago that he’s “not a conservative coach” after continuing to be dogged by the Packers’ blown 16-0 lead in the NFC Championship Game during the 2014 season.”

    Agreed. Statistically, Rodgers was having one of the worst games of his career, and yet McCarthy let him attempt a TD pass to a guy being covered by Richard Sherman. Considering that the Packers completely ignored the right side of the field in Week 1, what McCarthy did in the NFCC game is the opposite of “conservative”.

    If Rodgers hadn’t thrown that INT, there is no way the Seahawks would have had enough time to tie the score by the end of regulation.

  8. granadafan says: Jul 13, 2017 6:09 PM

    I’ll never forget the way Jennings left the Packers. He thought HE made the QB, not the other way around. Jennings and his crazy sister (related to Miko Grimes?) said that Rodgers was only good because of him. Greg burned his bridges and went to the Vikes with all the promises in the world. With the Vikes, he saw balls fly over his head, bounce in front of him, get thrown to the defense instead of perfectly placed balls in his hands in stride as he did in Green Bay from Aaron Rodgers and Favre.

  9. theaveragecharlie says: Jul 13, 2017 6:44 PM

    Greg Jennings insisted that he was a number one receiver. Anyone who knows the Packers system knows that there is no true number one receiver. Whoever is open gets the ball. But his ego wouldn’t let him live with that, so he took an offer from Minnesota, real similar to what the Packers offer, and went where all washed up Packers go to have their careers die. And it did. He was a product of the Packers’ system, nothing more. And now he has to lash out. He’ll make a good reporter some day, not reporting the sports, but trying to create a story. Go away, Greg, and stop embarrassing yourself.

  10. aaronitout12 says: Jul 13, 2017 6:45 PM

    Huge packer fan, and no a big fan of Jennings anymore. That being said, I think he is right. The reason why we choked against Seattle in NFCCG a couple years ago was also because of McCarthy. He is not good in big games!

  11. abninf says: Jul 13, 2017 6:46 PM

    His postseason record shouldn’t even be that good. Both wins to the Cowboys should have been losses.

  12. Packernet says: Jul 13, 2017 7:40 PM

    Plenty of teams around the league would love McCarthy to be their head coach. For some reason many people think going to the playoffs every year is a bad thing. The Packers at least have a chance to win a Super Bowl every year. The only other team that can say that is New England. He’ll get another one before Rodgers retires.

  13. cheeseisfattening says: Jul 13, 2017 7:50 PM

    Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers both like to pat themselves on the back but you can’t blame them with having to live around Packet fans. Of the 3 Rodgers is the only one who us as good as he thinks he is. And McCarthy likes to be a do what I say and not as I do coach when he fat shamed Eddie Lacy.

  14. dallascowboysforever says: Jul 13, 2017 7:50 PM

    I’m truly tired of reading that it’s everyone else’s fault but Rodgers when the crap hits the fan in the playoffs. Rodgers threw 1 TD-2 INTs, passed for 178 yards, and had a passer-rating of 55.8 against the Seahawks in the 2014 NFC championship game despite his defense forcing Russell Wilson to throw four interceptions.

    He has thrown 4 TDs-5 INTs in career NFC championship games. His post-season stats are also padded from playing wild card teams in the wild card round of the playoffs. Against the Falcons, he threw 3 TDs-1 INT, passed for 287 yards, and had a passer-rating of 91.6.

    One of his TDs were in garbage time. Rodgers is 0-35 when trailing by more than a single point in the 4th quarter against teams with a winning record and he has had two playoff game-winning drives his whole career. He is ranked 25th with Rivers and Carson Palmer for playoff 4th quarter comebacks at just one.

  15. 2manyconcussions says: Jul 13, 2017 8:17 PM

    Difference between the Packers and everyone else in their division for over two decades has been the presence of two HOF caliber quarterbacks. To have both Favre and Rodgers in your backfield has been an amazing advantage which GB has squandered under McCarthy.

  16. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jul 13, 2017 8:23 PM

    @dallascowboysforever

    Wow, if those stats are true, that’s the most statistical argument I’ve ever read against Rodgers. He is obviously a ridiculously talented QB, one of the best already, but doesn’t have that IT factor in the big spot when he’s needed most. He always looks good when things are clicking and defense is playing well/ok. But when things aren’t clicking he needs to find a way to adjust. That 0-35 stat is an interesting one. Cant be consider in the GOAT conversation without the ability to bring your team back when behind.

  17. Liberalsruineverything says: Jul 13, 2017 8:40 PM

    A great QB and a garbage defense can get you in the playoffs but it only gets you so far. Just ask Dan Marino. Three Chin Mike doesn’t help because he can’t coach defense.

  18. aaronitout12 says: Jul 13, 2017 9:03 PM

    dallascowboysforever says:
    Jul 13, 2017 7:50 PM
    I’m truly tired of reading that it’s everyone else’s fault but Rodgers when the crap hits the fan in the playoffs. Rodgers threw 1 TD-2 INTs, passed for 178 yards, and had a passer-rating of 55.8 against the Seahawks in the 2014 NFC championship game despite his defense forcing Russell Wilson to throw four interceptions.

    ===================================

    The Packers had a 16 point lead with less than 5 minutes to go and had the ball. McCarthy had terrible play calling and called the dogs off on defense when we were aggressive and killing Wilson all day. Poor play calling, poor coaching. This would never happen to BB and the Pats.

  19. codythao35 says: Jul 13, 2017 9:21 PM

    Difference between Packers and every one else is no one chokes like them.

  20. atthemurph says: Jul 13, 2017 9:35 PM

    codythao35 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 9:21 PM
    Difference between Packers and every one else is no one chokes like them.
    ——————-

    Yeah, except for the 13 titles.

  21. speicher145 says: Jul 13, 2017 9:36 PM

    I’ve been saying this for years.

    -Packers fan

  22. thegreatjimbrown says: Jul 13, 2017 10:13 PM

    I can’t believe this guy is still trashing his ex-girlfriend several years later. I mean his ex-team. Come on, Greg get over it. Get over the fact that Brett and Aaron made you a successful receiver and you whined about salary, whined about the league’s MVP QB and even had your sister whining on your behalf.

    Your career died in its tracks when you jumped ship (for the same salary GB had already offered months prior) and you can’t stop trash talking the folks who made you a success.

    McCarthy too conservative? Well if you look at the playoff games where GB has lost, Mike was usually working with teams decimated by injuries. That limits your playbook incredibly, so you might think it looks conservative. When you’re down multiple defenders (2012, 2013, 2016), or down most of your receiving corps (2015), its tough to open up the playbook.

    That leaves the 2014 loss, which wasn’t due to conservative play calling. That was due to defensive and ST mistakes at crunch time, and an uncharacteristic 2 picks from Rodgers while playing on one leg.

    In order to lose in the playoffs, you gotta get your team there, which MM has been the best at in the league the last decade (tied with BB). In the playoffs, teams are so closely matched its usually the healthiest one that moves on. That has not been the Packers for several post seasons now. That’s not on McCarthy.

  23. milwaukeeguy says: Jul 13, 2017 10:27 PM

    I’ve nothing against McCarthy or Jennings so being as objective as I can I agree with Jennings. Granted, the choke job in Seattle wasn’t due to McCarthy; looking at you special teams and defense, but overall he’s very conservative with a lead late in the game.

  24. GenXJ says: Jul 13, 2017 10:31 PM

    He takes the cuffs of at culvers.

  25. philcodean says: Jul 13, 2017 10:53 PM

    Cowboy:
    Rodgers is 0-35 when trailing by more than a single point in the 4th quarter against teams with a winning record and he has had two playoff game-winning drives his whole career.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    If the stat is correct, the two playoff game winning drives are a helluva lot more impressive than the 0-35 record. Not sure they belong in the same sentence. Not even sure the former is even a sign of ineptitude. Pack has a great QB in Rodgers.

  26. mathandstatsmatter says: Jul 14, 2017 12:15 AM

    Too bad the Falcons didn’t have McCarthy during the Superbowl. I’ll never understand why the Falcons kept throwing the ball and refused to burn clock.

  27. stellarperformance says: Jul 14, 2017 6:37 AM

    codythao35 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 9:21 PM
    Difference between Packers and every one else is no one chokes like them.
    ////////////////////////////////////

    Wide Left. No team name required. Everybody knows.

  28. TheDPR says: Jul 14, 2017 8:36 AM

    McCarthy being the weak link in the Packers franchise isn’t news. Anyone who has watched football during his tenure has seen it. It isn’t simply going conservative at the end of games; he doesn’t always do that. It’s a lot of things put together. Watch a Packers game and count the number of times you find yourself saying, “I wouldn’t have done that as a coach.” It’s a lot, considering they’re supposedly a good team.

  29. silvernblacksabbath says: Jul 14, 2017 10:00 AM

    The Patriots have a TOP 5 DEFENSE every year… That’s the difference!

  30. The Phantom Stranger says: Jul 14, 2017 10:54 AM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jul 14, 2017 6:37 AM
    codythao35 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 9:21 PM

    Difference between Packers and every one else is no one chokes like them.
    ////////////////////////////////////

    Wide Left. No team name required. Everybody knows.
    _____

    There’s a difference between a single kicker screwing up and an entire team collapsing.

  31. aarons444 says: Jul 14, 2017 11:23 AM

    I’m truly tired of reading that it’s everyone else’s fault but Rodgers when the crap hits the fan in the playoffs. Rodgers threw 1 TD-2 INTs, passed for 178 yards, and had a passer-rating of 55.8 against the Seahawks in the 2014 NFC championship game despite his defense forcing Russell Wilson to throw four interceptions.
    =====

    The Packers had a 19-7 lead with 3:52 to go.

    They had no buisness whatsoever losing that game, regardless of how Rodgers was playing.

  32. wordsmith513 says: Jul 14, 2017 11:40 AM

    Football – last I knew – was a team game. There are three basic things that have to happen for any given pass to be a completion.
    1) The OL has to give the QB some time.
    2) The QB has to throw a catch-able ball. That includes putting where only his receiver can get it.
    3) The receiver has to get open enough and catch the ball where it is thrown.
    When Jennings was mic’d in the SB vs the Steelers, he made a suggestion that both MM & AR used to throw Jennings a TD ball – which he caught. So I am not sure what Jennings is talking about. But in the same game two other receivers let TD bound balls go right thru their hands. Were they open? Yes. Was the ball delivered where it needed to be? Yes. Was the catch made? No. None of that was MM, AR, or any other persons fault, except for the two receivers in question. BTW, none of those were Jennings. That game should never have have come down to the last play. I also watch Finley drop 6 passes that hit his hands in the end zone during one season. Last year 3 of ARs 7 interceptions were off of his receivers hands. There is a pattern here. But, still, win as a team, lose as a team. It is a team game – Jennings should shut up.

  33. aarons444 says: Jul 14, 2017 11:42 AM

    He has thrown 4 TDs-5 INTs in career NFC championship games. His post-season stats are also padded from playing wild card teams in the wild card round of the playoffs. Against the Falcons, he threw 3 TDs-1 INT, passed for 287 yards, and had a passer-rating of 91.6.
    ====

    A 91 rating is bad?

    Thats better than Tom Brady (89.0) Ben Roethlisberger (84.3) and Eli Manning’s (87.4)CAREER playoff ratings.

    Rodgers has a 123.8 rating in the Divisional Round, and he had a 111 rating in his only Super Bowl.

    He’s exceptional in the Playoffs. All the way around.

  34. wordsmith513 says: Jul 14, 2017 11:51 AM

    aarons444 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 11:23 AM
    The Packers had a 19-7 lead with 3:52 to go.
    They had no business whatsoever losing that game, regardless of how Rodgers was playing.
    —————————————
    I will go one better. We can play the what if game all day – but that doesn’t help THE TEAM. So if we are going to call a 19-7 lead into question, what are we going to say about Lombardi’s 16-7 win over the Giants for a championship. In that game Jim Taylor scored the only TD in a game where the Packer offense sputtered when it got close. Sound familiar? The difference is the PACKERS won that game. Not just the defense, not just the place kicker, not just Jim Taylor, the TEAM won the game. The current Packer TEAM has to step up.

  35. stellarperformance says: Jul 14, 2017 12:48 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jul 14, 2017 10:54 AM
    There’s a difference between a single kicker screwing up and an entire team collapsing.
    /////////////////////////////////

    Not for a fan.

  36. bhuettl says: Jul 14, 2017 1:19 PM

    Oh Greg Darling, its about time to let it go. You sound like the prom date that got left at the dance for a cuter girl. Get over it. There is no perfect team (aside from the ’72 Dolphins). It must really be a slow news day. Fortunately, all PFT has to do is post a Packers article to get all the mud ducks from Minnesota to start chirping. Viola, automatic site traffic.

  37. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jul 14, 2017 1:22 PM

    “Fuzzy Pink Cuffs?” asks Aaron Rodgers.

  38. holyfrickinwah says: Jul 14, 2017 1:32 PM

    Haven’t loved post Packers Greg Jennings all that much but this is a very true assessment.

    Signed any Packers fan who watches how they call plays with any kind of a lead especially if that lead is 7+ points.

  39. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says: Jul 14, 2017 2:11 PM

    Greg Jennings has burned bridges everywhere he played.
    He had it made in GB and turned on Rodgers. He couldn’t or wouldn’t buy into the Minn offensive scheme. Miami just plain got rid of him and then no team would even sniff at him.
    I won’t argue that MM could be more aggressive when up by 10 or more points, but it was a rare occurrence they would lose those games. The NFL Championship in Seattle happened to be one but again, 2 stupid plays by stupid players. Bostick screwed that game. And then the Vikings signed Bostick. Whatever.
    Viking trolls,…… you have to get there to lose it. And you haven’t “BEEN THERE” !!!!!

  40. stellarperformance says: Jul 14, 2017 3:36 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 13, 2017 7:50 PM
    Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers both like to pat themselves on the back but you can’t blame them with having to live around Packet fans. Of the 3 Rodgers is the only one who us as good as he thinks he is. And McCarthy likes to be a do what I say and not as I do coach when he fat shamed Eddie Lacy.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Is McCarthy proud to be the head coach of the Green Bay Packers? Damn right he is. Appropriately. Is Rodgers proud to be the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers? Damn right he is. Deservedly. Are Packers fans proud to be fans of the Green Bay Packers? Damn right we are. Unashamedly.

    Is cheesey a bigger fat-shamer than McCarthy could ever pretend to be? Undoubtedly. In fact, he wants to make a name for himself as a stalking, hating, shamer. That’s his “thing,” his “schtick.”

  41. siuleno says: Jul 14, 2017 5:57 PM

    oh, I just read this in Who Cares? Magazine. go away, dude.

  42. marvin1958 says: Jul 15, 2017 7:35 AM

    Anyone take the time to listen to the entire staged appearance? Let’s not forget to take into account the two blow holes who are paid to do nothing but argue loudly. ESPN has to be angry that FS1 wasn’t creative enough to come up with their own schtick.

    In the first half of that — well, interview, I guess you’d call it — Jennings is all about saying that marginal defenses were the Pack’s downfall with the exception of the 2010-2011 season.

    The boys must have discussed things during a break and decided that Jennings wasn’t saying anything that would be controversial enough and that’s when he broke into the McCarthy thing.

    I would guess there are fans of 29 other teams who would be screaming for a McCarthy hire if he became available. …and the Packers fans chiming in that McCarthy is this … or that … are probably the same guys who complain about Ted Thompson. To those fans I say … Tom Bratz, Lindy Infante, Mike Sherman, Dan Devine, Bart Starr, Ray Rhodes, Phil Bengston, Forest Gregg …

    …add to that list of dignitaries the GM’s and coaches whom have ever coached or managed any NFL team that HASN’T gone to the NFC Championship game 2 of the last 3 years. You guys have the memory of a gnat.

  43. nyneal says: Jul 15, 2017 9:44 AM

    Greg Jennings has been slamming the Packers ever since he was not re-signed by them. It’s obvious he’s bitter over that.
    That said, he’s right about Mike McCarthy. McCarthy has cost the Packers big games because he doesn’t have the backbone to keep the throttle down when he has the lead.
    That infamous playoff loss to the Seahawks when the Packers were up 19 to 7 with a little more than 5 minutes left in the game should have cost McCarthy his job. His horrible play calling late in that game and his complete loss of control over the team was inexcusable.
    Special teams player Brandon Bostick was blamed for the loss because he let the on side kickoff hit him in the helmet when Jordy Nelson was clearly in position to catch it, but it was not his fault that the Packers lost that game. Yeah, it was a stupid play by him, but it was completely on Mike McCarthy that the Packers lost that game.
    Go back and watch it. McCarthy allowed his players to fool around and slap each other on the back thinking the game was in the bag. Then, after they got the 4th pick of the day off Russell Wilson, he ran the ball three straight times when Seattle’s Richard Sherman was basically playing with one arm. The result was he took only 1 minute off the clock, leaving Seattle 4 minutes to score twice. It was one of the dumbest things I have ever seen any coach do. It was gutless. How you do that when you have Aaron Rodgers at QB is inexcusable.
    Packers fans know that Mike McCarthy is a good coach, but he’s far from a great coach. He has had two of the greatest QB’s to ever play the game and has repeatedly shown he is afraid to put the ball in their hands to seal the deal on wins. It has cost the Packers many wins.
    McCarthy’s assessment of himself is one of his biggest problems. He thinks he’s a better coach than he is.
    The sad part is, he’ll probably make the Hall Of Fame someday. If he does, it’ll be a joke.
    Ted Thompson is set in his ways and McCarthy is his guy. If Thompson was flexible at all, he’d have fired McCarthy by now. But the beat rolls on with those two.

  44. charliecharger says: Jul 16, 2017 4:01 PM

    Many NFL experts have been saying Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in the game. Whether he’s 1st or 2nd is debatable, but he’s good. The Packers would be a below average team without Rodgers. McCarthy is just along for the ride. Green Bay’s offense is all about Rodgers making plays outside of the scheme. Their scheme looks like Pop Warner. If Belichick coached the Packers, they’d have won four super bowls with Rodgers.

  45. cheeseisfattening says: Jul 16, 2017 7:12 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jul 14, 2017 3:36 PM
    cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 13, 2017 7:50 PM
    Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers both like to pat themselves on the back but you can’t blame them with having to live around Packet fans. Of the 3 Rodgers is the only one who us as good as he thinks he is. And McCarthy likes to be a do what I say and not as I do coach when he fat shamed Eddie Lacy.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Is McCarthy proud to be the head coach of the Green Bay Packers? Damn right he is. Appropriately. Is Rodgers proud to be the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers? Damn right he is. Deservedly. Are Packers fans proud to be fans of the Green Bay Packers? Damn right we are. Unashamedly.

    Is cheesey a bigger fat-shamer than McCarthy could ever pretend to be? Undoubtedly. In fact, he wants to make a name for himself as a stalking, hating, shamer. That’s his “thing,” his “schtick.”
    —————
    Every time I embarrass Stella I get a new description. At first I was just a shamer (sic) , then I was a hating, shamer (sic), now I am a stalking, hating, shamer (sic). Keep watching, soon I will embarrass him again and I will get a 4th description. This is enjoyment to the fullest.

  46. aarons444 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:07 PM

    I would guess there are fans of 29 other teams who would be screaming for a McCarthy hire if he became available. …and the Packers fans chiming in that McCarthy is this … or that … are probably the same guys who complain about Ted Thompson. To those fans I say … Tom Bratz, Lindy Infante, Mike Sherman, Dan Devine, Bart Starr, Ray Rhodes, Phil Bengston, Forest Gregg …
    =====

    And to that I’d say;

    The Packers have made the Playoffs 19 times over in the last 25 years. 2 losing records over that span. 12 Division Titles.

    This isn’t Lindy Infante taking over for Forrest Gregg. The culture has long since been overhauled.

    ‘It could be worse’ isn’t what I’d like to hear. With Rodgers on the back 9, all I’m concerned with is, how can the Packers win another Title or 2??!!

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