Mike McCarthy wants to get back to basics on offense

AP

As the 2015 Packers season played out, head coach Mike McCarthy opted to resume control of play calling on offense after ceding the responsibilities to assistant head coach Tom Clements in order to spend more time on all facets of the game.

The reason for the move was an offense that was performing below the standard set in previous seasons, which didn’t keep them from making it to the playoffs but did cause frustrations for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and others as the year unfolded. McCarthy is keeping his hands on the wheel offensively this year, but that won’t mean a year filled with new play designs in hopes of improving on last year.

If anything, the opposite will be true. In an interview with Jeffri Chadiha of NFL Media, McCarthy said the plan this season will be to keep things basic and rely on players making plays to put points on the board.

“The best plays are still the basic plays. It’s not the design of the play. It’s what everybody can do with that design,” McCarthy said. “That’s what we have to get back to — winning with the fundamentals, with players and not plays. When you get in tough times, offensively, we may have leaned a little more towards plays instead of focusing on developing players. That’s a big part of my getting back in there full-time [calling plays]. That’s how I built this thing, and that’s how it should be ran. We got away from that a little bit.”

Winning with players and not plays is easier when you have a full arsenal at your disposal, something that wasn’t the case for Green Bay last year after wide receiver Jordy Nelson tore his ACL. Nelson’s on track for a return and McCarthy hopes that keeping things simple brings a return for the rest of the Packers as well.

46 responses to “Mike McCarthy wants to get back to basics on offense

  1. Mike the Genius!!!

    Lets load the field with WR’s who run 4.6’s & a TE who runs a 5 flat send them downfield & make THEM make plays….

    This guy is the most overrated coach in the last decade!!!

    Take #12 away from him & he would be coaching offense in canadian league.

  2. I said that all last season, they need playmakers because they run a very vanilla offense in terms of scheme complexity. The terminology is insane but the concepts are very simple. If you can take a simple play and run it perfectly it’s still very hard to stop and offers big opportunity for YAC yards = GB’s bread and butter.

  3. MM seems wishy-washy on what he wants and does like he doesn’t know what he is doing.

  4. With none of the other NFC North teams mounting a serious challenge to Packer supremacy, 2016 is shaping up to be the 7th straight year that the Packers advance further than any division opponent.

    THAT is what I like to call, dominant.

  5. Who know maybe they will be a surprise team like the Broncos to get to a SB and can beat teams like Panthers and Cardinals.

  6. how bout really gettin back to basics, ie before the forward pass was invnented. but we know coach mcarthy wont do that. too scared to upset his overpayed pretty boy qb aron rodgers

  7. As the 2015 Packers season played out, head coach Mike McCarthy opted to resume control of play calling on offense after ceding the responsibilities to assistant head coach Tom Clements in order to spend more time on all facets of the game.
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    Let’s not forget McCarthy giving up play calling to focus on all aspects of the game was one on the panic moves he made after the Seahawk meltdown the year before. So it looks like Seattle not only knocked Green Bay out in 2014 but the end of that game was one of the reasons they did not do so well in the 2105 season.

  8. Some are gonna disagree with me, but how about holding Capers and the Defense to a higher standard for once.

  9. He can cite basics all the wants, the real problems were the receivers couldn’t beat man coverage and Lacy was overweight.

    Was its a surprise that you cannot beat man when Jones and Richard Rodgers are slow, that Adams kept hurting his ankle and that Lacy was overweight? Yet, MM flat out refused to play Janis and Abbredaris. Once he was forced to play them the offense showed life.

    Clearly the management gets it by signing TE Jared Cook, not resigning WR James Jones and drafting a speed WR in Trevor Davis. Including the players i just mentioned you also have Nelson and Montgomery being back. They pushed Lacy to lose weight as well. They should be able to rip man coverage again, but i have to question whether MM was just stubborn or wasn’t seeing it.

    I love the Packers, MM please don’t waste Aarons prime. Lets be a bit quicker to adjust, and for godsakes please scrap the Richard Rodgers to the flat for a 2 year gain play.

  10. In the NFL you have to always be evolving. A stagnant team is a losing team. However, if you don’t like what the team is evolving into, you have to change directions. Talented coaches realize this.

  11. Good luck on winning the Super Bowl with that philosophy…not exactly the way the Belicheat has won all the rings in New England.

    Last year we couldn’t get two yards of separation with the receivers running routes that the defenses new as well as the Green Bay offense. At least one team said that they knew every route GB was going to run when they lined up.

    This isn’t high school.

  12. “That’s how I built this thing, and that’s how it should be ran.”

    It’s cute he thinks he “built this thing.” Without Aaron he’d have been fired years ago.

  13. My way to early 2016 perdictions

    packers will lose the following games

    Week 2 AND 16 Vs MN
    Week 3 and or 17 Vs Lions (barring no phantom facemasks)
    Week 5 Vs giants
    Week 7 and or 15 Vs bears
    Week 9 Vs colts
    Week 11 Vs redskins
    Week 12 Vs Eagles
    Week 13 Vs Seahawks

    lions and bears either split or sweep packers
    ending with
    7-9 at best
    probably more like 6-10 or 5-11

  14. Last year was an aberration in McCarthy’s 10 year coaching career, only the first time the Packer offense finished in the bottom half of the league. I’m confident that they will return to form while other teams in the NFC North regress back to the mean. It kills the Viking trolls to admit it but Green Bay had an off season and the best they could do was a Divisional crown followed by one and done in the playoffs while the Packers suffered through one of their worst statistical seasons and still won a playoff game.

  15. Its players Mike,not plays.Last year the Packers had no deep threat,no tight end that could run,no running back that could run a pass route,no kick returner with speed etc.Sure the loss of Nelson had a trickle down effect but it was much more than just that.The main problem is no one can seem to stay healthy.The roster was loaded with talent last year till injuries wore them down.Now i know all teams deal with injuries, but the coaches and trainers have to take some responsibility for the players being in shape and staying healthy.Calling out Lacy AFTER the season is over proves that Mike needs to change his approach to conditioning BEFORE the season starts.

  16. If the O-line and Rodgers stay healthy, the offense, basic or not, should be the least of MM’s worries.

  17. Aaron has maybe, MAYBE, 3 good years left before he starts to decline, we better be looking at getting a new coach before that happens. Talk about a waste of talent time! We should have been in the SB twice in the last 3 years and now the Vikings are on the rise. We won’t go anywhere with this idiot calling basic plays again!

  18. Good job Mike, you wouldn’t want to hold yourself accountable or nothing, right? It’s the players not pulling miracles out of your outdated schemes that are the problem, not you and your crew. We have Aaron in his prime and bonafide playmakers like Clay, Peppers and Daniels, and yet we’re forced to settle for the NFC North title, year after year.

  19. You are coaching a pro team. You are the best of the best. You should be teaching the fundamentals AND using very complex schemes to give your team the best chance to win. This isn’t high school anymore, you and your players are paid millions to win. Is extensive scheming and the ability to do the basics too much to ask from professionals who earn millions?

  20. Last year was GBs worst offensive season in 25 years. Yet it was mostly the same personnel that had been dominant since 2011. No single offensive player is older than 32. So the players didn’t get terrible all of a sudden, and the coached didn’t suddenly get stupid. So what changed? Injuries to the OL and WR, a fat RB, and no WR coach. GB was down to WR 5 and 5 in the playoff game against the Cards, and every OL missed games. All have been corrected.

    GB WILL score 450 this year. I personally wouldn’t be surprised with 550. The NFCN trolls (especially the purple ones) are going to be SO salty when GB coasts to a 13-3 or better record and wipes the floor with the division. Again.

    Better football for better people.

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  21. Say what you want about the Packers but they made the playoffs once again last season without a deep passing game and slow recievers,a running game featuring an out of shape back and a defense that wasnt as good as they hoped it would be. all those ills have now been removed,they have speed at reciever,a running back in great shape and a defense that added great young talent. say what you want about the Packers but this isnt last years bad playoff team,this is a new team that should in all sanity be feared barring serious injuries.

  22. Tough to win when you lose your 1, 3, 4 WRs and both starting OTs for much of the season. But they still won, made it to the divisional round and could have beaten AZ at their place. Maybe should have beaten them.

    New season and new challenges and new team. We’ll see how they do.

  23. I’ve noticed that the peasant fans of unimportant NFL teams get a little unruly when consistently elite teams like the Packers are discussed.

  24. “Basics on Offense” must be the name of the new buffet restaurant in Green Bay.

  25. “the coach didn’t suddenly get stupid.”

    Agree with this statement. If he was ever smart, and with the players he was given, they’d have won multiple Super Bowls. He’s been this way from the start.

  26. ulissep says:
    Jun 22, 2016 4:34 AM

    Good job Mike, you wouldn’t want to hold yourself accountable or nothing, right? It’s the players not pulling miracles out of your outdated schemes that are the problem, not you and your crew. We have Aaron in his prime and bonafide playmakers like Clay, Peppers and Daniels, and yet we’re forced to settle for the NFC North title, year after year.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Well, no, you can’t even assume an NFCN crown…..Vikes took that from you in Lambeau last year!

    You have what gbay fans qualify as the best qb to ever put on a uniform in Erin, but yet, you can’t even win a home NFCN game?????

    How does that work?

    Vikes are rising, signed great Oline help in the offseason, and get 2 starters back on the Oline, while adding some D help and re-signing Harry the Hitman smith.

    Vikes are absolutely LOCKED AND LOADED.

    MM has been getting a pass from most gbay fans, but if I had Rodgers who feel to me, and all they had was 1 Super Bowl appearance, that is straight on MMs shoulders.

    4th and inches in Seattle in the playoffs, several times, and he doesn’t go for it with Rodgers as the QB??

    Wow…….blame is straight on MM.

    Dude is beyond overrated as a coach.

  27. Lot of football morons on this post. Bears fan here. But keep reading anyways. MM made Aaron Rodgers who he is. Aaron is a system QB. Had he been placed in any other system with most other coaches, he would have flamed out. GB got lucky to get AR and AR was lucky to have such a good offensive minded coach in MM. The two go hand in hand.

    Now if MM wants to play the basics, he has another thing coming because teams realized last year, finally, that pressure on their WR’s keeps Aaron in the pocket too long for a faulty O-Line to hold up with all of their soft tissue issues. The reason their o-line had been so “good” in the past is due to quick slants and AR’s release of the football, which had been amazing. Their WR’s are prone to drops and cannot run routes, which is why GB has made the quick passing game their bread and butter. Need proof, look at last years tape. Their WR corps are not strong enough to beat jams.

  28. “Lot of football morons on this post …… Aaron is a system QB. Had he been placed in any other system with most other coaches, he would have flamed out.”

    The number of football morons is now “Lot + 1”

    You really think Rodgers is just a system QB? If MM made him, where are all of the other great (or even decent) QBs that MM has made? MM thought Alex Smith was better than AR and influenced why SF drafted Smith.
    MM is a big part of why the Packers haven’t had more success in the past 8 years.

  29. MM flip flops like a fish, doesn’t really know what he’s doing.

  30. The Packers want to get back to basics on offense while the Vikings would be happy with any kind of offense at all.

  31. 2015 was the first year movimg the ball was an issue with Rodgers/MM. Average defense is the Packers biggest problem.

    Since winning the Super Bowl in 2010;

    2011 – 19th points, 32nd yards
    2012 – 11th, 11th
    2013 – 24th, 25th
    2014 – 13th, 15th
    2015 – 12th, 15th

    .. and the Playoff collapses are EPIC. The Packers D has been an embarrassment in big games since their last Title.

    Work on what’s broken Mike!!

  32. All this means is that the Cheese Packers will now try to be able to score on plays where there isn’t a free play for them. This loophole gives offenses a huge advantage – one that should be given to defenses as well so that they can sack and intercept and force fumbles for their free gain.

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