Mike McCarthy: We can’t have “false confidence” this week

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to return to the lineup after breaking his collarbone a couple of months ago and that’s given the team’s playoff hopes a jolt with three games left in the season.

Rodgers’ return is obviously a big deal, but coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday that he doesn’t want his team to take anything for granted because the quarterback is on track to return to action. The Packers will be taking on a Panthers team that’s also bidding for a playoff berth and McCarthy wants his entire team to rise to the occasion.

“We’ve got to play better,” McCarthy said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That was my message to them today. I think our football team has done an excellent job of finding different ways to win. We’re not going to go to Carolina with a bunch of false confidence. We understand the impact that Aaron Rodgers makes for our football team and, hell, the impact that he’d make for anybody’s football team. He’s a great player, he’s an impact player. We’re in a position that we’re in. We’re 7-6. We clearly understand what’s on the line here. Carolina’s in a similar position.”

McCarthy was asked if the team would take any precautions with Rodgers due to the metal plates that are still affixed to his collarbone. McCarthy didn’t go into specifics of the team’s plan, but said you have to “play your game” which suggests they’ll be using Rodgers in the usual fashion.

39 responses to “Mike McCarthy: We can’t have “false confidence” this week

  1. I thought all that was needed to guarantee a Packers victory was for Rodgers to suit up and walk on the field. Is McCarthy implying that the other 52 players might have to do something too?

  2. The Packers have improved in Rodgers absence. The running game is going to be huge with Rodgers back. The plays that Hundley didn’t have the experience to make will be made easily by Rodgers. The offense is going to tear it up with Rodgers back. The defense will still be the weakest link. The Packers special teams has been playing well. They can win out. Probably won’t make the playoffs, but they will have 10 wins, which is a marker where good teams finish.

  3. I am a Packers fan. Not a McCarthy fan at all. Why would he say something like this? It wouldn’t even be ok for him to say it if they were playing the Browns when Rodgers returned. The Panthers are clearly much better than the Packers, and clearly the only way the Packers can win is if Rodgers plays lights out and mostly ignores McCarthy. Even that might not be enough to win this week. Yet he acts like the Packers should win unless there is a letdown. And no coach, Carolina is not in the same position as your team. The Panthers are 9-4 and will make the playoffs if they win 2 of their final 3. The Packers could win all 3 and not make it.

    Packers are a 12-4 team with Rodgers, 3-13 without Rodgers, back up to 6-10 w/o McCarthy.

  4. Pack haven’t done anything to have false confidence about…still, this is why they play the games instead of just asking a Viking troll who will win or lose.

  5. “That was my message to them today. I think our football team has done an excellent job of finding different ways to win.”

    The Packers are 3-5 without Rodgers and big Mike thinks that is an excellent job based on the expectations of this team without Rodgers? Yikes, this team and organization are a Gong Show that is not as easy to see when Rodgers is playing.

  6. “We can’t have “false confidence” this week”

    Too late. All I’ve heard from Packer fans in the Twin Cities the past week is the Packers will run the table, make the playoffs and go to the Super Bowl. I’m sure some of that faux confidence will bleed into the locker room.

  7. Offense has never really been an issue for the Packers. They score points. But Aaron Rodgers doesn’t play defense and the Panthers have plenty of it. Can they stop Newton, Greg Olson and McCaffrey? Good luck.

  8. I’m a Packers fan and I think the Panthers will beat the Packers handily and so will the Vikings. Sometimes you just aren’t good enough, and that’s the case with the Packers this year. The Packers have had a great run since 1994 and it had to come to an end sometime. So now they need to rebuild and start over.

  9. I have been playing and watching football for decades. I honestly have never seen a QB that can do what Aaron Rodgers can. He is mobile and deadly accurate on the run or in the pocket. He has a rocket strapped to his shoulder and has beautiful touch.

    Not since Dan Marino have I seen a QB does more with less. McCarthy and Thompson (and Dom effing Capers) – need to go. They are wasting a generational talent.

  10. The Packers have played far better of late with Hundley….winning 3 of their last five and nearly beating the Steelers on the road. They have developed an outstanding running game and it appears Thompson has found two good backs in the draft. They are a 3 point dog on the road against a team that just beat the Vikings. Apparently the people in the know think the Packers are a pretty good team with Rodgers back. This is their tough game. If they get by the Panthers, they will likely win out. They have an 85% chance of the playoffs if they win out.

    Sooooooo…..if they beat the Panthers, I say they make the playoffs. If not, then shut down 12.

  11. Look… I’ll be happy with Rodgers coming back and looking good against the panthers and we take the loss… I just want to hang the L on the Queens next week and ensure they have to go play outside in the playoffs. Queens will lose in the divisional play off game.

  12. ” All I’ve heard from Packer fans in the Twin Cities the past week is the Packers will run the table, make the playoffs and go to the Super Bowl.”

    Wow, that’s amazing, because I haven’t heard that from a single Packer fan live or on this or any other forum. What I’ve heard is people saying it gives the Packers a chance to get into the playoffs, but it’s a longshot because they have so many CBs injured. And people say they hope he doesn’t get hurt again. Maybe you were hearing Viking fans saying what you mentioned. That sounds more likely.

  13. Rodgers is an one in a billion talent. Its sad to see such a great qb get wasted on a team that is well below average without him. If not it being that they played the browns and Tampa bay recently, this team would be welcoming him back next season. Even If they do make the playoffs, it would take more than Rodgers to Win a superbowl for this team. If Rodgers and the Pack win their last three (and thatss a big if) I would be really impressed. However, now go and win another 3 on the road just to get to the superbowl. Its not happening. A great qb can only get you so far.

  14. This is kind of a strange message coming from a coach that plays “not to lose,” more than any other.

  15. ninefingers9 says:
    December 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    The question is, if AR gets re-injured will the Packa’s “owners” fire McBurger for putting AR back in too soon?
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    I guess that depends. Does 100% full medical clearance mean “too soon” where you live?

  16. “Rodgers is an one in a billion talent. Its sad to see such a great qb get wasted on a team that is well below average without him.”

    ——————————————

    The Packers are built around Rodgers, because he is that one in a billion talent. Why would you think the team wouldnt struggle without him?

    Good team building doesnt necessarily mean always having the best players. It means having the right players who fit a system for the betterment of the team. The Packers are set as a team to run a system led by Rodgers, with complimentary players there to fill a certain role.

    Its like everyone thinks NFL rosters are just like Madden and you can just plug and play guys. Gosh, the way millenials think about football and team games now is just in the toilet thanks to the video game era.

  17. Here’s what you need to know.
    Carolina is the #5 ranked defense
    Packers are #26

    Carolina is the #7 ranked passing defense
    Green Bay us #24

    Carolina is the #3 ranked rushing defense
    Green Bay is #18

    Now too help you put that into perspective, look at the opponents that the Packers went up against recently.

    In the last five game the panther played, Falcons, Dolphins, Jets, Saints and Vikings
    The Packers the Bears, Steelers, Ravens, Buccaneers and Browns

    ARE YOU SERIOUS? If the packers had played the Panthers last five games they’d probably be rock bottom. The reality is, the Packers are the Cleveland Browns of the NFC without Rodgers. Even with him… Meh.

  18. stellarperformance says:
    December 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm
    ninefingers9 says:
    December 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    The question is, if AR gets re-injured will the Packa’s “owners” fire McBurger for putting AR back in too soon?
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    I guess that depends. Does 100% full medical clearance mean “too soon” where you live?

    /////////////////////

    I guess that depends. You have already had one player, Martellus Bennett say the Greenbay doctors forced him to play even though he was injured. You cannot think for a moment that the Green Bay ownership was pressuring their doctors to clear Rodgers.

  19. Mike McCarthy, clearly you have been ignoring your fans.
    They are all full of confidence that the packers will run the table, every other team loses the table and packers win the Super Bowl.

    Wake up man.

  20. We recognize the odds and that as a team, the Panthers are a better football team than the Packers, but we have Aaron Rodgers and we are playing with house money. Go Pack Go.

  21. flviking says:
    December 13, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    I guess that depends. You have already had one player, Martellus Bennett say the Greenbay doctors forced him to play even though he was injured. You cannot think for a moment that the Green Bay ownership was pressuring their doctors to clear Rodgers.
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    Oh yeah, I forgot how much the Green Bay doctor’s wanted Bennett on the field…….he was tearing it up and catching everything thrown in his direction. Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that?

  22. Every “expert” predicting Rodgers will break the bone again (predicting lightning will strike twice,) made the same prediction after he broke his other collar bone. On what date did he re-break that bone last time? I forget. Maybe the “experts” can tell us.

    His chances of finishing the season intact are pretty good, unless there is a player out there that feels threatened and is bound and determined to make a difference and needs to take an unnecessary cheap shot to supplement his “not quick enough” skill-sets. There’s always that possibility.

    Beating Carolina? We’ll see. Even if they lose this week, they might not be mathematically eliminated………yet. Fingers-crossed.

    Go Pack Go!

  23. The Saints are the Panther’s kryptonite. Packers need to study the film from those two games… because it’s important for the Panthers to lose this weekend. I’ll be cheering for the Packers.

  24. flviking says:
    December 13, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    December 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm
    ninefingers9 says:
    December 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    The question is, if AR gets re-injured will the Packa’s “owners” fire McBurger for putting AR back in too soon?
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    I guess that depends. Does 100% full medical clearance mean “too soon” where you live?

    /////////////////////

    I guess that depends. You have already had one player, Martellus Bennett say the Greenbay doctors forced him to play even though he was injured. You cannot think for a moment that the Green Bay ownership was pressuring their doctors to clear Rodgers.
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    If you’re believing the word of another head case Bennett you’re crazier than he is.

  25. “Rodgers is an one in a billion talent. Its sad to see such a great qb get wasted on a team that is well below average without him.”
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    They had 3 TERRIBLE drafts (2011-2013)

    Thats every bit as much a reason for their demise as Aaron Rodgers injury this year.

    I think the defense is shaping up. They need a couple more guys on the front-7, particularly a conistent pass rusher, but if they dump their dinosaur D-coordinator, I think that unit will round out nicely next year.

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