Mike McCarthy denies he had massages during team meetings

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Former Packers coach Mike McCarthy denied he skipped team meetings for a massage.

During a phone interview with Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, McCarthy responded to a Bleacher Report story written by former Packers beat writer Tyler Dunne.

“I wouldn’t even know where to start and stop with the article,” McCarthy told Pelissero. “But to say that I skipped a team meeting for a massage is utterly absurd. I have a massage scheduled tomorrow, and I can promise you I will not miss my primary responsibility of picking up my two kids from school.”

Dunn wrote of McCarthy’s massage habit, “About once a week, a meeting would start up and McCarthy was MIA. Players weren’t quite sure where he was while, for example, an assistant coach would run the team’s final prep on the Saturday before a game. Eventually, word leaked that McCarthy, the one calling plays on game day, was up in his office getting a massage during those meetings.”

McCarthy told Pelissero he began having massages to help with a back issue several years ago. He even recommended massages to his players.

But McCarthy said he never missed work for a massage, adding that he’s “moved on from Green Bay.”

Based on news from the past two days, that appears long overdue for both sides.

21 responses to “Mike McCarthy denies he had massages during team meetings

  1. I had forgotten he didn’t last the season. Shows how inspiring his tenure was at the end.

  2. I feel bad for Matt LaFleur now. As long as he is Packers coach, he can never get a massage now.

  3. It’s all his fault, Rodgers would have won ten Superbowls by now if it wasn’t for him! Rodgers is the greatest player to ever suit up and step onto the field, nothing is ever his fault! Just look at his consecutive passes without a interception, that’s what determines what a great QB is and its not leadership. Leadership is so overrated, it’s not like a QB should lead his teammates like some would make you to believe.

  4. Both sides look very petty for all the trash talking. McCarthy will sit this year out and get hired as a HC again in 2020. He’s been way too successful in the NFL to be unemployed for long. When he gets hired, it will be interesting to see his offense ran by a QB that can actually follow instructions and not play hero ball on every snap.

  5. James Jones and John Kuhn disputing the story by anonymous sources. People who are willing to put their names behind accusations are far more credible.

  6. schmokes says:
    April 4, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    James Jones and John Kuhn disputing the story by anonymous sources. People who are willing to put their names behind accusations are far more credible.

    Jones and Kuhn have also been gone for years. The BR article was talking about recent stuff, not 5 years ago.

  7. This is crazy ..from all appearances McCarthy seems
    like a “ regular guy” …( see Rodney Dangerfield.)
    He did a good job with the Packers and perhaps it was time
    for a change, but stop the character attack.
    There are many coaches with big time QB’s who have fallen
    short. See Shula with Dan Marino.
    I don’t know where this is coming from but McCarthy
    certainly deserves another head job.

  8. Who would have thought, massages are one of the top stories of this offseason. The NFL never fails to entertain.

  9. All sides look pretty bad in that article. Aaron Rodgers for being emo, Mike McCarthy aloof/lazy and Ted Thompson for being asleep at the wheel (literally). That being said, in that structure, if the QB would have been Russell Wilson or Kirk Cousins, that team just explodes. They’d be lucky to get to 5-11. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t great, but he also carried that group.

    Personally, I am not sold on LaFlaur. He’s been an OC all of 2 years, his last stop, his offense was ranked 25th. In a way, he’s like McCarthy, who came from SF after being OC for 1 year, where the offense was ranked 30th and dead last in passing yards.

    I would have liked to see them go with someone like Tom Monken who lit it up in TB last year with a less than talented team and has a history of being an innovator

  10. Jones and Kuhn have also been gone for years. The BR article was talking about recent stuff, not 5 years ago.
    Wrong, the Dunne article tried making the case this has been going on since 2005.
    Supposedly, the resulting and rampant dysfunction was in full bloom for the past 13 years and somehow this wounded organization was able to win a Super Bowl and make contiguous and numerous playoffs runs, sometimes deep? Somewhere in the middle, my guess, is where the truth lies.

  11. Jones, Kuhn, Jennings and Finely weren’t there when the alleged massages were happening. Stands to reason they’d say it didn’t see it. But the article also says that AR had a passive aggressive attitude towards players and MM since MM was there.

    They WERE there during that time period and say AR was NOT that guy.

    So dunno.

  12. Both sides are slinging hash and hoping something will stick on the wall.Ridiculous !..Aaron Rogers is a diva and culpable for much of this discussion.The new HC for the Packers better reign him in early or it could be a long season of media bashing for the crew up in GB.

  13. By voluntarily offering up that he still gets regular massages, he has done himself no favors.

  14. Maybe he would have back problems if he lost the extra 50 pounds that he is carrying around his gut…

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