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McCarthy comments on Finley decision

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 5, 2013 – 6:30 pm

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Tuesday that the decision to place TE Jermichael Finley on injured reserve “was not about football.”

“It was a medical decision made for Jermichael’s best interests as a man, a father and a husband,” McCarthy said of Finley’s neck injury. “We were not going to take that chance.

“Based on the medical report I was given, everyone agreed he should not play football this year.”

McCarthy added that Finley’s football future had not yet been determined.

“As we know Jermichael, he’ll be ready to play tomorrow in his mindset,” McCarthy said. “But this is definitely the right thing to do by him.”

 


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41 Responses to “McCarthy comments on Finley decision”

  1. By Corky on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

    Wow this shakes up things. Packers are really taking the injury hits this season. Mostly to their key players.

  2. By Ron on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

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  3. By Cathy on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

    ok, this is scary…are they even thinking about getting matt Flynn back??? I know that is odd, but he does know the WHOLE playbook. I hope they think of at least another quarter back.

  4. By Ross on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

    Well how much is it worth to bring Flynn back?

  5. By Ross on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

    This game was a prime example on how dependent this organization was on one player and it back fired. McCarthy has had the problem in preparing his teams year after year. If it’s not his play calling, it’s the penalties or there is a complete let down on playing the entire game. But to not have a quality back up QB really tops it all.
    I have never been a McCarthy fan and the defensive coach, I can’t even remember his name is no better. Pop Warner kids can tackle better than these guys. There isn’t but one player on this team that plays with the well to win and he’s out hurt and I don’t think I have to mention his name.
    While the coaching sucks if the players would man up and play with some pride to win they probably could survive but I don’t see it happening. Flynn is their only chance because if you can’t get the ball down field, Defenses will sneak up and play against the short game. There isn’t a QB on the market that could be prepped to make a difference other than Flynn and it will come at a premium.

  6. By Packerwalt on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

    Ross, do you know anything about football? Buffalo released Flynn so he would not be expensive. The Packers are one of the best organizations in the NFL. The GM and the entire coaching staff are the reasons why the team is in a position to go to the playoffs each year. If not for TT and the coaching staff which you claim sucks, there would be no Rodgers, Nelson, Cobb, CM3, etc. playing for Green Bay. Not a McCarthy fan? Who would you rather coach the team? You? McCarthy is one of the best coaches in the league and if you can’t see that you are an idiot. Wallace didn’t have the reps to be prepared for what happened. That wasn’t McCarthy’s fault! All NFL coaches give the starting QB about 90% of the reps with the starters. Because of the amount of practice each week it has to be that way. It was unfortunate Rodgers was injured but Wallace did his best and I’m sure he’ll fare better against Philly after getting all of the reps this week. You think Flynn is the answer? He wasn’t in Seattle, Oakland or Buffalo. He had one great game with the Packers and cashed in. There are rumors his arm isn’t that strong as it was. You still want him? Maybe you want Favre back? How about Bart? Green Bay is no different than NE, NO, and Denver. All have irreplaceable QB’s. All of those teams would be in huge trouble if the starting QB went down. I suppose you would criticise all of those organizations as well. I have a solution for you. Become a Vikings fan. Their coaching staff really does suck and they have 3 mediocre QB’s. They are really doing a great job! Just look at their W-L record. Idiot!!

  7. By dreamz08 on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Lol well said!

  8. By Tom from Durham on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    One point that we would be celebrating had the Packers won: a game with no penalties called on the Packers. Coach McCarthy deserves some credit for that.

  9. By Dan on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Lets face it, Seneca Wallace did not cost us that game. He did enough to keep us in it, and our running game picked up the slack. Our defense is what lost that game for the Pack. We had no answers for the Bears receivers or Forte. If our defense would play the way they are capable of playing, we can beat anyone, even while Rodgers is healing. We definitely cannot afford to get in any shootouts, especially without Rodgers behind center.

  10. By larry seybold on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    I would not be so hard on the defence. Lots of 3 and outs, loss of 2 more LB. I believe in the pack and feel they will come out and play well. I guess you do not remember the 30 year drought. I live with the greatness and then 30 years of yelling at the TV. I fell blessed for the last 20 years and that comes from a good front office. Ron Wolf save us all. His kid is doing a good job now. I believe everyone will step up. We almost did that this week with two arms tied behind our backs.

  11. By JD on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    I’m with ross somewhat. I have been a diehard packer fan since growing up in Oshkosh, there is no bigger fan in NC than me. But McCarthy will finally get most of your attention over the next few games. I would be surprised if they came out swinging, but I just don’t have faith in him. TT may draft great players, but if you don’t call the right plays or get your team in the correct mind set then it’s all for nothing.

  12. By Scott on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    The defense was awful Monday night. This IS the BIG problem with this organization and it has been shaky for the last 4 years.

  13. By Green Tide on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    I do have to agree with Ross to a very small extent. Under McCarthy I cannot recall a game in which GB has imposed its will on another team the way champion type teams do. I just do not see that particular “edge” in the McCarthy coached team.

    Having said that I would say that McCarthy does seem to bring an ice cold, rock solid, calm, professioanl atmosphere to the team. This type of personality seems to be pervasive through the team.

    Is it better to be a screaming fire-plug, like say Mike Ditka was or the pinnacle of self-control and professionalism?

  14. By Phil on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    MM has his downside…let’s not sugarcoat it. Very predictable play calling at times…and why is he so willing to go for an onside kick that has a 50/50 chance to succeed and yet too afraid to throw a challenge flag when poised to score? That makes me realize how imperfect he is. capers is much worse…McCown could have sat in a lawn chair with all the time he had to throw…yet never a blitz. I’ve noticed that teams are always wide open in the middle since capers has had the job? but it’s just as much to blame on packers secondary…they are always confused about where to be and it seems like the more guys back there the worse it gets. I don’t have to mention their total inability to tackle. CMON MAN! We need Flynn…he works in GB and he’s ready to go…TT is the only one with the balls to do whatever it takes to win. MM wants to give guys 2 or 3 chances and we cannot afford that with such a critical position as qb. This is not the preseason guys.

  15. By Donald on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Can you bring back Donald driver and you need to get another quarter back until Rodgers returns

  16. By PackerDan on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Glad to see player safety put ahead of wins. Quality organization. I hope Finley gets healthy and comes back next season if he is at 100%.

  17. By PK on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    The tragedy of tbis game at times is unavoidable. Good luck 88!

  18. By OdinsEye on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Regardiog Seneca Wallace, I agree that considering that he hasn’t taken a snap during any type of game situation with the Packers, expecting to step in the other night and put up 30 points would be a bit unrealistic. But he has been with the team and should have known the plays. At the very least, he should be to throw the ball.

    I also agree that he did not lose the game. The defense, handed a 20-17 lead in the third quarter, quickly gave the lead back to the Bears. And yes, it was Dom Capers’ defense that gave up the 9 minute drive at the end, a defense that looked pathetic again in the fourth quarter, a defense that once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. The Packers should be 8-0, not 5-3. If the Packers had a decent defensive coordinator, then 8-0 probably would be a reality. Grented, the defense has had some injuries. But the defense, for the most part is a talented group.

    Anyone know why Mike McCarthy didn’t challenge the ruling on Andrew Quarless’ catch on the side line? He gave the ball back to the Bears. The replay clearly showed a catch. Where wss the coach on this one?

  19. By eugene on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    people, people,people. mccarthy’s only problem is his loyalty to his picks. crosby,ross, CAPERS. the pack defense for the past 4 years has been inept. sure they’re up a little this year but when the chips are down they always collapse. remember when we were 15 and 1 ? the defense was 32 in the league. thaat’s LAST place. i personally think it was lucky Rodgers got knocked out early with a comparatively minor injury. any longer in the game and the Bears would have killed him. Wallace didn’t have the time to get back in the pocket much less set up. Lacy got big yards ’cause the bears ran past him intent on creaming the QB, their original game plan. Bears hold the ball 9 MINUTES in fourth quarter. that’s NOT seneca wallace’s fault that’s POOR defense. i pray every week that someone offers capers a head coaching job, ‘causse that seems to be the only way he will disappear. pray with me.

  20. By Ck in mn on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    If you don’t know the defensive coordinators name, you shouldn’t post! Dom Capers is widely regarded as one of the best d coordinators in the league. MM brought a Super Bowl to GB and has proven he can develop QB’s as good as any coach in the league. Your post was one of the worst I’ve ever seen!

  21. By Rusty Draper on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Talk about missing the point.I hope J.M. gets well and if football is still in the cards, there is more to life than football.

  22. By Jordan Schmidt on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Dan, I don’t think you have to worry about us getting into any shootouts…both teams have to score to have a shootout lol

  23. By fromeo on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Its possible that they might try to pick up Flynn. He was released by the Bills this week. Is that timing or what?

  24. By northerner on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    GO PACK

  25. By Tony D. on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Packerwalt, you nailed it. Wallace will be fine after the reps. Honestly, I’m concerned more about the D right now. Not being able to stop the Bears on that last long, time consuming drive was a killer (tackling, pressure, etc.). GB will be fine, and we get another crack at the Lions and Bears!

    Cheers……. Tony

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  26. By john on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Agree with those that say defense is the systemic problem. McCarthy coaches only one side if the ball. The last coach to do that was Lovie Smith.

  27. By Zach on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    I think keeping Finley off the field for the rest of the season is a good call. Hopefully we pick him back up next year, too. I think he showed signs of brilliance before his injury.

  28. By Jon on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ross talks about the defensive coach and then cites bad tackling by the players. Yeah, because Capers isn’t teaching them how to tackle correctly. Because Capers doesn’t know, after DECADES in the NFL, how to explain how to tackle. If the players can’t execute what they are supposed to, how is that not their fault? Please think before you type, even just a little bit.

  29. By Sockettuem on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    As a stockholder I’ll have my say. We need a decent offensive line, so things like this can be avoided. It appears to me this part of the game has been neglected. Each year I hope for a decent 1st round pick of a good solid offensive lineman and it doesn’t happen. Instead we draft some injury-prone defensive type who spends more time off the field than on it. I’ll admit the defense needs help, major help to be sure, but let’s start with Capers and work our way down from there. He hasn’t had a schemne that can adjust to the opponent for years. Time for a change. We have one star on the defense and we all know who that is. He’s the man to build around.

  30. By Patrick Nastoff on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Why does it seem like Green Bay is the only team that if full of injurys. And most of the guys are starters like 5 on defense 4 to 5 on offense that is a total of 10 starters not playing. seems its year after year there are so many people hurt I am sure there are other teams with players hurt but no like us if we can hold up like win 3 games in the next 4 to 5 games that would give everybody a chance to heal and get ready for the playoff the only one that won’t be there will be Finnely I know he is a big lose but if the team is at full health we will be fine. GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. By K.Storie on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    I truly believe finley will not play again for the Pack.It sounds like Collins all over again as the pack organization will not be responsible for someone being parylyzed on the field if their is a chance that could happen.I hope i,m wrong

  32. By keith on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    I find it funny how everyone dissing MM. Did you all forget he has a SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONSHIP under his belt?? Seriously

  33. By Pat on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Best to Finley and his family. He was having a pro-bowl season and has developed in the Packer Organization like many players have in the past, the present and future. First rate organization where people are the business and people are family. GO PACK GO!!!

  34. By Montanapackfan on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    The schemes and plays that are called on both defense and offense must be executed by the players for them be effective. The players and coaches are both human and are equally responsible for failure. The bears came in with a good game plan and their qb out-preformed our backup. If arod is in even with a less than stellar performance by our defense, we win the game. Too many people here complain when we lose yet are silent when we win. The Packers are an elite club in the NFL thanks to players, coaches, and staff. If you cannot see that then you are short sighted. Try reading Vics site, he gives great perspective as do his readers. You never know, you may even learn something.

    Roll on green roll on

  35. By Ross on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Having a backup QB that knows and understands the system is a coaching responsibility; not the players. Take a look back during Lombardi and Holmgren. They both had back up QB’s that knew the system and at least had taken snaps in practice. Actually Bart’s back up Zeke would have been a starter on most other teams. In fact, he had lead the Pack to a Championship when Starr was hurt. Seriously, you can make all the excuses for McCarthy sort of sounds like those who favor this government but I really don’t want to go there.

  36. By phil on Nov 7, 2013 | Reply

    Too late sport, you just did go there..keep your distorted, head in the sand political views off the site wing nut

  37. By Ross on Nov 7, 2013 | Reply

    For Phil: What makes you the expert on wing nuts and desortion? Obviously you know little about both. lol Obviously the truth does hurt

  38. By John on Nov 7, 2013 | Reply

    Main problem with injuries. Is this particular Packer team has a solid chance at the Superbowl had they not occurred. That coupled with the fact that a lot of core players come up for contract this offseason. Too many in my opinion when compared to teams like the 49er’s. Finley is probaly done. I hope they can resign Raji, Jones, & Nelson at least as they need to be retained. Something about retaining players that show up instead of landing on the injured reserve list when they are most needed. Shields would also be added if they can afford to do so. Williams is the one who I wish was up for contract as his skills have declined.

  39. By Bears Fan on Nov 8, 2013 | Reply

    I’m a Bears fan, but I like McCarthy’s mindset that the players are people first, football players second. Our new coach has the same view and his players would walk through fire for him. I’m glad Finley is going to be okay and even more so that McCarthy is a good enough person to put Finley’s well-being ahead of the need for a tight end on the team. You guys have a good coach who is a good man. Don’t take that for granted.

  40. By Jordan on Nov 8, 2013 | Reply

    For everyone talking down upon Mike McCarthy, give me a break. McCarthy is easily a top 5 coach in the league and a fantastic play caller. The Packer’s have had one of the best offenses in the league for years, because he puts his players in positions to be successful. McCarthy helped to groom Rodgers into the player that he has become. If you think Rodgers would be as successful as he is with half the other coaches in the league, you are crazy. In one off-season, Mike McCarthy switched around the entire offensive line and completely transformed the Packer’s into an effective power running football team. The guy is gutsy, and knows what he is doing and has a demeanor that demands respect from his players. Give the man the credit he deserves.

  41. By BobK on Nov 8, 2013 | Reply

    OK McCarthy bashers. I’m all with Jordan. Get your facts straight. According to Pro-football-Reference.com Mike stacks up with the best current coaches in the league! Just a few stats: McCarthy .658 in 8 years; Belichick .653 in 19 seasons; John Harbaugh .648 in 6 seasons; Jim Harbaugh .750 in 3 seasons; Payton .657 in 7 seasons; Reid .559 in 15 seasons; Tomlin .625 in 7 seasons; Pete Carrol .545 in 8 seasons; and Mike Shanahan .565 in 20 seasons. Ted and Mike have done a fantastic job in keeping the Packers as one of the elite teams in the NFL. In spite of all of the injuries they’ve had (what NFL team doesn’t!!!) they keep on winning. I was a fan from Lombardi throught the decrepid 70’s and 80’s and now look what I have since the early 90’s . . . a fantastic team to root for!!!

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