McCarthy distributes kudos for keeping calm, carrying on
Mike McCarthy. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Two weeks of interconference games have been two weeks of games filled with injury, challenge, trauma and worry about things greater than just football games for the Green Bay Packers.
Yet they won both of them, with the World War II British mantra of "Keep calm and carry on" fueling them.
While on "The Mike McCarthy Show," Packers coach Mike McCarthy even showed enough of a sense of humor through it all that when asked about how his team has persevered, he retorted with a joking look and a smile, "If I told you, I'd have to kill you."
But in seriousness, McCarthy lauded his highly-injured but highly-resolute roster.
"You have to give credit to the players. They stay on course. There's a plan laid out each week. They buy into the plan."
There's kudos to go all around, but when asked about how quarterback Aaron Rodgers has specifically kept the ship steered properly on offense, McCarthy praised the NFL's 4th-rated passer in 2013.
"He clearly accepts it. He's wired that way. He always wants to exceed expectations from the outside. That's part of his personality. It would be nice to have all your weapons week in and week out, (but there's) no one better at it than Aaron Rodgers."
Rodgers, running back Eddie Lacy, receivers up and down the depth chart, the offensive line and a defense that's given up just 13 points per game all deserve credit for their three-game winning streak and a first-place standing that McCarthy said he didn't even know about.
"I didn't realize we were in first place," said McCarthy. "I want to be in first place after 16 games. That's the focus."
To stay there, the Packers would be best served to win a pair of division games coming up, Sunday night at Minnesota (5:00 p.m. on 620WTMJ and online, 6:00 p.m. on TODAY'S TMJ4 and NBC26) and a week from Monday at homea gainst chicago.
"Division games are the most important games in the year. Playing in the Metrodome's difficult. It's a noise level where your team's got to be ready to play in that environment."