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McCarthy to blame for another August fail?

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07:10 AM ET 08.29 | Mike McCarthy had already declared war on injuries during the offseason. This war was lost. Another season is in jeopardy. Year after year, the Packers fail August. As usual, the flood of injuries was the story of the summer. Another training camp has been disrupted. ... This is the eighth straight pre-season in which Green Bay has had more players declared unavailable than its opponents. Of the 31 summer games that McCarthy has coached, the Packers have had more scratched, or injured, players in 26. ... When McCarthy and perhaps some fresh eyes start re-examining the injury mess six months from now, he might have to be ruthless. The people and practices in every area touching players have to be scrutinized anew. A culture change might be in order.

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August 29, 2013  07:47 AM ET

Go Pack!!!!

August 29, 2013  08:05 AM ET

August fail...

Wisconsin papers are serious about this football thing.

August 29, 2013  08:07 AM ET

This problem is unique, only affecting about 31 other teams in the league

August 29, 2013  08:15 AM ET

Their fail is their backup QB. Good luck with that!

August 29, 2013  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Their fail is their backup QB. Good luck with that!

It's not like he'll see the field this season except for mop-up duty. But knowing him, he may actually let the other team back into the game.

August 29, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Let's blame McCarthy for Bulaga and Harris blowing knees while ignoring the fact that McCarthy barely played any of his starters throughout the preseason. The OL is the only starting unit to play more than 1 series in any game.

The only culture change in order is for the media to either completely open their eyes to the whole picture or completely shut their eyes and not report anything; stop this half-azzed journalism.

August 29, 2013  08:35 AM ET

Injuries appear to be on the rise every year. This year the training camp injury dejure was the ACL. I wonder if overpaid and under motivated players to stay in shape in the off season play a larger role in training camp injuries than the head coach? I blame those self-indulgent, narcissistic Millennials.

August 29, 2013  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

August fail... Wisconsin papers are serious about this football thing.

This title is actually hilarious. I live here and read the Journal/Sentinel and all the other papers and NOBODY has said a SINGLE WORD about McCarthy failing anything! They all kiss his butt in fact. The interns twisted the living crap out of this story when they made up the title to the story. Totally hilarious. I was in shock when I came here and read this.

August 29, 2013  08:47 AM ET

What the...? Too ridiculous to even respond to.

August 29, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This title is actually hilarious. I live here and read the Journal/Sentinel and all the other papers and NOBODY has said a SINGLE WORD about McCarthy failing anything! They all kiss his butt in fact. The interns twisted the living crap out of this story when they made up the title to the story. Totally hilarious. I was in shock when I came here and read this.

The interns do have a way of sensationalizing things - don't they?

I suppose they think they have to but all it does is makes them look silly.

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August 29, 2013  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

August fail... Wisconsin papers are serious about this football thing.

...of course, the NY papers are still looking for a way to hang the Packers' (and the rest of the league's) injuries on Rex Ryan

August 29, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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It's not like he'll see the field this season except for mop-up duty. But knowing him, he may actually let the other team back into the game.

Presumably you are referring to Vince "Wonderlic" Young since Graham Harrel is now with the Jets. McCarthy will have to really dumb down the playbook for him.

August 29, 2013  10:41 AM ET

I don't view Mac as a rocket scientist, superbowl win or not. He is a very predictable coach and keeps things simple. With that said, I think the situation is simple: he is trying to coach a host of un-drafteds and very late round picks that most teams do not have. Take former pick Frank Zombo. Smallish, played at a level II college, injury prone. Came to the NFL, smallish and hurt often while playing.
When you have a team of Frank Zombo's what the heck do you expect. Your trying to play NFL football with guys who are not NFL football caliber.
Your D backs are 5'10 and 190 to 200. Guys who get creamed early and often.
Your O linemen are undersized compared to the rest of the league. Your main D linemen are fat, out of shape and don't run well.
I'm surprised they don't have more injuries then they do.

August 29, 2013  10:45 AM ET

PS, I heard his practices are like and hour and a half and a lot of that is walk through s. These guys are not getting in football shape in the off season and then not getting toughened for the real thing either.

August 29, 2013  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It's not like he'll see the field this season except for mop-up duty. But knowing him, he may actually let the other team back into the game.

No problem. Favre did that for most of his career.

August 29, 2013  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

PS, I heard his practices are like and hour and a half and a lot of that is walk through s. These guys are not getting in football shape in the off season and then not getting toughened for the real thing either.

Well they do spend 15 minutes each practice playing dodge ball.

August 29, 2013  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

PS, I heard his practices are like and hour and a half and a lot of that is walk through s. These guys are not getting in football shape in the off season and then not getting toughened for the real thing either.

You haven't got one single clue what you're talking about in either of your posts about McCarthy or the Packers. He's FAR from predictable, and DEFINITELY DOES NOT keep things simple, the team isn't full of "un-drafteds" (not even a word), isn't full of late round picks, isn't full of Frank Zombo types, the d-backs are nearly all 5'11, 6'0 or 6'1, the O-Line is NOT undersized and we're DEFINITELY NOT out of shape and fat, practices are not an hour and half and alot being walk thru's. Other than that, you're dead on! Either you're a complete idiot, you have diarrhea of the mouth, or a combination of the two. Stick to talking about the Vikings. You might actually know what you're talking about with them (although I highly doubt it).

August 29, 2013  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

PS, I heard his practices are like and hour and a half and a lot of that is walk through s. These guys are not getting in football shape in the off season and then not getting toughened for the real thing either.

Spoken like a true ViQueens backer -- the ONLY thing you have going for ya' ... is Peterson. PERIOD!!

 
August 29, 2013  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

PS, I heard his practices are like and hour and a half and a lot of that is walk through s. These guys are not getting in football shape in the off season and then not getting toughened for the real thing either.

And yet they seem to consistently make the playoffs. Just luck I guess.

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