Mike McCarthy on offensive play-calling: ‘I need to shut up more’

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy still has faith in Tom Clements' ability to call plays.
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It doesn’t sound like Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has plans to take back the team’s offensive play-calling duties any time soon.

When asked about the job associate head coach Tom Clements is doing, McCarthy shot down the notion that he’s getting more involved in the play-calling dynamic, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky:

McCarthy called Green Bay’s offensive plays for the first nine years of his tenure as the team’s head coach. During that span, the Packers have ranked among the NFL’s top 10 in total offense every year except for 2012, when they finished 13th.

I need to shut up more, frankly. I think the most important thing is — and I don’t know how other people do it — the communication network when you’re calling plays.

If you’re calling plays, you need the information before the series and timely information within the series. So that’s something that we’re all conscientious of, and it’s just to make sure we’re trying to give Tom the support that he needs there.

Clements inherited play-calling duties this offseason, and now the Packers rank 22nd in the NFL (341.4 yards per game). McCarthy is trusting the system he put in place, but the results have been far from beneficial.

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