McCarthy miffed when asked about keeping WRs happy
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has just about had it with
people scrutinizing the way his team shares the ball among its
talented group of receivers.
Asked Wednesday about the relatively limited number of snaps
veteran Donald Driver has been getting in recent games, McCarthy
called the line of questioning ”a bunch of garbage.”
The issue of getting everybody involved in the Packers’ passing
game has come up a handful of times already this season, and
McCarthy said sternly that he won’t apologize for having ”too many
guys” to throw the ball to.
”Donald’s very proud,” McCarthy said. ”He’s been a great
player, (he’ll) continue to be a great player here. But we have a
lot of people and we’re using them all. That’s the reality of it.
Every week it’s somebody else that we’re going to pick at because
he didn’t have the numbers he had the week before. Frankly, I think
it’s a bunch of garbage.”
It certainly wasn’t anything approaching the rants by Jim Mora
or Dennis Green that went viral on the Internet. But it was
somewhat out of character for the Packers coach, who keeps a steady
public persona and rarely makes waves in his news conferences.
”It’s what it is,” McCarthy said, raising his voice slightly.
”Now, do they want the ball? Yeah. Yeah, they want the ball. They
all want the ball. And if they don’t want the ball then I have a
real issue with them. That’s part of playing in this league. But
every week to come in here and a guy scores three touchdowns one
week and he doesn’t have any the next week, and that’s an issue? I
mean, what are we doing here? Those are good, positive things about
your team. And I’m not going to continue to sit here and answer
this thing every week.”
Sharing the ball has become something of an issue for the
Packers early in the season.
Wide receiver James Jones said after the season-opening victory
over New Orleans that he felt he should have gotten more snaps.
Tight end Jermichael Finley expressed frustration to reporters
after a Week 4 win over Denver, grousing that the team wasn’t able
to get him the ball more despite being double-teamed.
Aaron Rodgers has been asked about the challenges of keeping all
his receivers happy several times, and usually says that he simply
throws to whomever is open.
Driver said he isn’t concerned.
”I’m fine with it,” Driver said. ”I think you have to get to
a point where you can’t worry about how many balls you get. Because
you start worrying about how many balls you get, that’s when you
start losing games. Then you put pressure on Aaron to try to make
sure everyone stays happy.”