In 2010 we beat the Jets who at the time had the best record in the league, and the best defense. Afterwards he said something along the lines of “we are going to have bigger wins than this”… we won the Superbowl that year.
This one is more quoteable, but when Rodgers was out vs. the Patriots noone gave the Matt Flynn led Packers much of a chance and McCarthy said, “We are nobody’s underdog”. We gave the Pats all they could handle in that game and came close to pulling off a huge upset. One of the main reasons we fell short was a Special Teams play.
I can’t forget the speech McCarthy gave after the Fail Mary play in Seattle. He was like a rock in that moment and gave some levity to a horrible situation.
I also thought his attempt, though it failed in the end to fix the issues that cost us the 2014 NFCC by giving up play calling so he could focus more on the offensive and defensive plans was admirable. The fact is we did improve in those 2 areas, but we struggled so much on offense that he had to return to the previous formula.
I love that he got the players fingers sized for rings before playing the Superbowl as if losing was not an option.
I won’t forget that he lost his Brother while coaching for our team. And he never threw a single person under the bus in his conferences. He either shouldered the blame himself or redirected the conversation. He shielded his players and coaches like a true leader.
These moments are just from my memory. I liked McCarthy and I wish him the best hoping he has a very successful 2nd chapter to his career. Thanks for the memories and a 4th Superbowl.