Considering how the Packers tore through the playoffs last season—entirely on the road—and won the Super Bowl, you can't help but factor that in a little towards this season.
Bill Belichick, the 2010 Coach of the Year, watched his No. 1-ranked Patriots get beat at home by the No. 6 Jets in the divisional playoff round. Compare that fizzle to the Packers' rocket through the playoffs.
Green Bay had to overcome overabundant injuries during the 2010 regular season, losing six starters and 10 other key players to even qualify for the playoffs.
McCarthy and his staff brought in street free agents who ended up starting in the Super Bowl—Erik Walden, Frank Zombo and Sam Shields.
Despite these huge obstacles, McCarthy never complained and never wavered in his focus. He gave not lip service, but real service to the rallying cry "next man up."
Give McCarthy his due credit dating back to where we left off at the end of last regular season, where he has since gone 19-1.