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I remember a game against the Chicago Bears back in 2010 that pretty much defined coach Mike McCarthy.
The score was tied 17 to 17, the Bears were near the goal line and attempted to run the football into the end zone before letting the game go into overtime. Now there was about a minute and a half still left on the clock, so it was a silly decision by coach Lovie Smith, but McCarthy was just straight-up on a different planet.
Instead of letting the Bears run into the end zone and thus allowing his quarterback to drive his team down the field to score back, he decided to hold the Bears back and force them to kick a field goal. A game-winning field goal.
Throughout his career McCarthy has been ultra-conservative, so much so that it blows my mind. However, in 2011, that seemed to change. He became more aggressive with his offensive plays and the conservative version of McCarthy seemed to have dwindled away.
A brilliant offensive-minded, less conservative coach like McCarthy gives the Packers a coaching edge over just about any other coaching unit in the league.