As we, the Packers Nation, soak up this great season and let its unbelievable coronation sink in, I cannot help but wonder what happened inside McCarthy's mind and made him became the coach we wanted him to be. I can come up with a lot of reasons why we won last night. I tell you, among the biggest of them is McCarthy's transformation from a coach who is afraid of losing the game to the one who has the confidence of a winner fitted in his ring finger.
I have been one of MM's biggest critics, not alone at that, and for good reason in my opinion. Be it playcalling or game management, in more than one instance this year and before, coach McCarthy felt more like the guy who was worried about messing up a fragile lead than one who imposes the might of his team to suck the life out of opponents trying to crawl back into the game. His record in close games is a reflection of that, I believe. However, since the Packers started playing playoff games seven Sundays ago, McCarthy started to become some sort of Gregor Samsa in reverse.
As I watched Rodgers zing passes to his receivers with two minutes left in the game at the Pittsburgh's doorsteps again, I could not help but chuckle for a second amidst my screaming joy to seal the same and the incredible jubilation that I was seeing what I had been expecting to see for so long. The old MM would have played this run run pass, Starks, Kuhn pass...etc etc. Listening to Rodgers after the game last night, one thing stuck in my mind: Rodgers said that after the NE game, the Packers realized that they were too good of a team to let this opportunity go to waste. In my mind, this was the moment when MM let his team loose and told them "let's go win this" instead of "let's not lose this one"
With more weapons coming back next year, can we seize the even bigger opportunity of ruling the NFL in this new decade and not let it go to waste, coach McCarthy? If you are the coach you were last night, I am very confident we can.