I'm certain nobody out there cares, but I'm going to post this for my own vindication. I was wrong about Mike McCarthy. I've written on numerous occasions I didn't think he had the stones to lead a team to a super victory. I thought he was too vanilla and monotone for his own good. I didn't think he had the acumen to outcoach the best of the best in the coaching world. He proved me totally wrong, and I am humbled because of it. I saw some glimpses with the onside kicks, last year vs. Arizona and this past season vs. New England (I think that's the game that the coach Mac cloud began to disintegrate for me. He planned a superb game that night). He was fabulous this season, especially the playoffs. His game planning and leadership was second to none in my eyes, and the more I think about it, the ring sizing thing was a stroke of genius.
But he wouldn't have won without the players.
I'd like to take this opportunity to send a shout to the (almost) forgotten members of this championship squad, primarily Charlie Peprah and Desmond Bishop. I don't recall ANY mention of Peprah fouling up, and it seemed to me Bishop made a hell of a lot more plays than Nick Barnett. I will toot my own horn on that one. I've consistently said he needed an opportunity, and I dare say without these two players it's very possible GB misses the playoffs entirely.
I know he ain't great, but I sure as hell was happier to see Pat Lee in the game sunday than Trevor Ford. I'm not sure about allowing Lee to return kicks in the Super Bowl, but the coach has my supreme confidence now.