Packers’ Mike McCarthy Concerned Antonio Brown Is Overworked, Thinks He Should Rest This Sunday

As many of you are probably aware, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is actually a local guy. Born in Pittsburgh in the early 60s as the son of a Pittsburgh cop, and even serving as a graduate assistant and briefly the wide receivers coach for the Pittsburgh Panthers college football program, his credentials really don’t need to be questioned. He grew up rooting for the Steelers, as virtually everybody born near Pittsburgh is raised.

Which is why the concern that he expressed for Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown possessed an air of authenticity to it as he lamented the All-Pro wide receiver’s extensive workload that he has experienced this season, wondering if he were being overworked.

It is merely a coincidence, of course, that his Packers happen to be heading to Pittsburgh for this Sunday’s matchup with the Steelers, and that a plan of action to see Brown’s workload reduced would directly benefit his team.

McCarthy, obviously, was joking when he said during his conference call with the local media recently that Brown “frankly looks overworked, so if he needs to take a week off, this would be a good week for it”. But I do think it speaks to the congenial air that exists not just between him and his hometown, but also between the two organizations.

While the Packers have a much longer history of success, given that they actually had some good teams prior to the NFL-AFL merger—I believe the Super Bowl trophy is even named after some guy who might have had something to do with the team—the two blue-collar, small-market teams have a lot of commonalities.

There even bear resemblances between McCarthy and the Steelers’ head coach, Mike Tomlin, though not in appearance. The former has held his post just one season longer than Tomlin, but they have found similar success in the interim.

In fact, this is the first time that I have checked in on the matter this season, but it appears that with the Steelers’ success and the Packers’ struggles this year, Tomlin has now passed McCarthy in career winning percentage, which previously was not the case.

Currently, Tomlin is 111-59 all-time with a .653 winning percentage, which stands as the 16th-best mark in NFL history, the 11th-best among those who have coached 100 or more games, and eighth-best among those with 100 or more wins. McCarthy is now 119-66-1 in his career with the 20th-best winning percentage all-time at .642.

While McCarthy has won one conference championship and one Super Bowl, Tomlin has won two conference championships. Of course, McCarthy’s first Super Bowl game at the expense of Tomlin’s potential second.

But as two of the only three franchises in league history to have three different coaches lead their team to a Super Bowl title are about to renew their history together, only the Steelers appear to be in a position to try to extend their championship legacy this year.

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Matthew Marczi

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  • Delboka

    Leave it up to Marczi to write another “TMZ” quality piece of garbage.

  • NinjaMountie

    Wow, dude. Are you joking or did you not read the article?

  • Jose F Bilbao

    There is a difference between constructive criticism and calling an article “a piece of garbage”. There is a difference between criticising something you have paid for and criticising something you found for free in the Internet because a bunch of people are kind enough to make it available to all Steeler fans. Someone has put a lot of time an effort into writing this; if you don’t like it, just move on. We will be better off without your comments.

  • Frank Martin

    It’s so kind of McCarthy to be concerned about the Steelers’ wide receiver. How thoughtful!

  • heath miller

    dont leave the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out to the browns boards… what an ungrateful @$$

  • heath miller

    i think he was being sarcastic frank ..

  • Frank Martin

    I’ve been known to be sarcastic myself sometimes.

  • heath miller

    haha thats the problem with the internet .. we need a special font when we are being sarcastic…. hell if we had that its the only font i would use hahaha… HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL !!!

  • Guest12

    Hahaha this is hilarious. Good sense of humor Mike!

  • Chad H

    Lord let the Steelers win so I can rub it my dads face!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The Packers have several coaches with ties to Pittsburgh:

    Mike McCarthy Head Coach Burgher
    Alex Van Pelt QB Coach Burgher; Steeler roster 1993
    Dom Capers Defense Coordinator Steeler DC 1992-94
    Darren Perry Safety Coach Steeler player 1992-98 coach 2003
    Ron Zook Special Team Coach Steeler coach 1996-98

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Wow, dude! Chill! Life is too short to hold grudges. If you don’t like his work, just simply don’t read it…

  • Ralph Wagner

    McCarthy’s way of making the Steelers over confident. That’s the only way the Packers have a chance to beat them. Remembering him having his players measured for rings before the Super Bowl game. Hey it worked.

    Go Steelers.

  • Leave it up to Delboka to not understand a joke.

  • IndianaCarson

    Classic western Pa humor. Born a yinzer always a yinzer. Even though many of us have moved away, we can still be identified by our humor and never say die attitude,

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    OOPs. forgot Jason Simmons; added him

  • John Noh

    Business will not only be open for Thanksgiving Weekend, I expect it to be boomin’!

  • John Noh

    It was crazy to see all the former Steelers coaching on the Titans sidelines last week too.

  • pittfan

    every board has trolls. what would we be without our own?

  • Matt Manzo

    Made me laugh! It’s nice to see a sense of humor outta these guys!
    I still wanna rematch, though!!!

  • Steve

    Delboka NEVER has anything good to say. Just ignore it and go on.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    I teach my daughter to always try to error on the side of kindness…to be better than me. It sounds like you missed that lesson growing up. An article about a good hometown guy who has had a modicum of success with a sprinkle of humor and this is your response…Happy Thanksgiving you feckin miserable Turkey.

  • Steel Your Face

    Mendenhall…! *shaking fist*

  • Jason

    Dude is a clown.

  • Steve

    Aren’t kidding about that. Just ignore the creap and maybe he will go away.

  • Dan

    Alrighty Michael, perhaps you’d like a good dose of Le’veon?

  • Cwallace

    Un-annoyed…if it’s such a word.

  • AndyR34

    Delbolka can’t read either.

  • Zenyatta

    Did somebody not get enough attention today?

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  • Matthew Marczi

    I already warned you once for your language, and now you post this? You’re not getting any more warnings.

  • Conserv_58

    Wow. Really? I suggest that you ask for a sense of humor for Christmas because it’s obvious you don’t have one.

  • Conserv_58

    The Steelers are playing in consecutive prime time games. They’re at home. There is a good chance that the Pack will be without two of their stud defensive players, Mathews and Clark on defense. Even with Gilbert suspended they should dominate the Packers in this game. Bell should get his first hundred yard running game in weeks. Ben should be able to throw at least four hundred plus yards in this game and have at least three TD’s.

  • rystorm06

    Surprised Van pelt ever landed a job as a QB coach, he’s one of the worst I’ve ever seen. Kinda like having Lindsay Lohan as your guidance counselor lol.

  • ThatGuy

    “should” win 45-10, will probably win 28-23

  • Ichabod

    Troll up

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Well she knows what not to do.