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Packers sticking with Clements as play-caller


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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Despite obvious shortcomings on offense in recent games and quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ airing grievances, head coach Mike McCarthy isn’t in favor of making a midseason change in the relay points of play calls.

McCarthy made it clear Wednesday that he’s sticking by his offseason decision to relinquish the play-calling duties, which he handed over to associate head coach Tom Clements.

“I don’t think that’s a good structure as far as …,” McCarthy said at the start of a response to a question on whether he’s considering taking those duties back.

“You dictate the job responsibilities,” he continued. “When things may not go well in any phase, I don’t think you just abandon the process and the procedure and the responsibility of everybody and everything involved.”

Instead, McCarthy chalked up the previously unbeaten Packers’ 29-10 loss at the Denver Broncos on Sunday night to a hard lesson learned for the team across the board.

“Number one, I obviously didn’t have our team ready to play, and I’ll take responsibility for that,” McCarthy said.

After the Packers mustered a season-low output of 140 total yards, including a career-worst 77 passing yards by Rodgers in a full game, the NFL’s reigning MVP grumbled in his news conference about the inadequacies with the offense.

“I think it’s schematically we’ve got to probably do some different things and execution-wise we need to get open and complete passes,” Rodgers said. “When you’re playing a good cover team like (Denver’s), we had some ideas (to counter that), and we just didn’t — either didn’t convert them or didn’t get to them.”

With Rodgers’ not throwing for more than 255 yards in each of the last four games and the Packers’ having only one 100-yard rushing performance by a player through the first seven games, they have dropped fast in the league rankings. Green Bay ranks 28th for overall offense, averaging just 332 yards per game, after being as high as 10th only two weeks ago.

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