Packers coach Mike McCarthy on team’s struggles: ‘I’ve never been in this spot’

first_imgThe Packers lost their Week 12 matchup with the Cardinals, and Mike McCarthy admits he’s confused about what’s next for his team.Green Bay currently sits at 4-7-1 and is in third in the NFC North standings. It’s unlikely that they’ll make the playoffs with both the Vikings and Bears ahead of them, and their coach has some big decisions to make. Aaron Rodgers has had a down year. He’s been optimistic about his team making the playoffs, but even he’s starting to see that might be a reach this year.”It is frustrating because you get to seven losses now and you start to think about the possibilities or the lack of possibilities and you go over in your head a number times what has gone wrong, what went wrong. It’s frustrating because I like our squad,” said Rodgers. Mike McCarthy-Aaron Rodgers tension puts pressure on Packers coach, report says Aaron Rodgers plots Packers’ path to NFL playoffs, but let’s be seriouscenter_img Green Bay has some young players that have shown promise. Among them are 24-year-old running back Aaron Jones and 21-year old cornerback Jaire Alexander. Injuries have forced young receivers like Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown into the spotlight over the course of this season. The best option for the Packers may be to bench some starters to give a few other prospects a chance to get some regular season experience. Rodgers’ knee injury hasn’t allowed him to be in peak form. Green Bay offered him a record-breaking $134 million dollar extension this past offseason, so he’s clearly still a part of the franchise’s long-term plan. “I mean, I’ve never been in this spot,” McCarthy said after the Packers’ 20-17 loss, via 247Sports. “I’m not going to act like I know what the hell I’m going to do tomorrow when (the players) get in here. So, we’re going to do what we always do, we’re going to represent the Packers the right way, I know that. Other than that, we’ll focus on what’s in front of us.”The best the Packers can do at this point is win out and finish 8-7-1. The Bears are first in the division, but they’re currently 8-4, even after their recent loss to the Giants. They were missing their starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who will likely return to help Chicago win at least one more game. The Vikings are 6-4, so they aren’t quite as untouchable as the Bears. Related Newslast_img read more

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NHL playoffs 2019: Sharks’ Martin Jones sets team record in win over Golden Knights

first_imgJones set a team record for saves in a playoff game (58), and San Jose bested Vegas 2-1 in double overtime to force Game 7.Martin Jones made 58 saves to set a Sharks franchise record in the postseason for most saves in a game, besting the 56 set by Wade Flaherty (5/19/95 in 2OT at CGY; 5-4 W) #SJSharks— San Jose Sharks PR (@SanJoseSharksPR) 22 April 2019Jones eclipsed Wade Flaherty’s 56-save performance from May 19, 1995, which also came in double overtime to beat the Flames.Every Sharks player doesn’t just owe Martin Jones a beer. They owe him a keg. (via @NatStatTrick) pic.twitter.com/8BjI9FLzuY— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) 22 April 2019The Sharks will lean on Jones to keep their season alive and advance to the conference semifinals. The win-or-go-home Game 7 against the Golden Knights is scheduled for Tuesday night (10 p.m. ET). He returned to form in Game 5 and made 30 saves on 32 shots as the Sharks bounced back with a 5-2 win. Sunday night’s Game 6 proved to be Jones’ biggest test to date, and the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion rose to the occasion. The Sharks seem to live and die at the hands of goaltender Martin Jones. After saving 24 of 26 shots in the Sharks’ Game 1 victory over the Golden Knights, Jones put together the worst three-game stretch imaginable.Jones followed up his strong Game 1 performance by allowing three goals in the first seven minutes of Game 2 and being replaced between the pipes by Aaron Dell. Jones lasted all 60 minutes of Game 3 but saw six shots get past him. He was sent to the bench again in Game 4 after Vegas netted two goals in the first period, and San Jose fell behind 3-1 in the first-round series. last_img read more

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