Follow-up: The bigger picture on McCarthy

Thursday's post on Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy generated substantial debate over the significance of his record in close games and whether it provided a full picture of his coaching performance.

To me, it was clear that 20 regular season games shouldn't write the entire story of nearly five years' worth of results. McCarthy has a 5-15 record in regular-season games decided by four or less points. He's 41-17 in all others. It all adds up to a quite respectable 46-32 career record.

And, as @JM_Cowan points out via Twitter, McCarthy's teams have relatively rarely been blown out. Since the start of the 2007 season, the Packers have lost by more than a touchdown seven times. Wrote @JM_Cowan: "While McCarthy's close game record isn't great, he consistently fields an extremely competitive team."

If anything, those numbers probably feed into the frustration among many Packers fans. Their coach has a .590 career winning percentage, the best in the NFC North, but the frequency of 15 especially painful losses sometimes overshadows the excitement of more than three times the number of victories.