Mike Holmgren praises Mike McCarthy

August, 23, 2013
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It’s not often you get to hear two Super Bowl-winning coaches talk, but on Thursday the past two coaches to lead the Green Bay Packers to championships appeared on the same radio show.

It happened on Seattle’s KJR 950 AM with former Packers coach Mike Holmgren and current Packers coach Mike McCarthy. And it was almost as if the listeners were given the chance to eavesdrop on their conversation rather than listening to a radio show.

Perhaps most interesting was when the conversation turned to last year’s Packers-Seahawks game, which ended with the controversial simultaneous possession touchdown call by the replacement officials that gave Seattle the unlikely victory.

Said Holmgren: “There’s not a question in my mind that was as an interception … The thing is, when I watched your press conference the next day, and Mike you’re a real gentleman, I would have been fined. There’s no question in my mind, I would have been fined. And you handled that about as well as I’ve seen a coach handle that. Was that difficult?”

Said McCarthy: “Thanks. No question that was difficult, but it was the best thing for our football team, and I never lost sight of that. That was my vision of what I needed to do when I walked into the post-game press conference, and I think it was very apparent what happened. There’s good calls in our league and not-so-good calls, and not-so-good calls sometimes go the other way. … You knew there was going to be a storm that was going to follow that situation, and I was just trying to get our football team to move on as quickly as possible.”

The entire conversation between Holmgren and McCarthy, who spoke on the eve of Friday’s Packers-Seahawks preseason game, is available here .

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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