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Troy Aikman interrupts Vikings-Patriots to give full-throated defense of Mike McCarthy

Alex Reimer
December 02, 2018 - 8:26 pm

Find yourself somebody who loves you as much as Troy Aikman loves Mike McCarthy. The Hall of Fame quarterback interrupted the end of Patriots-Vikings Sunday to deliver a full-throated defense on behalf of the ex-Packers coach, who was fired after his team lost to the lowly Cardinals at home and fell to 4-7-1 on the season.

“Mike McCarthy deserves better,” Aikman said about the man who's coached Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers for all 13 seasons of his head coaching career. 

Joe Buck and Aikman call a clean game on the whole, but like most national NFL duos, they can shy away from criticize the league or coaches. That was apparent throughout the telecast, as Aikman and analyst Mike Periera agreed with seemingly every single one of the officiating crew's shoddy calls. The flag-happy bunch, which called 12 penalties worth 115 yards in total, strangely allowed both sides to get away with defensive pass interference in the end zone: Anthony Harris defending Julian Edelman in the second quarter, J.C. Jackson on Adam Thielen and Aldrick Robinson in the third period. Aikman and Periera both extolled the refs for keeping the whistles in their mouths, even though it was obvious contact was made before the ball had gotten to each respective receiver.

Of course, when rookie cornerback Holton Hill was flagged for pass interference on Josh Gordon in the fourth quarter, Aikman said it was the “right call there.”

But Aikman’s most egregious moment of sycophancy came when he addressed McCarthy’s dismissal. Even if one thinks Rodgers should be getting more blame for his petulance and proclivity to throw errant passes at the end of games, it’s hard to argue McCarthy got shortchanged. It’s also difficult to argue Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who appeared to forget Kirk Cousins was allowed to throw to his wide receivers until there were two minutes left in the first half, has been doing a good job this season. But Aikman did just that when touting DeFilippo as a possible candidate for the Green Bay job.

“John DeFilippo. I think he’s done a really nice job,” Aikman said. “Visiting with him, his philosophy, the things he’s been able to do as a bright young mind. If you have a young quarterback, or maybe even a veteran quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, who knows? But if you’re looking to simulate what they’ve done in Los Angeles, I think John DeFilippo is worth taking a look at.”

The Packers’ first question to DeFilippo in their hypothetical job interview should be why Stefon Diggs was only targeted five times Sunday, followed by why Dalvin Cook ran the ball just nine times, despite averaging 9.3 yards per carry. 

The 10-point Vikings were not the Rams Sunday. That’s for sure.