Posted: 07/26/2012

Voters select Packers coach McCarthy as Week 2 Motorola Coach of the Week

National Football League

Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers is the Motorola NFL Coach of the Week for games played Sept. 16-17, the NFL announced.

McCarthy led the Packers to a 35-13 victory over the New York Giants. The Packers have won six consecutive games dating to last season, the longest current winning streak in the league. They won their opener by holding off the Philadelphia Eagles in a defensive struggle. In Week 2, their offense scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to secure the victory. Green Bay is young and talented on defense, with only two starters in their 30s. The Packers are the only team in the league with five of their own draft choices starting on the offensive line.

McCarthy was selected as Motorola NFL Coach of the Week from among three finalists by voters on NFL.com. The other finalists were head coaches Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans and Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals.

In January, voting will be held on NFL.com to determine the Motorola NFL Coach of the Year.

Motorola's brand has become synonymous with NFL coaches through the coaches' headsets worn during every NFL game. The NFL and Motorola recently unveiled newly designed Coaches Headsets that are lighter, thinner and more ergonomically advanced in comparison to their predecessors. Motorola believes NFL coaches are game-changing innovators whose creativity and expertise fuels the exciting brand of football enjoyed by millions of fans around the world.


THE NOMINEES

Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
Mike McCarthy   McCarthy's Packers overcame a rough start on the road that had them trailing the New York Giants 10-7 at halftime to score touchdowns on four of their five second-half possessions and win going away, 35-13. The Packers generated nearly 200 yards of offense in the second half, putting together scoring drives of 42, 80, 22 and 53 yards. The win gave the Packers their first 2-0 start since 2001. Under McCarthy's direction, the Packers now have won six straight regular-season games, the last four of 2006 and the first two this year.
Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals
Ken Whisenhunt   The Arizona Cardinals had squandered a 17-point lead and fallen behind Seattle 20-17 early in the fourth quarter, but the team didn't fold. "One of the things people talk about this football team is not being able to finish a game," Whisenhunt said. "We're trying to learn how to do that as a young team." The Cardinals put together a nine-play, 66-yard drive that produced a tying field goal with 4:53 to play, then recovered a fumble in the final two minutes and moved into position for the field goal that gave Whisenhunt his first victory as a head coach, 23-20.
Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans
Gary Kubiak   Kubiak, in his second-year as head coach, appears to have Houston headed in the right direction. At 2-0, the Texans are off to the best start in franchise history after Sunday's 34-21 win at Carolina. Sunday's point total also was a franchise best, and the Texans under Kubiak have now won four games in a row, dating to last season, another franchise best. "We're doing some things better, and we're still doing a lot of things that we've got to improve on to be a good football team," Kubiak said. "It's just one of 16, and I'm proud of our football team to come here on the road and win."

WEEKLY WINNERS

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