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McCarthy sick of answering questions about offense

Mike McCarthy has had it with you fretting over his offense.

After being asked back-to-back questions on Wednesday about the Packers' offensive inconsistency, McCarthy retorted:

"You know, we had 400 yards of offense, so I don't know why the hell I've got to come in here and answer questions about the things you think that went wrong," McCarthy said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Yes, the Packers had 400 yards of offense against a New York Giants defense that allowed Aaron Rodgers enough time in the pocket to recode all the HTML on before attempting a pass. Rodgers also threw 22 incomplete passes, had a 51 percent completion percentage, and tossed two interceptions.

Packers fans used to the precise, high-flying offenses of pre-2015 days continue to be confounded by what they are seeing, despite the 3-1 record.

The offensive line has played fantastic, and the running game is on positive footing (ranking 12th in rushing yards and ninth in yards per carry). Yet Green Bay's offense ranks 25th in total yards per game (321.8), 27th in passing yards per game (209.8) and 25th in yards per play (5.1).

"We can make it look extremely easy," receiver Jordy Nelson said. "We've done it enough around here that that's the expectations from ourselves and from everyone else. That's a great thing. You want it that way.

"So when it's not a fine-tuned machine or it's not going the way it has consistently in the past, then everyone else worries about it and we just continue to work at it and understand that we'll get there and all you can do is practice and work."

One issue is that the Packers seem like two different offenses from one half to the next.

In the first half of games this season, Rodgers has thrown nine pass TDs (T-most in NFL) and the Packers average an NFL-best 19.0 PPG, per NFL Media Research. In the second half, however, Rodgers has zero passing TDs and the Packers average 5.5 PPG (31st in NFL).

The Packers remain in early pole position to return to the playoffs, despite the perplexing offense peaks and valleys. Rodgers has time to pull through the problems, but more than a year of confounding struggles has Packers fans fretting. Regardless of how sick McCarthy is of being asked about the offense, until Rodgers gets on a roll, the agonizing won't cease.

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