Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters at the NFL combine that his team was the best in the league at the end of the season, despite losing to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game.
While the Packers fell short of the Super Bowl, McCarthy said they were the best offense he's ever coached.
"I thought we were the best team in football when our season ended," McCarthy said Thursday. "You have to prove it on the field, obviously."
"I know you guys have to cover us like we're 8-8 every year," McCarthy said. "I get that. That's how you guys make your business. But this was a helluva football team we had this year. And it grew. We had some bumps there early. I thought every time we were hit with a challenge, they accepted it and they worked at it and we got better."
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the league's MVP award after completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Green Bay finished the season ranked No. 1 in points and No. 6 in yards gained.
"We scored the most points in the league, but our starting quarterback didn't play five quarters," he said. "I've never had an offense this good."
- Paul Palladino