McCarthy: 'We were the best team in football when our season ended'

INDIANAPOLIS -- Mike McCarthy doesn't seem to think the best team in the NFL won the Super Bowl.

"I thought we were the best team in football when our season ended," the Green Bay Packers coach said on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. "You have to prove it on the field, obviously."

McCarthy wasn't trying to discredit the champion New England Patriots or even the runner-up Seattle Seahawks, who knocked out the Packers in that crushing overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game.

Rather, in a lengthy, off-site session with reporters at the combine who regularly cover the Packers, McCarthy wanted to make it a point that the 2014 season, which featured a 12-4 regular-season record and a trip to the NFC title game, wasn't a total loss.

"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."

McCarthy said the Packers, who averaged 30.4 points per game, had an offense like none he had ever seen.

"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."

McCarthy was referring to the four games in which Rodgers didn't even have to play in the fourth quarter because the blowout victories were in hand.

The Packers have a statistical breakdown that McCarthy called "the 16 principles of championship offense and defense."

"We hit 13 of the 16 on offense," McCarthy said. "And the three that we didn't get, I think we were like one play or two plays off. So you know, if we could play at this level of offense from here on in, it will be the best offense pro football has seen."