-- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has decided to resume calling the team's offensive plays, league sources told ESPN, reclaiming a responsibility he gave to associate head coach Tom Clements in the offseason.
McCarthy is following the advice of people in the organization urging him to take over the task, but he had been reluctant to do so because it might create a negative perception about the performance of Clements and new offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett.
The head coach is considered one of the best offensive playcallers in the league. The Packers have struggled offensively since starting 6-0, going 2-4 in their past six games -- including consecutive losses at Lambeau Field.
Play-calling duties have been a recurring topic since the Packers' bye week. Their perennial top-10 offense with McCarthy as the playcaller ranked 22nd in yards, 15th in rushing, 23rd in passing and 26th in third-down conversion rate entering Week 14 under the new offensive structure he implemented for this season.
The Packers face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday hoping to avoid losing three straight games at home for the first time since McCarthy's first season as coach in 2006.
ESPN's Jason Wilde and Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.