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Mike McCarthy's 'quarterback guru' label taking a hit

Has Mike McCarthy's reputation as a quarterback guru taken a hit?

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Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has been associated with several elite quarterbacks, including Joe Montana, Rich Gannon, Brett Favre and of course, Aaron Rodgers.

He is considered a “guru” specializing in the training and development young quarterbacks.

However, beyond the list of the who’s who of quarterbacks McCarthy has been around, are the not so well known students such as Brian Brohm, Matt Flynn, Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman.

McCarthy’s famed quarterback school is well-respected across the entire league, but certainly with the recent ‘lack of success’ his pupils have achieved, his reputation has taken a hit. Combine that with the fact that Green Bay, the week leading up to the regular season when GM Ted Thompson and McCarthy cut both Harrell and Coleman, left the Packers perilously thin at the most critical of all positions.

I think most of us in Packers Nation were stunned at the lack of progress both Harrell and Coleman made over their time in Green Bay, and even more shocked there was no one behind Rodgers with the season just days away.

Harrell and Coleman both looked lost this preseason, and were unable to make a serious run at making the final 53-man roster. Most had projected Coleman to return to the practice squad, but Green Bay apparently had seen enough.

Then there’s Flynn. Perhaps it is no shame in getting beat out by a third round draft pick, when that player is Russell Wilson. Flynn completed just 5-of-9 passes for 68 yards in three appearances in his only season in Seattle.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports photograph

At Oakland, he is the third string quarterback behind Tyrell Pryor and Matthew McGloin, losing his starting job due to horrendous play.

Throw in former second round pick Brohm, and the number of young quarterbacks McCarthy and staff have spent (several years combined) teaching and training only to see them fall flat on their face, now gives me pause when discussing McCarthy’s ability to teach the position.

I used to think McCarthy was the best in the world at training quarterbacks, but have I been looking through my green and gold colored Packers lenses? Hard to say, and no I am not wanting to run coach out of town; he is still one of the beast coaches in the league, when you consider his 76-40 regular season record, his 6-4 playoff record and a Super Bowl Championship ring.

However, when discussing the tutoring of quarterbacks, when you consider he is in his eighth season in Green Bay, and he only has one dependable quarterback in Aaron Rodgers and nothing in the cupboard – and no pupils doing anything across the league – one has to question whether McCarthy deserves the “guru” label.


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