Have we reached the point of no return with Mike McCarthy? Is it possible to imagine an improbable late-season turnaround that will see the Green Bay Packers win a watered-down NFC North and ride into the playoffs for an eighth consecutive season?
Dreams of a Hollywood ending for this year’s eroding Packers’ squad are just as realistic as that ole Disney tale of a downtrodden scullery maid who meets her dashing prince and rides off into Neverland on a gold-trimmed purple carriage (that movie is Cinderella for those of you that aren’t up to speed on classic princess movies).
These aren’t your daddy’s 2010 Packers and they aren’t even last year’s version that wearily trudged their way through long stretches only to reemerge during postseason play.
No, this year’s band of brothers continually start off games like a collection of rental mercenaries that dutifully go through the motions with an apathetic spirit that can take an entire quarter—or longer— to break out of.
And when mounting injuries and slow starts are then accompanied by an utter lack of discipline in the form of penalties, it becomes increasingly more difficult to envision any light emanating from the deep, dark tunnel that has become the remaining portion of the 2016 regular season.
If all this wasn’t enough to dim any devoted Cheesehead’s outlook, we have yet to touch on our head coach’s ponderous play-calling or his total mismanagement of the running back position or his insistence in featuring a tight end with zombie-like agility in Richard Rodgers over young, dynamic receivers (Trevor Davis, Geronimo Allison, et. al) that are deserving of added reps.
In summary, after 11 seasons as the head man in Packers News, McCarthy’s expiration date has come due. Veiled critiques by Aaron Rodgers have done nothing but cement the notion that the veteran head coach has lost control over his players.
Though the front office will publicly continue to support the Pittsburgh native that has indeed built a tremendous resume over the past decade and won a Super Bowl to boot, they would have to be either delusional or blind not to recognize that a complete coaching overhaul is almost assuredly in order at season’s end.
Members of Green Bay’s fanbase have already begun speculating about some of the names that will be in play once team brass begins its head-coaching search in earnest.
Here is one man’s view of several qualified coaches that can return the Packers to a position of prominence that most of us have become accustomed to. Some of these choices, however, will be readily available to take over the reins while others have virtually zero chance of relocating to Green Bay given their present standing with other franchises or programs.