Green Bay Packers: Ranking Mike McCarthy’s potential replacements
11. Matt Patricia: He doesn’t have the typical coaching background in that Patricia was never a college or pro player, but what makes him unique is the fact that he majored in aeronautical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
Bill Belichick’s right-hand man started out as an offensive line coach upon arriving to New England and has settled in as the defensive coordinator. The man in the sleeveless hoodie has the utmost confidence in Patricia, who’s been responsible for calling defensive plays since 2010.
The young coordinator’s resume is mighty impressive, but my thinking is that the Packers would rather bring in an offensive coach that can connect with their franchise quarterback as he enters the latter stages of his illustrious career. Probability: 5 percent
10. Tom Coughlin: Watching Coughlin being inducted into the New York Giants Ring of Honor last Monday night was a proud and deserving moment for the long-time 70-year-old coach, but let’s not forget why he was replaced last January.
Coughlin repeatedly made bad calls in pressure situations (see Week-13 loss to the Jets among others) that resulted in the Giants only winning six games.
Hiring a man with two Super-Bowl rings will instantly command the respect of his players once he walks into the locker room, but that will have a short shelf life if his teams continue making the types of mental mistakes the Giants became infamous for during the final years of Coughlin’s tenure in the NY/NJ Tri-State area.
The highly-respected elder statesman has name value, but no thanks. I’d rather bring in a more innovative offensive mind and I think Packers’ decision makers would agree. Probability: 5 percent