Green Bay Packers: Mike McCarthy’s seat is warming up
Why Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy’s seat is warming up.
Mike McCarthy was hired in 2006 to take over for former head coach Mike Sherman. Since then, the Green Bay Packers have compiled a record of 121-70-1.
Late last year, the Packers quietly gave McCarthy a one-year extension through the 2019 season, seemingly ending any debate as to McCarthy’s short-term future with the organization.
The question still remains. Is Mike McCarthy’s seat warming up?
The simple answer is yes.
Eight years is long enough to have a free pass. The free pass is having won the Super Bowl.
Since then, there has been a series of miscues (2014 NFC Championship Game), underperformance during the playoffs (2012 season), and mediocrity (2017 season).
It is with the understanding that the Packers haven’t had the most talented roster under Ted Thompson‘s regime as general manager. But McCarthy has done it with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback.
McCarthy is regarded as one of the top offensive coaches in the NFL. He’s also built a reputation as a quarterback whisperer.
His reputation took a hit after the 2014 NFC Championship Game, though, along with how the 2017 season shaped out to be.
Backup quarterback Brett Hundley looked lost last year when he filled in for Aaron Rodgers. Some of that goes on the head coach, as well as the play caller, which is McCarthy.
One of the biggest questions that needs answering is why McCarthy waited so long to get rid of Dom Capers as defensive coordinator. The defensive philosophy never changed and teams caught on.
Under the regime, it already looks like they want to bring in the best players, whether it be through the draft or free agency. The roster construction seems to be getting to where it needs to be with or without Rodgers. The buzz around the Green Bay Packers is back.
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New regime. New philosophy. Both to go along with a new defense.
What happens if the team doesn’t take the next step?
New head coach?