An Early Head Coach Prediction and What We May See on Sunday

We know two things: 1) The Packers will not make a decision on their new head coach until after the season. 2)What happens in these last four games could have a major impact on what direction Mark Murphy takes.

I have a feeling the offense will be much more productive on Sunday and will look better over the last four games. Of course, it will help if the right side of the offensive line is healthy–something we don’t know yet, since Bulaga and Bell haven’t practiced this week. But I think Philbin and Rodgers will work well in collaboration and things will click a bit more and look more like the offense we’ve grown accustomed to. Look for better tempo, look for more slants and screens and look for Aaron Jones to get much more than 50% of the offensive snaps.

Let’s say that happens and let’s say the defense, despite now having four starters on IR (Daniels, Wilkerson, Perry and King) and several others injured, continues to handle their business and show steady growth under Mike Pettine. I think it’s in the best interest of the Packers to try to keep Pettine around amid all of the housecleaning. The players have said they love to play for him and enjoy the system. Chances are this unit could take a major step forward in the system’s second year, helped in part by re-enforcements that will be coming via free agency and the draft.

Naturally, a new head coach would want to overhaul the staff and bring in people he knows and trusts. But what if the Packers go with a young, unproven offensive-minded coach? Keeping Pettine could be part of the deal and that type of candidate may have no problem with that.

If the Packers’ new head man is a 30-something offensive guru-on-the-rise, it will mean that he wowed Murphy and Gutekunst and just as important, he wowed Aaron Rodgers. Because make no mistake, this hire is all about finding someone who will have Rodgers’ respect and his ears. There is a narrative going around that Aaron Rodgers is uncoachable; I find that hard to believe. What I can believe is that Rodgers is frustrated by the lack of creativity and innovation in the Packers’ scheme and is itching to take a page from what is happening in LA, KC, New Orleans and even Chicago.

So let’s say the Packers land on that kind of guy. Rodgers loves him. Murphy and Gutekunst are equally smitten and it allows them to keep Pettine and the majority of his staff. I think there’s a guy out there who could check all those boxes and it’s Zac Taylor, currently the Rams’ QB coach and a young man (he’s 35) who is seen as one of the most promising offensive minds available. The former Nebraska QB got his NFL start from none other than Joe Philbin, who hired him to coach QBs in Miami in 2015 and is credited with getting Ryan Tannehill to play some of his best football. Maybe he would keep Philbin around as his OC. Maybe hiring Zac Taylor would remove the temptation to blow everything up.

Again, this only happens if he blows away Rodgers, Murphy and Gutey. Right now, my money says he will. Just a hunch.

As for the game on Sunday, these teams are a long way from the teams that met in the NFC Championship a couple years ago. The Falcons have dropped four straight, are even more banged up on defense and are playing out the string. The Packers should be more motivated to atone for last Sunday’s travesty, which accelerated McCarthy’s departure. By the way, I love the fact that the Pack brought Mike back to speak to the team one final time and provide closure for both sides–a very classy move.

With the playoffs out of the picture, these last four games are a chance for the Pack to look at some of their younger players and I believe they will–in a couple of weeks. The team needs a bounce back game on its home field this week and needs to do all it can to knock off the Bears next week. The final two games could serve as an opportunity to give some guys a lengthy audition.

Conventional wisdom states that teams usually perform very well, immediately after their head coach is fired. I think that holds true this week and Falcons coach Dan Quinn finally loses to a Packer team, after winning his first three, all at home.

Packers 27  Falcons 17

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13 Responses to An Early Head Coach Prediction and What We May See on Sunday

  1. Cane says:

    “and just as important, he wowed Aaron Rodgers. Because make no mistake, this hire is all about finding someone who will have Rodgers’ respect and his ears. ” LMAO. You mean get a Yes-man as HC so AR can call ALL the shots on Sunday without recourse? Yeah, that sure sounds like it will work. Good lord….

  2. No playoffs for you! says:

    LMAO. With that contract for your basket case meh qb , you aint’ going nowhere! FACE REALITY. Erin goes to Jags, you trade back for Hundley and start over. I would suggest you bring in an experienced coach like Marv Levy. Ya’ll playing catch up ball, to the Browns!

  3. My God says:

    The new coach NEEDS the ear and respect of the great rodg. My god. I think it’s been seen that Aaron is either on the decline of his career or has quit on the team when things don’t go how he likes. Always looking dejected and blaming his young receivers. Either way, title town has a major problem on their hands. “Let’s bring in some up and coming, young offensive “guru” like in LA or Chicago! That will fix everything!” Creative game plans and systems won’t do shit unless you have enough talent to execute. You better hope gutey really goes balls deep in free agency next year, because your squad proves year after year it needs backups for the backups. The clock is ticking on the great one. Better hope this new coach is to his liking or you’ll see another wasted season and more state farm commercials….

  4. Packerlifer says:

    What’s to play for the rest of the season? Plenty, actually. Although it will take the sun, moon and all the stars and planets to align exactly the Packers are still mathematically/theoritically alive in the playoff chase with a win-out. Pride should be another motive. No one wants to be thought of as a loser. Although the responsibility for what goes on with a team falls on the head coach the fault is usually on the players who can’t or didn’t do their jobs. Maybe the shock and a little bit of shame over the firing of McCarthy will motivate the players to attempt some measure of atonement for their sins. Auditions are now underway for players and coaches who want to be employed in Green Bay or elsewhere in the NFL next year. For their futures in their profession everybody should want some good tape and resumes to put forward. While Philbin and Pettine aren’t serious candidates for the head coaching job their formal interviews could become something more than a mere formality if the Pack goes on a tear, wins out, makes the playoffs and wins a Wild Care game. How meaningful the rest of the season will be remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure: it will be interesting.

  5. RSD says:

    It’s time to bottom out and show the most entitled fan base in all of sports what a decade of crappy football is all about!!!

  6. Moron mudduck says:

    Cmon my fellow stupid mudduck queens fans we haven’t beaten a team with a winning record,we gave cousins 84 mil for that,do you morons go on the bills blog and whine also,you’ll all disappear after we choke again,this was supposed to be a super bowl run this year,now what,what a joke!!it will still be 13 nothing Wisconsin!!!

  7. Steve says:

    It’s flat out embarrassing winning two Super Bowls with Favre and Rodgers. Mike McChoke wilted in the playoffs worse than the Vikings

  8. Moron mudduck says:

    There’s no such thing as wilting worse than the queens unless your the Bills Steve,were 0 for 57 Steve,Farve and Rodgers were in 9 NFC championship games,Farve was in 2 Super Bowls with Holmgren Steve,we’ve been by far a worse choking team,Ask Bud Grant and Jerry Burns and Denny Green and Mike Dimmer,the choke continues!!!Steve

  9. larry says:

    wow, it sounds like moron mudduck guy, is one of the viking rubes , that has common sense and looks at things from head and not his heart. . I hate packer fans that think with there heart and not head also., sometimes THC, not a lot though Dave. lol. If Pack come out and plays well this week, which happens a lot after coaching changes, everyone will say it was Rodgers. even before his firing, most all said it was easy win at home. Funny said that about zona too. We will see. I still think its going to be close. we still cant stop the run, especially with Daniels out now. I see it Pack 24-20, and Vikes lose 27- 19, Go Packers, still want Fitzgerald from Northwestern and Taylor for O.C.

  10. Johnny says:

    I have to agree with Steve here. Yes the Vikings have had some amazing collapses but they haven’t had the luxury of 25 years of Favre and Rodgers. We were the first team to win 15 games and not win a playoff game and the utter choke job against Seattle will eat at me until I die, among others. The Pack have accomplished less with more talent and it’s frustrating

  11. Moron mudduck says:

    Disagree Johnny,you must not be very old,we had far more talent in the seventies and eighties,better quarterbacks great running backs great offensive lines and the best defenses and all we did is choke in every big game,I almost forgot the Childress Farve led queens,that choke was epic!!

  12. sven veader says:

    da Pack look like a new team out there unchained bye Mike McCarthy…

  13. Mr. Logic says:

    Mr. Moron has embarrassed himself again with the weird screaming nonsense posts. He needs psychiatric care. Sad.

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