Packers XLV

Happy Birthday, Aaron.

Posted December 3rd, 2018 @ 02:12pm

I'm pretty sure Mark Murphy didn't wake up Sunday morning expecting to fire Mike McCarthy before day's end. But after witnessing the embarrassing, putrid performance by the Packers at Lambeau Field against one of the worst teams in the NFL, he realized the marriage must end. McCarthy and Rodgers were no longer able to coexist. And so he delivered a birthday present to his QB on his 35th birthday.

There will be much debate whether the timing was right, or whether McCarthy's resume had earned him the opportunity to finish out the season. While I was a bit surprised by the swiftness of the axe, I have no issue with the decision to cut ties following Sunday's debacle. It's clear the team is in disarray and needs a new voice to lead the way.

While McCarthy was no doubt stunned to be the first Packer coach to be fired during the season and just the third Super Bowl winning coach to suffer that fate, he'll get past the embarrassment quickly and will likely be patrolling another sideline next season. The smart money says that will be in Cleveland, where the front office is littered with former Packer executives who have to be drooling at the prospect of pairing McCarthy with their young franchise quarterback.

McCarthy will land on his feet, but will the Packers? Green Bay is a heritage brand in the NFL, a job coveted by many coaches because it lacks a meddlesome owner, drips with tradition and has a Hall of Fame quarterback on the roster. But that 35 year old QB isn't easy to harness and the ability to work with and coax the best out of him will be the number one priority for McCarthy's successor.

Back to McCarthy for a moment for a bit of an appreciation. I was among the hordes of Packer fans who were mystified by his hiring 13 years ago. His resume was underwhelming and there were hotter names out there at the time, like Sean Payton and gulp, Brad Childress. But he must be credited for helping Rodgers develop into the stud that he is and he ended up coaching this team for longer than anyone else. His 10-8 playoff record is certainly not horrible, but would have been better, if not for some crazy late game and overtime antics that he couldn't control. He gets pounded for 'only' winning one Super Bowl, but got to three other title games and we all know he should've won the won in Seattle.

He helped guide the Pack to nine straight postseason appearances and dominated the NFC North for the majority of his tenure. Someday his name will join the other greats inside Lambeau Field and the street named after him is a testament to his legacy.

But there's no question it was time to move on and now Murphy is tasked with a huge decision. Who is the best man to lead Rodgers in the twilight of his career? Will Mike Pettine be kept around as DC, or will the new coach be permitted to shape the entire staff?

I hope Pettine is retained--I think he is a terrific defensive mind that has overachieved with an overall lack of talent, specifically at linebacker and safety. The new Packer coach will be offensive minded and there are two schools of thought on the direction they will go. Either find an accomplished, veteran coach (Bruce Arians, Jim or John Harbaugh) or follow the trend to bring in a bright young mind, maybe from the college ranks (Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley is the current flavor of the month, but he's only three months older than Rodgers--that could be an issue).

The general consensus is that there is not a deep pool of available coaching talent out there right now. Murphy will have time now to get a jump on the other teams that will likely be in the market for a new head coach: the Packers' vacancy will likely be among the most coveted for all the reasons outlined above.

I would not dismiss the notion of handing the reins to Pettine, to follow in the footsteps of Bill Belichick who also failed as a head coach in Cleveland, before getting a second chance. They could then bring in a bright young offensive mind like Kliff Kingsbury to overhaul the offense. There is likely zero chance of this happening, but it's something I would consider.

Bottom line, with about five years left with Aaron Rodgers, the Packers must find the perfect guy to get him back to playing at an MVP level. Mark Murphy is now officially on the clock.

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Comments (18):

Ted should have been fired 4 years ago. FatCarthy should have been fired after the Hundley experiment blew up. Aaron had a bad year because he got tired of caring mikey on his back. Aaron will look great the rest of the year now that fatcarthy is gone. Mikey still thinks he hit a triple when he inherited runners on 3rd. Rodgers is gonna light it up this week.

on December 3rd, 2018 at 07:39pm

Bruce Arians, was my first thought too. Right or wrong it was the only name I could come up with that might work. I don't think Wade Phillips would work. I was just thinking last week that we should just swap coaches with Pittsburgh to shake things up, that was just a day dream.

on December 3rd, 2018 at 09:45am

This will be a shit-show trying to find someone to co-exist withe AR. Seems like a lose-lose deal. You let him hand-pick a yes-man--then you really have a HC in name-only, as AR would have all the power. You bring in a hard-ass like one of the Harbaugh's and it will be a constant pissing-match between AR and him. You guys are completely screwed here and will be even worse in 2019.

on December 3rd, 2018 at 09:59am

Disagree with you opening statement. Murphy must have had some thought of firing Mike. McCarthy may have known a loss would be his last game. Its been talked about for weeks. I am a a little surprised he waited so long. Mikes a great coach but he would not be the first great to lose his job. The Pack is dysfunctional. The current personnel does not click with the Arron way of doing things. It may have been a mistake to cut Jordy. He is not the same receiver he was two years ago but he was a team player. Next year they will most likely lose Mathews. Again not the guy he was but that important team player. Anyway, the Pack is in a total rebuild mode. Not sure if Arron will have a team he can grow with. If that is the case it could be a long two years for him.

on December 3rd, 2018 at 10:02am

So, I let you clowns hold all day long and allowed your DBs to constantly clutch and grab. You played the worst team in the NFL! All my hard work cheating for your squad was all for naught (that means "nothing", Packer fans). Boy, do you guys suck--Hell, you deserve at lease 2 more losses than you already have!

on December 3rd, 2018 at 10:09am

*sobbing* You fired me even though our implosion was all due to whiny crybaby Erin Rodgers! The only thing I have left is a hot daughter and my stash of cheeseburgers to gorge on. Woe is me!

on December 3rd, 2018 at 10:13am

Roscoe Lombardi here, now my daddy, former Redskins head coach Vince Lombardi, used to say "He's tighter than a bull's ass at fly time." Now I don't know what daddy was talkin' about, but I thought of that when reading this here blog. Some of you fans are beyond ignorant. We had the winningest coach south of Boston and you run him out of town. McCarthy had vision, dedication, drive, and a svelt size 52 waist, good luck replacing ALL that in Green Bay. As my daddy used to say about you confused fans, "Green Bay fans are so confused they don't know whether to check their asses or scratch their watches."

on December 3rd, 2018 at 11:14am

Synner - This blog has become yore thesis for a summer school doctorate. YORE TEAM STINKS! But Merry Christmas, yore crappy head coach was fired. Now - good luck finding someone that'll come in and take orders from yore QB. Love, Yore Mom

on December 3rd, 2018 at 11:53am

What has our hard ass coach accomplished Cane,nothing,just constant chokes,defillipo is a moron,spielwoman drafted ponder,how much more time are we giving these idiots,worry about our own team,remember 13 nothing Wisconsin,stupid mudducks

on December 3rd, 2018 at 12:02pm

McCarthy was an average coach who lucked into a HOF quarterback. Every single time Rodgers was injured or out, McCarthy got exposed. The team immediately collapses on both sides of the ball when Rodgers goes out. We saw that with both collar bones and with the knee in the Bears game this year. The idea that McCarthy deserves any credit for developing Rodgers is not supported by any evidence I've ever seen. All you have to do is look at Hundley. That's what McCarthy's QB development looks like when it's not Aaron Rodgers. The dude coasted for years on Rodgers' back and now that Rodgers is having a bad year, MM has no answers. This would never happen with Belichick, that's for sure. Belichick went 11-5 with Matt Cassell. What did McCarthy do with Hundley? And Hundley was a pet project for MM - a guy he spent too years "developing," and who he swore had the goods. I don't know why any team would think McCarthy was their savior. He'll probably get a job, but I suspect he will look exactly like the mediocre, uninspiring coach he really is. You really should be worried about Rodgers' shoulder, by the way. He hasn't looked the same since the injury. All those screws in his shoulder seem to have taken something off of his touch. He made more garbage throws against the Cards than he usually makes in a season. Something is off, unless he is intentionally tanking, which I think is implausible. Green Bay may have bought a very expensive lemon. Rodgers might never be the same.

on December 3rd, 2018 at 12:02pm

You hear that Synny? The shit winds I was talking about last week? They shifted right over Lambo yesterday, and brought with them a McCarthy load of shit flakes. Cold, hard, white colored shit flakes. Im afraid that storm front wont move away from the area for a long time.

on December 3rd, 2018 at 12:25pm

It's your old friend Packer Slim with this week in review. We stink worse than the fat cheese I scrap from between my fat rolls. (Tastes good on KFC biscuits, though). I'm down to 362 pounds this week, but I couldn't eat much Thursday after Uncle Bodean came over with deer he had hit last week. We didn't deep fry that critter right away, we took turns "marinating" it, my fellow Wisconsinites know what I'm talking about. But it is unfair that I get the nickname Packer Slim, even though I weigh less than all my family and friends. But it is unfair seeing how I'm only 4'11". GO PACK, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on December 3rd, 2018 at 12:28pm

McCarthy - and for that matter Ted Thompson - just wasn't the same after the title game meltdown in Seattle. He became schizophrenic with the offense and it lost its identity and dynamism. He clung stubbornly to playing a 3-4 defense even though the team could never get the players it needed to run it and, of course, he stayed far too long with Dom Capers. He couldn't or wouldn't act to correct the special teams mistakes and breakdowns. As he said, he was a highly successful NFL head coach. But that was during his first 9 years. Like Andy Reid in Philadelphia, the last 4 have been a slow and steady slide down. The decline was masked by making the playoffs and even another conference championship game in 2015 & '16 and the Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers injuries in '15 & '17. This was supposed to be a big bounce-back year but from the start it was evident that this team was undisciplined, disorganized and sometimes even disinterested. Its keys were a strong start and finish on the two sides of that recent brutal 5 week stretch. That's where MM lost his job. They should have been at least 5-1 to start and needed to run the table starting with the Arizona game at home. They didn't do either. That they started the closing stretch the way they did was enough for Mark Murphy to move on him now. Too bad, too. The table was set for the Pack to jump back into the playoff race. An article in Sports Illustrated is a must read for every serious fan about how the Thompson-McCarthy regime fumbled its last years in Green Bay. https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/11/29/green-bay-packers-problems-aaron-rodgers-mike-mccarthy-ted-thompson.

on December 4th, 2018 at 04:22am

If we still had Brent Dudley .... I'd a benched that whiny snowflake Rodgers who wouldn't listen to me and we'd be Superbowl Bound for sure ! .... Anyway ..... I have hand picked my successor ..... please welcome ..... future coach of the year .... Hue Jackson ! ..... MM out ...... for good.

on December 4th, 2018 at 04:59am

At 4-7-1, they couldn't let McCarthy finish out the season. SEROUISLY? What a joke of an organization. The guy coached 13 years and won a super bowl for the pack, and they couldn't let him finish out the final 4 games and walk out with some dignity? Now watch those idiots win out and instead of drafting 9th, they'll draft 19th in each round. It's such a laughable franchise. You reap what you sow!

on December 4th, 2018 at 07:18pm

It would be nice if we could have some good Packer talk on here rather than every rube who thinks he's the next no name comedian on SNL. That having been said real Packer fans like PackLifer, 1265 guy and others like them the rubes will wash out when the Queens fall again. That having been said here is my take. MM was out at the end of the year no matter what. Besides the dysfunction he never was Gutey guy. Disagreeing with Davy...my guy would be Josh McDaniel. Yes...it was putrid what he did with the Indy situation but the guy can handle a hall of fame QB and he can come up with a game plan as needed for every game. Simple...like against the Vikes or opened up when needed. Besides...it has been reported that Daniels and Gutey are close going back to last year when SF was pursuing both. Second....Gutey needs to step up in personnel in 2019. We will have in excess of 40 million in cap space and 9 or 10 draft choices including two number ones. If he sees a game changer he could use those two number ones to move way up in the draft. At a minimum I am looking at 6 new starters next year....3 on offense and 3 on defense. On offense we need 2 new starting linemen and a difference making tight end who can runJimmy Grahams knees are obviously gone. The days of the Ted Thompson undrafted free agents are not acceptable any more. On defense we need a pass rushing end, an outside linebacker, and a difference making safety. Lots of work for Gutey but with Rodgers time window getting smaller do it now with the draft and free agency. The TT and MM days are over. Finally..a big thanks to both of them for many glory days. There will be more to come. GO PACK GO !!

on December 4th, 2018 at 10:52am

OK, I think most of thee purple rubes are done now. I am so sick of all this crap in the media and on here about letting MM go now. Do you really think MM wanted top go in front of the media every week for next 4 weeks and say the same damn things? Maybe they told him he would be fired after the year and he said let me go now then. None of us know for sure. God, its like the media and some rubes just want some thing to talk about. Maybe it gives him a better Chance of getting a new job. My sweet lord . People get fired every day making 20 to 40,000 a year, and we all act like this is so tough on him, give me a break. He doesn't have to work another day of his life and will be fine. I hope they get anybody but McDaniels, do not like his make up or leadership characteristics. I hope they would go after Fitzgerald, the Northwestern coach and hires Zac Taylor the qb coach for the Rams to be O.C. bring some new things to the offense , Fitzgerald, works very well with players and does an amazing job for what he has to work with every year. I want a defensive minded coach in here. Keep Pettine for another year and see how things go and he can get his own if does not work out next year. He has done great with all the injuries they have had on d this year. It's kind of fun to listen to all the media rubes talk about the Packers for once. There spoiled too, after all these years of Pack making playoffs every year and getting 10 to 12 wins every year. They hardly talked about them when they were winning all the time for last 30 years. They expected them to be there. Enjoy the new Packers my Pack fans, I am, Go Packers,

on December 6th, 2018 at 12:38pm

Great to have you back Larry,finally some common sense unlike my fellow stupid mudducks who think the overrated queens are going somewhere,just another choke season for the purple!!

on December 7th, 2018 at 10:20am

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