Mike McCarthy’s Time In Green Bay Is Over
I like to think I’m a rational Packers fan. Some might agree with that, others might see it differently. I really try hard not to be a prisoner of the moment and avoid overreactions. This isn’t an overreaction… Mike McCarthy should be fired as head coach on Monday or step down from the position. Simply put, McCarthy lost the football team, and they aren’t playing for him. This team quit from the start of this football game. McCarthy’s message has gone stale with the players, and it’s time for Ted Thompson and Mark Murphy to save their season. There are capable coaches on Green Bay’s staff who can do McCarthy’s job like Winston Moss, Dom Capers or Edgar Bennett.
McCarthy is still a good coach. I’m confident he will get a coaching job next season if he wants one, but this team wants to make the playoffs, it needs a dramatic change at the top. This isn’t a R-E-L-A-X moment for the team. They are at a pivotal fork-in-the-road with an opportunity to still play beyond the regular season, but that opportunity will fade away as we get deeper into November. Green Bay is 4-5 in a garbage division and terrible NFC. There’s still a chance for Packers to win NFC North or a Wild Card, but a loss to Washington or Philadelphia will diminish those hopes greatly. Thompson and Murphy cannot bet that McCarthy will turn it around. He’s had that chance already, and we saw how the team responded to it… By losing three straight football games.
For the second straight season, Green Bay is complete flux in the middle of the year. No guidance, no direction and for the first time since 2008 with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, no real hope. No one believes this team can be a playoff team. That’s such a bizarre feeling. The most fucked up thing though could be Green Bay turning it all around and being the hot team in the playoffs. Stranger things have happened, ask the 2011 Giants who were 6-6 with a four-game losing streak. But the turnaround needs to happen without Mike McCarthy.