Open Letter to Mike McCarthy
I’d like to apologize to Mike McCarthy.
I’m sorry. I wrote after Tennessee game that you should be clearing out your office at 1265 Lombardi Avenue. I didn’t stick with the process (shouts to Joel Embiid) and thought the messaging had gone stale. I pride myself on being one of those fans who try to fight through the thick and thin until the very end. But I was weak after Packers fell apart to Tennessee losing by multiple scores. It turns out to never doubt Packers coach or the team itself.
Packers lost their next game too, and at that time, I wondered if maybe there weren’t enough parts to make a playoff team. Then the whole season flipped with Green Bay winning their last five games of the season. What happened? I’ll never know unless someone writes an oral history about this team. Packers suddenly shed their arrogance and started to catch up with the new trends of the league. When they did that, Packers prolific offense rose again.
No matter what happens next week in Detroit, this five-week stretch has been one of the best in the last five years as a Packers fan. McCarthy and the coaching staff made that possible. You held the water. He accepted criticism of others. Everyone was made accountable, and all of these things led to the comeback. Some coaches would have wilted and let this be a 6-10 year. Others would have stepped down because the fire in the kitchen got too hot for them. Green Bay’s coach stood in there and took everything. That deserves a ton of credit.
If Packers pull this off, McCarthy deserves some credit for Coach of the Year just like Aaron Rodgers deserves MVP honors. He’s unlikely to receive the honor, but it’s worth noting that this was a massive undertaking.
With these type of things, I’m happy I was wrong.