That is the word Mike McCarthy used to describe the Packers’ 40-10 loss to the Lions in front of a nationally televised audience.
The Packers had not lost a game in this dramatic a fashion since McCarthy’s rookie season at the helm, a 35-0 disaster to the Patriots. Many will remember that game was a disaster by many accounts.
Embarrassing? Most definitely. But no where near as bad compared to what happened yesterday. Not even close.
In front of the entire NFL world yesterday, the Packers got exposed for being what they really are: one of the worst teams in the league when Aaron Rodgers is not on the field.
Even worse, the man leading the team on the field got exposed as perhaps one of the worst coaches in the league when Rodgers is not on the field. And that is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately.
Removing Rodgers from the field has left McCarthy scrambling for answers on offense. This would be true for any coach in the league. Not having the best player in the league on the field is going to leave some opportunity for the offense to try and bridge the gap until his return.
So how has McCarthy responded to this adversity? Poorly, and that is being kind.
Lacy run, Lacy run, pass, punt. Lacy run, Lacy run, pass, punt. That has been the Packers offense for the past five weeks minus Rodgers. For a former offensive coordinator and supposed offensive genius like McCarthy is supposed to be, his play calling has become so predictable that high school teams could stop the Packers offense.
But the problems on the field go much deeper than predictable play calling. And they are all revealing limitations about McCarthy’s ability to not only run the offense.
The quarterback situation minus Rodgers is a joke. Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien, and Matt Flynn have all failed to do what they were asked to do-win a game while quarterbacking this team. Isn’t McCarthy supposed to be a QB guru? Then why have all three of them failed at doing the job they were asked to do?
Eddie Lacy’s performance the past four weeks has been underwhelming to say the least: 73 carries, 226 yards, 3.1 average. Think opposing defenses are keying on Lacy because of the QB shortcomings in Green Bay and predictable playcalling? Absolutely. Think it also has something to do with the offensive line not being able to open any holes for him to run through? Absolutely.
As the Head Coach and playcaller, is McCarthy responsible for making adjustments in an effort to move the ball? Absolutely.
These past five weeks have revealed McCarthy to be what he is on the offensive side of the ball: with one of the best QBs in the league, he is viewed as a genius. Whether the QBs name is Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre, as long as a future hall of famer is leading the team offensively, everything is hunky dory. Take that away, and he is clueless.
It should be noted that McCarthy is working with the pieces that he has been given by Ted Thompson, and that is an entirely different conversation to be had. But the fact is that McCarthy has failed on the offensive side of the ball from the second Aaron Rodgers left the game against Chicago. At some point the the subsequent weeks, he should have been able to formulate a game plan which would have resulted in a victory, and he has yet to do this. That is a failure of epic proportions.
You want someone to blame for what is going on with the Packers right now? Blame Mike McCarthy. His offense-his pride and joy-is an outright disaster right now. And with a defense that is playing poorly-and that is putting it mildly-the Packers will not win another game until Mike McCarthy takes a long look in the mirror and realizes that the offensive plan he has constructed is not working.
John Rehor is a writer at PackersTalk.com.
He can also be heard as one of the Co-Hosts of Cheesehead Radio. ---------------------
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