Clock is Ticking on Packers’ McCarthy

It’s come to this. The time for excuses is done. The clock has started on the fate of head coach Mike McCarthy. Let me be clear though that I respect McCarthy, his solid winning percentage with a 63% and a decent 10-8 playoff record. I know a few teams that would love to have a coach who is 124-72-2, look at the state of Ohio for example. When you have a generational talent like quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The amount of Super Bowl rings matter more.

I have heard this that the national media hates the Packers, etc. However this year I have been listening to a lot of football “experts” like Boomer Esiason and Chris Simms. I agree that the Packers have become predictable and opposing defenses on feasting on it. The thrilling win over the 49ers is gone, it’s not an impressive win. Just a win that keeps them above .500

The fanbase is about to see the real Green Bay Packers starting this Sunday in Los Angeles.  I know what you are saying, the Bears are cratering again and the NFC North is wide open for Green Bay to “make a run again.” I admire your optimism but I am a realist. This team is guilty of identity theft…for now.

All the games have had two things always happening. Slow starts on offense and defense. Predictable, stale and a big reason to why general manager Brian Gutekunst signed McCarthy to a one-year extension. There has to be a significant improvement on both sides of the ball and deja vu has shown with the playbook. You can’t continue this running back by committee, while Ty Montgomery is a versatile weapon there are times that you wonder why is he still getting the ball. Why isn’t Jamaal Williams being used for short yardage situations? The biggest question lies with the lack of carries for Aaron Jones. Jones averages 5.9 yards per carry but only one rushing touchdown.

The over-exuberance of passing plays has forced the Packers into putting the team back on the shoulders of Aaron Rodgers. 68 percent (estimated) are passing plays while 32 percent is rushing. Does that look like balance? Maybe in the dream world from the film Inception, where Tom Hardy can think “bigger” and forms a bigger gun to take out a shooter. This is not a dream though, it’s cold reality and lifetime Packers fans are fed up with it.

The defense may have new talented rookies starting but when you have a bad combo of Ted Thompson drafted players and Gutekunst’s, it’s a cocktail that is either too strong or too weak…never right. I loved this year’s draft because of the pro-ready maturity of corners Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson, and linebacker Oren Burks. Excites me for the future for this defense, you can’t put it all on defensive coordinator Mike Pettine though when your offense can’t stay on the field.

Packers are 3-2-1, they are 2nd in the conference. Two road trips to Los Angeles and Foxboro coming up. If the Packers win both, then we can have a conversation about being a Super Bowl contender. If they split, then playoffs…but if they lose both.

The fanbase will begin the Fire McCarthy petitions (or may already have). Regardless, I have started the clock as I publish this piece.

Let’s go, Coach. Show us something.


Jake Turner is the host of the passionate Turning Points podcast on iTunes and co-host with Mark Eckel on the Pack a Day podcast. Follow him on twitter at @JakeTurnerSport Instagram: jaketurner61.



12 thoughts on “Clock is Ticking on Packers’ McCarthy

  1. keep oiling the hinges on that barn door…

    the horse has left the building…

  2. The question I have is what is the role of the assistant coaches? The Packers are mistake-prone, disorganized, 2nd most penalties in the league, ineffective in the red zone, etc. I know the HC is ultimately responsible, but is this all on McCarthy or are all the assistant coaches also inept?

    1. The Packers are mistake prone. On offense, especially, where they’re one of the most penalized offenses in the league. But this is what happens when you load up an offense with receivers that are unfamiliar to the QB and then he gets hurt and can’t practice.

        1. If you look at the opening day 46 man gameday roster, we’ve lost
          Wilkerson and replaced House with Breeland on defense. King and Alexander have missed some games, but we’ve had pretty good health on defense.
          On offense, we’ve had injuries to Cobb and Allison that have caused them to miss some time. Our QB has taken just about every snap, all three RBs are healthy, all of our TEs are healthy, and our offensive line preferred starters have three guys who haven’t missed a snap, Bulaga at 90% of the snaps, and Bell/McCray.
          So we’ve had good fortune with injuries so far. Bite my tongue.

    2. MM is the head coach and responsible for all coaches period. Cleaned most of the outhouse didn’t they? What was left? MM, Thompson, Murphy, Ball, and our pathetic scout teams! So we watch and vomit over the results. Are you really highly confident in our team, or just hope that they MAY play better in all three phases to win? That Rodgers may carry them to victory? Most fans, I feel, are not real confident based on results to date.

  3. Not much of value here except dislike of one of the winningest coaches in our history and one of the best in the NFL over the last decade. All the rest is garbage.
    So if we run a bunch of RPOs, and Rodgers converts to passes, who’s responsible for our imbalance?
    And the “bad players’ Thompson drafted on defense? Like Daniels, Clark, Lowry, Martinez, King, Perry, and Dix? Yeah, it’s a mystery how Thompson was voted Exec. of the Year. Twice.

  4. Every coach has been fired on the team except McCarthy. I have never been a “fire the coach” guy. McCarthy has been a decent coach. Whether it’s him to blame or not, sometimes it just makes sense to get a fresh start. If they are going to do it, it better be soon with the clock also ticking on Arron Rodger’s career.

    1. We do need a fresh set of eyes and changes that will refresh and inspire our team. We’ve become one dimensional stale, and very predictable. Fact.

  5. If MM doesn’t change the playbook, which he has NOT yet, and fails the next five games he should be definitely gone. It is his responsibility to have coaches, players, and a creative gameplan. He watches the film, hopefully listens to pro critics as to the predictable offense, and has a chance to adjust. 13 years and defenses read us like a overtead classic novel. The words and story never change. Failure to adapt and change is his own fault with the inability to reflect, and should spell his own fate. Enough of his excuses. I feel the great majority of our loyal fan base feels this. Farve and Rodgers ONE superbowl? Foles, or her lesser QB’s have ONE. Now other young QB’s have a legitimate chance to have one like Geoff, Mahomes, Wentz…..not right for our team who have had and continue to have elite HOF QB’s. MM, the next five games or you’re OUT.

  6. He best come up with a good game plan , or try and win it in the 4th quarter again and all the pressure on Rogers …

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