Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is probably walking on eggshells roaming the halls of Green Bay’s facilities these days. His GM Brian Gutekunst has proved over the last two weeks he’s not afraid to cut anyone loose over lack of performance.
First, running back Ty Montgomery and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix were traded last week due to inconsistent play and expiring contracts. Then, safety Jermaine Whitehead was released on Tuesday following an ejection from Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Gutekunst told reporters the Wednesday after the trade deadline he didn’t believe in sending his team messages, however, his actions tell a different story. The biggest message any general manager could possibly send is the firing of a head coach mid-season.
Could a loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday put McCarthy squarely on the chopping block? Given the current state of the organization it doesn’t feel out of the question.
A loss to Miami in week 10 would mark the first time since 2016 that Green Bay lost three regular-season games in a row with a healthy Aaron Rodgers. It was after the fourth consecutive loss that Rodgers declared he believed the offense had turned the corner and could possibly run the table for the rest of the year.
Of course, the rest is history as Green Bay went on to win six straight and reach the NFC championship.
2018 feels like a new era though with a new sheriff around in Gutekunst. The offense doesn’t appear close to turning things around and the frustration from both Rodgers and McCarthy continues to gain traction. While McCarthy may have the most talented QB in today’s NFL, the execution doesn’t reflect it. Too often are receiver’s routes slowly developing and it doesn’t help that Rodgers seems to be indecisive with his reads.
With another loss, the Packers will be further behind the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears in the division and closer to another season ending in no playoffs. And while waiting until season’s end to clean house is probably the better approach, Gutekunst appears trigger happy with his current decision making. If he continues the trend of rebuilding the roster it will only be a matter of time until it reaches the coaching staff where no one is wearing a larger target than McCarthy.
Winning cures a lot of problems so maybe this is all for nod, however, one more loss may force Gutekunst’s hand.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.