The winds of change could be sweeping through Green Bay at season’s end.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy is on the hot seat after the Packers’ loss to the Seahawks on Thursday, that much is clear. After the game, NFL.com’s Mike Silver shared his belief that there’s a “growing sense McCarthy might be replaced” unless something wild and drastic happens down the stretch to turn around the Packers’ season. Along that same vein, SI.com’s Albert Breer hopped on sports radio in Boston and said McCarthy could be dumped if the Packers miss the postseason and Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels could be on the short-list of replacements. You’ll want to check out the audio if you’re into that sort of thing.
Thursday provided the latest example of McCarthy’s perceived short-comings as a leader. With 4th-and-2 on the road with about four minutes left and armed with just one timeout, McCarthy decided to punt. That decision backfired as the Seahawks, the NFL’s leader in rushing attempts and yards plowed through Green Bay’s front seven to ice away the win. While the value of the ground game is on our minds, it’s worth pointing out that it wasn’t on McCarthy’s last night (at least in the second half):
Aaron Jones in the first half: 10 touches, 88 yards, 2 TDs
Packers points in the first half: 21
Aaron Jones in the second half: 6 touches, 15 yards, 0 TDs
Packers points in the second half: 3
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) November 16, 2018
The McCarthy-Rodgers Era has been nothing short of a reign of terror from our perspective. Eight seasons with 10+ wins, nine postseason runs, three appearances in the NFC Championship Game. But a 4-5-1 start after a 7-9 finish in 2017 is evidently enough to start up the rumor mill.
If any of this feels familiar to Bears fans, it’s understandable. Because it was at this time last year when there was an undeniable feeling that something was about to give.
Think back to November 2017 when the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers traveled to Chicago to face a favored Bears team at Soldier Field. In what was looking like a potential statement game for the home team, the final score provided what was essentially affirmation that the beginning of the end of the John Fox era was here. Nearly a year later, the Packers are experiencing a similar feeling after losing a winnable game on the road against a Seattle team against which it was expected to take care of business, even if it was on a short week away from home.
Green Bay cleaned house last offseason with McCarthy being the last man standing. But at this rate, McCarthy won’t be as fortunate as he was last year.