This past week was unlike any in the NFL this season. A wide receiver and running back threw for touchdowns, in the same game, while an offensive lineman caught a touchdown pass. The Saints were dethroned from 1st place, the Panthers continue their losing woes, the Texans continued their dominant winning streak, and the Steelers still can’t seem to get out of their own way. But none of those were even close to topping the list.
On December 2nd, the Arizona Cardinals traveled from sunny Phoenix to snowy Green Bay for a contest with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. With the Cardinals playing for a top seed in the draft with a record of 2-9 heading into the week, it was assumed by most everybody that Green Bay would easily hold off Arizona; especially with the game being at Lambeau Field.
Instead, the defense allows two rushing touchdowns to a rookie running back from Fordham University and Aaron Rodgers has yet another game under 300 passing yards with a lone touchdown. Green Bay had more total yards and more time of possession than the Cardinals, yet they could not pull out the win.
Shortly after Green Bay’s 5th loss in their last 6 games, the most unprecedented thing happened. Their head coach since 2006 was fired, effective immediately. This came as a surprise to some as it was extremely sudden and was not expected to happen directly after the game and those people are right; but McCarthy had been on thin ice for a while. His strained relationship with Aaron Rodgers was very well known and his poor coaching record this season ultimately lead to his early departure before the end of the season.
Since starting with Green Bay in 2006, McCarthy had just two seasons under .500 and missed the playoffs in just three seasons. His teams won 8 division titles and he brought the Lombardi trophy back to Lambeau in 2010. This all seems good until you take some other things into account.
Since McCarthy’s Super Bowl victory in 2010, his playoff record consists of 5 wins and 6 losses. His team has only placed 1st in the division once in the last 4 seasons. Lastly, his strained relationship with Aaron Rodgers, whom the organization agreed to give the richest contract in NFL history, ultimately lead to his departure from Green Bay.
I am all for Green Bay moving on from McCarthy. There is a healthy crop of potential head coaches that can turn this organization back into a team to be reckoned with. If you look at the statistics, they prove that Mike McCarthy should still have a job with the Packers, even with a losing record in the playoffs since 2010. But, sometimes, there are some things that numbers just can’t take into account. By: Joe Zollo