Well, I'm not. And I think the Packers' list is such that most of the candidates, save for maybe one, there could be a great case to support their decision. That said, I think Adam Gase is very intriguing. He has the reputation as a young, offensive wizard so many teams in the NFL covet, but in this case Gase also has head-coaching experience to fall back on. In theory, he would have a good idea of what worked in Miami, and more importantly, what failed. There's also no ignoring his track record with quarterbacks, from Peyton Manning to Jay Cutler, and even his long, full season with Ryan Tannehill. So he'd make a lot of sense to me. But that's not to say he's the only attractive candidate on their list. Far from it.
I mean, maybe. Maybe not. I really don't know. I think there are plenty of reasons outside personal relationship with family members. When two people are together a long time -- especially two highly competitive people with big egos -- this is often the outcome. Remember, familiarity breeds contempt. Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy are hardly the NFL's only example here. Thirteen years is an exceptionally long time for a head coach and QB to be together. It was likely to end at some point.
It's still very early. Just the Monday after wild-card weekend. I'd suspect a domino or two might fall this week, and that would be the usual timeline.
Really good question. I've wondered this myself. There's no doubt Derwin James is a better player than Jaire Alexander at the moment, though Alexander plays the much more important position. Given the Packers' issues at safety, it's also easy to see where James could have made a big impact. That said, an extra first-round pick is a heck of an asset. It really depends on who the Packers get with that extra pick. If they can use it to grab an elite edge rusher, for example, I think that's more valuable alongside Alexander than even an All-Pro safety. If not, yeah, not drafting James could haunt them.
I think Brian Gutekunst's approach to the free-agent market is the right now. Namely, be involved in everything, but selective on making decisions. The open market is a great place to waste money. Teams often get in trouble there. That said, I don't see how the Packers can fill all their roster holes without using free agency to some degree, so I would be shocked if they didn't. If there's good value in terms of money and production, I don't think the Packers will hesitate to make a deal.
Sure. Another reason is because very, very good defenses were playing.
There needs to be. I wonder if the Packers might take the veteran route there. Enough with trying to develop young guys. It's probably time for a more well-known commodity, if one is available.
No, I don't think Nick Saban is going anywhere.
Sure, that philosophy is sound. It's most important to hire the right head coach, no matter who he is, or what background he has. You figure out the coordinators after figuring out the head coach. As for Vic Fangio, the Packers have not expressed interest in interview him, and it's far from certain any candidates getting head-coaching interviews are willing to be coordinators. But, in general, getting the right HC is most important.
It depends on what else is on the board. All things being equal, and there's the best O lineman but an equally talent edge rusher, they should go edge rusher. If the best O lineman is by far the best prospect available, I get the reasoning for drafting the O lineman.
No way. One was in the wild-card round. The other was two minutes from what looked like a sure Super Bowl berth. It's a huge, huge difference, though I'm sure that doesn't make Bears fans feel any better today.
But the Packers really are one player away from serious Super Bowl contention, though. It's a QB league. If Aaron Rodgers plays at the level he did in late 2016 or early 2017, this is a short-list contender. If he plays like he did this past season -- good at times but far from great -- this is a non-playoff team. That's just reality when it comes to the impact a QB has on the team, especially one of Rodgers' potential.
I'm sure there were conversations that could be similar in nature to an exit interview, just less formal. My guess is it was an open-door policy for players who cared to have feedback from coaches who know their games well.
I think it's fair to wonder this. Sources I've spoken with have who know Rodgers aid they believe he'll fall in line with the next head coach. Rodgers himself has publicly said he badly wants to be coached. I think there's going to be some collaboration, but that's hardly uncalled for with a two-time MVP quarterback and future Hall of Famer. I also think Rodgers, as cerebral and self-aware as they come, understands there's going to be a great deal of attention paid to how he gets along with his next head coach. So there are a lot of reasons to suspect Rodgers won't have any issues getting along with whoever the Packers hire.
I'm with you, Rich. In hindsight, the Packers were late to make a change at GM, and I've written the time to make their head-coaching change was last January, not this January. The one-year extension given to Mike McCarthy never made sense to me, and makes less sense after the fact. Either you believe he's your long-term head coach, or he's not. Middle ground can get teams in trouble, and it did here because waiting 11 months to fire Mike McCarthy limited the candidates the Packers could consider. (Maybe Colts coach Frank Reich wouldn't have been on the interview list, as he went under the radar, but Bears coach Matt Nagy almost certainly would've been.) Those were mistakes by the franchise, and Mark Murphy has put himself at the front of that line. But that doesn't mean he's incapable of hiring the right man to be head coach, even if I think the Ron Wolf way of doing things has merit. It's very possible Murphy will make a good hire.
Yes, Bill Belichick's coaching tree is very lacking of leaves. Many of his former assistants have failed.
It wouldn't surprise me if he got more slot snaps, especially with how many perimeter receivers the Packers have. They're going to line up Davante Adams everywhere, but, as Aaron Rodgers said late in the season, what Adams does on the outside is so good, so important, it's hard to move him from the perimeter. Ideally, the Packers would find a receiver who can play more regularly in the slot to pair with Adams.
The first year of his tenure was the only year Adam Gase had stability and health at the QB position. I think he had very little to work with in Miami. That's mostly his fault, as he was responsible for the 53, but he wouldn't have that roster autonomy in Green Bay. He'd be free to focus on just coaching. Now, his temperament might need adjusting, but his sarcastic wit could also be a good fit with Aaron Rodgers, so who knows. I just don't think Miami is a great barometer of how Adam Gase would be in Green Bay, because it's a vastly different situation.
That's pretty much how Mike McCarthy structured his staff. McCarthy was the offensive play caller, and as such he was responsible for devising the game plan each week. Joe Philbin, and before him Edgar Bennett, took care of much of the administrative stuff as offensive coordinator, including running offensive meetings. So, yeah, that's fairly common.
I'm not Dr. Phil, but the relationship between head coach and QB has been likened to a marriage. Let's just say you spend a lot of time together. In the case of Mike McCarhty and Aaron Rodgers, they spoke multiple times each week about game plan. When you're bringing two separate agendas to the same goal, relationships can get tricky.
In theory, the Packers know what they have in Joe Whitt and James Campen, as they have been under their employment for years. I think both are solid coaches, no doubt. If the Packers decide they're not worthy of being interviewed for head coach, they have plenty of familiarity to base that decision on.
That's a big question, especially if they don't hire someone from a West Coast background to run the offense. I really don't know, as that has never happened with Aaron Rodgers before. But it would definitely be an offseason storyline.
No, I wouldn't go as far as to say they have to keep him. They're saving money if they release him, bottom line. His contract was designed for an opt-out after his third season, which would be 2019. It dead money would be more substantial if they released him now, but, again, they'd still be saving money to waive a player who can't stay healthy. That's why there's a real possibility he won't be back.
There's sure to be a rush on Packers assistants if they're released from their contracts, but the Packers could retain some of their own, too. Mike Sherman originally hired Campen as offensive quality control, and McCarthy retained him. Sherman also hired Joe Philbin. It will be the next head coach's job to determine who he retains or releases. But if the next head coach wants to keep Campen, he will.
All right, folks. Great chat today. I think that's a good place to leave it off. Thanks for your participation. Some really good questions. If I didn't get to yours, make sure you read through the whole chat. Good chance I answered what you wanted to now in some way, at least. See you guys next week.