LSU did make a coaching change early in the season.
Hayward wasn't cheap, I think it was $5M a year on a three-year deal. That's not super expensive but costly enough. With the guys the Packers had, I would have let him walk. You can't keep everybody, so I think they did what they had to do there as far as cap/budget goes. It hasn't worked out well because the Packers have been crushed by injuries at CB -- the Shields injury really hurts. But I thought it was the right move at the time and still think they did what they had to do there even though it hasn't worked out as well as I would have thought.
Just some food for thought here. One thing you have to keep in mind when you talk about firing GMs and coaches is, who's replacing them? There's nothing close to a guarantee that when you fire a guy you'll find someone better. Things can just as easily get worse. So it helps to have a replacement in mind who you think will be an upgrade.
The pass rush is so critical there because it makes the QB make quicker decisions and can force him into bad throws, etc. So I'd say the pass rush is the big thing and can cover up shortcomings elsewhere. That said, the meltdown last week at Tennessee was in every area.
First I should say that I don't know. I'd go with the Vikings to win the North, their defense is really good and has the personnel to get back to playing winning football. I'm not sure these Packers can overcome Shields/Lacy injuries, just haven't seen much to suggest they can. My guess is only the division winner makes the playoffs but we'll see.
They have missed some great opportunities, yes. The meltdown in the final four minutes in Seattle still has to be incredibly painful for them, they were that close to playing for the title. As I said earlier, draft and develop works but can be augmented more than Ted has done.
He's played very well the last couple weeks. I still think he has his limitations, and he's not a true No. 1 receiver. But he's been a bright spot of the last few weeks.
It does appear there are times where A Rodgers, perhaps based on alignment or maybe something else, I can't say for sure, decides before the snap that he's throwing to Nelson. And so he's made a few throws like that into double and triple coverage. At other times Rodgers seems to play the offense more going by the book. Trust of a receiver is important, I get that. But I do wonder if maybe you're better off throwing to the first good option, and if the guy makes a mistake on the route or drops the pass, so be it, it's his fault.
The officiating crew had a really bad game from what I could tell, I agree. But the Packers were beaten so soundly that the poor officiating was secondary.
If I had to bet now, I'd say neither will be back this season.
I agree. McCarthy obviously doesn't. He wants the versatility in game planning/play calling that goes with playing a tight end, and the mentality of a run game. But I agree, I just don't see it working enough to justify playing R Rodgers as much as he does.
I doubt he would have tried. We can't know that, of course, but nothing in his history suggests he would have gotten involved.
Maybe that's something they'll explore in the offseason. Matthews could say no, and then they'd either have to live with it or cut him, and we've seen how much their defense suffers when he's not on the field. So he still has a lot of leverage. But he's 30 and keeps missing games because of injuries, so maybe that would be on the table for 2017.
Have not heard that one, and it sounds really, really far-fetched. That would be an interesting offer though, a fun thought experiment. A couple of years ago I wouldn't have considered it. Now, maybe, with Rodgers about to turn 33. You'd probably have to be pretty well convinced that Hundley will be good, though, otherwise it's a big risk even for five No. 1s. You could go another 20 or 30 years without a good QB. That's happened to a lot of franchises. That's going to have to do it everybody, have to get to other duties. But thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts/questions. Take care and talk with you soon.