It unfolded precisely like this. Only difference was Peyton Manning missed the entire season, so Colts got the top overall pick. Packers would be in play for top overall draft pick if not for Aaron Rodgers starting the first five games
Actually, personnel people have said Mike McCarthy's best asset as a coach is his ability to adapt his scheme. One of the best examples was last season when the Packers lost all their running backs at once, McCarthy had to morph into a college spread offense that throws 75 percent of the time, and then he found Ty Montgomery to be a stopgap in the backfield. It was masterful coaching. This season, there simply isn't any making up for the loss of a two-time MVP quarterback.
That's one way to look at it.
I haven't seen DeShone Kizer play, so it's impossible to answer. But probably Hundley if I had to win a game this season, and Kizer long term.
If you think your tax dollars demand Super Bowl titles, you should check around to what happens in 31 other NFL cities.
I didn't cover that season, so I can't provide much of an answer. Not having a guy like Eddie Lacy would seem to be a big difference. The Packers were able to ride Lacy when Rodgers went down. They haven't been able to ride anybody the past five games.
Probably good odds on all three counts. If I absolutely had to choose someone from that group who won't return, I guess I'd go with Capers. But I don't see Murphy firing Thompson, I don't see Thompson firing Murphy, and I don't see McCarthy firing Capers.
I hate cranberry sauce. Apologies for the unAmerican answer.
Probably David Bakhtiari.
We might see with Clay Matthews this week, but I don't know how severe his groin injury is.
No GM is getting canned for missing a second- and fifth-round draft pick, so no.
That's a pretty rational response, Matt. Bottom line is continuity wins in this league, and lack of continuity loses.
If they're in contention, sure.
Quarterbacks win and lose games in the NFL. You're seeing why.
A healthy scratch yesterday with Quinton Dial healthy. Against the Ravens, a top-10 rush offense and bottom-5 pass offense, the Packers needed a run defender more than an extra interior pass rusher. Montravius Adams won't be a healthy scratch this week if Kenny Clark can't play.
I don't think Ted Thompson will get fired, and I don't think he'll want to end on this note. So he's probably back.
I haven't even looked at it yet. It's November.
Not in the first two days. Maybe on Day 3.
People don't usually fear for their jobs when they're in successful organizations that have been to eight straight playoffs. You don't want them too, either. It's no way to run a professional franchise. It's on the quarterback situation.
They couldn't move him inside because they had even less on the edge without him. That's a failure of the GM.
Well then your definition is different than the NFL's.