Mason Crosby missed another field goal. Other than that, not much.
Yeah, I won't disagree with you there, Tom. I underestimated just how bad things had gotten. Never seriously entertained the idea they could lose to a team like Arizona. That changed everything.
No, I do think they'll keep everything in place as is for these final four games. Then, get ready for wholesale change.
I think the story you are referencing was well done, but also that there were some mild exaggerations. This being one. For example, I'm pretty sure I've seen players expose their undershirts during practice. I get the sense those rules were more suggestions than scriptural, if that makes sense.
That's a good question, Joe. I don't know. He'll probably be asked that this week.
Fortunately, Bob, the new coach doesn't determine that.
I'm sure there will be attempts to contact him.
Hah, Barry, it's all good. I would say gauging my up-to-the-minute thoughts on these weekly live chats isn't most accurate. As I said immediately after the Cardinals game, if there was ever going to be a way you'd make an in-season change, losing to that team is it. So, no, I wasn't shocked at the news.
It's my experience that once coaches are gone, they are gone. I can't speak to the Sherman deal because I wasn't around the team then.
Sure. Probably not a high chance, but I do see value on the right deal in the right role. That role is not as your top, or even second-best, edge rusher. Those days are over. But he's still a rangy player who can get to the football. A player a good defense can use.
My sense is the Packers viewed it as a mercy firing. A situation that was best not only for them, but also McCarthy. He would never ask for time off, but now he gets a month to recharge and consider his future, instead of being a dead man walking. And the Packers can get their house in order too. I can see how some fans might find it disrespectful, but to me this decision was anything but.
A nice sentiment. I do think there are fans who think positively of McCarthy. They just have tended to be the quieter portion of the fan base.
Aaron Rodgers' poor play is a big part of the problem. But, when the head coach is the play caller, and he says his offensive is designed first and foremost to make the quarterback successful, and a quarterback as talented as Rodgers is playing like he has this season, the head coach can't be obsolved of blame either.
It's a scary thought for fans, I'm sure, but reality is the chances are very high the end of this golden era is approaching its end. Consider that it's been open since 1992, and that Rodgers only has about five years left, and that the chances of finding a third straight HOF QB are very, very low. That's why there needs to be urgency now.
I've been saying this for weeks. Yes, this end to McCarthy's tenure very much reminds me of Philly circa 2012. It was clear then Reid had run his course with the Eagles, just as McCarthy ran his course with the Packers. It was also clear Reid was a good coach who could win again. The same, I think, is true of McCarthy.
He's either a senior in high school or freshman in college. (I really don't know, but that'd be my guess.)
No, actually I don't think I have answered this, and it's a huge question. Because I think the defense has made very real strides under MIke Pettine. It's impressive how he's held things together despite the attrition on that side of the ball, especially in the secondary. The defense hasn't been whole for weeks, and yet it has played admirably. I think the Chicago Bears did what the Green Bay Packers should do now, keeping Vic Fangio in place as DC when they hired Matt Nagy. If the Packers hire an offensive coach, as I think they should, keeping Pettine in place as DC makes a lot of sense.
Yes. I don't know how much time, but yes.
That's a good question. I'm not really most qualified to answer, as I have never coached Aaron Rodgers. I would think connecting with his intellect, and being collaborative while running your offense the way it needs to be run and keeping him in line, would be challenge. It certainly appeared to be that way for McCarthy. But that's just an observation from the outside.