OK, no dilly dallying, let's get to it. That's been one of the raps on Capers' defense over the last few years, that it's complicated and needs veterans. I don't know how true it is, but in today's NFL it's incumbent on coaches to straddle that line between complex enough to win and simple enough to execute, because rosters skew young. With the cap and free agency, there's a lot of roster turner -- close to a third of the roster in many years -- because young=cheap, and you need cheap labor because the stars take up so much of the cap.
This has been a common argument for a couple years, at least the disappointment with two SBs with two HOF QBs part. The thing is, I think this team was looking like it had a legitimate shot this year until Rodgers got hurt. There was just a feeling that the QB was on a mission and that something special might be brewing. Doesn't mean they would have won the SB, but it was realistic. Anyway, that's neither here nor there at this point I don't think there's much if any chance Murphy cleans house. He's made clear on numerous occasions that he wants Thompson as his GM. It's clear Thompson is not going to fire McCarthy. The potential staffing change is McCarthy's coaches. He's fired a fair amount of assistant coaches, and if things continue as they've been, it wouldn't be as surprise to me if he let go Dom Capers. But we'll have to see how the second half of the season goes.
I'm writing a column about this very subject today, so I'll save my answer for that. It should be posted this evening.
After the way things went when McCarthy turned over play calling to Clements, I have trouble seeing McCarthy ever giving up play calling again. Never say never, but it seems unlikely.
I'd think he'd be a very serious candidate whenever Thompson's tenure ends. I wonder if Cleveland might hire Dorsey if Haslem lets go of his front office after this season. Dorsey did build a really good roster in KC, they're winning a lot with a QB who's only OK.
I can't say I have a strong opinion on this. The scheme matters less than the guy running it and the players playing it. For a long time the 3-4 had an edge because only a few teams played it, and that meant there were more of the 3-4 OLBs available in the draft. I haven't done a count recently, but I think it's pretty close to 50-50 for 4-3 and 3-4 in the league. More than scheme, though, it comes down to play calling and players.
McCarthy has been a full throated advocate for Hundley, so a lot of the responsibility for how this turns out is with him. The story isn't over yet. There's still half a season to play. Not promising at all so far, no question.
That's an easy one. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
Close. Not there yet, at least I'm not. Have to give him a couple more weeks, see if there's improvement, and if so, how much. But not a promising start.
That's a good question,and unfortunately I don't have a good answer. I don't know if it's something with him -- trying to do too much, a weakness in his game that's coming to fore -- or if he's not being used as he should. Not much of an answer, I realize, but I really don't know and haven't heard anything worth knowing from any experts I've asked.
Based on what we've seen so far, why would someone trade any pick for him? He'll have to turn thing around pretty fast to get some trade value.
It depends on how the Packers' grievance plays out. If they win, it sounds like they'll be able to get back his prorated signing bonus for '18 and '19 ($4.2 million total). Maybe they won't have to pay the remainder of his salary this year, that I don't know. Or the sides could end up coming to a settlement during the arbitration process. If they lose the arbitration, then I'm presuming the $4.2 million in prorated bonus stays, and that will all count on next year's cap.
That is something that makes you wonder. Hayward might have been a bad fit for this defense, because he might be more a zone guy than man to man, and the Packers play more man to man. Peppers played well for the Packers. I really don't blame them for not re-signing him because of his age, but I'm still kind of shocked they didn't draft an OLB higher than the fourth round. Even Hyde's departure seemed fine to me last offseason, they had Clinton-Dix and Burnett at safety, and while Hyde was OK in the slot I thought they needed better. But it sounds like Hyde is playing really well at safety for Buffalo. So yes, it's looking more damning as the season goes on and those guys continue to play well. That could weigh into McCarthy's decision on whether Capers is back.
I guess Hundley's improvement is most important. If anyone ever doubted how important the QB is to winning, and the effect he has on everyone around him (offense and defense), those doubts have to be gone now. So if Hundley improves a fair amount, that helps everyone, including the defense. But of course the defense has to play better too. A lot more often than not it doesn't seem capable of getting a stop when it needs one, and that goes back to last year.
Not at all in my mind. He has to get some of the credit for Rodgers' development. Have you ever seen those superimposed images of Rodgers' ball carriage and throwing motion as a rookie to his ball carriage and motion now? McCarthy had a lot to do with that. His QB school helped Rodgers as well. He also got way more out of Aaron Brooks than anybody else did -- under McCarthy, Brooks was an OK NFL starter; without McCarthy he bombed out of the league. McCarthy went 3-3 in Flynn's starts (2-2-1 in games Flynn finished in '13). Flynn couldn't even stay on the roster with three other teams. So no, not in my mind. Harrell and Tolzien just didn't have the physical talent to play in the league. I feel pretty confident in saying nobody could make it work with them. Hundley is off to an unpromising start, but let's see how the next few weeks go.
Only if some guys on rookie contracts become difference makers, and that hasn't happened. Can't disagree with your assessment, although I'd say Daniels has had a good season, that inexcusable head-butt penalty notwithstanding. BTW, Perry's cap charge is only $6M, but he got a huge bonus, I think like $18M, and he's a $12M average per year player.
A couple Bennett questions, so I'll just address it here. As I said earlier, I'm writing about this today so will save most of it for that column. But when they signed him, I thought it was a good signing because he was a complete player (he blocks pretty well). It obviously turned out to be a bad signing. He'd lost whatever speed he'd had, that was clear from fairly early in the season, and I'm sure the Packers were disappointed that he wasn't the receiver they thought he'd be (that he'd shown in NE the year before). The drops were a mystery to me but maybe aren't so mysterious now, though I still think he could have helped them if Rodgers were playing. Looks to me like things fell apart after Rodgers went down, that he lost all interest in playing.
That would give them 10 wins, so that very well might get in, things change week to week in this league. But I'd say the chances of them going 6-2 in the second half are pretty remote even if Rodgers were to return for, let's say, the last two.
Maybe. The recover on an ACL is 10 to 12 months, which gets him back in mid-September at the earliest. If I remember right he's making $6.5M next year. Will they be willing to pay that for a guy with his injury history over the last four to five years? He's been a good player when healthy, and he and Bakhtiari gave the Packers one of the best tackle duos in the league. But they'll have to think about moving on, and there's probably a decent chance they will.
They need to. That's the best way to help Hundley. But the Bears' defense has been pretty good, especially at home, so that will be a challenge. I'd think they'd stack against the run and try to force Hundley to beat them.
I'd say the biggest thing is to see if any of the young defensive guys show that they might be good players or even difference makers. That would bode well for 2018 if a guy or two takes that kind of step. I'm talking about Kenny Clark and Martinez, who have already taken a nice step; Kevin King, Josh Jones, Hawkins, Randall, guys like that.
I don't know exactly how that works but have been under the impression they're pretty thorough. But I'm sure guys can hide some injuries if they really want to. They're obligated by the CBA to disclose any injuries they have before they sign.