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Mike McCarthy is a Charlatan

Alex Campbell

Posted on December 27, 2018 11:20

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After an uncermonious departure from Green Bay, Mike McCarthy looks to con someone new.

I know, I know. This is crazy, right?

I'm sure you're reading this headline and thinking, "What in the world is this guy talking about? This is a Super Bowl winning coach we're talking about here!" You're correct! Mike McCarthy was the head coach for the Green Bay Packers when they won Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a head coach, he's earned his way to a solid record of 135-85-2. His Packers have finished first in their division six times out of the twelve years he coached them, and finished second four other times (one of those years being their Super Bowl winning year).

But here's the thing. The NFC North, in general, has been hapless for those twelve years. If we look at the divisional results starting in 2006 (McCarthy's first year as HC), we see a trend of mediocrity. The Chicago Bears went to the Super Bowl in 2006 with a 13-3 record. Green Bay finished second in the division at 8-8. Then, from 2007 to 2017, either the Packers or the Minnesota Vikings finished first, save for 2010 where the Bears finished first, and the Packers finished second. But again, that's the year that the Packers won the Superbowl. Over the span of McCarthy's tenure, a lot of their overall winning record has consisted of beating up on the Detroit Lions and the Bears, and splitting wins with the Vikings. 

That's all well and good, and of course we can point to many other divisions that tend to be top heavy in a similar fashion (the Patriots have made a living out of embarrassing the AFC East for years). But here's the biggest tell when it comes to McCarthy's competence as a head coach: he has Aaron Rodgers. Since the 2008 season, Aaron Rodgers has been the starting quarterback for this team, and we have seen time and time again how he has been asked to put the entire team on his back and get the win. That's been McCarthy's entire formula for success; you're down by a score with 15 seconds left? Let Rodgers handle it. We need to drive 99 yards up the field for a touchdown? Let Aaron call the shots. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 

Now, I can't say I wouldn't do the same thing. But I'm not paid to make those decisions. McCarthy has been paid very well to simply defer playcalling to his starting quarterback. So when tensions arose between Rodgers and his head coach, someone had to go. Everyone knew when it came down to it, the Packers would choose Aaron Rodgers over literally anyone else in the organization. The laziness with which McCarthy has led the team made it a very easy decision. 

Now it seems the Arizona Cardinals are courting him, hoping to find a mentor for their young and talented (though admittedly raw) quarterback, Josh Rosen. It's a shame they're wasting their time. 

Alex Campbell

Posted on December 27, 2018 11:20

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