During his season-ending press conference held on Tuesday, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy had an unusually temperamental response to a question about the future of defensive coordinator Dom Capers in Green Bay. “I think it’s ridiculous that I have to answer the question, frankly. I’m appalled by it,” McCarthy is quoted as saying by Nancy Armour of the Associated Press. “I would not do my job, I would not fulfill my responsibility if I didn’t look at the job Dom Capers has done, the job Mike McCarthy’s done, what (offensive coordinator) Tom Clements has done, all the way down. I can promise you that’s what’s going to happen.” McCarthy would also say he was “very confident” that Capers would be the defensive coordinator next season. But please Mike, spare the fans and the media the rhetoric that you’re somehow above having to answer questions about your underlings. By all means, feel free to defend Dom Capers if you so choose, but don’t give off some sort of arrogance after an early playoff exit in which the defense made NFL history for all the wrong reasons by allowing Colin Kaepernick to run wild.
Dom Capers also spoke to the media on Tuesday for the final time this season, and said he’d like to continue coaching. He also tried to rationalize what happened to the defense in the aftermath of their playoff loss, saying it was Colin Kaepernick’s scrambling ability and not the zone-read that killed the Packers. “Our issues in the first half weren’t as much the zone-read play as much as they were the quarterback scrambling and running against us and not being able to get off the field on third down,” Capers is quoted as saying at JSOnline. “Now we start the second half with a three-and-out, then they break the long run on the zone-read play, the 57-yard touchdown.
Outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene had the quote of the year when he answered a question about whether Dom Capers should be the Packers defensive coordinator. “Does a fat baby fart? Big time. Absolutely. No doubt about it,” said Greene, as quoted by Tyler Dunne at JSOnline. Fabulous response.
Kevin Greene also defended Erik Walden saying he wasn’t responsible for Colin Kaepernick’s long zone-read touchdown run in the playoff loss, as noted at the Press-Gazette.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not play in the Pro Bowl citing injuries to multiple lower extremities during his weekly radio show on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee, 540 AM WAUK. “I did get banged up in the game,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde. “I’ve been on the injury report at various times during the season with my ankle (that) was hurting me. I will say that my ankle has definitely been a problem. During the season I’ve been on the injury report at least once with that. But yeah, I’m not going. I’m sorry to the fans, the Green Bay fans that are going to be out there.” Can’t blame Rodgers for not taking risks during what amounts to an exhibition game.
The Chicago Bears hired Marc Trestman of the Montreal Alouettes as their new head coach. That means Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements won’t be receiving the job, as reported at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Lovie Smith and the 4-3 defense aren’t right for Green Bay, says Chad Toporski of AllGreenBayPackers.com.
An article on Charles Woodson appears at Packer Report.
Video: For the last time of the season, Packers legend LeRoy Butler answers questions in his video series at JSOnline…
Brian Carriveau is the author of “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.