Mike McCarthy was fuming on Sunday after the Packers’ second consecutive loss at Lambeau Field on Sunday, being cryptic but vowing to address an unspecified issue.
“I’m disappointed as the head coach of this team because we have a recurring issue that I have to get fixed, and we’ll get on that tomorrow,” said McCarthy in the aftermath of the 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the “recurring issue” is on the defensive side of the football.
Everyone expected the Packers offense to struggle when Aaron Rodgers was lost to injury, but the defensive struggles have come as a surprise the past two weeks.
Whether the problem has to do with missed tackles, or stopping clock-killing fourth quarter drives, or stopping the run or allowing opposing quarterbacks to operate like Johnny Unitas is up for debate. Perhaps it’s all the above.
There’s no shortage of speculation on social media that the Packers will or should fire defensive coordinator Dom Capers and maybe other assistants, but such a move would be unprecedented. Mike McCarthy has never fired an assistant coach in-season.
Perhaps Capers and the defensive coaching staff will receive an opportunity to patch their leaks, but it would appear jobs are squarely on the line. The Packers have intercepted the fewest passes in the NFL this season with only three.
Mike McCarthy is scheduled to address the media on Monday at 3:00 p.m. CT. Only McCarthy knows how much he will choose to divulge, but the media won’t let him off the hook without at least asking. His press conference will be streamed live on the Packers official website.
The Packers are scheduled to work out quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.com, but there’s been no definitive word on whether they’ll sign him. Perhaps it will depend on the health of Seneca Wallace, who injured his groin in Sunday’s game.
Wallace was one of six players injured on Sunday, including Nick Perry, Casey Hayward, Johnny Jolly, Evan Dietrich-Smith and Don Barclay. Observers will also be waiting on an update on the health of the walking wounded.
Following his press conference, the Packers coach will record his weekly Mike McCarthy Show at 4:00 p.m. inside Lambeau Field on the 4th Floor Associated Bank Club level in front of a studio audience. Wide receiver James Jones will be the guest, according to host Lance Allan, but the show won’t air on television until Tuesday.
Also inside Lambeau Field is Packers Live with Larry McCarren, which is also shot in front of a live studio audience inside the Legends Club at 6:30 p.m.
Packers Live is shown on a statewide network of seven stations, including NBC26 in Green Bay and TMJ4 in Milwaukee. Complete listings can be found on the Packers official website.
At 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening, Inside the Huddle airs on Fox 11 in Green Bay, hosted by Jordy Nelson.
Inside the Huddle appears on a statewide network of television stations on other days of the week with the entire schedule listed at LammiSports.com. It is recorded in front of a live audience at The Bar in Green Bay.
In other Packers television programming, the Locker Room Show airing at 6:30 p.m. on CBS affiliate WFRV channel 5 in Green Bay, will have linebacker Mike Neal on as a guest, according to the station’s website.
The show airs in front of a live studio audience at Purcell’s inside The Radisson in Green Bay.
Over in Appleton, cornerback Micah Hyde is the guest on Clubhouse Live, held at the Clubhouse Sports Bar & Grill in Appleton in front of a live studio audience and streamed online at ClubhouseLive.com.
Hosted by fullback John Kuhn, the show starts at 6:30 p.m.
Player guests on local radio on Monday include linebacker Nate Palmer on The Fifth Quarter from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Screamin’ Head Buzz in Green Bay, which can be heard on WTAQ 1360 AM and streamed live on WTAQ.com.
Then at 6:00 p.m., cornerback Davon House and offensive lineman David Bakhtiari take turns hosting In The Huddle held live at Tanner’s Grill and Bar in Kimberly and heard on 95.3 FM WSCO in Appleton, streamed on 953WSCO.com.