So sayeth Bob McGinn, the Sy Hersh of Packer journalism, in a piece in this morning's Journal Sentinel. McGinn, who never met an anonymous source he wouldn't quote, gives us this gem of a passage:
According to one source, Sanders and Nunn stood united in support of the scheme whereas the other coaches to various degrees advocated change.
"Sanders and Nunn wanted to do it the Bates way, that it was tried and true," the source said. "But there was another camp within the staff headed by Moss that didn't like the scheme Sanders was using. There was a lot of bitching and griping.
"They caught themselves and didn't let it continue. But the job is hard enough. It's even harder if you have to get the assistants on the same page each week."
It's interesting that, if this source is to be believed, Moss was openly questioning the scheme and being overtly vocal about it. We saw hints of this throughout the year, with Moss giving a lot of "You have to ask the guy in charge of the defense why that happened..."-type of answers to reporters as they repeatedly questioned the failing defense.
Now, this is one person, possibly with an ax to grind, perhaps one of the fired coaches, speaking to McGinn on condition of anonymity. It has to be taken with a large grain of salt. But at the same time, it offers a peek into what sounds like a pretty dysfunctional coaching staff. If that truly was the case, McCarthy's brash action of firing most of the defensive staff may have been justified.
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