.. Mike McCarthy to make up his mind on Bob Sanders, the more likely it becomes that he will keep the embattled defensive coordinator.
I understand McCarthy wanting to take his time, and I understand the things working in Sanders' favor (injuries this season, the defense's relatively good performance last season when healthy, lack of talent to work with at the most important position in his scheme this season, and so on...) but the fact that McCarthy didn't fire Sanders last Sunday evening only speaks to a head coach who is unable to step back and see the glaring weaknesses that plague his third year defensive coordinator. I've written ad nauseum about McCarthty's 'Shoop Phase' and the last six days are the most glaring example of that aptly named (if I do say so myself) condition.
If Sanders is retained (and there is now a decent chance he will be) the onus falls to Ted Thompson to stock up on quality talent on the defensive line using every avenue at his disposal. He needs to draft, trade and work free agency to its full effect to stockpile 10 to 12 very good players on the defensive line. If he doesn't do that for Sanders, you can count on 2009 being another wasted season.
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