Mike McCarthy Sucks.
Isn't that a common thought right now?
After a downright embarrassing 38-10 loss to the giants in prime time Sunday, a lot of people are searching for a scapegoat to take their anger out on.
If it was the offense that played poorly, it might be Tom Clements receiving the wrath of Packer fans. If the defense didn't show up, it’s Dom Capers’ fault. If Special Teams were anything less than special, Shawn Slocum might be the recipient of the anger. Someone has to be responsible, right?
When the team plays as poorly as it did, it has to be the Head Coach’s responsibility to answer the question “What the hell happened?”
Sunday was perhaps the nadir of McCarthy’s tenure in Green Bay. Thoroughly outplayed in all aspects of the game, he failed to adapt to what the Giants were doing, admitting as much with his comments after the game
He didn't dodge any questions, and put the full weight of the teams performance on his shoulders:
"I'll start with just the facts, we were totally beaten this evening. Congratulations to the New York Giants. We were beaten in every facet, really starting with myself.
"I feel when your team performs that way, it starts with the head coach. We had mental errors. The penalties. It was out of character for our football team. Very disappointing loss on 'Sunday Night Football' and a big NFC battle."
"I haven't felt like this probably since the first game I coached…Beaten very thoroughly tonight. It doesn't taste good; it doesn't feel good…”
Like I said, Mike McCarthy sucks.
Now while many of you are nodding your heads in agreement, I encourage you to stop nodding, take a deep breath, and think for a second about what you’re agreeing to. Do you really believe that McCarthy is a bad coach? Or is the emotion of one loss-ONE LOSS- letting you dictate what you believe today?
Keep in mind this is the same coach who led a team nobody expected to do anything to a NFC Championship Game in 2007.
Remember this is the same coach who led the 2010 team to Super Bowl glory.
This is also the same coach who kept his team focused in 2011 after expectations were set sky high and led them to a 15-1 record, before ultimately losing focus in the playoffs.
Even more recently, this is the same coach who just led the Packers to a five game winning streak.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but good teams will occasionally play bad games. That is exactly what Sunday was-a very, very bad game.
If you take a look at McCarthy’s tenure in Green Bay, every season has included at least one blowout loss (more than 10 points) except for one-2010.
In so many ways, the 2010 season was the worst thing that could have ever happened to Packer fans. On their way to winning the Super Bowl, the 2010 Packers set the expectation for what every season should now be like. Being able to overcome crippling injuries that season is now expected every season. By never losing by more than 4 points set a standard for what a loss should be. Winning a Super Bowl is now expected every season. And the worst part is there is little to no margin for error.
As fans, many of us have become spoiled rotten because of 2010. We forget what a struggle a 16 game regular season is. We forget about the ups and downs that most teams experience. One thing that many people do is when things go wrong, we are quick to point fingers at the person responsible for leading the team, and say “Get that guy out of here!”
The same guy who led this team to glory not more than two years ago and set the bar for what is expected, and it’s time for a change after one bad game. Because that makes sense.
I’ll admit, there are times that McCarthy makes decisions that leave me scratching my head, wondering “What are you doing?” Case in point: marching a struggling Mason Crosby out to kick a 28 yard field goal which cut the score to 28-10 in the second quarter. The score doesn't indicate how badly the Packers were being beaten, and I would have gone for the 4th and 1 to try and continue the drive. But I trusted McCarthy’s decision, the same as I trust all of his decisions as being the right one for the team. And I certainly wouldn't say he sucked for making this call, or any of the other SMH moments he's caused.
It could be a lot worse in Green Bay right now than a Mike McCarthy led team. Anyone willing to give Mike Martz a shot?
Mike McCarthy doesn't suck. But there is something that sucks if you honestly think this: your attitude.
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