A Violent Femme’s View – Going On A Witch Hunt
Everyone? Well, to put it clearly, not everyone is demanding everyone be fired, but it sure feels like it. (I know, that sentence isn’t clear. But you get my drift.)
First, I read Chris’ post at Ol’ Bag of Donuts. I always like his writing, but as my compadre Jayme Joers commented, there’s a basic problem I have with his opinion. I’m a little closer to Aaron Nagler’s take on the situation, but I differ with him, too.
Here’s where I am at: I am proud of the Green Bay Packers. I am proud of Mike McCarthy. I am proud in spite of that loss.
I haven’t always been able to say that – after the 2nd Minny loss last year I was as dark as a tornado cloud. I wanted McCarthy killed and Slocum drawn and quartered. I was mad at the players and I was mad at the coaches. Hell, the waterboy could have walked by and I would have clocked him.
That is not how I feel today.
I did not expect the Packers to win the New England game, but I did expect them to compete. How well they competed, I was thrilled to see. Yes, it was a loss. I still hold McCarthy personally accountable for Flynn looking at the sidelines like a deer in the headlights, knowing that time was running out and HE HAD NO PLAY TO CALL. That’s on you, Mr. Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator. Up until that time I thought McCarthy called one of the best games he has all year. Maybe ever, in some ways. He played to Matt’s strengths and calm demeanor and to the Patriots’ weaknesses. He adjusted. People, MM adjusted! KUHN GAINED YARDAGE! Also, of course, that special teams fiasco where Jumbo rambled for what felt like a million yards was not McCarthy’s fault. Although, if he doesn’t fire Slocum after the season, I will revise that opinion. He’d better take a pretty hard look at Campen too. (As to Capers – like Tramon – PAY HIM.)
I HATE LOSING. I HATE IT. My dog runs to his bed, my husband and kids retreat to the basement when I’m watching a game and it doesn’t go well. We have to have high expectations of this team. We have to demand excellence. I saw an abundance of good things in this game; not the least of which was the performance of a defense who has practically been grabbed off the street. I like McCarthy. I think he’s a good coach who’s getting better, and more importantly, wants to get better. You should not excuse some of the issues we see on personnel injuries, bad luck or Brett Favre and his collection of Packer voodoo dolls, but certainly these all have some impact. (I swear BF has a voodoo doll. It would explain SO much. He seems to have used one on himself this year too, though.)
The concern I do have? Mike seriously needs an offensive coordinator to call plays while he manages the overall aspects of the game including time management. Or, if he can’t do time management to save his life (and I do have my doubts that he can) then he should call plays and have his OC do time management. Whatever. It seems clear that he can’t do both at the same time, and I can accept that. What I will not accept is him not realizing his limitations and continuing to have these issues. Then too, he has to get this team to learn they can’t play down to their opponent’s level. If he can’t do these things, and do them in the next year or so, I will be over in Lempesis’ corner in spades.
But. Not. Yet. For now, demanding McCarthy’s head or saying “he’ll never win a Super Bowl” is akin to going on an ill advised witch hunt. I think a certain Senator from Wisconsin taught us how bad an idea that can be.
Now, let’s win those last two games and crush those frigging Bears in the playoffs. It’s time to start the big push.