Well, as John Rehor says, “Here it is Tuesday again and we’re demanding everyone be fired.”

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.

 

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  • http://www.cheeseheadtv.com/lounge Jayme Joers

    Well said Colleen. And I totally agree. I can see MM’s shortcomings – although I think we differ a little about that final play – but whatev, I’ll be more on the tar and feather side if there is no change, or if we completely bomb the remaining games. But I can’t join the mobs after the Patriots game. Good coaches see the flaws and make changes (which, like you said MM FINALLY did), so if he continues to do that, then I’m standing behind him.

  • djbonney138

    A Super Bowl winning team is a work-in-progress kind of thing. Firing MM would set us back a bit I assume. A new coach and offensive scheme would take awhile to learn. Fix the special teams issues and the offensive line problems and you are less likely to put MM in the position to make these dumb ass clock management decisions. Case in point Atlanta. Allowing big returns, run blocking poorly and letting A-Rod get his ass kicked are common themes in our defeats and while MM is ultimately responsible Slocum and Campen should be as good as gone. We are so close to greatness I can understand the frustration. I don’t think firing MM is the answer but something is going to have to change…
    Great Article BTW!

  • Anita

    While I am proud of Matt Flynn and the job the team did overall on Sunday night against the Patriots in their own back yard, that last play overshadows all the good I saw. Well, that, and that horrific kick return. Well, at least we have a “most embarrassing moment” that can replace the Terrell Owens TD and the Randy Moss moon shot that gets shown over and over and over for the next 10-15 years.

    I feel a bit like Chris at OBOD does. There is something about McCarthy. An inability to close? I don’t know, but I no longer sit on the edge of my seat during the closing minutes, waiting for the Packers to score the winning TD. I now sit back and wait for bad luck. I think this past game showed the nay sayers that it isn’t Aaron Rodgers. It’s the guy calling the plays. How do you let Matt Flynn hang to dry like that?

    Is it firing MM? I don’t know. I do think some kind of change should be made, whether it be replacing certain assistants, or changing responsibilities of the assistants that are there. I like your suggestion of an OC to call the plays. Sometimes, wearing too many hats is a burden.

    Something has to be done. A change in attitude. Moral victories aren’t good enough. They’re nice, but not good enough, especially watching the Bears luck into playing another third string QB and the Vikings without Adrian Peterson the next night. Their luck this season, coupled with the Packers BAD luck, is really pissing me off.

  • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

    I’ve heard a lot of people in the last couple of days argue that McCarthy should be fired. Not one of them has indicated who they would replace him with.

    There’s only one Bill Belicheck, kids, and he ain’t leaving New England. (And his team didn’t look all that great Sunday night, either.) I defy those calling for McCarthy’s head to name one available candidate that they can positively say would do a better job overall.

    Fans look at the close losses and say that injuries aren’t a factor. To my way of thinking, that’s illogical. Such games are generally decided by a handful of plays; plays that quite possibly would go the Packers way if they had their full compliment of players.

    I certainly understand the frustration; I’m seeing the same things as everyone else. But change for the sake of change doesn’t guarantee improvement. A new coaching staff brings a new scheme with new terminology and most likely at least some new personnel to fit that scheme. That takes time to pull together and would probably require at least a minor step backwards. If I’m reading the dissatisfaction correctly, it’s because fans think the Packers are too close to waste this opportunity. That’s why I find it ironic that their solution is to start over.

    I’m not even saying that those calling for a coaching change are necessarily wrong. I do believe, however, that they oversimply the situation. By focusing on a few details and ignoring the overall picture, they are guilty of the same mistake they accuse McCarthy of making. If you are in favor of a coaching change, just be aware of all that entails.

    Despite what many think, I believe MM deserves a pass on this season. Since they installed Rodgers at QB and revamped the defense, I’ve seen steady signs of progress from this team. It’s funny that since McCarthy has kept his team in playoff contention despite the personnel losses, he’s actually made it easier for his critics to deny that injuries have derailed their season.

    IMO, MM merits at least one more year to take this team to the next level. The Packers record during his tenure is among the best in the NFL. Until I see a better alternative, I’ll take my chances with what we have.

  • Jon

    Completely rediculous to think of firing McCarthy…with the injuries this year he deserves consideration for coach o’ the year.

  • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

    And that’s from a Viking fan…..

    Of course, from Jon’s point of view, the job that McCarthy has done this year must be light years ahead of Childress.

  • Chris

    Another great take by BSM!

  • Tarynfor 12

    Too many fans in every city jump on the fire the coach band wagon every year and some much more than others rightfully so.The Packers should have no such fans but,there are those who want a “Miracle Worker” but that book has been done twice already,the Helen Keller Story and the Bill Belichick novel.

    Getting to the SB is like reading any novel,it grabs you in the beginning,makes you drowsy along the way at times and makes you want to jump to the ending where you get fulfilled with euphoria how it ends but cheated yourself.

    Football is a novel written by the GM and HC much like any other writer,grab you in the beginning with a story of becoming a winner,making you drowsy along the way by building the team and you want to jump ahead to victory.

    Novels get edited a few times before printing and so do teams and this year a little more unexpected editing was needed,much to the dismay of the readers(fans),but the ending will be more glorious and fulfilling in reading and suffering the lulls,then to just leap through the pages to a victory that lasts a moment and takes on the feel and ridicule of a “backed in win” and not a true war and fight to the death ending and VICTORY.

    I will suffer the lull again this year but due to the amount of material these writers had,have and found during this research season,this book better come to the glorious end next year or these writers should be erased for good.

    This year has been a war and fought bravely by the Packers and by some chance of events this team gets to the SB,not holding my breathe, would not have the feel of a “backed in win” but the ultra extra euphoric feeling of getting what you gave up on but there it was at the end,a twist in the story you never seen coming making your first thoughts correct.

    The fans bought this book,at least have the decency to read it through,contractually that is.

  • http://nonamills.co.cc/ Nona Mills

    A Super Bowl winning team is a work-in-progress kind of thing. Firing MM would set us back a bit I assume. A new coach and offensive scheme would take awhile to learn. Fix the special teams issues and the offensive line problems and you are less likely to put MM in the position to make these dumb ass clock management decisions. Case in point Atlanta. Allowing big returns, run blocking poorly and letting A-Rod get his ass kicked are common themes in our defeats and while MM is ultimately responsible Slocum and Campen should be as good as gone. We are so close to greatness I can understand the frustration. I don’t think firing MM is the answer but something is going to have to change… Great Article BTW!