Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy On The Hot Seat

Mike McCarthy is on the hot seat this season. So is every Packer not named Aaron Rodgers.

Ferrall On The Bench
October 30, 2018 - 9:15 am

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Aaron Rodgers lost his No. 1 receiver this offseason, as Jordy Nelson was released in March. Fast-forward to training camp, and Rodgers is not happy with his current crop of pass-catchers. In fact, he criticized their effort Tuesday and said most of the guys were “piss poor.”

This is a big deal, no?

“Well, it’s just one day,” PackerReport.com’s Bill Huber said on Ferrall on the Bench. “You got to send a message. He made it perfectly clear that he was telling us so we would send a message to everybody else that he was not happy with his players. It’s a one-day thing. At the end of the day, it makes a great headline, it made a fun story, I got to use some words I normally wouldn’t use because you try to keep it PG-rated – it was a fun story. Not fun for the young players obviously, but no big deal in the grand scheme of things.”

Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 6 last season, and the Packers unraveled. They finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

That puts head coach Mike McCarthy on the hot seat.

“Yeah, everyone’s on notice now,” Huber sad. “There’s a new general manager (Brian Gutekunst), there’s a new leadership structure, and McCarthy only signed a one-year extension. So for all of his regular-season success, he didn’t get an overwhelming vote of confidence, and with a new GM, he might want his own guy at some point. So I would say the pressure is on. In turn, McCarthy fired his coordinators.”

Indeed, McCarthy parted ways with Edgar Bennett and Dom Capers and replaced them with Mike Pettine and Joe Philbin.

“Mike Pettine is running the defense,” Huber said. “Pettine had a great track record with the Jets, in Buffalo and even Cleveland as their head coach. His defenses are pretty good.”

Philbin, meanwhile, coached in Green Bay from 2003-11 and was the Packers’ OC when they won the Super Bowl in February 2011.

“You got a new GM, you got new coordinators,” Huber said. “There’s a lot going on here for sure.”

The Packers open the season Sept. 9 against Chicago on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.