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What if Mike McCarthy actually gave up control of the Packers offense?

What if Mike McCarthy actually gave up control of the Packers offense?
Published On: Wed, Oct 10
Dec 31, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy calls a play during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

When Mike McCarthy abdicated playcalling duties for the Green Bay Packers in 2015, he clearly recognized the need for him to be able to make important in-game decisions without the clutter of playcalling questions looming over him. The collapse in theA NFC ChampionshipA Game against Seattle towered over this decision. Ita€™s hard enough to make the right call to go for it on fourth down without having to also think a€œWhat play are we going to pick?a€

Instead, theA PackersA lostA Jordy Nelson,A Davante AdamsA struggled with injuries,A Eddie Lacybattled his weight, andA Aaron RodgersA appeared to lose faith in his supporting cast, coaches included. The offense never got on track, even once McCarthy re-took control of playcalling.

Fast forward to 2018 when the offense once again looks disjointed, the two-time MVP quarterback looks jumpy and unsure anyone will do his job around him, and although the scheme has improved, the offense itself regressed from an execution standpoint.

Maybe the problem is theya€™re still running McCarthya€™s offense, one behind the NFL times in terms of creativity and ease of operation. Plenty of other teams have found ways to integrate rookies or play backup quarterbacks. Theya€™ve deployed personnel much less talented than the running backs the Packers have to greater efficiency and success.

The question could certainly be raised that if McCarthy isna€™t here for his offense, why is he here at all? Thata€™s a reasonable take to have, but leta€™s set it aside for a moment.

McCarthy, as a tone-setter and culture leader, has always displayed the kind of toughness and commitment to fundamentals ingrained in the history of the Packers. Hea€™s a quintessential Packers coach. Hea€™s well liked by Mark Murphy and for whatever can be said about his failings, McCarthy is, as he says, a highly successful football coach.

So leta€™s assume Murphy wants to give McCarthy a chance to turn this offense around in 2019. What that likely also assumes is the offense gets back on track far enough to get this team back into the playoffs, win a game or two, but ultimately come up short of theA Super Bowl. This could be enough to save McCarthya€™s job outright, but not go so far as to insulate him from a directive from the front office to make changes.

Is this situation even workable? That depends on who the Packers bring in to run the offense. One would have to imagine McCarthy would still want to run some variation of the West Coast principles, which doesna€™t close the pool of potential candidates too far. Much of the league still relies on core West Coast concepts even if Mike Holmgren disciples like Andy Reid have incorporated a ton of new, spread schemes from the college game.

The hot offensive names likely wona€™t settle for OC jobs, which rules out guys like Lincoln Riley and John DeFilippo a€” though both would be desirable head coaching candidates if Green Bay needs one this offseason.

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