Blame McCar thy

Packer Plus - - News -

The fir­ing of Ted Thomp­son and Dom Ca­pers and oth­ers may have been over­due. It is also a case of do­ing the right thing for the wrong rea­son.

Let’s be hon­est. These fir­ings came about be­cause of the in­jury to Aaron Rodgers. His play masked the in­ad­e­qua­cies of Ca­pers’ de­fenses for years. But when the Pack­ers got close to the Su­per Bowl, the de­fense got a bye.

Ted Thomp­son was mak­ing bad choices lately or no choice at all. He was in ef­fect throw­ing Mike McCarthy un­der the bus to ex­plain / live with those mis­takes. But Aaron Rodgers was there and those mis­takes could be over­looked: as long as the Pack­ers were close to a Su­per Bowl. Just the same old, same old.

But in the end the per­son re­spon­si­ble for this im­plo­sion was McCarthy. He’s the win­ner. He is still em­ployed, with an ex­ten­sion no less.

Prob­a­bly one of his most im­por­tant jobs was to be pre­pared to have a backup quar­ter­back in case of an in­jury to Rodgers. It hap­pened in 2013. He failed. Again. Brett Hund­ley was not ready and was not the an­swer.

Now McCarthy has two years at least. He gets to pick the new de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. You know he will have in­put for the next gen­eral man­ager. This new GM will have to work with McCarthy. Be­sides that fact, the Pack­ers will make the play­offs next year.

I’m not over­stat­ing at all that Aaron Rodgers is the most ir­re­place­able player in the NFL. John R. God­frey Mil­wau­kee

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.