McCarthy draws ire of fans

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Pack­ers beat writer Ryan Wood an­swered ques­tions from read­ers Mon­day, a day af­ter Green Bay’s 31-17 loss to the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots. Read the tran­script at json­line.com/pack­ers.

Q: Com­ments on the dif­fer­ence in the coaches. I say no com­par­i­son. One is the best the other is in over his head and sink­ing fast.

A: See, this is where it’s un­fair. Yeah, ob­vi­ously Bill Belichick out­coached Mike McCarthy, but Bill Belichick out­coaches ev­ery­body. To find some­one the cal­iber of Belichick as a coach, you need to hire Belichick. He can’t du­pli­cate him­self; there’s only one. Just look at his coach­ing tree for proof. That said, the trou­bling thing for the Pack­ers is how sloppy they’ve been be­fore the snap, how unimag­i­na­tive the of­fense has been, and how lit­tle chem­istry there seems to be be­tween the quar­ter­back and play caller. That can’t con­tinue. If it does, you could make a very sound case it’s time for the Pack­ers to move on, but no mat­ter how bleak you think things are right now, it’s also pos­si­ble the Pack­ers can find their way out of it in the sec­ond half.

Q: Ryan I have been on the MM needs to go band­wagon, but the re­al­ity is that de­spite some emerg­ing tal­ent the Pack­ers ros­ter is medi­ocre. How long can they jus­tify a Kyler Fack­rell on the ros­ter? TT and Mark Mur­phy are just as cul­pa­ble don’t you think?

A: Ted Thomp­son does bare a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity, but he was al­ready fired. They can’t go and fire him again. Even still, there’s plenty of tal­ent on this team, given Aaron Rodgers is at quar­ter­back and the Pack­ers have a le­git No. 1 re­ceiver in Da­vante Adams, a fran­chise left tackle in David Bakhtiari, a solid of­fen­sive line at the other four po­si­tions, a dy­namic run­ner in Aaron Jones, a good de­fen­sive line, and im­pres­sive, emerg­ing cor­ners on the perime­ter. They have ob­vi­ous holes at edge rush and safety, but don’t be suck­ered into be­liev­ing this ros­ter isn’t good enough to con­tend. It cer­tainly has that po­ten­tial. As for team be­lief, I think the Pack­ers feel they can play with any­body. I don’t sense a de­featist men­tal­ity to the con­trary.

Q: Ryan. Ap­pre­ci­ate you. What gives? The coach? The QB? Com­bi­na­tion? Where does the buck stop?

A: Aaron Rodgers isn’t play­ing his best, and he ad­mit­ted as much last night, but the buck isn’t stop­ping with the MVP QB on that record con­tract. The re­al­ity is Mike McCarthy is much more ex­pend­able. He’s also the head coach. So the buck stops with him.

Q: I’m afraid if we fire McCarthy we’ll go the way of the N.Y. Gi­ants. Is that a fair con­cern?

A: Not re­ally, be­cause Aaron Rodgers is far su­pe­rior to Eli Man­ning, and it’s a quar­ter­back league. But you do raise a le­git­i­mate, larger point, that change for change’s sake is not al­ways good, and some­times backfires. The Bears were a good ex­am­ple of that when they fired Lovie Smith. In this case, the Pack­ers would have to con­clude what­ever they’re do­ing with McCarthy sim­ply isn’t work­ing, and if you know it isn’t work­ing, it’s time to make a change. I don’t know that they’re any­where near the point of mak­ing that de­ci­sion, but they can’t af­ford to miss the play­offs in their ti­tle win­dow with Aaron Rodgers.

Q: Talk about frus­tra­tion. We are all feel­ing it. What can be done to be the win­ning team?

A: Play bet­ter. Not be­ing cute. They need to play much bet­ter in the sit­u­a­tional phases of the game. Their sit­u­a­tional foot­ball at the mo­ment is poor.

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Green Bay Pack­ers head coach Mike McCarthy watches his team fall to the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots on Sun­day.

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