After going 15-1 last season, the Packers are off to a 2-3 start this season, making them one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams. But Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy better not hear anyone talking about panicking.
Asked at his press conference whether he’s concerned about panic setting in with the Packers, McCarthy dismissed that idea, and said he won’t tolerate that attitude setting into the Green Bay locker room.
“You don’t overreact,” McCarthy said. “I’m not a panicker. I think it’s a punk mentality, frankly. I think it’s a loser mentality. It’s time to increase the urgency. We have a great opportunity on Sunday night football. We’re excited to play this team. This is a good team. They’re undefeated. We know how that feels. We know what that position feels like. But we’re going down to Houston to win a football game. That’s what we’re focused on. We got off to a great start today.”
Plenty of teams have started 2-3 and reached the playoffs, so McCarthy is right that it’s not time to panic. On the other hand, it is alarming that the Packers have now lost five of their last nine games going back to last year, after having won 20 in a row before that. And with a trip to Houston to play the undefeated Texans on Sunday night, the Packers are probably staring at a 2-4 record through six games. They don’t need to panic, but they do need to get better in a hurry.