Mike McCarthy: This has been like a Year One offseason

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The Packers have seen big changes to their front office and coaching staff since the end of the season with new General Manager Brian Gutekunst joining new offensive and defensive coordinators as the team tries to bounce back from their first losing season since 2008.

There have also been changes to the roster, including the departure of wide receiver Jordy Nelson and acquisitions of free agents like Jimmy Graham and Muhammad Wilkerson. Head coach Mike McCarthy remains in place, but said at last week’s league meetings that the changes have gone beyond the new hires in those positions. McCarthy said the team has taken a “scrub-brush approach to the whole system” that includes changes to their well-worn offensive playbook.

“This offseason resembles a Year One offseason,” McCarthy said, via ESPN.com. “Obviously the defense is going through that because they’re building a brand-new playbook, new coaching staff, new philosophy. There is some carryover from our old defense. But offensively, when you have the same offensive system for 12 years, you’re playing late into the playoffs, you usually turn the page and evaluate and just try to evolve off what you did last year. We’ve taken a totally different approach. We’ve gone back to Page 1 in the playbook.”

One thing that won’t change about the offense is that it will lean heavily on quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whose broken collarbone contributed enough to the team’s slide in 2017 and whose health will be vital to the chances of the new approach finding better success.

52 responses to “Mike McCarthy: This has been like a Year One offseason

  1. In retrospect, the best thing that could’ve happened to the Packers is exactly what happened. If they had been content, again, to go deep in the playoffs only to succumb as underdogs on the road, again, then changes would never come. The injury to Rodgers forced the issue. Besides, it’s not like their divisional rivals ran off with the kettle of gold. We all saw how the that ended. No worries there.

  2. As a long time Packers fan, I think McCarthy should have gotten fired, too. He thinks he is a great coach, but he has been bailed out time and time again by having Brett Favre then Aaron Rodgers as his QB’s.
    Nothing points out how mediocre he really is better than how Brett Hundley played last year. For a QB to be in his third year under “QB Guru” Mike McCarthy and play that horribly, says volumes about how bad McCarthy really is. Then, to add salt to the wound, McCarthy said after the season that Hundley wasn’t as prepared as he should have been! Really??? You figured that out all by yourself, huh Mike???? Well — whose job was it to get him prepared, huh Mike?????
    Mike McCarthy almost always gets out-coached in big games. There is no question about that. He also coaches not to lose instead of to win.
    Dom Capers was his fall guy, but the fact is, Ted Thompson never got Capers enough good players to have a top defense, and Mike McCarthy didn’t force the issue with Thompson about that.
    Had Mike McCarthy not had Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers as his QB’s, he wouldn’t have lasted 4 years as Packers head coach. And he most certainly should have been fired at the end of last season. But Packers fans are stuck with him for at least one more year.

  3. He needs to figure out how the Saints get Alvin Kamara open and how the Pats use their running backs in different ways. He has players who could fill similar roles.

  4. Rodgers stays healthy and the battle for the NFCN is going to be interesting this year. Watch for the Bears to start making some noise too.

  5. stellarperformance says:

    In retrospect, the best thing that could’ve happened to the Packers is exactly what happened. If they had been content, again, to go deep in the playoffs only to succumb as underdogs on the road, again, then changes would never come. The injury to Rodgers forced the issue.

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    Congratulations. You now believe what Viking fans were saying three years ago. That’s progress.

  6. stellarperformance says:
    April 4, 2018 at 10:11 am

    In retrospect, the best thing that could’ve happened to the Packers is exactly what happened. If they had been content, again, to go deep in the playoffs only to succumb as underdogs on the road, again, then changes would never come. The injury to Rodgers forced the issue. Besides, it’s not like their divisional rivals ran off with the kettle of gold. We all saw how the that ended. No worries there.
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    You know what’s interesting about that? We Viking fans have been telling you that those changes needed to be made for years because we could see that the team was Rodgers and not much else. Yet we were derided by you and your ilk as know-nothings because the team we like had never won a Super Bowl. Last year the warts were exposed, just as we predicted, and changes have been made. Now all of a sudden you claim the Packers are the team to beat again because Ted Thompson and Dom Capers are gone. Well, I’m back to tell you that you’re going to have to do more than that. You need players and you need a new head coach. I’m sure you can probably get back to 10-6 with Rodgers but the rest of the rebuild isn’t going to happen over one offseason.

  7. Out coached when it really mattered year after year after year by Harbaugh, Coughlin and Carrol. Outside of the 6 game run in 2010 what has this guy really done?!?

  8. McCarthy should feel very fortunate that he has been given the chance to essentially start over. If he were the Coach of a team with a conventional ownership/management structure, he probably would have been fired. They’re competitive every year, but at some point thats not enough. The same message year after year can grow stale. Kudos to McCarthy for recognizing that and making changes

  9. There is some carryover from our old defense.

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    Hopefully that carryover isn’t that your defensive backs can’t cover anyone.

  10. Best coach in football. His .636 career wining percentage only 2nd to Belicheat. Haters can hate but you cant argue the facts. You can try but you just make yourself look silly. The man is one of the best most overlooked coaches ever to be in the game.

  11. Dom Capers was his fall guy, but the fact is, Ted Thompson never got Capers enough good players to have a top defense, and Mike McCarthy didn’t force the issue with Thompson about that.
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    I won’t argue that much… but what role did Dom have in selecting those players? I suspect it was substantial.

    .. unfortunately, we’ll never know.

    … and when was the last time Capers had sustained success?? You have to go all the way back to Carolina to find consistency. Back to an era where he had a better pool of players to choose from (because few teams ran the 3-4) as well as an era where his scheme wasn’t so vastly overmatched by superior athletes on offense.

    ….. but hey, at least they pulled the plug. And I agree with you, it should have been a clean sweep.

  12. In retrospect, the best thing that could’ve happened to the Packers is exactly what happened.
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    Mike McSchottenheimer should have been fired as well.

    Its debateable they fired the wrong man.

  13. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    April 4, 2018 at 10:02 am
    So in sports terms that would be called 1 and Done Mikey.
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    Nope. One and done in sports is the distinct domain of the Minnesota Vikings. No team has more postseason losses than the Vikings, including all pre-merger seasons when only ten teams played. You’d think there would be a lot of repeat losers in those years, but not as many as the Vikings. The Vikings need to win four SuperBowls in a row just to have another team get anywhere close to their all-time record.

    What makes this distinction worse is the all-time NFL record for one-and-done appearances in the postseason, also held by the Vikings. If not for a fluky, lucky win against a better Saints team this past season, they would’ve easily added to that record.

    When you talk one-and-done, you’re talking Vikings. Drop the mic.

  14. The real culprits are the Directors of the GB Board. A lot of them, such as David Kohler, know absolutely NOTHING about football, but are on the Board because of their business connections. These people sit on their collective duffs, in their executive suites, and relied on a buffoon like Ted Thompson to chart the future of the team. And all the while, Team President Mark Murphy was busy cutting ribbons when he should have been kicking ass.

    I’m wondering if there’s a more dysfunctional group in all of football……

  15. fansince68 says:
    April 4, 2018 at 10:40 am
    Congratulations. You now believe what Viking fans were saying three years ago. That’s progress.
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    I think NFL fans throughout the league are just starting to realize how smart Viking fans are. They’re experts. Don’t believe me? Just ask them.

  16. Best coach in football. His .636 career wining percentage only 2nd to Belicheat. Haters can hate but you cant argue the facts.
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    He’s not even the best coach in the division.

  17. You know what’s interesting about that? We Viking fans have been telling you that those changes needed to be made for years because we could see that the team was Rodgers and not much else. Yet we were derided by you and your ilk as know-nothings because the team we like had never won a Super Bowl. Last year the warts were exposed, just as we predicted, and changes have been made.
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    Last year?

    The warts have been visible since 2011.

    The only Packers fans that won’t admit it are the ones that have “stocks” hanging on their wall.

  18. “a Year One offseason” is other words for “Total Rebuild”

    LOL

    Can’t wait for another year of the Swiss cheese defense, as in it looks like the entire defense just ate whole serving of poutine with Swiss cheese

  19. Best coach in football. His .636 career wining percentage only 2nd to Belicheat.
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    Mike Sherman had a .662 record at one point…… how’d that turn out??……….

  20. The Bengals are having almost the exact same offseason:

    – Kept a coach known for playoff failures (although worse than McCarthy)
    – Replaced D Coordinator (signed Teryl Austin from Detroit) and essentially O coordinator (Bill Lazor)
    – Made big hires at o-line coach (Pollack from Dallas) and QB coach (Van Pelt from GB)
    – Also changed coaches at cornerbacks and WR’s
    – Brought in Cordy Glenn, Preston Brown, Chris Baker, Bobby Hart…big moves by Bengals standards

  21. aarons444 says:

    Mike Sherman had a .662 record at one point…… how’d that turn out??……….
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    .594 for Sherman. And he only coached 6 years and was fired. McCarthy has 13 years. 10 in the playoffs. And 1 superbowl win. No matter how you try, that is next to impossible to top. Try again.

  22. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    April 4, 2018 at 11:28 am
    Stellar living in a vacuum thinking that packer fans are above it all.
    The same fan base that still brags about being a shareholder and part owner.
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    Sure.

    Whereas the Viking version of a SuperBowl, consisting of an occasional win over the Packers, is all you have. That’s all you’ve ever had. Must be tough to be you.

  23. .594 for Sherman. And he only coached 6 years and was fired. McCarthy has 13 years. 10 in the playoffs. And 1 superbowl win. No matter how you try, that is next to impossible to top. Try again.
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    No thanks.

    Your evidence that he’s “the best coach in football” is that he’s slightly better than Mike Sherman………

    You can stick to whatever opinion you like..

  24. cabosan1978 says:
    April 4, 2018 at 11:31 am
    aarons444 says:

    Mike Sherman had a .662 record at one point…… how’d that turn out??……….
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    .594 for Sherman. And he only coached 6 years and was fired. McCarthy has 13 years. 10 in the playoffs. And 1 superbowl win. No matter how you try, that is next to impossible to top. Try again.
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    Some coaches have to lead teams that don’t have Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Give McCarthy a better-than-average quarterback instead of the best in the league and what do you think his record would be? If you had to choose one, would you rather keep McCarthy or Rodgers?

  25. By the shear number of trolls responding to their auto-notifications of a Packer story, it’s obvious to everyone the Viking fans’ biggest fear remains the Packers. It’s a justified fear. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be here.

  26. Some coaches have to lead teams that don’t have Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Give McCarthy a better-than-average quarterback instead of the best in the league and what do you think his record would be? If you had to choose one, would you rather keep McCarthy or Rodgers?
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    I can’t wait to see McCarthy with another team.

    I’m ashamed to admit it, but I PRAY he lands in the NFC North.. hopefully the Bears.. but I know that is asking too much. FAR too much.

    … that should cover question 2.

  27. stellarperformance says:
    April 4, 2018 at 11:59 am
    By the shear number of trolls responding to their auto-notifications of a Packer story, it’s obvious to everyone the Viking fans’ biggest fear remains the Packers. It’s a justified fear. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be here.
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    Touché – NAILED IT!! More accurate words have never been spoken.

  28. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 4, 2018 at 11:55 am
    Some coaches have to lead teams that don’t have Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Give McCarthy a better-than-average quarterback instead of the best in the league and what do you think his record would be? If you had to choose one, would you rather keep McCarthy or Rodgers?
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    OK. The Vikings have had Pro-Bowl caliber play at the quarterback position three years in a row, Adrian Peterson, and a top-five defense. They have nothing to show for it. Poor coaching I guess.

    When do you think Belichick plans on apologizing for Brady?

  29. It took the “Minneapolis miracle” for Mike Zimmer to finally win his first playoff game. Mike McCarthy does that almost every season. Hardware defines success in the NFL. The vacuum in the trophy case at Viking headquarters tells you all you need to know about them.

  30. It took the “Minneapolis miracle” for Mike Zimmer to finally win his first playoff game. Mike McCarthy does that almost every season.
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    Every year… except 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, & 2017.

    6 for 12 isn’t bad.

    50% of the time… you’re right every time……….

  31. nyneal says:
    April 4, 2018 at 10:21 am
    As a long time Packers fan, I think McCarthy should have gotten fired, too. He thinks he is a great coach, but he has been bailed out time and time again by having Brett Favre then Aaron Rodgers as his QB’s.
    Nothing points out how mediocre he really is better than how Brett Hundley played last year. For a QB to be in his third year under “QB Guru” Mike McCarthy and play that horribly, says volumes about how bad McCarthy really is. Then, to add salt to the wound, McCarthy said after the season that Hundley wasn’t as prepared as he should have been! Really??? You figured that out all by yourself, huh Mike???? Well — whose job was it to get him prepared, huh Mike?????
    Mike McCarthy almost always gets out-coached in big games. There is no question about that. He also coaches not to lose instead of to win.
    Dom Capers was his fall guy, but the fact is, Ted Thompson never got Capers enough good players to have a top defense, and Mike McCarthy didn’t force the issue with Thompson about that.
    Had Mike McCarthy not had Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers as his QB’s, he wouldn’t have lasted 4 years as Packers head coach. And he most certainly should have been fired at the end of last season. But Packers fans are stuck with him for at least one more year.

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    Come on now.

    I’m not going to disagree with some game management issues with Mccarthy, but he took Favre and cleaned up his game substantially when he arrived. Favre didn’t always seem to like it but the results were obvious. He played the best since Holmgren under Mccarthy.

    Rodgers had his mechanics worked over by this staff. He may have been Alex Smith without the staff that coached him up for 3 years so let’s not leave that all on Aaron alone.

    Hundley is not it, but Qb’s have done well under Mccarthy. Even Aaron Brooks played well under his tutelage.

  32. I’m not going to disagree with some game management issues with Mccarthy, but he took Favre and cleaned up his game substantially when he arrived. Favre didn’t always seem to like it but the results were obvious. He played the best since Holmgren under Mccarthy.
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    Favre had 2 MVP-caliber seasons under Sherman, and generally played well.

    2005 was just a nightmare scenario. Tons of injuries, and Ted nuked the roster.

    McCarthy deserves credit for developing Rodgers, props to him there. But he didn’t have much sweat equity in Favre.

    .. the only coach that TRULY had Favre under control was Holmgren. Crying shame that marriage didn’t last longer.

  33. Mike McCarthy has won an NFL Championship and has a better winning percentage than Bud Grant, which includes regular season as well as postseason.

    Despite the fact that Bud Grant was coaching a team that was stacked with a Hall of Fame QB and a legendary defense over numerous seasons.
    And all of this before the revolving door of free agency.

    Let that sink in.

  34. Mike McCarthy has won an NFL Championship and has a better winning percentage than Bud Grant, which includes regular season as well as postseason.
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    Good comparison.

    Finally, someone named a guy with as many big-game losses and embarassments….

  35. As long as the Pack has a healthy Rodgers, they’re good for 8 wins minimum — doesn’t matter what playbook, or year of playbook MM uses.

    And there seriously should be a limit on the number of times a single person posts on these articles.

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    cabosan1978 says:
    April 4, 2018 at 12:18 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    April 4, 2018 at 11:59 am
    By the shear number of trolls responding to their auto-notifications of a Packer story, it’s obvious to everyone the Viking fans’ biggest fear remains the Packers. It’s a justified fear. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be here.
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    Touché – NAILED IT!! More accurate words have never been spoken.
    oooooooooooooooooooooooo
    What is funnier, 2 Packer fans crying OR the misuse of the word Touché?
    LOL.

  37. “As a long time Packers fan, I think McCarthy should have gotten fired, too. He thinks he is a great coach, but he has been bailed out time and time again by having Brett Favre then Aaron Rodgers as his QB’s.”

    When God handed out brains, except for Viking fans, McCarthy was at the back of the line.

  38. “What makes this distinction worse is the all-time NFL record for one-and-done appearances in the postseason, also held by the Vikings. If not for a fluky, lucky win against a better Saints team this past season, they would’ve easily added to that record.”

    Once the refs started calling it fairly, the Saints dominated. Then they pulled a Vikings and gave it away.

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