Mike McCarthy on job security: I’m focused on what’s in front of us

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Mike McCarthy has paced the sideline in Green Bay for 13 seasons. He has won .624 percent of his regular-season games. Nine times in his tenure the Packers have reached the playoffs, with four NFC Championship Game appearances and a Super Bowl title.

That has provided him job security.

But for the first time since the team hired him as head coach, McCarthy’s Packers are on the verge of missing the postseason in back-to-back seasons.

That has him on the hot seat, and one of the betting favorites to be fired.

“I’m focused on what’s in front of us,” McCarthy said Friday, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “We have a 2018 commitment and that’s all I’ve ever focused on. That’s the job. That’s the way this business has gone. That’s part of the job responsibility. We set standard here the past 12 years, and it’s our responsibility to play to that standard.”

McCarthy, 55, received a pass last season because of Aaron Rodgers‘ injury. But if the Packers miss the postseason, their new General Manager might spend the start of the offseason looking for a new coach.

McCarthy’s decision to punt on fourth down with 4:20 remaining Thursday night certainly didn’t help his cause. The Seahawks ran out the clock, denying Rodgers a final chance to win it.

68 responses to “Mike McCarthy on job security: I’m focused on what’s in front of us

  1. The truth is, he is a good guy and has done a great job over the last 12 years. His message has run its course. That’s ok. Happens all the time with companies and teams. He can go somewhere that his QB school and experience will help them build something. The Pack needs a change. Doesn’t make McCarthy a bad dude, just time for all to move on. Ship happens….

  2. They punted with 4:20 left from their own 33 trailing by 3 with 1 timeout and the 2 minute warning; it’s a reasonable assumption that their defense could have held .

  3. As a Vikings fan who’s team struggled for years two unseat them, I think it’s ludicrous they want to fire him after two down years. They set the standard in the NFC North for a long time.

  4. “McCarthy’s decision to punt on fourth down with 4:20 remaining Thursday night certainly didn’t help his cause. The Seahawks ran out the clock, denying Rodgers a final chance to win it.”

    So what would be the question today if they didn’t get the 4th and 2 (as we saw the entire second half, Packers barely moved the ball) and Seattle scores a field goal or touchdown after starting from the 33 yard line? It wasn’t a 4th and 2 from the 50 or opposing 40. If Seattle did nothing but kneel if the 4th and 2 failed, they would have ran down the clock near the 2 minute warning and kick a 50 foot yarder and under a 2 minutes, Packers, would not need a field goal but a TD. And if the Seattle scored the TD, it was game over.

  5. When confronted with a question they don’t want to answer, sports types always deflect by saying “my FOCUS is elsewhere.” Like they can’t concentrate on more than one thing at a time.

  6. I’m focused on what’s in front of us,” McCarthy said Friday…

    That’s what’s in front of you Mike.

    Don’t worry though … we’ll take you here in Miami … in a heartbeat.

  7. @vavikingfan

    Not reasonable when your top 2 linemen are out (Kenny Clark and mike Daniels)

  8. What we need are a couple more playmakers. It’s tough with two rookie receivers on the field and your top tight end on the sidelines hurt.

  9. I didn’t know McCarthy was out there throwing 3 straight incompletions? Rodger’s stats from the second half were horrible, not sure how the coach is responsible for that? Rodgers ran 23 plays in the second half resulting in 4 punts and 1 field goal. How is that McCartney’s fault. I love the Rodgers apologist, if this were Brady??? If Brady had only 4 wins??? 7 and 3 and he’s done. The 4th quarter in the NE/GB game Brady stepped up and did what he needed to do to get the win, Rodgers did the opposite, yet Brady’s falling off. The hate is strong!

  10. “The truth is, he is a good guy and has done a great job over the last 12 years. His message has run its course.”

    How exactly would you know that? Are you in the locker room? The team is making mistakes, not laying down during games or blowing the season due to poor effort.

    It’s ludicrous to think the “message has run its course.” People said that about Pete Carroll and the arrow seems to be pointing up there.

  11. Torn… dude’s had A LOT of success. Yet he’s trending downward and seems to be losing the support of key veteran leaders. Probably time to make a change for the first time in 13 years

  12. The truth is, he is a good guy and has done a great job over the last 12 years.
    =====

    He did fine job until 2014.

    That was when it should have ended, after that NFCC Game implosion.

  13. NFC North will come down to last week with Bears,Vikes and Pack all having a chance to win division

  14. What’s in front of the Packers for the rest of this season is an Oh for on the road and missing the playoffs.
    What’s in front of Packer fans this off season to celebrate more of “Gute”‘s rookie saviors and another offseason Super Bowl to celebrate. They practically already can’t wait to play the Vikings next year.

  15. “not sure how many of my fellow Cowboys fans will agree, but I’d take McCarthy over Garrett everyday of the week and thrice on Sundays.”

    There is a good chance that you may just get your wish ! db

  16. The Packers are overrated. I also believe that Rodgers is overrated. Been for quite some time.

  17. The grass isn’t always greener. The punt was the right call. The inability to score from their own 35,45 and the 50 yard line in the third quarter was the problem.

  18. He needs to take after Andy Reid and remain open to offensive modification and innovation; instead, he re-hired Philbin and stuck with the same out-dated system. There is zero doubt that he will be coaching in the NFL again next year if he wants to, and if he does, he’d best adjust to the times (and hire a full-time time-out/challenge/clock management coach).

  19. For those in Green Bay that argue McCarthy will have a job 5 minutes after the Packers fire him, so what? He is stale and his ability to coach his teams on winnable games has declined.

    If he is such a hot commodity, let’s see if the Packers can trade their head coach to the Jets, Browns or Cowboys and get a draft pick in return. That’s a win-win but I am hardly holding my breath on that one.

  20. The “fire everybody” crowd that claim to be Packers fans either have short memories or are too young to remember and I won’t hold their youthful inexperience against them.

    They yap fast and loud and repeatedly yet never offer up who they think can replace him…so that we can’t ridicule their really stupid opinion on part two of the equation.

  21. You should also focus on what you’ve left behind. 3 Losses in row will be focused on by the people responsible for your paycheck. packers are finished and A A Ron isn’t even hurt.

  22. aaron got his contract. And now big mike maybe on the outs.
    In the eyes of their fanbase, in no way should aaron take any responsibility for the decline.
    That, &/or, everyone got hurt/traded. Next man up? That motto is a weak threat when the bench has aaron’s wallet on it.

  23. I’m slowly coming around to the idea of replacing McCarthy, as I do believe his message has gone stale in Green Bay, much like Andy Reid’s did in Phillie. That said, I just don’t think it would be prudent to follow coaching advice from a group of guys that labeled each of Mike Tice, Brad Childress AND Leslie Frazier “Best coach in the NFL,” then labeled them all “bums” as they tossed them onto the scrap heap.

  24. McCarthy’s decision to punt on fourth down with 4:20 remaining
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    I just realized what was going on here. Ol Mike was toking up at 4-2-0. He was all mellow and R-E-L-A-X-E-D…

  25. I remember when Viking fans were gloating over the hiring of Childress. They’d have a statue erected of McCarthy of he’d done for them what he’s done for Green Bay.

    (…..he still has to go.)

  26. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    November 16, 2018 at 4:57 pm
    I’m slowly coming around to the idea of replacing McCarthy, as I do believe his message has gone stale in Green Bay, much like Andy Reid’s did in Phillie. That said, I just don’t think it would be prudent to follow coaching advice from a group of guys that labeled each of Mike Tice, Brad Childress AND Leslie Frazier “Best coach in the NFL,” then labeled them all “bums” as they tossed them onto the scrap heap.
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    You and maybe 2 of the packer faithful are defending Big Mike. That’s it. Like 3 of you. Unless the 3 is actually you and you with two other screen names. But sure, let’s say it’s the Vikings fans saying it. If you’d ever stop your jabbering and listen for once you’d realize all of us Vikings fans love your coach and want him to stay!!

  27. And packer fans turn their attention to Vikings? I know it’s tough in Gumby land.

    For those of you wanting McCarthy in a heartbeat, be careful what you wish for.
    McCarthy’s success is due to Favre and Rodgers.
    Did you see the packers without Rodgers last year? Worse than this year.

  28. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    November 16, 2018 at 5:50 pm
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    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    November 16, 2018 at 5:38 pm
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    conormacleod says:
    November 16, 2018 at 5:02 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    November 16, 2018 at 4:57 pm
    I’m slowly coming around to the idea of replacing McCarthy, as I do believe his message has gone stale in Green Bay, much like Andy Reid’s did in Phillie. That said, I just don’t think it would be prudent to follow coaching advice from a group of guys that labeled each of Mike Tice, Brad Childress AND Leslie Frazier “Best coach in the NFL,” then labeled them all “bums” as they tossed them onto the scrap heap.
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    You and maybe 2 of the packer faithful are defending Big Mike. That’s it. Like 3 of you. Unless the 3 is actually you and you with two other screen names. But sure, let’s say it’s the Vikings fans saying it. If you’d ever stop your jabbering and listen for once you’d realize all of us Vikings fans love your coach and want him to stay!!

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    No multiple identities here. I’m way too lazy for all that. Besides, I’d never get away with it. There are a few people on here that know how to ferret out who’s who and they’re not all Packer fans; they’d figure me out just like anybody else.

    Back to McCarthy… I’m slowly warming to the idea of replacing him but the key word is slowly. After Holmgren, we had the Ray Rhodes debacle, followed by Mike Sherman, before bringing in McCarthy, who was a young and innovative guy at the time. Sadly, he doesn’t seem to have kept pace with the game’s changes. If the powers that be, after careful consideration, decide to move on I can live with it. And who knows? They may be carefully considering right now… or maybe they’re already done. I just don’t want them rushing into anything.

  29. skolvikes says:
    November 16, 2018 at 6:12 pm
    Remember the off season when the hiring of Philbin and Pettine were the answers to all the problems?

    Heh.
    ////////////////////////////////

    Remember the entire season including the hiring of Cousins being a total bust if the Vikings don’t win the SuperBowl?

    We do.

  30. aarons444 says:
    November 16, 2018 at 3:25 pm
    The truth is, he is a good guy and has done a great job over the last 12 years.
    =====

    He did fine job until 2014.

    That was when it should have ended, after that NFCC Game implosion.
    ++++
    I’m a Seahawks fan and I’m still perplexed how the Packers didn’t win that game. I understand how it happened but, the Packers had a 99% probability of winning late in the 4th. 99%!

    Boggles the mind. And you’re right, he should have been canned after that game. As a head coach you can’t let that ending happen.

  31. Aaron is getting perturbed and that is not a good thing. He might have to do more insurance commercials to supplement his non-playoff earnings. McCarthy would be nothing if it weren’t for Favre and Rodgers.

  32. McCarthy has taken management’s cheap ball players and did his best with them. He has had to work with a raft of div 1a, 2 and 3 and late rounders.
    I don’t see mgmt getting rid of him for that reason, he makes cheap ball work.
    Any other new hire will want to move down in round one for talent, trade late round picks for another 2 or 3, and get some free agents who are still viable not old retreads.

  33. The call last night has gotten all the press, because it’s been a snowball over years of McCarthy blunders. Not sure if this is really the case, but he just comes off as extremely arrogant. I don’t think I’ve ever heard him take personal responsibility for losses (could be wrong there don’t watch every GB presser). The one thing that stands out in my mind though is when he totally threw back-up tight end guy under the bus during the NFC championship meltdown a couple years ago. That game had no business coming down to that play. There were far worse coaching blunders to just blame in on that play and just roast the guy. He roasted Montgomery too. Deserved or not, that kinda thing should be handled in house.

    On another note…Setting a standard the last 12 years? Great, you beat up on your mediocre division and got to one SB (and won, granted) while having arguably the best QB to ever play the game. The standard was obviously set out east over the last 12 years, Mike.

  34. There last 5 drives were duds….they were on the 33yrd line…if they fail that attempt Seattle makes it a 6 point game meaning a TD is needed not just a FG to tie…and if SEA scores a TD from the 33 then it is game over…

    Green Bays defense was playing ok, and just needed a stop…PUNTING WAS THE RIGHT CALL. It would have been the worst call if they didn’t make it right?

    Green Bays Defense NEW Seattle would run…and still couldn’t stop them…but that doesn’t mean punting was a bad call.

  35. It’s not McCarthy, it’s Rogers who dictates who go’s and who stays. He won’t have that much power for much longer.He’s getting old!

  36. Of course he’s focused on what lies ahead. Because he doesn’t want to hear about how badly he has sucked so many times in the past.

  37. bartpkelly says:
    November 16, 2018 at 7:32 pm
    There last 5 drives were duds….they were on the 33yrd line…if they fail that attempt Seattle makes it a 6 point game meaning a TD is needed not just a FG to tie…and if SEA scores a TD from the 33 then it is game over…

    Green Bays defense was playing ok, and just needed a stop…PUNTING WAS THE RIGHT CALL. It would have been the worst call if they didn’t make it right?

    Green Bays Defense NEW Seattle would run…and still couldn’t stop them…but that doesn’t mean punting was a bad call.
    —————————————————————————————-

    When the opposing coach says at his post-game press conference that he was thrilled when the Packers punted that ball rather than give Rodgers an opportunity to make the first down, you know it was a stupid call.

  38. Aaron couldn’t pick up 3rd and 2 with the game on the line.

    The swiss cheese defense couldn’t keep the Hawks from running it down their throat- when they KNEW they were running.

    Guess we’ll blame it on Mike though, who’s left?

  39. Sometimes perception becomes reality

    The perception is gaining traction….

    Mike needs to go.

    Personally I believe Mike and Aaron are done with each other.

    That 3rd and 2 looked an awful lot like Rodgers giving Mccarthy the literal finger saying, “I’m done bailing your ass out”.

  40. It probably is the end of McCarthy’s time in Green Bay. It should also be the end of Rodgers time in Green Bay. It’s time he got ‘Favred’ as in, traded out.
    Rodgers has become LeBron James in Cleveland. It’s “his” team regardless of the coaches or management want. Enough diva.
    I’m tired of Rodgers constantly blaming someone else after nearly every play. He should look at his really uneven play this year as well.
    Yes, I know he was hurt. But if he chose to go on the field, then you have to play at a standard. Otherwise, sit and let the leg heal and let Kizer run the show for a bit.
    I’m also amazed at how so many people look only at the offense when figuring out the problems with this year’s team.
    “If they can’t score on you they can’t beat you”. That old axiom still applies. I’m still waiting for the dominant defense. What I’m seeing is a slightly improved version of Dom Capers. If the defense makes a couple of key stops Thursday the Packers win.
    Special teams mistakes have been bad. How long before Zook gets the hook?
    My take: a complete rebuild.
    Gone: McCarthy and staff
    Gone: Rodgers. Trade with Oakland for Derek Carr. The Diva gets his California/Las Vegas media attention he so craves.
    Gone: Matthews, Cobb, Perry, etc.
    Out with the old, in with the new. This is starting smell like the 1970’s again and I’m not on board going through that again.

  41. screamingyellowzonkers says:

    Did you see the packers without Rodgers last year? Worse than this year.
    ###

    Actually, I’m not sure they were worse last season.

    Hundley was/is bad. But the 2018 Rodgers can’t be relied on in the clutch anymore.

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