Green Bay Packers kicked head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday, just moments after losing 20-17 to the Little Arizona Cardinals.…
Green Bay Packers kicked head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday, just moments after losing 20-17 to the Little Arizona Cardinals. It was about two and a half weeks since the Packers traveled to Seattle on a Thursday night to meet the Seahawks in 4-4-1, when a victory would have given Green Bay a nice leg up on a wild card hunt. Instead, Packers lost 27-24 after a late touchdown to Ed Dickson was given up and McCarthy chose to die at 4:20 and only one timeout left, which allowed Seattle to expire.
Green Bay has lost five of its last six matches despite the fact that Aaron Rodgers is well enough to start and throw 21
touchdowns against just one intercept. Receiver Davante Adams and Running Back Aaron Jones have also been effective, and the defense has shown signs of life with players like Blake Martinez, Kyler Fackrell, Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels (recently injured) and rookie Jaire Alexander play well, but the end result is just 4 -7-1.
They are not the only NFC team to make changes.
The Carolina Panther, a week after a loss for Seattle, really put the damper on their own playoff jumps, has kicked defensive line traffic Brady Hoke and assistant defensive back coach Jeff Imamura. It’s not so big news like shooting a head coach like McCarthy, who had been in the helm for the past 13 years, but head coach Ron Rivera brags to make changes with four games to go. Perhaps the last four matches in his eight-year age in Carolina.
The Panthers have now lost four straight after a 6 -2 start and travel to Cleveland Browns next week. Then two of their last three matches against the 10-2 New Orleans Saints.
I recently figured out how different San Francisco 49ers would see today if Jim Harbaugh managed to win his two matches against Seahawks back in 2014. 49ers ended 8-8 that year, but two wins over Seattle would have made them 10-6 and drove them over Seahawks, which was 12-4 that season. It was not close, the Seahawks won these games easily, but only two results make a big difference. Seattle did not get McCarthy fired and it was not just the game last week that forced Rivera to start making changes in a late dunk effort to turn things around, but they contributed something. Had it been a bit different, maybe Pete Carroll looks at their options.
Fortunately, it is not.
The Seahawks play two teams in the last four who will not make changes in the main coaching, but could do some shuffling with the assistants. In two weeks they have a rematch against 49ers, a team they only beat 43-16 on Sunday. Kyle Shanahan is only 8-20 as head coach, with just two of the victories who come to Sans Jimmy Garoppolo. He is probably sure, but it is likely to discuss antenna coordinator Robert Saleh and some assistants. Meanwhile, Arizona Cardinals is 3-9 and already fired offensive co-ordinator Mike McCoy. I do not imagine Steve Wilks just getting a season to prove himself as a coach as they try and work with rookie Josh Rosen on QB, but is Byron Leftwich the answer to OC?
We see that there is still one month left in the regular season. Plenty of more changes to come.