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June 22, 2017

Mike McCarthy

Defending The Indefensible

Mike McCarthy was a guest on ESPN Milwaukee’s Wilde and Tausch Show last week, and much to the credit of the hosts, he was asked why he’s stuck with beleaguered defensive coordinator Dom Capers for so long. Here was his answer: “Well, going back to the Mason Crosby comment, and obviously applying that to the

Notes: Veteran Depth Is OK

Last week was the 20th anniversary of Super Bowl XXXI, a game in which the Green Bay Packers captured their third Lombardi Trophy by pummeling the New England Patriots. Looking back, I had almost forgotten how experienced that historically great team was, especially at a number of key backup positions. Prior to that magical season, Hall

Keeping Coach Will Be Costly

With all the talk about general manager Ted Thompson’s future, it’s easy to forget that Mike McCarthy’s contract is up after the 2018 season. And since highly successful coaches almost never work on the last year of a deal, the Packers will have to make a decision sometime between now and next winter. It’s easy to

Notes: Price Gets Raise

Green Bay gave rookie nose tackle Brian Price, who’s spent most of the season on the practice squad, a pay bump in order to keep him from signing with the Colts. Price had been making $6,900 a week as a member of the practice squad. The former Texas-San Antonio star is now making $26,470 a

Packers Lucky To Have McCarthy

ESPN recently named Green Bay as the No. 1 most attractive potential coaching vacancy in the National Football League. I don’t disagree, but I find it hard to believe people think Mike McCarthy’s job is in jeopardy. Look, I get that fans and media – aside from the ones in New England – always complain

Nightmare In Nashville

There was a time when the Green Bay Packers, following a tough loss, would’ve punished a middling team like the Tennessee Titans. But that was quite a while ago. Sunday, the Titans punished the middling Packers after a tough loss of their own. The nightmare in Nashville dropped Green Bay to 4-5. The good news is

How Safe Is McCarthy?

Barring a complete and total collapse, it’s hard to imagine Mike McCarthy not coaching in Green Bay next season. His boss, general manager Ted Thompson has the patience of Job. He’s gone to the playoffs for seven consecutive years. And he still has over $15 million left on a guaranteed contract that runs through 2018. So what would it take for McCarthy to

Epic Fail For Packers

Here’s some good news following a brutal 31-26 home loss to the under .500 Indianapolis Colts – the Packers aren’t peaking too early this season and there won’t be any finger pointing. That’s because Green Bay has now lost two consecutive games and everybody – and I do mean everybody – had a hand in

No Treat For Packers

It sure felt like the Halloween for most of Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field. The injury-depleted Packers were almost unrecognizable and Aaron Rodgers was wearing an Aaron Rodgers costume, circa 2014. And then it suddenly felt like the middle of January as the defense came up small with the game on the line. On the road

A Tale Of Two Halves

This is actually the second draft of my postgame review. I started writing the first draft at halftime with the Packers up 31-3. After watching Mike McCarthy for over a decade, I should’ve known better. As per usual, the head coach played not to lose, and if not for a key scramble by quarterback Aaron

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