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Aaron Rodgers & Mike McCarthy
Does Aaron Rodgers need Mike McCarthy, or is it the other way around? For whatever reason, Mike McCarthy can't seem to outwit some of the sharpest coaches in the league, namely Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants. They suffered a humiliating playoff loss to the Giants earlier this year at Lambeau Field and were blown out again in New York just a few week ago. When asked about the game, McCarthy said:
“The New York Giants have an outstanding defensive line. We had a plan. We didn’t execute it very well. We got away from it and went to some spread things that didn’t work very well. That was my fault, bad play calling.”
Bad play-calling? That's inexcusable when you have arguably the best quarterback in the NFL on your team. Besides, bad play-calling jeopardizes the team's success and does not put players in the best position to succeed.
But a few weeks later, the Packers' coaching staff bungled it up again against the Chicago Bears. As Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports observed:
"There are times for trick plays. Being up 11 points in the fourth quarter, fielding a punt inside your 20-yard line, is not one of them. Game situation mattered none to Mike McCarthy. The Packers coach had this throwback fake on a punt return written out on his play card and by golly, he was going to use it. So the Packers tried it, fumbled it away and gave the Bears some life in the fourth quarter, in one of the most baffling coaching decisions of this or any other season."
Regarding the botched play, Rodgers was quoted as saying, "Just not a very intelligent call at that point in the game." Ouch. So clearly Rodgers needs a coach that isn't going to jeopardize his team's chances of winning by repeatedly making bad calls. It's time to move on to a team that has a coaching staff that's as smart as him.