Preach On Or Shut Up: Eric Mangini Needs To Shut Up
Alright Mr. Football Mangini pump your brakes and take a look at what is going on other than just looking at a sheet of paper and the box score. It's time for Green Bay to dump McCarthy and find someone more aggressive. These excuses to keep him around aren't good enough reasons for him to stay.
Reason 1) He's had one losing season in 11 years.
Well you know, when you have Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and arguably the best wide receiver combos for over a decade you probably shouldn't lose much.
McCarthy has had a very talented roster over the past 11 years. Brett Favre - Hall of Famer, Charles Woodson - Hall of Famer, Donald Driver - (likely) Hall of Famer, Aaron Rodgers - Hall of Famer, Julius Peppers - Hall of Famer, Clay Matthews - (likely) Hall of Famer.
Now here's a list of well above average players that McCarthy has had on his teams. Ahman Green, Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, Bubba Franks, Ryan Pickett, Aaron Kampman, Al Harris, Nick Collins, Chad Clifton, Mark Tauscher, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton and arguably more but this is just off the top of my head.
Reason 2 & 3) He's got the best NFC winning percentage since taking over - Has made seven straight playoff appearances.
With exception to 2010, the Packers playoff appearances have been subpar and disappointing. McCarthy has won a lot of regular season games but his postseason record is just 8-7 and most of the games they should have won.
During the 2011 season, the Packers went 15-1 and Aaron Rodgers won MVP but Green Bay got mopped in the divisional playoff game against the New York Giants 37-20. The next two seasons Green Bay got booted by the 49ers after McCarthy/Dom Capers made ZERO adjustments to stop the San Francisco rushing attack.
Then in 2014, McCarthy was behind one of the worst chokes in NFL history after the Packers gave up a 19-7 lead under three minutes. Regardless of the horrific onside kick, Green Bay should of kept the foot on the gas and finished the game and maybe found better plays to score rather than kicking five field goals.
But that's been a problem for Green Bay throughout the regular season as well. McCarthy tends to be able to get the Packers there but is unable to finish an entire game with them. Last time I checked, these guys play the game to win a Super Bowl and not just make the playoffs. So why has Green Bay been so okay with McCarthy's lack of production in the playoffs when he's had such talented teams each year.
Green Bay has won the division 8 times since 2002 and the Vikings have won 3 times. The Bears and Lions have basically been irrelevant to a certain extend, so the argument of McCarthy's success in the NFC North is bogus.
Reason 4) Green Bay has had the fewest turnovers in NFC since 2006.
This is one of the arguments that looks good on paper but when you look at the reasoning behind the numbers, it has nothing to do with McCarthy. Aaron Rodgers just doesn't turn the ball over. Plain and simple folks. In 9 seasons, he's averaging only seven interceptions a year.. Only Tom Brady comes anywhere close to that number when you account for average attempts too.
Also Green Bay hasn't had a clear cut number one running back before 2013. Eddie Lacy took over and he's only coughed up the ball seven times since then. Ryan Grant shined four of his six years in Green Bay with 955 carries and only 6 fumbles.
McCarthy rarely makes in game adjustments or season adjustments if the game plan doesn't work in their favor. His play calling in the second half of games is so medicore, cautious and laid back that it comes back to bite the Packers in the butt late in games. Lastly, it's time that Green Bay brings in a coach that can energize and excite the team because they're flat as 3 week opened pop.