It has been an interesting news cycle for the Green Bay Packers as well as quarterback Aaron Rodgers, with seemingly everyone talking about how much of an impact Rodgers had on the firing of Mike McCarthy. As well as a few more personal stories about Rodgers and his family life.
After you sift through all of the B.S. stories and media here say, you get to the bottom of what really matters, which is how will Rodgers play in the post-McCarthy era?
This last Sunday we got our first taste of an Aaron Rodgers playing under interim hed coach Joe Philibin. As expected after one week what we saw was not too far off of what we are used to. Many of the play calls were the same, as well as who you would expect took the majority of the work load on offense with Solid performances from Rodgers, Adams and Jones. With Rodgers throwing for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns, meanwhile breaking Tom Brady’s NFL record for most passes thrown without an interception.
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Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will the Packers, but what was there was certainly promising. Joe Philbin is certainly not going to last past this season as the Packers head coach unless by some act of God they squeeze into the playoffs and make it to the Superbowl, but I wouldn’t be throwing money down on that happening.
So what lies ahead of next season? Well first off, a new head coach. Who that might be is obviously tough to say at this point. Matt LeFleur (Titans Offensive Coordinator), Josh McDaniels (Patriots Offensive Coordinator) and Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma Head Coach) have been a few of the hot names being tossed around. The best type of coach for Rodgers would be a defensive minded coach. Someone that can give Rodgers the creativity he thrives on in the position and can turn the young core on the defense into one of our primary focuses.
It is hard because the Packers are still in a win now mentality, when you have one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game you have to right the ship very quickly. It is hard to say the Packers should tank this year, but in the best interest of the Packers long-term getting the highest possible draft pick they can will help.
Does this split with McCarthy tarnish his legacy? Of course not. Even if Rodgers never played another down of football in his life he would go down as one of the best players to ever play the game. With this head coaching change I would like to believe that this will be a benefit for Rodgers and the Packers. Sometimes you get addition by subtraction and maybe this was the fresh start that everyone needed.
(All stats via www.pro-football-reference.com)