Polian: Mike McCarthy Has a Short Deck

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Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy

People can debate who should be held responsible for this turd of a Green Bay Packers’ season: Mike McCarthy or Ted Thompson.

We say both. In fact, let’s take it a step further and blame that Alfred E. Neuman lookalike Mark Murphy for letting mere playoff appearances be acceptable.

What, me worry?

Nope. Being slightly above average is good enough for us!

McCarthy is certainly taking most of the heat right now. It’s not as if there isn’t good reason for that. McCarthy’s coaching decisions have long been suspect and his offense hasn’t evolved much over the course of his tenure.

Thompson deserves his share of the blame too, though. There’s a definitive lack of star power on the Packers’ current roster. And hey, if you’re only going to build your team through the draft, then you better hit on a higher percentage of those draft picks than everyone else.

The Packers — and Thompson — haven’t.

Former Bills and Colts general manager and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, for one, clearly places the blame for this subpar season on the latter.

“That’s a combination of building a roster and injuries, which no one can control,” Polian said. “So no, that’s not Mike McCarthy’s fault. He’s trying to do the best he can with a very, very short deck. I don’t see any change in how this team is prepared or how they play. They don’t have a reliable tight end … and secondly they have no running game. That’s not coaching. That has to do with getting a roster that can compete, and it’s largely due to injury so there’s not much you can do about that other than try and suck it up and get better next year. I don’t see any problem with the coaching.”

Well, you’re not looking hard enough if you don’t see a problem with coaching, Bill.

And yes, injuries have hurt the Packers this season, but it’s no excuse. Injuries hurt the Packers in 2010 and they won a Super Bowl.

Coming into this season, this Packers team appeared to have more depth than any team since the 1990s. This is a team that should have been able to withstand injuries.

They haven’t been able to do that, so that goes back to personnel decisions and coaching.

Both Thompson and McCarthy.

Yes, McCarthy is playing with a short deck, but it isn’t a deck that should result in the recent embarrassments we’ve witnessed.

Lose by a couple points to a good team and you can blame injuries. Get blown out by less than mediocre opponents and it’s coaching and personnel.

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17 Comments on "Polian: Mike McCarthy Has a Short Deck"

  1. PF4L

    It’s funny when i read shit today, that i’ve posted 3, 4 years ago.

    “And hey, if you’re only going to build your team through the draft, then you better hit on a higher percentage of those draft picks than everyone else.”

  2. Nerd

    Get real man.

    Without the depth Ted has provided us, we wouldn’t even be able to field a team. How many NFL defenses could lose their top 3 CBs and still even show up?

    Our main problems are: 1: Aaron Rodgers refusing to throw to the open guy or use proper mechanics. 2: This training staff can’t keep players healthy. It’s to the point where guys are seeking out local yoga instructors and working out with infomercial people rather than use the team trainers.

    • PF4L

      Did you just say Rodgers refuses to throw to open receivers?

      You talk about depth…..do you mean enough depth to field a team at running back, without having to put wide receivers in the backfield? Having to claim off waivers any shit running back that comes available? That depth?

      Congratulations, you are now a nominee for making one of the dumbest post of the year. See you at the Awards Ceremony.

  3. Danforth Cuntingdon-Smythe

    Thompson built a roster that got them to within five minutes of the Superbowl, putting up 19 points against one of the best defenses in NFL history. But we shit the bed then fucked the dog thanks to Buffoon. When we need to get within field goal range within a minute, we somehow can get aggressive then.

    Not letting Thompson off the hook; so many busts as he tries to outsmart everyone else by taking players 2-3 rounds than they should be drafted. But Seattle was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

  4. gort

    There is a pretty similar to what happened in 2013 when QB1 got hurt. TT didn’t have a good contingency plan in place for that and signed / released a bunch of guys. This year is different because of the large number of injuries at so many different positions. The problem appears to be that there in insufficient depth at virtually every position in the lineup. I understand that at is impossible to have “starting” caliber backups at every position, but it would be damn nice to have to have some guys that don’t look like fools. I can understand a rookie defensive back getting beat by an “all pro” receiver, but the rookie MUST be able to run and not fall flat on his ass.

    Also does anyone have a spare AED. Maybe a defibrillator could bring some life back into this team.

  5. gort

    Talked to a guy who was at the Tennessee game. He said that the guys on the sidelines were just standing around. Definitely not a happy or enthusiastic team.

    • Pred

      I was there in Nashville. Two particular Packers looked utterly bored sidelined. Laughing, joking and scanning for honeys instead of the game. I’d say it’s a question of complete I don’t GAF.

  6. Mike

    Just look at the Picture of those 2???? FKNG CLUELESS!! DUMB & DUMBER. Its sooo frustrating when you BLEED Green & Gold and we just can’t SHIT-CAN those F%$KTARDS.

  7. Mike

    FAT MIKE likes talk, conditioning, Pad Level, Clean things up all the time. Look at that BOILER hes sporting. Not much conditioning, exercise, cleaning going on there. CHRIST, Mike, lay off the Ho-Hos

    • PF4L

      That’s the thing that makes me laugh. MM talks about conditioning and discipline. He’s a good lead by example guy he looks like his diet includes 6 meals a day of ice cream, fish frys, pizza, McDonalds, cake, brats, hot dogs and Hostess.

      I don’t respect Lacy’s lack of conditioning, and i feel like Lacy threw away millions and a great career. But if i was Lacy, and McCarthy told me i need to lose weight, i’d be telling him to fook off, after i stopped laughing.

  8. Kato

    Chicken or the egg….

    I am beginning to think it is more Thompson than McCarthy. Yeah it’s up to coaching to develop players, ect, but at the same time, the GM needs to draft players that fit the schemes run by coaches. Ted has had some good draft choices, but in a team built on draft and develop, he has not hit in enough picks. He has picked one standout player since 2012 (Daniels) and one solid player (Bahktiari). He has picked a lot of players based on projected positions (Datone Jones) and developmental guys (Janis).

  9. Cyberstag

    I am glad somebody mentioned conditioning. seems to be a big problem year after year. As far as MM and TT although they did win a super with it the ” next man up” shit doesnt work. Especially when the next man is a practice squad player ( meaning not good enough for the NFL yet)

    • Empacador

      To be fair, a few of the guys on practice squads are good enough for the NFL already. The people doing the evaluating might just be too stupid to realize it. How do you think guys like Jeff Fisher and Rex Ryan keep getting jobs? GMs that continue hiring them are the same guys evaluating players, so there’s that.

  10. Ken

    They say there is a lack of energy on the sideline.
    With all those dairy farmers around the state, you’d think that maybe someone could get a cattle prod over there and bring a little juice to the situation.

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