Enough is enough, same old-same old. The Packers lose a game they should win that kills their chance to win the division. Even worse it is again an anemic offense that is at fault. I have had a lot of patience, as have most of us Packer fans, but seriously enough is enough. Mike McCarthy has taken this team as far as his approach will allow. This is not a cut on McCarthy as a guy or even a coach, he is a glorified quarterback coach. A really good quarterback coach, and a really good offensive scheme developer. But as the head coach, the leader of men, he does not have it.
Aaron Rodgers is a good, possibly future great NFL quarterback but if Mike McCarthy remains head coach there will never be a running game. He just does not have the right mindset for it. Without any form of running game Rodgers will be out of the game, or relegated to backup duty, because of concussions. A lot of fans want to blame Ted Thompson for building this line but remember he is building the offense to suit what McCarthys wants and what McCarthy wants is a finesse, pass blocking line. This cannot change with McCarthy in charge, he is addicted to the pass and has no ability to stick to the run in a pressure game.
My plan would be to clean house on the offensive side of the coaching staff. Go out and hire the hot young head coach Jim Harbaugh from Stanford. Retain Dom Capers on defense while giving him a raise for incentive for staying on board and the assistant head coach title. Harbough would in my mind be the best college coach candidate for an NFL job since Jimmy Johnson. He is winning at Stanford so he is not coming from a program where he just gets the best players and rolls the ball out. The NFL is as even as it gets and he is a rare college head coach that actually had a disadvantage in personnel. He is a leader, you can tell by his demeanor on the sideline, his press conferences and his handling of the USC blowout drama from last year.
Harbaugh is a tough minded coach that comes from a great family of coaches. He would instantly improve the offensive line because he has a better grasp of power running. This would only help Rodgers by taking some of the load off of his shoulders.
I would also keep Ted Thompson. His philosophy for building a team, while it upsets some, is the best approach for small market Green Bay. We, like Pittsburgh, have to draft and develop. There are no quick fixes which is why the Marshawn Lynch trade would have made no difference. The running backs were continuously getting hit in the backfield yesterday at Detroit, great backs could maybe have squeezed out a yard or two which still is a failing play.
The problem with the entire offense comes down to the oline being weak in the middle and old on the left side with Clifton. Scott Wells is not stout enough to be a starting center, neither is Colledge at left guard. Going into next year the Packers need to go with Bulaga at left tackle, Lang at right tackle. For the left guard and center we need to replace at least one of them. Maybe that player is one of the young developing lineman or we get aggressive in the draft and use a 2nd round pick on an interior offensive lineman. Those line changes along with a power run approach with Harbaugh will quickly solve a lot of these consistency problems and I would be willing to bet the Packers win a lot more close games with a power running game as well.