GREEN BAY, Wis. — For considered one of the first occasions in Mike McCarthy’s 13-year tenure as Inexperienced Bay Packers coach, his job safety has grow to be a problem.
A day after Thursday’s loss at Seattle dropped the Packers to Four-5-1 this season — together with an Zero-5 highway report — McCarthy was requested if he is involved about his future.
At first, he gave the compulsory reply of: “I am targeted on what’s in entrance of us. Each particular person on the inside, notably the soccer group, we now have a 2018 dedication, and that is all I’ve ever targeted on.”
McCarthy, who led the Packers to one Tremendous Bowl title and 9 playoff appearances in his first 11 seasons, is at risk of lacking the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in his profession. His solely earlier non-playoff appearances had been in 2006 (his first 12 months as head coach), 2008 (Aaron Rodgers’ first 12 months as a starter) and 2017 (when Rodgers missed half the season with a damaged collarbone).
“That is the job,” McCarthy stated of the exterior expectations. “That is the method this business has gone. I am not going to get into comparables however at the finish of the day, that is a part of the job duty of the head coach. We set a normal right here the previous 12 years and it is our duty to play to that normal. That is the method we strategy it, however that is a blanket, basic analysis. There’s clearly extra that goes into that. However at the finish of the day, there’s a lot that goes into every sport all through a seven-day interval — clearly we’re on a 10-day stretch right here — and that is actually the place the vitality has to focus.”
The Packers end simply their most tough stretch of the season — 4 highway video games in 5 week — subsequent Sunday at Minnesota. The one win in that stretch got here at residence towards Miami. They began with losses at the Rams and Patriots in back-to-back weeks.
When requested if he is involved the speak of his future will affect the locker room, McCarthy stated: “I do not suppose you may tune it out. That is the outdated days. That is whenever you had newspapers. However I feel at present’s world, all the things is accessible, all the things is instantaneous. I am positive they’re all conscious. I feel the larger problem is whenever you’re having a variety of success. I feel negativity is an unlucky a part of this business pushed by the externals, however that is the business we’re in.”
McCarthy, who’s below contract by means of 2019 after signing a one-year extension late final season, is in his first 12 months reporting to group president Mark Murphy. The construction was modified in January after Murphy compelled out basic supervisor Ted Thompson, who employed McCarthy, and employed Brian Gutekunst as GM. If Murphy decides to make a training change, it is unclear what enter Gutekunst would have on the new rent.
After the sport, it took some prompting for Rodgers to supply a cause why the Packers nonetheless have hope for this season. Rodgers talked about the want for a galvanizing second.
A kind of moments might have come had McCarthy determined to go for it on fourth-and-2 from his personal 33-yard line with Four:20 left towards the Seahawks. As a substitute, he punted.
He stated Friday that his first response was to go for it.
“We’ve got a community and the numbers had been being calculated,” McCarthy stated. “Three-and-out there, I feel, places us proper about the 2-minute … I’ve nice confidence in our 2-minute offense, particularly with Aaron. That is the resolution we made. It is a strong resolution. Being an offensive coach, notably early in my profession, I had to develop a way of working extra on the group mode, as a result of my pure response, particularly earlier, was all the time simply to go for it. That is the inside have a look at precisely what went on there. You possibly can see at one level I began to stroll to the referee as a result of I used to be going to name the timeout and simply ensure we had been set, as a result of I already had the play that I wished. However we talked it over sport management-wise and that is the resolution I made.”
It won’t get any simpler given the prolonged harm listing. McCarthy would not say whether or not Jimmy Graham broke his thumb, as NFL Community reported on Friday. He would solely say that the veteran tight finish was in the coaching room on Friday. Defensive deal with Mike Daniels (foot), cornerback Bashaud Breeland (groin) and security Raven Greene (ankle) all dropped out of the sport. The Packers additionally had been with out cornerback Kevin King (hamstring), receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring), linebacker Nick Perry (knee) and security Kentrell Brice (ankle). None of these 4 starters even made the journey to Seattle.