By HCR Staff | Aug. 8, 2018
Between now and the start of the 2018 season, Head Coach Ranking will provide a scouting report on all 32 NFL head coaches. Today, we’ll take a look at Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
Now one of the senior head coaches in the NFL, Mike McCarthy has had a solid head coaching career. Notwithstanding that, expectations are very high this year. The Packers not only revamped their front office, they also charted a new course in how they acquire players — the organization now participates in the veteran free-agent market.
The Packers missed the playoffs last season, and one of the primary reasons, of course, was the lengthy absence of QB Aaron Rodgers. McCarthy had to improvise, and the results were mixed. Forced to use third-year QB Brett Hundley, McCarthy’s game-planning was uneven at best — even though Hundley was a veteran, McCarthy never seemed to commit to Hundley in his game-planning, even though McCarthy’s public comments showed confidence in Hundley.
Being Packers head coach comes with lofty expectations, but McCarthy has done very well. Even though some Packer fans grumble that they don’t win enough big games, McCarthy has had this team contending every year he’s been a head coach. Of course, he has a Hall of Fame-caliber QB, but McCarthy deserves more credit for his part than he is given.
An itemization of McCarthy’s strengths as a head coach would include his even temperament (an underrated attribute), his ability to work within a highly structured organization (the Packers structure is more disciplined than most and the head coach doesn’t have the same liberty as others), and his relative lack of ego — which makes him popular with his peers in the coaching profession. McCarthy is willing to let others shine and get the credit.
Staff-wise, we expect new DC Mike Pettine to build a more physical Packers defense. Pettine is a proven coordinator, and we expect great improvement on this side of the ball.
The Packers are poised for a deep playoff run. They have the talent, and a top tier head coach in Mike McCarthy.