The Green Bay Packers just opened training camp this week. We wrap up our latest series on the team by taking a look at head coach Mike McCarthy.
With the summer comes the anticipation of another NFL season. For the Green Bay Packers, it began in earnest on July 26 when both rookies and veterans reported to training camp. It’s been quite a run for Mike McCarthy’s club. In 2016, they won the NFC North for the fifth time in six seasons and have now reached the postseason eight consecutive years.
Here we are in the midst of a series which will look at the Packers’ various positions and how they stack up heading into camp. We have already previewed the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and offensive line. Meanwhile, we have already looked at the defensive line, as well as both the outside and inside linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties. We also addressed the special teams. Now we will conclude this exercise with a glance at head coach Mike McCarthy.
Eight consecutive playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title back in 2010 should be enough to ensure job security with an NFL team. But when you’re the leader of the Pack, the stakes are a bit higher.
McCarthy has been at the helm of the team since 2006. Over that span, his primary starting quarterbacks have been Hall of Famer Brett Favre and prolific Aaron Rodgers. They are two big reasons the team has forged a 114-61-1 regular-season record in his 11 seasons.
Of course, much of the criticism levied the coach’s way is mainly due to the team’s shortcomings in the postseason. His 10-8 playoff record does include that 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. But take out the team’s 4-0 run in 2010 and McCarthy’s playoff ledger is a disappointing 6-8.
The frustrations have really been evident the last three years. In 2014, the Packers owned a 16-0 halftime lead over the Seahawks in the NFC title game. But they would go onto lose in overtime. In ’15, there was a playoff win over the Washington Redskins. One week later the club fell at Arizona, again in overtime. This past season, Green Bay comes within one win of Super Bowl LI. But the Pack is blown out of the Georgia Dome by the Atlanta Falcons.
Another playoff appearance in 2017 would mean the Green Bay Packers would have tied the NFL record for consecutive years in the postseason. The New England Patriots can tie the same mark. But all Mike McCarthy and company have to show for all their success during this period is one Super Bowl appearance and championship. That’s far from awful, but Green Bay also isn’t called “Titletown” for nothing.
Russell S. Baxter covers the Green Bay Packers for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Packers news and features? Like our Packers Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_packers on Twitter.