It’s not often that you hear Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy give a candid assessment of his team’s struggles and shortcomings the way he has this week in his press conferences. However, that’s what fans got this week from him, as he spoke pretty openly about his disappointment in the Packers’ early elimination from the playoffs, something he has experienced just three times now in his tenure as head coach.
Perhaps the most illustrative comment was the use of the phrase “patterns of negativity,” which made waves among the beat writers and media who follow the team. McCarthy also discussed making moves independent of emotion or feeling, which suggests that there are probably some significant business decisions coming — either on the coaching or the player personnel front.
Of course, McCarthy does not have the final say on player moves, but he does hold authority over the coaching staff. Perhaps this is the first significant sign that there will indeed be some shakeups among his staff of assistants. At this point, we’ll have to just wait and see over the next few weeks.
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Is this a hint that there are changes coming on the coaching staff? McCarthy also said that it is important to "be direct and honest and keep the emotion out of it."
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