Change Will Come To the Packers Coaching Staff
Packers coaching staff will see some new changes for the 2018 season. There’s zero chance they can stay status quo after this season. Green Bay played well below expectations and the ‘Aaron Rodgers is hurt’ does not excuse the porous defense played throughout the season. It’s time for rubber to hit the road for some coaches. But we’ve seen this before with Green Bay as even when it seems obvious to make a move, it doesn’t happen with this coaching staff. They should not get off easily this offseason.
Given his long-time tenure with the team, my guess is they’ll give Dom Capers the option to retire versus being let go. Capers cannot be the defensive coordinator to start the 2018 season. Green Bay’s defense is an absolute trainwreck when you look at the numbers this season, how bad they’ve been in the red zone and seeing former players excel in more modern defenses. The team has talent with guys like Damarious Randall, Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews, Blake Martinez, etc, but the scheme costs them greatly. They need a fresh voice, a complete outsider who can shake up this defense. My guess is Capers will not be the only one let go on the defensive side of the ball.
People want to fire Mike McCarthy, and honestly, I don’t see it yet. People will point out this team was 4-6 last season then things turned around for the better, and if not by help from others, Green Bay could be looking at their second consecutive year without the playoffs. That hasn’t happen since 2005 and 2006. That said, McCarthy still is a solid football mind that would be snatched up by any team looking for a coach if he were to be released. It would be a shock to me if the Packers decided to completely overhaul this coaching staff on both sides of the ball.
People also want to fire Ted Thompson, and he’s another candidate for retirement. I know what he’s said, but from what I was told last Spring is he did not look in the best health last combine. Maybe that’s inaccurate, but at some point, Eliot Wolf will get the reins from him. When is that exactly happening? Only the front office knows that answer. The fact Wolf’s name hasn’t been brought up for the New York Giants general manager job makes me think there’s a better chance of Thompson leaving after this year. For sake of argument, the Ben McAdoo stank may be on Wolf as the Giants brass would prefer not to dip in the Packer well again.
This becomes the most fascinating offseason of the Packers in years with the coaching and personnel moves. As well as having a top 20 pick for the first time in a long time which could lead to Green Bay making moves either down or up the draft board. Buckle in, it’s going to be fun.