By Todd Brommelkamp/KGYM Radio
I won’t lie. The remote control got a good workout last night as I sat on the couch flipping back and forth between Thursday Night Football and the 2K Classic.
That is, until the waning minutes of green Bay’s loss at Seattle. That’s when the remoted permanently returned to Madison Square Garden.
At this point the Packers should just permanently forfeit any future games in the city of Seattle. In a must-win game for Green Bay’s postseason hopes the Packers fell to the Seahawks, 27-24.
Davante Adams and Aaron Jones looked great. Unfortunately, Mike McCarthy looked like Mike McCarthy. Which may actually turn out to be a blessing since USA Today proclaimed Thursday night as the beginning of the end for the erstwhile coach.
McCarthy’s decision to opt for a field goal on 4th and 3 from the Seattle 29 in the first quarter backfired when Mason Crosby missed the attempt. That decision pales in comparison to giving Jones only four carries and six touches in the second half. Imagine having a player as seemingly talented as Jones and keeping him on the sidelines – okay, that probably hits too close to home in eastern Iowa at the moment.
And don’t get me started on punting on 4th and 2 with 4 minutes and 20 seconds left, turning the game over to a beleaguered defense missing several key pieces, including Mike Daniels, at that point in the night.
McCarthy also didn’t even bother to challenge a key catch by Seattle’s Tyler Lockett on what turned out to be the go-ahead drive by Seahawks. They’d score three plays later. Maybe the ball hit the ground, maybe it didn’t, but McCarthy seemed ambivalent to the idea of throwing his challenge flag.
In short, last night’s game was a microcosm of a season that has seen Green Bay limp to a 4-5-1 record. All five losses have come on the road.
The Packers were most likely looking at a Wild Card this season if they made the playoffs at all but now it sure looks like it would take another miracle finish by Aaron Rodgers to clear even the lowest bar of regular season success.
Rodgers has proven he can overcome a great deal of things but overcoming McCarthy may prove to be too difficult in 2018.
His time in Green Bay needs to come to a close. He’s a good coach, one that many teams around the league would likely snap up before he could even contemplate unemployment. But he’s no longer a good coach for Rodgers or Green Bay. The best quarterback in football needs someone he can be on the same page with and for much of 2018 its been clear the two men aren’t even reading the same book, let alone sharing a page number.