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NFL: Where did it all go wrong for Mike McCarthy at the Green Bay Packers?

Mike McCarthy was sacked following 13-years in charge, as the Packers suffered a humiliating home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

There were big expectations for the Packers this season and with Aaron Rodgers healthy again, they were expected to make the play-offs. But it has all gone wrong, with the offence failing miserably and the defence struggling, week-in, week-out and their latest loss – 20-17 to the Arizona Cardinals, who have won just three games this term, sums up their season.

It has been a mixture of the two which have led to the sacking of McCarthy, but after reaching the play-offs in eight successive seasons, what went wrong this time around and why was McCarthy ultimately relieved of his duties as head coach?

The Packers have become too predictable…

Aaron Rodgers is an incredible quarter-back, there is no doubt about that but this season the Packers have been far too predictable at times. They have come unstuck in games they should have won and Sunday was a prime example of this.

The Packers are a good football team. But this hasn’t been their season at all. Some of their play calls have been abject throughout and it has cost them massively. This is certainly a franchise which need an overhaul to help them excel, but with the players they have within their disposal, this is definitely possible.

It was the right decision to get rid of McCarthy, but it is now essential they invest in a better play-caller, because this is a franchise which has achieved a lot of success in the past and they desperately need fresh ideas and a new head coach could help to drastically improve this franchise – who have had a season to forget.

However, despite of McCarthy’s struggles throughout this season, he was thanked by the Packers for his services to the franchise over the course of the 13-years he spent at Lambeau Field.

It read the following:

“Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field.

“We want to thank Mike, his wife, Jessica, and the rest of the McCarthy family for what they have done for the Packers and the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities.”

Rodgers hasn’t been the unstoppable force he can be… since returning from injury

Rodgers being healthy again should have given the Packers an incentive to show why they mean business this season, but it has been anything but that for the Wisconsin-outfit. The Green Bay quarter-back injured his collarbone last season and it seems he has struggle to find that incredible arm he has within his disposal.

The California-based quarter-back has gone over 300-yards passing just three times this season and in recent weeks, he has struggled to find his range in recent weeks and had his lowest passer rating of the season, as he managed just 79.8 against the Cardinals on Sunday.

To put that into perspective, Rodgers produced a sublime performance against the Chicago Bears in the Packers first game of the season, as he racked up a passer rating of 130.7 and his average for the season is 99.3, after throwing 21 passing touchdowns, going for 3,504 yards for the season and the talented Californian has also thrown just one interception.

How the Packers compare from this time last season…

Around this time last season, the Packers recorded a 21-13 victory over the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field, to move to 6-6 for the season, as they went onto make the playoffs following eight wins on the spin, before getting knocked out in the post-season, after being blown out 44-21 by Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.

Below, we take a look at the Packers road to a successful season in 2017, and how much their form has declined in 2018, which has led to McCarthy being sacked by the board.

Green Bay in 2017:

Packers @ Jaguars, 27-23 W

Packers @ Vikings, 17-14 L

Lions @ Packers, 34-27 W

Giants @ Packers, 23-16 W

Cowboys @ Packers, 30-16 L

Bears @ Packers, 26-10 W

Packers @ Falcons, 33-32 L

Colts @ Packers, 31-26 L

Packers @ Titans, 47-25 L

Packers @ Redskins, 42-24 L

Packers @ Eagles, 27-13 W

Texans @ Packers, 21-13 W

Seahawks @ Packers, 38-10 W

Packers @ Bears, 30-27 W

Vikings @ Packers, 38-25 W

Packers @ Lions, 31-24 W

Giants @ Packers, 38-13 W

Packers @ Cowboys, 34-31 W

Packers @ Falcons, 44-21 L

Green Bay in 2018

Bears @ Packers, 24-23 W

Vikings @ Packers, 29-29

Packers @ Redskins, 31-17 L

Bills @ Packers, 22-0 W

Packers @ Lions, 31-23 L

49ers @ Packers, 33-30 W

Packers @ Rams, 29-27 L

Packers @ Patriots, 31-17 L

Dolphins @ Packers, 31-12 W

Packers @ Seahawks, 27-24 L

Packers @ Vikings, 24-17 L 

Cardinals @ Packers, 20-17 L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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