Mike McCarthy is coming off a dismal 2017-18 season which saw his Packers finish 7-9; their second worst record since he became Head Coach in 2006.
Thankfully for MM, Aaron Rodgers is back under center, the Packers upgraded both coordinator positions and the defense looks to be markedly improved with a strong draft.
Now that we’re healthy and loaded up, anything less than a Packers Super Bowl victory will be a huge disappointment to Packers fans and could cost MM his job.
Therefore, MM must do the following three things to ensure the Packers bring home the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 53.
Keep Aaron Rodgers Healthy
- This begins with the offensive scheme. Everyone knows Aaron is dangerous outside the pocket but it’s time to reign him in and call more short yardage passing options on first and second down.
- Next, he needs to feed Jamal Williams and Aaron Jones to keep opposing pass rushers honest. He just can’t fall into the trap of handing it to them too often.
- Last and most important, MM must design an offensive scheme to keep Anthony Barr far away from Aaron in their two meetings this season.
Give Ty Montgomery More Snaps at Wide Receiver
- Ty is a good running back but he runs too upright which is why he was sidelined last year after absorbing multiple hits to the rib section.
- Ty is sure handed and a match up nightmare for linebackers in the slot.
- If Ty, Cobb and Jimmy G are all on the field at the same time, someone will be open, and my money is on Ty.
Be The Man in Crunch Time
- I place blame for the 2014 NFC Championship game loss to the Seahawks squarely on the shoulders of MM. He clearly lost control of the game in the last five minutes.
- He must emphasize preparing the team, including coaches, to be poised and disciplined in the final minutes of a close game against a hungry opponent.
- If the team does start falling apart in crunch time, MM needs to be the one to circle the troops, calm everyone down and lead the team to victory.
I believe if MM protects Aaron, uses Ty as a wide receiver and learns from his past mistakes, he’ll lead this years team to a victory in Super Bowl 53.
If he doesn’t, this very well may be his last year as Packers head coach.
Please Mike, Packers nation is counting on you!