Josh McDaniels in the mix for Packers if Mike McCarthy is replaced?
The Green Bay Packers lost a crucial game on Thursday night, coming up short in a 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks that left their season teetering on the brink of collapse.
The Packers sit at 4-5-1 after the loss and head coach Mike McCarthy has come under fire again for questionable late-game decisions that critics argue contributed significantly to the devastating setback.
McCarthy now finds himself squarely on the hot seat as speculation abounds what the organization will do with their longtime but beleaguered head coach.
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy has taken on a more “hands-on role” has led NFL.com’s Mike Silver to suggest there’s a “growing sense” McCarthy could be on the outs “barring a dramatic turnaround” to the team’s season.
Corroborating Silver’s report comes speculation from MMQB’s Albert Breer that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could be on the Packers’ shortlist should McCarthy be sent packing.
Breer, appearing Friday on Boston radio’s “Toucher & Rich” show on 98.5 The Sports Hub laid out why McDaniels would pique the Packers’ interest, not to mention why McDaniels may view Green Bay as the team that finally lures him out of New England.
“You’ve got Aaron Rodgers at 35 years old, and you’ve got this nice, long runway to find the next (quarterback), too,” Breer said via NBC Sports Boston. “(Rodgers) is not close to being done. If I’m (McDaniels), I’ve got Aaron Rodgers to compete with for the next four or five years, and I’ve got a long runway to find the next guy, too, which I think is a real positive.”
McDaniels of course ought to cause some trepidation among potential suitors after what happened last offseason with the Indianapolis Colts. McDaniels’ stunning spurning of the Colts at the last second was viewed as so egregious that his agent actually dropped him as a client.
Any discussions related to a potential McCarthy replacement of course at this point is academic. With Aaron Rodgers running the show, the Packers could very well get on a roll down the stretch and quell any chatter about a potential change involving McCarthy.