Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers)
Packers fans may not want to hear this, but it’s looking like McCarthy may end up being their Mike Ditka. Think about it. He inherited a talented team when he arrived. His early years were marked by coaching with an edge and a purpose and the Packers played like it. He won a championship in 2010 and everybody was certain he’d win another one in no time at all. Yet, like Ditka, the subsequent years following the title run were met by bitter disappointment.
Year after year the Packers made the playoffs and year after year they fell short of the Super Bowl. This despite employing arguably the most physically gifted thrower of the football in NFL history in Aaron Rodgers. As the well of talent began to dry up, he’s begun to run out of answers to keep the team winning. Not even Rodgers can cover up the mistakes anymore. McCarthy seems to have lost his edge and is making mistakes that he didn’t make 10 years ago.
Maybe he has another miracle run in him, but coaches only have so much magic.