In today's Mailbag, I want to follow up on a question that Press-Gazette Media reporter Rob Demovsky received during his PackersNews.com reader chat on Wednesday. It jumped off the page at me and would qualify as the most ridiculous question of the week. Here is the question, followed by Rob’s answer, and then my final word:
If the Pack gets eliminated in the first round of the playoffs again, could Mike McCarthy be in trouble?
No. I think they're of the thinking that if you get there enough, eventually you'll knock the door down and make a run like they did in 2010.
Demovsky was dead-on accurate in his answer but entirely too kind in his response to Buckaroo, so let me take a crack at the question.
Buckaroo, are you crazy or simply out of touch? Can you be serious to suggest McCarthy’s job status would be in jeopardy if the Packers don’t make it past the first round of the playoffs? Are you so spoiled by success that it has come to this?
I understand the goal is to win the Super Bowl and falling short of that would be disappointing for the Packers and their fans. But I think you need a reality check. A playoff berth this season would make it five straight postseason appearances for the Packers, something no other team in the NFC has accomplished. Why would you even think of firing McCarthy for that track record?
The guy led the Packers to a Super Bowl title 27 months ago and deserves to remain as Packers coach for a long time to come. He can win the big games. He can win on the road. He can win indoors. McCarthy has proven time and again that he is a winner. The Packers are fortunate to have him.
For anyone who will try to accuse me of “sucking up” to the head coach, you can save your breath. I call it like I see it, and simply put, McCarthy is one of the best coaches in the NFL.
Best of all for the Packers, McCarthy has no desire to become a general manager and dabble in personnel decisions, which means he could be around for a while. Former Packers coach Mike Holmgren, if you recall, bolted for Seattle because he wanted more control.
If the Packers spiral into a stretch of losing seasons, then we can revisit the question about McCarthy's job status. But until then, Buckaroo, you need to take a chill pill and enjoy the ride.