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Nover: Packers Need a Change at Coach

I said it after Green Bay choked away the NFC Championship Game against Seattle: Mike McCarthy should be fired. His game decisions were instrumental in the Packers losing.
The Packers, who have a key matchup on Sunday afternoon when they face the rival Vikings in essentially a pick'em game, have gotten worse this season.
Despite a franchise quarterback and a talent level as good as any team at every position except tight end, the Packers are 6-3. They have failed to cover in their last four games. They were fortunate to get covers against St. Louis and San Francisco in the two previous games.
McCarthy isn't the worst coach in the NFL. Far from it. Green Bay has had one losing season during his 9 1/2 years as head man. But the Packers need to get out of their comfort zone. They need to upgrade at head coach, or once again they are not going to reach the Super Bowl despite having Aaron Rodgers.


McCarthy doesn't get nearly enough from his players. This is borne out with the Packers winning only once and covering just twice during the last 11 times as underdogs according to the OddsShark NFL Database. Few Green Bay players have elevated their game, maybe a couple of defensive linemen.
The majority of Packers have performed below their ability level, including a frustrated Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Randall Cobb, center Corey Linsley, right tackle Bryan Bulaga and defensive players Julius Peppers, Mike Neal, Casey Hayward and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
It's mind-boggling given their talent - Rodgers, Lacy, Cobb, a top-five offensive line, Clay Matthews, a deep defensive line and secondary - that the Packers rank 21st in yards gained, 22nd in passing yards, 26th on third down and 23rd in total defense.


McCarthy can't use injuries as an excuse. The Packers have been one of the healthier teams losing only one key player, Jordy Nelson. Green Bay has maybe the top facilities in the NFL, immense financial resources and tremendous fan support at home and on the road.
If Bill Belichick were coaching Green Bay, the Packers would finish 15-1 and win the Super Bowl. They certainly wouldn't lose to the disjointed Detroit Lions at home.
I understand Belichick is a once-in-a-generation coach. But the Packers need to have the courage to try to find an elite coach.