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How Long Will Mike McCarthy Last In Green Bay?

November 16, 2018
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(CBS Sports Radio) -- Green Bay’s road woes continued in Seattle on Thursday, as the Packers lost 27-24 to the Seahawks to fall to 0-5 on the road and 4-5-1 on the season.

As the playoffs become increasingly less likely, so do Mike McCarthy’s odds of coaching in Green Bay next season.

“What you’re seeing right now feels a little bit like Philadelphia in 2011 and 2012,” MMQB senior NFL reporter Albert Breer said on Taz & The Moose. “Andy Reid doesn’t suddenly become a bad coach, but I think it became kind of clear to people in that building that a change of scenery would be best for everyone involved. That really did work out. Andy Reid was not seen as this offensive innovator and this creative mind at the end of Philly. The Eagles spent some time reworking and modernizing what they were doing, and it wound up getting them a Super Bowl five years later. 

“I sort of feel like that’s where the Packers and McCarthy are,” Breer continued. “There’s certainly been friction between the coach and the quarterback. I certainly think at this point change is on the table.”

McCarthy led the Packers to a Super Bowl in 2010 and a 15-1 record in 2011. They made the playoffs every year from 2009 to 2016 but are in danger of missing the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time since 2005-06.

“If you get in the playoffs, you got Aaron Rodgers and anything can happen then,” Breer said. “I don’t think this story is over. But this just feels like it would be a natural breaking point. I think you’re also looking at a quarterback who is going to be 35 years old. Where are you going for the twilight of his career? How are you going to get the most out of him? The fiction between the quarterback and coach is a factor there. Not that anything like that is new – and not that it doesn’t happen in a lot of other places. But it’s there. 

“I could certainly see some people in that organization looking at it and saying, ‘We need to find someone who’s going to get the most out of Aaron Rodgers, get the most out of the last five or six years of his career if he only has five or six years left.’ I could certainly see them looking and getting a guy with an offensive background who could maybe change things here a little bit like a Josh McDaniels or a John DeFilippo.”

The Packers play the Vikings (5-3-1) in Minnesota on Sunday Night Football on Nov. 25. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.