3.12.18

FINIS.

Before the floundering Green Bay Packers kicked off to the Racine Chicago St. Louis Arizona Cardinals, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist Pete Dougherty suggested, "Mike McCarthy-Aaron Rodgers marriage has run its course with Packers."
At this point, it doesn’t matter who’s more to blame. All that matters is Rodgers isn’t buying what McCarthy is selling and isn't playing anywhere near an MVP level. That’s why the Packers are 4-6-1.
Make that 4-7-1.
There was an NFL Network report on Sunday that Arizona Cardinals rookie head coach Steve Wilks wasn’t guaranteed a second season. A win over the Green Bay Packers might remedy that.

As for Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, his future might have been sealed on Sunday.

The Packers were already in the middle of a terrible season, and a loss against a bad Cardinals team at home makes it much worse. Green Bay lost when Mason Crosby’s field-goal attempt to tie the game on the final play went wide right. Arizona got the upset 20-17 victory. The Cardinals were 2-9 before Sunday. And they were competitive against the Packers for the entire game. That says a lot about the Packers.

Aaron Rodgers tried firing his team up last week by laying out how the Packers would win their last five games and make the playoffs. Green Bay didn’t even get the first of those five wins, which should have been the easiest one.

And with an absolutely flat, disappointing loss at Lambeau Field to one of the worst teams in the NFL, that should truly be the end of the McCarthy era.
It was.  The standards are tough in Green Bay.

Several USA Today sports pundits had Arizona losing to Green Bay in Green Bay as the lock of the week, last week.  Yes, and Hillary Clinton is president.

The ominous signs in Titletown were present five years ago.  (Yes, before that late-game collapse in the conference championship game in Seattle.)

We'll have a more detailed assessment later this week.

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