Friday, January 20, 2006

McCarthyism in Green Bay

Yes, I know, I haven't blogged about it. Here:

In a move that was made only slightly more popular due to George Clooney's sleeper Good Night, and Good Luck, and in keeping with the recent tradition of going after guys named Mike, the Packers hired Mike McCarthy as their head coach last week. And I slammed a beer.

This solidifies Ted Thompson's apparent conviction to personally sabotage any hope of a championship season for the Packers for at least -- you may want to sit down for this next part, kids -- eight more years. McCarthy has worked with the Packers and Brett Favre before. He was the quarterbacks coach in 1999, when Ray "Only Slightly More Healthy than Dick Cheney" Rhodes coached us to an 8-8 season, which now stands as Brett's second-worst season with the Pack.

McCarthy comes in having coached both the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers into the ground as offensive coordinator. The Saints are picking second in the draft next year (the 'Niners picked first in '05), and we're picking fifth. Wow. Big step up for McCarthy. In which direction do you suppose that means we're stepping, though? Yeah.

Meanwhile, while we can look forward to another season of "West Coast" offense, we can also expect to drop to the basement in defensive production, as bright spot Jim Bates decided to ditch earlier this week. Now we're seeing all kinds of new coaches popping up all over the place in Green Bay. 116-year old Mike Stock will join us as special teams coordinator, for example. And, in a surprise move the other day, McCarthy hired Joy Philbin as our offensive line coach. Luckily, someone at the William Morris Agency caught the typo on the FAX before she could board the plane, and a relieved Joe Philbin was told he could have the job later that day.

Incidentally, while surfing earlier this week to try and figure out if I'm going to recognize the team at all next season, I ran across this ad:

And one of these things is not like the other. Think like a Packers fan and I think you'll figure out which one:



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