Packers Sign Head Coach Mike McCarthy to Multi-Year Extension

General manager Ted Thompson announced the extension on Monday in Green Bay.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy by Derick E. Hingle—USA TODAY Sports.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy by Derick E. Hingle—USA TODAY Sports.

A loss heading into the bye has apparently done little to shake the Green Bay Packers front office's faith in Mike McCarthy.

The team's head coach has received a multi-year contract extension, general manager Ted Thompson announced on Monday.

“We are very happy to extend our relationship with Mike,” said Thompson. “Over the past nine years, he’s provided great stability and consistency to the Packers organization and our community as an excellent coach and leader. He’s a good man and we look forward to the future with Mike as our head coach.”

Details of the contract, neither length nor the dollar amount, were disclosed, although Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that it's likely McCarthy's contract mirrors Thompson's, due to expire after the 2018 season.

Thompson received a contract extension in July, giving the franchise stability that other NFL teams would kill for.

McCarthy has led the Packers to six playoff appearances, four division titles, a conference championship and a Super Bowl title in his nine seasons as head coach. His 93 wins rank third in franchise history behind Curly Lambeau (212) and Vince Lombardi (98).

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Idiot Fan's picture

November 03, 2014 at 04:16 pm

Well this is sure to be a comments section filled with rational, sane discussion.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 03, 2014 at 05:20 pm

Great post I'm still laughing. I predict this will set a total number of comments record. Only to be broken one day by Capers resignation//Retirement/ Firing announcement

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Allan Murphy's picture

November 03, 2014 at 04:26 pm

Again its players not couches i my self like it and you will see the D show up now or they could be watching at home if that what they like .

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barutanseijin's picture

November 03, 2014 at 11:23 pm

I dunno, couches in place of the o & d lines just might work.

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TommyG's picture

November 04, 2014 at 07:51 am

With how they've been playing, I could swear that the linemen are already "couched".

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KenEllis's picture

November 03, 2014 at 04:27 pm

Love it, love it, love it.

Cannot wait until TT announces the extension for MM's hand-selected defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

For the naysayers out there, how can you complain about all the success?

Winning the NFC North 3 straight seasons is just an incredible achievement in this day and age.

And for those trying to link MM's record to having back to back hall of fame QBs, stop just stop. There is no correlation there, none at all.

Keep the brain trust in place and I feel confident the Pack will continue to do what it has been done in the recent past.

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MarkinMadison's picture

November 03, 2014 at 05:18 pm

Nice sarcasm. I attribute the current problems more to the heavy turn-over in the GMs office in recent years than anything else. I continue to be amazed every year at how this coaching staff gets the most out of the talent they are given. I firmly believe you will see this team make a deep run by no later than the 2016 season, and it is likely to happen next year.

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KenEllis's picture

November 03, 2014 at 05:50 pm

I couldn't read all your post, could you make sure the next one is written in BIG LETTERS PLEASE?

Seriously, I am not against the extension and am hoping that MM now feels secure enough to jettison whomever it is that needs to be gone, because the rot on the D has been there for far too long at this point.

I also agree that the front office departures have had a detrimental impact -- that 2011 draft just got worse today for example, but at some point MM must do something about the defense he is the Head Coach after all.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 03, 2014 at 09:50 pm

A voice of reason. Well put., Hope MM asserts his will more as well.

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Aaron Ausmus's picture

November 03, 2014 at 04:52 pm

Can somebody please explain why we are attempting this no huddle offense bs? As if its our offense that needs tweaking? Like we had failed to score points the past few years? Why rush the offense down the field and, best case scenario, score and put your defense- that cant get off the field- back on? Can somebody please address this? Am I the only one that sees this as a problem?

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Tundraboy's picture

November 03, 2014 at 05:22 pm

No

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ScottH's picture

November 03, 2014 at 06:51 pm

Because they can put up a hell of a lot of points which is good if the defense is poor. If the Packer defense can't get off the field it doesn't matter in the end if they impede the opponent enough to slow their ability to score. It only works because of Rodgers. Of course if the Packer secondary is getting burned for big ones it's all even.

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Chazman's picture

November 04, 2014 at 07:32 am

I think it's because this defense is built to pass rush and defend the pass. It obviously isn't built to stop the run, so it behooves them to start fast and turn it into a passing game.

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TommyG's picture

November 04, 2014 at 07:54 am

This is exactly correct. Our team's success is predicated on making the other team's offense a one dimensional passing attack. Since we can't do that by stopping the run we have to do so by putting up too many points for an opposing running game to come back against.

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lj's picture

September 04, 2021 at 08:46 am

?

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Amanofthenorth's picture

November 04, 2014 at 05:21 am

Amen
A pain only the old
Have to know

h a d l

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Evan's picture

November 03, 2014 at 05:08 pm

Sherrod waived?!? Damn.

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Point-Packer's picture

November 03, 2014 at 07:49 pm

Kuhn and Jones- sure. Quarless? That just makes you sound like an idiot. He's average, but we're not exactly deep at TE.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 03, 2014 at 09:25 pm

I wouldn't say closed. But I for one as I'm sure those of us who were blessed in the 60s and endured some really rough seasons and mediocre QB, bare talent teams in the 70s and 80s are not too happy. To continue to squander what we have is mind boggling but there is time and I gotta think the window is open and TT/MM are starting to realize it. They better. Watching Brady and Manning the other night made me appreciate it that much more. Rodgers is so far ahead of everyone else, and is to me the most complete QB I have ever seen. So when I see us not doing everything possible to capitalize on that, I can't help but be critical like you. Now more than ever, we need and lack a strong run blocking 60s type great O-line and some nasty Lbs, It would be such a shame if we don't because we can never expect this to last or to think the next Farve and Rodgers is right around the corner.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 03, 2014 at 09:33 pm

Sherrods is a start

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The TKstinator's picture

November 03, 2014 at 09:50 pm

ONLY a decade? Are you sure you don't mean a century?
Has your poopy flavored lollipop lost its taste?
What's with all the optimism?

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NickPerry's picture

November 05, 2014 at 07:29 am

I'm not defending Thompson here but I just read a interesting piece on Green Bay Scout, (Subscription Required) where they were discussing the 2011 draft as a whole. The 2011 draft as a whole was one of the worst classes since the 80's. This was actually something I was unaware of. TT and the Packers aren't the only team that has a player or 2 remaining from the class, it's actually the norm pretty much for every team. Only 3 teams in the entire NFL drafted more than 2 starters from that class, Denver, SF, and Seattle. Just something I thought I'd share before we bust TT Balls to much, myself included, There's still the 2012 draft...ERRRRRRRRR

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HankScorpio's picture

November 05, 2014 at 08:33 am

Good point, Nick.

And let's not forget that the 2 guys that remain are both pretty valuable commodities. Randall Cobb is earning some big $$ this year. Davon House, too,

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Tundraboy's picture

November 03, 2014 at 05:23 pm

What no comment from Cow???

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Tundraboy's picture

November 03, 2014 at 07:29 pm

Atta boy

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

November 03, 2014 at 08:35 pm

I don't understand what you were expecting.

MM is number 19 in all-time winning percentage at 64.4% and number 14 if you only count the modern era.

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Bearmeat's picture

November 03, 2014 at 05:58 pm

lol

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Razor's picture

November 03, 2014 at 08:00 pm

I'm sure he is a tremendous human being, but he's not a top tier head coach.

I feel that the Packers are settling for a good person who is a good head coach but not a great head coach.

It's a vote of confidence for McCarthy but what does it accomplish? The team has not improved since 2010 and shows no signs of that changing in 2014. So what are they saying with a contract extension? Mike, you are a good person and you are trying very hard and that's all we can hope for and ask for. So here you go Mike keep on trying. You have taken the team to the playoffs a bunch of times and once the team got hot and won the Super Bowl. We certainly hope this happens many more times in your career as our head coach. We hope that Ted will supply you with a wealth of talented players that you can develop to their full potential and win many games and championships. Good luck and God's speed.

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NickPerry's picture

November 04, 2014 at 07:33 am

We do hope Ted supplies Mike with a wealth of talent, as long as that talent isn't expected to come from the 2011 or 2012 draft classes. After last years draft I thought Ted has his magic touch back, then Thornton, Bradford, and Goodson played in the preseason and I was back to scratching my head. Perhaps as the weather starts to turn our newly extended HC will start to give Lacy the ball more than 13 times a game. Note to Mike for this week. Don't use Peppers as a TE, no onside kicks, and stop pitching the ball to Lacy from the shotgun, it doesn't work!

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lebowski's picture

November 04, 2014 at 10:19 am

Good head coaches are damn hard to come by, let alone "great" ones. They aren't sitting out there waiting for TT to come calling. We've seen plenty of hot name coordinators and college guys fail miserably as first time head coaches. Not many out there I'd trade Mike for.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

November 03, 2014 at 08:30 pm

Anybody know how much is left on Capers contract? I tried several googles and got nothin.

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4thand1's picture

November 03, 2014 at 09:04 pm

Do you see any teams repeating as SB champs? Do you? No, it doesn't happen in this day and age of the NFL. Goes to show you just don't understand the current NFL. Just making the playoffs is a plus after winning the big one. Every year a surprise team jumps out , this year its AZ. The Packers have been in the mix for years.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 03, 2014 at 09:35 pm

He's gone after this year

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 04, 2014 at 02:05 am

"Pretty sure he's (Capers' is) signed through eternity." You might sometimes be tedious, Cow, but that is just hilarious.

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Idiot Fan's picture

November 03, 2014 at 08:50 pm

I don't know if it matters. I think he was put on notice by MM before the season started. Without a significant improvement, I expect him to be gone at the end of the year.

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Evan's picture

November 03, 2014 at 10:37 pm

This should hardly be a surprise. I like McCarthy. Think he is a good coach. Maybe very good from time to time. You don't get rid of guys like that.

I'm trying to think what current NFL coaches Id take over him.

Bill Belichick
Sean Payton
Bruce Arians
Mike Tomlin
Jim Harbaugh
Pete Carroll

I think that's about it.

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Bohj's picture

November 03, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Exactly.....and guess what? You fire mike.....and none of these guys are available. So who do you go after? Some unknown coordinator from a winning team who has never head coached. You end up going through four years of growing pains just to get where you were. Assuming you can get back.

Offensive genius: Josh McDaniels. Yeah.... How'd that work our for ya broncos?

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badaxed's picture

November 05, 2014 at 08:31 am

Some unknow from a winning team? Like Lombardi from the giants. or What dallas got with Landry also with the giants. Maybee Edger Bennet?

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Evan's picture

November 05, 2014 at 09:01 am

haha...[face palm]

Of course every great coach in the history of the world started out as an unknown. But the great (even good) ones are few and far between.

Some people would rather roll the dice with an unknown. That's not an unreasonable position. I just don't share it. I'd rather go with the proven, known "good" quantity over risking 2-4 seasons on someone who is much more likely to be Josh McDaniels or Romeo Crennel than Vince Lombardi.

(I do like the Edgar Bennett call, though.)

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Packer_Pete's picture

November 04, 2014 at 05:54 am

Agreed, except for Harbaugh. He created such a divisive atmosphere in SanFran that he'll be gone after this season also. From all I hear he is one of the most miserable jerks on this planet.
On a personal level, I'd also not like Belichick and Payton as human beings, and since none of the others is available, I'm fine with McCarthy getting the extension. He is a decent coach, and those don't come along too often. the only way I'd be glad for the Packers to get rid of him is if Cowher decided to come back to coaching and come to the Packers.

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Idiot Fan's picture

November 04, 2014 at 08:05 am

I don't think my list is that long.

Belichick - yes
Payton - this seems like a wash with MM. They're what, 2-2 against each other with one SB each?
Arians - no
Tomlin - hard to say. I can't tell if he got them to 3 super bowls or a string of great Dick LeBeau defenses did.
Harbaugh - no. good coach, but when your players hate you so much that your team tries to trade you to the browns, no thanks.
Carroll - undecided. I can't stand him, so that colors my judgment.

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Evan's picture

November 04, 2014 at 08:11 am

Yeah, Harbaugh and Carroll are obnoxious assholes, but I had to be honest and admit they're damn good coaches.

But the Harbaugh burnout factor is a real one and plays into it.

What's better - a "great" coach for 4-5 years or a "good" coach for 10+?

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Evan's picture

November 04, 2014 at 08:11 am

Yeah, Harbaugh and Carroll are obnoxious assholes, but I had to be honest and admit they're damn good coaches.

But the Harbaugh burnout factor is a real one and plays into it.

What's better - a "great" coach for 4-5 years or a "good" coach for 10+?

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Packer_Pete's picture

November 04, 2014 at 11:33 am

I wouldn't categorize Harbaugh as a great coach. He is benefitting from the 49ers having all those high draft picks since they were the worst NFL team in the first decade of this century. He has good talent on the OLine and on D. But give him a bad team without much talent and he won't do much either. In addition to his divisiveness, I really wouldn't want him as HC.

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Evan's picture

November 04, 2014 at 11:47 am

I don't know about that - looking over the 2010 49ers roster and the 2011 one, there isn't that much new blood. Harbaugh took a 6-10 team and turned them around pretty much immediately.

Maybe Harbaugh came on just as those high draft picks came into their own...but I think you have to give him a lot of the credit.

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Packer_Pete's picture

November 04, 2014 at 01:03 pm

I think it's a combination of the high draft picks coming into their own and his abrasive personality, which will be good for 2 - 3 years at most. After that, he's done since the players don't buy into his BS anymore.
Now, he's not Singletary, who pulled down his pants in the locker room... but I think overall he's just not a guy you'd want to play for over a longer period of time.
But I may be wrong, after all I am not in that locker room or close by. We can all just guess based on what we hear.

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Evan's picture

November 04, 2014 at 01:25 pm

Yeah...it certainly seems like his coaching style has a short shelf-life. And you have to factor that into the conversation.

As I asked above, what's better, a "great" coach for 4-5 years of a "good" coach for 10+?

I'm honestly not sure, but I'd lean toward the "good" coach. Continuity goes a long way.

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Packer_Pete's picture

November 04, 2014 at 02:29 pm

I'm leaning towards the good coach also. If one wants to win the SB, everything has to fit. I think a good coach with good talent on the team and getting hot at the right time is it. Even if you have a great coach but not enough talent, or just one bad game in the playoffs, it's over. Consistency and quality coaching goes a long way I think. Just my opinion, of course.

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Idiot Fan's picture

November 04, 2014 at 01:30 pm

I do agree that he's a good coach and is largely responsible for their turnaround, but I also think he gets a pass based on reputation at times. For example, in the last playoff game that we lost to them (by a last-second field goal), he made a lot of curious decisions in the game, including having to burn *three* timeouts for no reason. If that was MM he would have been twitter-crucified. Yet when they kick the last-second field goal, all of a sudden the narrative is "MM got totally out-coached again."

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lebowski's picture

November 04, 2014 at 10:23 am

This is my exact list as well, although Arians is doing one hell of a job down in AZ.

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Bohj's picture

November 03, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Way to go Mike. I know that McCarthy gets a lot of slack on most of the message boards. But the guy is a standup guy. Does everything the right way. Doesn't cheat. Good for the community. Good to his players. Even gives guys second chances when they deserve them.......ie jolly lyerla. He has created a culture and brand of football which the whole community can get behind. Few arrests. Few drug charges. Few domestic violence charges. Always one of the best teams in the league in these categories...granted green bay is small and the distractions are few. But the philanthropic side is amazing with all kinds of players encouraged to give back.

As far as winning? Only the patriots have been to the playoffs the last five years like we have. Speaking of bradys years and superbowls......its been a decade. Are you willing to tell me the patriots brand of draft and develop doesn't work? Its hard to win a Superbowl. Period!! You have thirty two teams trying to do the same thing. Your chances are low every year due to rosters and attrition and free agency and salary cap and injuries. Dynasties don't exist in the cap era.

Some of you fans sound kinda whiney. Don't you think other fans piss and moan about wasting bradys final years? Manning's final years? Brees? Apparently none of it matters because you have a Russell Wilson and Joe flacco and eli manning winning it.

Your roster has to be competitive. It will never be perfect drafting from the bottom. Just get hot. Stay healthy. And execute with what you have.

Admit that you didn't know shit about the patriots roster this year. No one does. They just whipped up on the Superbowl favorites. Draft and develop works. You're delusional if you think you can stay competitive for this long with other methods.

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calabasa's picture

November 03, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Lots of good points Bohj. It's just frustrating that if the D and D model doesn't work out, we have no other talent coming in because TT absolutely refuses
to go after trades. I'm not saying that's always the answer, but man if he fills a couple holes in exchange for low draft picks and hits, that might help win a couple more games. Who knows.

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KenEllis's picture

November 04, 2014 at 05:16 am

Are you pointing to the Patriots roster to support the proposition that draft and develop works?

You mean the Pats that signed CBs Revis and Browner this offseason specifically to compete with Manning?

The Pats who made a trade last week with Tenn. for OLBer Ayers -- he of the sweet sack of Manning on Sunday?

The Pats who have Brady throw to free agent WRs Amendola & Lafell?

The Pats who traded Logan Mankins to TB for TE Wright just before the season began?

Are we talking about the NE Patriots who for more than a decade have been acquiring veterans (Welker, Dillon, Talib, Moss, etc.) in pursuit of a Super Bowl ?

If that is draft & develop, please someone inform the GM of the Packers who has not made a trade in 8 years and who has sat on the sidelines when it comes to signing veteran free agents until this offseason -- how's Peppers done?

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Bohj's picture

November 04, 2014 at 10:40 am

I see your points. But the patriots get these players on cheap deals from desperate teams.
The moss deal was clever. Trumped only by the second moss deal. Which was when favre wanted moss and so the patriots traded him back to them for a couple of draft picks.

Revis's contract was absorbed mostly by those idiot bucaneers.

Welker was a no name until Brady made him.

The patriots work no differently than TT does. They look for a cheap deal and create most of their roster with a ton of draft picks and UDFAs and developing them. Their occasional splash in free agency never breaks the bank.

I do feel this year is considerably different. They made much bigger splashes because brady 's career is at its end. Their making their final push. Denver is too. All chips are in.

Packers are not there yet. We are in the same position the patriots were in ten years ago. Drafting at the bottom yearly and having to pay the man.

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Bohj's picture

November 04, 2014 at 10:58 am

Just because a GM signs a FA doesn't mean their philosophy has changed. I will give you that the patriots are chasing Denver and a Superbowl this year. But their history has been more similar to ours.

TT doesn't make large splashes in FA. But he is not void either:
Charles woodson
Ryan pickett
Brandon chillar
Marquise manual
Frank walker
Anthony hargrove
Jeff Saturday
Ced Benson
Julius peppers

Come on.....some of these are role players but you can't say people weren't excited about Benson Saturday and peppers.

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Packer_Pete's picture

November 04, 2014 at 11:36 am

Peppers is doing really well and playing really well for the Packers. Don't know why you think he doesn't...

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barutanseijin's picture

November 04, 2014 at 08:27 am

Ok, but how well does GB play the draft and develop game? The drafts haven't been too great lately. It's a waste of time developing your MD Jennings and Derek Sherrods.

Belichick gets the same sort of criticism that TT does: he's cheap, Brady's window is closing, etc. But Belichick's had more success than anyone, including TT. Belichick will go out and get someone if he sees a need, even - gasp - make a trade or sign a free agent.

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Packer_Pete's picture

November 04, 2014 at 11:39 am

Yes, and he also sends his minions to tape the practices of other teams... The guy is a thug who needs to be removed as NFL HC. But since the Pats owner is chummy with the NFL Commissioner, it will never happen.
Have you ever asked yourself why practically nobody of his coaching staff is successful anywhere else? Since they don't have the same possibilities to cheat, that's why. Plus, not everybody has a pretty boy QB who gets flags for even lightly touching him. I cannot stand anybody associated with that organization of crooks. Least of all their hoodlum HC.

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jmac34's picture

November 04, 2014 at 12:38 pm

The Pats are not a draft and develop team. They sign a lot of F.A.s and are not very good at drafting. They seem to thrive on picking up old vets who want to win a Super Bowl and signing them very cheap.

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Packer_Pete's picture

November 04, 2014 at 01:05 pm

thank you. you hit the nail on the head.

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Bohj's picture

November 04, 2014 at 01:21 pm

Why is this even a debate? Every team these days are draft and develop if they want to stay competitive year after year. It's not like there's a team that's all FAs. A lot of teams use FA's to fill holes. The teams that stay competitive get good deals at FA and don't spend draft picks to get them. ie: patriots. Look at this article below. Even COWs beloved niners and seattle are there. This is by and large the best way to build a roster............. with draft picks. The thing that sticks out to me is...... the Packers are in the top of good draft grades. Of course there are busts. Everyone has them.

http://q.usatoday.com/2014/05/07/nfl-draft-best-teams-seattle-seahawks-s...

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lucky953's picture

November 03, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Very tough to get dominant DLs drafting late every year. There are maybe 5-7 per year and they're all coveted. In my view, the draft failure has been not addressing the ILB position in the 2nd-4th rnds.

P.S. And for the record, I do not support a contract extension for Shawn Slocum.

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Horse's picture

November 04, 2014 at 06:25 am

FIRE ALL THE THINGS! INSTANT DYNASTY!
A. Pick in the upper 20s on average, the monsters aren't there.
B. Capers isn't responsible to picking personnel or how players play. He's a DC. And a handy scapegoat.

Thanks to the clown who can't wait to get rid of Kuhn. I laughed.

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barutanseijin's picture

November 04, 2014 at 08:30 am

I like Kuhn, but if MM isn't using him, what's the point?

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Horse's picture

November 04, 2014 at 11:58 am

He's a huge info resource for the other RBs for one thing, and the season isn't over yet.

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Horse's picture

November 04, 2014 at 06:28 am

I couldn't believe it when TT went down on the field and broke both bones in his #1 pick's lower leg. What a terrible draft pick.

Grow up.

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Evan's picture

November 04, 2014 at 08:13 am

Yeah, your valid reasons are no match for cow's all caps.

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barutanseijin's picture

November 04, 2014 at 08:38 am

I'm probably the only guy here who likes Newhouse. He's a decent backup. Sherrod was something less than that. Way less.

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Idiot Fan's picture

November 04, 2014 at 09:54 am

Didn't we go 15-1 with Newhouse as a starting LT, or am I misremembering?

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Packer_Pete's picture

November 04, 2014 at 01:06 pm

I like him also as a backup. Not a starter, but he is a serviceable backup. He is better than some of the starters in the NFL, though.

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Horse's picture

November 04, 2014 at 11:59 am

>Don't give me the "he was a rookie" crap.

He was a rookie. You don't draft instant O line studs at 32.

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Packer_Pete's picture

November 04, 2014 at 01:23 pm

not just that. he was a rookie in a shortened off-season. that would've been a challenge for anybody. when he finally played he had that horrific injury, and then an infection. In college he was the best OT in the SEC, period. And he had no injury history. It's ironic that posters make up all kinds of excuses for players that they wanted TT to pick and who doesn't do anything, like Shazier, but if some of the Packers players have legitimate injuries and cannot perform mostly due to that, then those players are "busts"...
Looking at the OLs drafted this year in the 1st round, most are struggling also.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

November 04, 2014 at 08:57 pm

Nine.
Wins.
You.
Leave.

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Packer_Pete's picture

November 04, 2014 at 11:47 am

At least TT had the foresight to not draft Shazier. Always injured. Undersized. Get's pushed around like a ragdoll. Looks like a boy among men. That's not me talking. Just go to the Steelers board on behindthesteelcurtain and read for yourself. LOL.
I watched that game, and the Steelers D played better after he had to leave. Now there's an impact player.

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White92's picture

November 04, 2014 at 09:39 am

I like Mac.

He's a good coach who is very dedicated to the organization and community.

Congrats to him.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 04, 2014 at 03:10 pm

Busts have a way of happening when you are counting on one player to make a huge difference way too much. Certain positions not so much, but if your line is average, rarely is one player going to change that.. Hope ILB search is different. But if you see that that 1st rounder doesn't have it you have to draft another one. Sherrod fell into that category and we probably waited too long to admit it because of his injury and he was a good guy.

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November 05, 2014 at 12:28 pm

MM is a very good coach. He makes us scratch our heads but what HC does not. My only serious beef with him is he has given Capers far too much rope. As someone said in today's NFL winning back to back SB does not happen, and making the playoffs the next year is an accomplishment. It's just the type of playoff losses were so horrendous , and the defensive embarrassments through the years so great that just saying we will be better is not enough. I am positive MM will make that change this year because I do not see any major improvement on the horizon on D until DC is gone. I think MM is loyal to his coaches and players but not so stupid as to let this go another year.

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