Friday, January 13, 2006

Farve Over Coach

After being named coach Thursday, [Mike] McCarthy said he would be the envy of other coaches if the star quarterback decides against retirement.
"I don't think there's a coach in the National Football League who wouldn't love the opportunity to work with Brett Favre," McCarthy said. "We had a very positive working relationship in 1999, and I'm definitely looking forward to working with him again."
Thompson gave McCarthy a three-year deal to replace Mike Sherman, who was fired Jan. 2 after a 4-12 season, the team's worst in 15 years.
McCarthy, who becomes the league's youngest head coach at 42, worked with Favre as the Packers' quarterbacks coach in 1999.

The Packers decision to hire McCarthy is either shortsighted or proof that they continue to advocate a system of favoring legacy over skill.  Not since the Packers hired Holmgren have they brought a coach in that hasn’t had a history with the Pack.  My personal feeling is that it is both, they wanted to give Favre every reason to come back which happens to fit with the SOP of hiring coaches with historical ties to the team.

My guess is that McCarthy is going to do about as well as Rhodes did in ’99.  What is it going to take to get some fresh blood behind the clipboard?

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