Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn’t come out and say he planned to fire special teams coach Shawn Slocum, but he didn’t exactly give him a ringing endorsement either.
McCarthy held his season-ending press conference Wednesday afternoon. The first question he was asked is if he anticipated any changes on the coaching staff, specifically at special teams coach, a job Slocum has had since 2009.
“It’s important to evaluate,” McCarthy said. “I obviously haven’t had that opportunity. So we’ll look at everything.”
McCarthy’s brother died last week and the funeral was held Monday, so McCarthy obviously hasn’t had time to evaluate much football-wise. That being said, he’s been adamant in past season-ending press conferences that he wouldn’t be making any changes to the coaching staff.
Just last season, when the popular opinion was that defensive coordinator Dom Capers should go, McCarthy told everyone listening that Dom Capers wasn’t going anywhere.
Slocum got no such vote of confidence. In fact, McCarthy seemed to struggle when the question was asked, fumbling his way through the words almost as if he was trying not to divulge something.
It certainly appears that way.