Since the hiring of Vince Lombardi in 1959, arguably the most impactful move by the Green Bay Packers was implementing the West Coast Offense in 1992.
The pass-happy West Coast Offense was the brainchild of former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh. Walsh developed it while on Paul Brown’s Cincinnati Bengals staff, and had great success with it as the 49ers head coach from 1979-88. He passed the system on to a number of his assistant coaches who went on to use it elsewhere.
Mike Holmgren was one of those assistants. He was a 49ers’ assistant coach from 1986-91, and offensive coordinator during those final three years.
When the Packers brought in Holmgren as head coach in 1992, he brought the West Coast Offense with him. It’s been in Green Bay ever since, under Holmgren (1992-98), Ray Rhodes (1999), Mike Sherman (2000-05), and Mike McCarthy (2006-16). Five of Holmgren’s original Packers assistant coaches have become NFL head coaches, further spreading the system.
In the 24 years since 1991, the Packers have had only two losing seasons (2005 and 2008), and they’ve gone to the postseason 19 times.
No current NFL coach has been running the West Coast Offense for the same team nearly as long as McCarthy, who is embarking on his 11th season in Green Bay.
And let’s credit Ron Wolf, whose first major decision upon being hired as GM in 1991 was to bring Holmgren and the West Coast Offense to Green Bay. That choice, among others, put him in the Hall of Fame.
By one account, there are currently 13 NFL teams that predominantly use Walsh’s offensive philosophy and playbook.
Happy 25th anniversary to the West Coast Offense in Titletown!
I hope the Packers offense becomes better than last year because we need it. I hope we go to the Super Bowl. As much as I like McCarthy, this should be make or break. Not because he is a bad coach but I think Aaron Rodgers should see another ring before he retires.
Well, its not like we have been knocked put in the Playoffs the last three consecutive seasons, in O.T. with not one chance to do anything with the ball. Then again, we should just win in regulation and not have to make it go into O.T. In the first place.
Only two teams have gone to the Playoffs for 7 consecutive season, Packers and the Patriots. IS that more about those team’s divisions or the coaching/play?
Tucson Packer, it was actually 2 consecutive seasons the Packers season ended in Overtime, the NFC Title game against Seattle and the divisional round between Arizona. I don’t blame McCarthy for losing the Cardinals game and I would blame Capers and refs for losing the Cardinals game since Capers switched from man to zone and the refs made some stupid calls. The NFC Title game against Seattle is the only time I blame McCarthy for not going to the SB because 1) There is no excuse when your up 19-7 2) McCarthy got too passive in the second half after when Morgan Burnett intercepted Russell Wilson by calling 3 runs to Eddie Lacy. 3) The onside kick fail has happened right after Seattle scored their touchdown. In Seattle, that’s the only time I blame McCarthy. McCarthy is not nonsense however, Andy Reid is who he reminds me with.
The Packers usually make the playoffs because of Aaron Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers is the face of the Packers. 2013, they only went to playoffs because Aaron Rodgers threw a game winner to Cobb. 2014, Aaron had a MVP season. Last year (2015), defense and Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary against the Lions sent us to the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers is why the Packers get to the playoffs and enter the years as Super Bowl contenders. The Packers should contend as long if Aaron Rodgers is there. When Aaron Rodgers retires, the Packers will be pure trash just like how they were in the 70s and 80s. So Tucson Packer, Aaron Rodgers is why we make the playoffs every year.
Woah woah, I am not saying we are in the position we are in because Big Mike is magical and can do no wrong. I also, like you, blame him for taking it easy in a few areas in that Seattle game. There are also numerous examples where Mike’s play calling in regular and post season has both delighted and infuriated me.
Taking all of that in to account, look around the League at all of the other frustrating things coaches/staff do during games…and some away from games. We are repeatedly having winning seasons. I, like I am sure you, are also however, not satisfied without each and every season taking home the Lombardi to it’s home and rightful place.
Boiling this down, is it really one person who is to blame? For one specific situation sure, but for an entire season’s results? I think we have a great thing going, not perfect but pretty darn great. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The NFL is designed to not have repeat successes.
I don’t think you will get anyone to disagree with you that AR12 is no longer arguably the greatest QB currently playing football, AR12 simply is the best. An absolute phenom.
I hope you are very, very wrong about post-Rodgers. Very.
Tucson Packer, I think McCarthy is a good coach but that doesn’t mean he is my favorite. He gets passive at times like Seattle which I agree. AR12 is the best QB in the NFL, I clearly sent you a link to that.
I do hope I am wrong about post-Rodgers too but that’s what I think would happen.