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Josh McDaniels And The Green Bay Packers: Marriage Made In Heaven?

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Josh McDaniels against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the AFC Championship at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Just day-dreaming out loud here, but wouldn’t it be nice if the Josh McDaniels joined LaFleur’s coaching staff?

With Mike McCarthy now out of the Lambeau Field exit door, Matt LaFleur now has the task of assembling a proper coaching staff to help him win. The NFC North giants failed to inspire confidence under their former boss in 2018 and he paid the price – McCarthy was on the verge of losing his job for some time.

So, how do you replace a Super Bowl-winning head coach with someone with less experience like LaFleur? In an ideal world, you bring in another Super Bowl-winning head coach. However, those are hard to come by these days. Instead, the Packers could turn to a man with plenty of Super Bowl experience to join the assistant coaching staff in support of LaFleur. That man is Josh McDaniels.

McDaniels has plenty of experience. The New England Patriots offensive coordinator has five Super Bowl wins to his name and that winning mentality would certainly go down well with the Lambeau Field faithful. Getting back to the top of the NFC North is the top priority for the Packers in 2019 and McDaniels fits the bill to succeed.

Who would be the biggest beneficiary with McDaniels by LaFleur’s side? A certain Aaron Rodgers could flourish. Working with a coach of McDaniels’ caliber would help Rodgers to get back to his best – and that is all Packers fans want. McDaniels and Brady have put the best defensive units to the sword over the years and his wisdom and smart play-calling would appeal much more to Rodgers than McCarthy’s approach.

The Packers organisation will be wary of putting all their eggs in one basket though. With a deal struck for McDaniels to take over as the Indianapolis Colts head coach last year, he pulled out at the eleventh hour. Green Bay must be wary of a similar scenario occurring here; New England owner Robert Kraft may offer McDaniels the guarantee of taking over from Bill Belichick when he retires.

The NFC North is one of the most competitive divisions in football and plenty of fans would like to see the Packers win the NFC North title next year. With the Chicago Bears falling at the first hurdle in the 2018 playoffs, the division is there for the taking and Green Bay may open up as market principles in bet365 NFL odds ahead of 2019.

An offensive-minded coach on staff suits the Packers down to the ground. When you have a quarterback like Rodgers on your roster, failure is unforgivable. The Green Bay job isn’t the easiest one in the NFL but it is one of the most rewarding. This is a high risk, high reward role and McDaniels looks ready to make the step up.

McDaniels is the ideal fit to help out the Packers ahead of a huge 2019 campaign. Taking a chance on McDaniels, despite his failed year in charge of the Denver Broncos, is the way to go – Green Bay will reap the rewards. With Rodgers complemented by capable running back Aaron Jones, the talent is already there. I know this is a long shot(read: impossible) but I sure would like to see it happen.

I’ll put the whiskey down now and come back to reality. I think what I really want to say is I wish we got McDaniels instead of LaFleur…

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Ed Rooney

Just a guy with too much free time trying to help out.

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11 Comments

  1. Kellen February 11, 2019

    What is this talking about? McDaniels as HC or OC?

  2. Cheese February 11, 2019

    I’m not sure what you’re suggesting here. Are you saying that McDaniels should be an offensive coordinator under LaFleur? You would think that those roles should be flipped. LaFleur is a first year HC after not staying in any role for more than two years other than three with the Redskins. McDaniels has HC experience and has been to the Super Bowl more than a lot of organizations have, combined.

    LaFleur is regarded highly because of the Rams offense, the ONE year he was there despite not calling plays. People still try to associate the Rams success with LaFleur though he isn’t even there anymore. Yet, no one ever mentions the Titans offense. On the other hand, McDaniels and the Patriots offense has been consistent at the highest of levels for a long time. These two guys resumes are incomparable. Am I saying the Packers got the wrong guy? I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see, but on paper I know who the obvious choice would be.

    Maybe LaFleur has a chip on his shoulder to try and prove himself which will work out well. Maybe McDaniels can’t make it outside of New England, which sounds silly based off of the one stint in Denver. What I do know is that sidestepping a job with the Super Bowl Champs to be an offensive coordinator for the current Packers regime would be completely ridiculous. We can all dream I guess..

    1. Kato February 11, 2019

      I am not sure where this is coming from myself. Why would McDaniels leave NE for anything that wasn’t a head coaching position?

    2. Kato February 11, 2019

      McDaniels also had an unsuccessful stint with the Rams as OC. Granted that offense had next to nothing besides a worn down Steven Jackson. They still had Sam Bradford I believe.

  3. Trace February 11, 2019

    I honestly think that not hiring McDaniels was still the correct decision. As good as it could have been, the Packers would take longer to get to a competitive level. Yes, the Pack have Arod. But, for the past 27 years, the Packers have used the West Coast offense. A lot of quick throw and timing reads. Now the Pats don’t use the West Coast offense. They use a offense that was designed by Belichick and Parcells. And with Rodgers having to learn a new system, it might have taken longer for the team to become competitive. And Arod doesn’t have to much time left. It could have taken 1-3 years to get everyone used to the new system. And a Rodgers most likely only has another 3-5 left in the tank. I feel that getting a more updated system that is close to what Rodgers has used his whole career is the more logical choice rather than scrapping the playbook and starting over completely with a system that will take time for Rodgers to learn.

  4. Howard February 11, 2019

    When I read something that doesn’t make sense the first thing I look for is a coded message hidden inside the article such as the first letter in each paragraph or sentence making a statement. In this case it would of said something like WE BE FUCKED.

    I guess the message was just Whiskey and daydreaming don’t mix.

    I remember an article with some quotes from Michael Lombardi, right after MM was fired, about Daniels and the Packers not being a marriage made in heaven. A portion of the quotes as follows:

    What people need to pay attention to and especially Packer fans is: their drafts have not been very good,” Lombardi said. “Their player talent on that team is not very good. It’s just not a job you hire Josh McDaniels or some offensive guru and he just sprinkles his pixie dust over the (Packers) and Lambeau Field and they turn this thing around. Lombardi also questions whether or not Packers president Mark Murphy would let McDaniels and general manager Brian Gutekunst do things the way they want.

    Now that is reality brought to you by a Lombardi. Same things as some have said on this site.

    1. Jason Parker February 11, 2019

      HAHA Going to run that by Ed at the next writer’s meeting. Maybe too much of that cheap knockoff whiskey

      1. PF4L February 12, 2019

        Alcoholism can kill. I’ve saved one life on here, but now i’m off duty, it’s a thankless job with very little credit.

        Anywhere else i’m a hero. Here, i’m just another fan drinking loudmouth soup.

        1. PF4L February 12, 2019

          The last time i was at a writers meeting, they put onions on my whopper. I distinctly said..no onions.

          Have it your way….my ass.

        2. Howard February 12, 2019

          Thank you :-)

  5. Kato February 11, 2019

    I am sorry. There is zero possibility McDaniels is doing a lateral move to the Packers. Zero. I don’t even know where this idea is coming from. Unless they throw more money at him and give him an assistant head coach title? To my understanding, he is the highest paid coordinator in the league as it is, and his pay is comparable to a lot of head coaches.