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The Real Story of the 2018 Packers Is Leaking Out, Drip by Drip

David Bakhtiari

David Bakhtiari (69) looks at the field during the first half of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

I recall one of the first drips coming in early January, when tight end Marcedes Lewis opened up to Yahoo Sports about the McCarthy-Rodgers dysfunction. He recounted a time he was in the huddle and McCarthy sent in a play. Rodgers just said “Nah,” and called a different play. The tight end added, “I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life.” The article related that a “sense of dysfunction hovered over the team all year.”

Other leaks have followed, though I can’t remember who from – I think one was a former Packers player. The latest drip comes from left tackle David Bakhtiari, who on Thursday spoke on the Wilde and Tausch program. Bakhtiari expounded on two themes: players’ lack of accountability and complacency. As an example, he spoke of teammates arriving late for plane departures, and suffering no consequences.

As for on-the-field problems, Bakhtiari was more specific:

There’s needs to be that fear, for guys across the board, that, hey, your job is consistently being judged, and you have to perform

Many others have described the problem by saying that Coach McCarthy had “lost the locker room.”

I’m sure more inside information will be dripping out over time. When it does, I doubt that we’ll ever see McCarthy return to the NFL.

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15 Comments

  1. Andrew Lloyd Peth February 2, 2019

    The final line makes a pretty good point. The more teams hear about McCarthy losing the locker room, the less they’ll want to risk hiring him.

    1. PF4L February 2, 2019

      That may come into play but i don’t know that is the main negative.

      Although i predicted (wrongly) that McCarthy would be hired by Dorsey.I thought to myself, he may get passed over simply for him being so stagnant. Teams may shy away from that, especially with a high pick young QB.

  2. Larry February 2, 2019

    McCarthy will never be hired again as an NFL HC. No one that stupid.

    1. PF4L February 2, 2019

      I don’t know people. I’ve read in here that McCarthy will have his pick of jobs if Green Bay ever let him go.

      1. galaxiefan February 2, 2019

        Absolutely. Before he was fired people on other forums were talking as though McCarthy was the second coming of Lombardi. Rodgers owed his career to McCarthy and his expert tutelage. I for one was looking forward to him being hired elsewhere and failing miserably. Looks like we may never have that ugly truth revealed. What a waste of 13 years…

        1. Empacador February 2, 2019

          That’s a new wrinkle, part of my email address as my username instead of my normal username. Strange days here of late.

  3. Howard February 2, 2019

    The complacency in the organization started with Murphy.

    Many will take Bakh’s comments about “your job is consistently being judged, and you have to perform” as just being on-the-field performance. I have to believe it has just as much to do with being physically and mentally prepared for the season, and in season/game injuries/owees.

    I would not be suprised that some players believe that some of the hurt players during games could have came back into the game and played. In addition it would be no suprise to find out that some players were not putting out the effort in rehab when injured/hurt in an attempt to get back on the field or get back to practice. There was no consequences for not getting back on the field.

    I don’t know what will happen with the strength and conditioning staff, but you have to believe some additional staffing changes are going to be made.

  4. PF4L February 2, 2019

    I am just amazed, i am almost in shock, i may even need a defibrillator.

    For years i read comments in here about the Packers seemingly being non communicative with each other. For years i’ve read comments in here about non accountability. For years i’ve read comments about the Packers becoming complacent after winning a Super Bowl. For years i’ve read comments about the offense being too stale.

    Then lo and fucking behold, just recently Mark Murphy discovers these deeply hidden secrets that only his investigate expertise could bring to light.

    With all due respect Mr. Murphy, Maybe you could perform your job duties more professionally if you had been reading the comments section of tp.com. the last 4 or 5 years.

    All these stories,problems and prognosis of this team are now local and National stories in late 2018,early 2019. Go figure…..when all they had to do was read the comments of highly intelligent Packer fans from years past.

    Now…..let’s get back to doing what a lot of people do best. Blaming Rodgers.

    Carry on people.

  5. PF4L February 2, 2019

    So i submitted a comment, that took at least 20 minutes. sent it…didn’t take.

    Luckily i saved it, sent it again. I got a message that i can’t send a duplicate post.

    Reloaded the page, sent it again, got another duplicate message.

    One of these times i’m going to view this as a serious problem.

  6. PF4L February 2, 2019

    Sent a comment, explaining that the site wouldn’t take my past comment, then tells me i’m submitting too quickly…wtf…lol

  7. PF4L February 2, 2019

    Wtf is with this site? That took me about 20 minutes or so to write, and another 30 minutes for me to keep submitting it before it finally showed up. The better part of an hour to submit a post? I don’t think so my new friend.

    Tick Tock.

  8. Cheese February 2, 2019

    I guess you don’t need accountability when you’re highly successful.

    “Many others have described the problem by saying that Coach McCarthy had “lost the locker room.””

    I’m pretty sure he started to lose the locker room after the 2014 NFCCG, yet somehow he managed to keep his job this long. You can do that when your boss is mentally deteriorating, and your boss’s boss doesn’t do his job because he’s too busy building an oversized playground. Unbelievable.

    Not only did McCarthy not get fired after the 2014 NFCCG where he started to lose the locker room, how the flying fuck did he not get fired after the 2016 NFCCG with the score being 31-0 halfway through the third quarter? Him and Capers both magically kept their jobs after that game. Oh wait, they get a free pass because they shouldn’t have made it that far in the first place, right? The only reason they got that far is because of the magic Rodgers pulled out of his ass against Dallas the week before, so just be happy with that and don’t expect anything else.

    1. Empacador February 2, 2019

      They didn’t get fired because winning that Superbowl once upon a time bought a lot of leeway and overlooking what transpired after that.

      Think maybe Green Bay jumped the gun renaming Potts Avenue to Mike McCarthy Way? Lombardi and Holmgren each had 2 Superbowl appearances. Perhaps in the future that should be a requirement, minimum 2 SB appearances before paying homage to any head coaches. That this clown parlayed having 2 HoF QBs into 13 mostly futile seasons yet will be talked about in the same breath as Lambeau, Lambardi and Holmgren absolutely disgusts me.

      1. Cheese February 2, 2019

        They shouldn’t be dedicating street names to coaches while they’re still on the job. Wait until they’re retired and all is said and done, otherwise said coach is going to get comfortable, grow a giant ego, and spout off to everyone how highly successful he is.

  9. MMSUCKS February 4, 2019

    All good points gentlemen. To sum all of this up, (in my words) . . . To Murphy, Thompson, Capers and Buffoon . . . I say that they own all of this shit outright. They totally screwed the fan base. Moreover, they screwed Rodgers and created what he has now become. So, Fuck These Fucking Fucks . . . Here’s to Rodgers getting back all of his mojo.