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