On Thursday, Bleacher Report published a comprehensive analysis of the perennial dysfunction the Packers experienced under McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Tyler Dunne, who previously covered the Packers and spoke to several sources, went deep into the QB-Head Coach relationship and it showed that Rodgers wasn’t the biggest fan of Mike McCarthy well before he would even be the head coach of the Packers.
His opinion goes back to when McCarthy was the offensive coordinator with the 49ers where he decided to chooses Alex Smith in the draft over him.
He also didn’t think too highly of his football IQ:
But even in the best of times—when confetti should’ve still been stuck to their clothing—one person who was then close to Rodgers remembers he would regularly call to vent that McCarthy didn’t have a clue what he was doing. He’d tell him that McCarthy frequently called the wrong play. That he used the wrong personnel. That they were running plays that worked one out of 50 times in practice. That McCarthy was a buffoon he was constantly bailing out.
“Mike has a low football IQ, and that used to always bother Aaron,” this source says. “He’d say Mike has one of the lowest IQs, if not the lowest IQ, of any coach he’s ever had.”
Just that alone reveals that a change needed to be made, because the Packers have been underachieving for quite some time. Rodgers isn’t getting any younger.